Art in Nature

Santa Rosa Beach artist Joe Elmore brings natural elements to life

Pick your favorite salt water fish at Elmore's Landing in Santa Rosa Beach. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Imagine seeing a face, body, or animal in a piece of wood every time you take a good look at it. It is a common occurrence in the artful world of Santa Rosa Beach artist Joe Elmore. Sizing up the wood, cranking up the chainsaw and producing a work of art in minutes is just one of Elmore’s many creative talents.

Growing up in the oil and farming town of Taft, California Elmore knew from a young age he wanted to be an artist. However, not much was spoken about art in the family that worked 28,000 acres of farmland. His parents didn’t understand the concept. Click here to continue.

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Bringing our surroundings to life a natural process for South Walton artist Joan Vienot

Joan Vienot paints plein air along the Destin Harbor. Lori Ceier/Walton OutdoorsPoint Washington resident Joan Vienot is on the path to fulfilling a lifelong desire of becoming a professional artist. After 45 years in the aquatic industry and only occasionally investing time, Vienot is now dedicating two days a week to creating fine art.

Growing up in the small town of Brighton, Colorado, Vienot always enjoyed drawing and painting, and knew at a very young age it was something she wanted to pursue.

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Local captures Destin’s natural landscape in photographs

Destin resident Scotty Lisenbe has a sure cure for dealing with his day-to-day stress of working long hours. He stops, explores the natural surroundings around him, and then documents his daily journey in photographs.

On his daily work commute from Destin to Fort Walton Beach, Lisenbe gets up early each morning and visits a special area along his way. A location chock full of nesting herons and a variety of other shorebirds makes for great subject matter to photograph. On his return trip home in the early evening, he stops along the docks and seawalls of Destin capturing sunsets and pelicans.

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Walton area resident crafts melodic bamboo flutes

There’s nothing better than enjoying something special that is home grown here in Walton County. We are fortunate to have many great local farmers and artists in our area who offer great products. One cool local cottage industry is True Grass Flutes in DeFuniak Springs.

Tommie Gipson of True Grass Flutes enjoys spending time outdoors kayaking, bike riding and playing his hand crafted bamboo flutes. The DeFuniak Springs resident enjoys the flute so much he plays every morning before heading to work at his full time job at CHELCO.

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Natural elements come to life at Santa Rosa Pottery

Deborah Orr of Santa Rosa Pottery demonstrates the art of throwing clay. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Looking for a special piece of pottery or learn how to do it yourself? Look no further than Santa Rosa Pottery in Santa Rosa Beach.

Long time South Walton resident Deborah Orr, proprietor of Santa Rosa Pottery has been an artist most of her life and has been throwing clay (the process of forming a pot out of clay on the potter’s wheel) since 1970. Orr has been creating artful and functional pottery using a variety of natural elements locally since 1980. Her finished, fired products are not only artful, but also food safe, dishwasher proof, oven and microwave safe.

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