The combination of a scenic Gulf coast getaway and picture perfect weather were the colorful pallet for the first ever “Holiday Art Fest in the Park” on Dauphin Island, Alabama held recently.
More than 40 artists from across the upper Gulf Coast and beyond displayed their works beneath the majestic oaks of historic Cadillac Square Park vying for $5,000 in awards at the juried event.
The Best of Show award went to potter Charles Smith of Mobile.
Other awards presented were:
The Isle Dauphine Legacy Award for Second Best of Show;” Chris Stebley
The Chamber Award for third Best of Show: Booker T. Foster of Fairhope, LA
Best Booth Award: Folk Art by She-She of Birmingham, AL
Best Painting portraying the importance of the environment: Loran Chavez of Fairhope, LA
Best Painting exemplifying the heritage of the Gulf Coast: Rosie Hickman of Pascagoula, MS
The Bienville Award of Distinction for First Place oil/acrylic: Booker T. Foster
The Fort Gaines Award of Distinction for First Place watercolor
Deb & Steve Garst: The Brown Pelican Award of Distinction for First Place pottery
Anne Webb of Magnolia Springs, AL: The Scarlet Tanager Award of Distinction for First Place photography: Steve White of Ocean Springs, MS
The Indigo Bunting Award of Distinction for First Place drawing: Jennifer Allen of Theodore, AL
The Snowy Egret Award of Distinction for work depicting the birds of the Gulf Coast: Nancy Hanrath
The Osprey Award of Distinction for work portraying images of the Coast and its communities: Dena McKee of Dauphin Island, AL
The Sandpiper Award of Distinction for portrayal of the local seafood industry: Jimmy Stroud of Gautier, MS
Dauphin Island, Alabama is just 33 miles south of Mobile at the Mouth of Mobile Bay. For more information about upcoming festivals and events, getaways and accommodations, please visit www.dauphinislandcoc.com.