THROUGH JAN. 31. ARTS AND DESIGN SOCIETY (ADSO) WINDOW GALLERY DISPLAY AT THE ART CENTER, FORT WALTON BEACH
January’s featured artist is Wally Ratcliffe, whose works include acrylic and watercolor paintings, mixed media, and collages.
THROUGH JAN. 31. DOROTHY STARBUCK EXHIBIT AT THE COASTAL BRANCH LIBRARY, SANTA ROSA BEACH
Dorothy Starbuck was born in Miami, where she developed a passion for painting the natural beauty of her beloved tropical state. She now resides in Point Washington near the dunes and beaches of the Gulf.
At the age of six, Ms. Starbuck was bedridden for a year. Unable to do much of anything else, she entertained herself with books and drawing. When the time came to finally get up and go outside again, it was pure joy.
Even though she loved art and drawing as a child, she didn’t start painting until age 30. She took an oil painting class and has been painting off and on ever since, taking classes and attending workshops along the way. One of Ms. Starbuck’s favorite teachers was Graham Ingles, renowned illustrator and historical painter, who helped her bring life and depth to her paintings.
In the artist’s frequent trips throughout Florida, she searches for remote, undisturbed areas which provide inspiration for her paintings. Her hope is that her paintings will preserve a moment in time that is transitory and fragile, evoking cherished memories with the viewer and an appreciation of Florida’s disappearing natural beauty.
Dorothy Starbuck is a member of the Cultural Arts Alliance, Women’s Art Network, and Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters of Walton County.
THROUGH FEB. 14. ROSEMARY BEACH SCULPTURE EXHIBITION
The second biennial juried art show of contemporary outdoor sculpture along Scenic Highway 30A includes 16 sculptures by 16 artists. More at rosemarybeachsculpture.com.
OPENS JAN. 7. ADSO MEMBERSHIP SHOW AT THE ART CENTER, FORT WALTON BEACH
Members show off their favorite work. Reception scheduled for Friday, Jan. 10. More info at artsdesignsociety.org.
OPENS. JAN. 28. ADSO’S “DRUNK IN LOVE SHOW” AT THE ART CENTER, FORT WALTON BEACH
Artists interpret the crazy things people do for you-know-what.