Murals bring 30A to life in a myriad of color

March 2, 2009


Art Miles Mural Project a worthy vision

South Walton’s Scenic 30A has come alive in color with murals in celebration of the Art Miles Mural Project. From Alys Beach to WaterColor, you can view the colorful artwork on display.

The mural project, along with a variety of activities, are available for the pubic in celebration this week.

About Art Miles Mural Project
Over 50,000 individuals from over 125 countries have painted in villages, towns, cities, and at World Heritage locations around the world.

The Art Miles Mural Project is a passionate and colorful 12-year movement combining the efforts of children and adults worldwide to promote global peace and harmony through mural art.

Each hand and every mural aims to create and express a global voice to develop and advocate art rather than violence, cooperation instead of war, and the continuation of life rather than death.

The end result will be the  “Exhibition of the Century” in 2010, when the art will be wrapped around the pyramids in Egypt to celebrate the Decade of Peace.

For more information about the project, go to:

Local exhibitions and activities along Scenic 30A

On March 6, the communities of Seaside and Alys Beach will celebrate Art Miles from sun-up to sundown. Beginning at 8 a.m., Johannes Linstead, one of the world’s top guitarists and a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor, will host a community yoga class on the beach in Seaside. From 5-8 p.m. murals and a replica of the Art Miles pyramid display will be exhibited throughout Seaside as part of the First Friday Art Walk festivities. Alys Beach will exhibit Art Miles murals in the courtyard of the Fonville Press as part of its Apres Beach event. From 8-10 p.m. Amavida Coffee in Seaside will host a screening of the film, “Black Gold.”

On March 7
, Seaside offers a community yoga class with Linstead on the beach at 8 a.m., a tasting of an Art Miles fair trade coffee blend at Amavida Coffee in Seaside throughout the day and a Fairy Tale mural painting in Ruskin Place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Art Miles Concert: World Music begins at 2 p.m. in the Seaside amphitheater. Joanne and Fouad Tawfilis will share their story and renowned classical guitarist Johannes Linstead, the Seaside Neighborhood School Band and 30A Radio will have everyone dancing. Seaside will exhibit over 40 murals throughout the town.

On March 8, a mural painting event will be held noon to 3 pm in Cerulean Park in WaterColor.  Anyone can stop by and help paint our mural that will have a Sea Turtle theme.  Nonie’s Ark will be there from 12:30 to 1:30 with several live turtles for folks to ‘meet’ and a representative from the Flashlight Cover organization will be on hand to pass out flashlight covers to use on the beach at night and educate people on the importance of this practice to the sea turtles that nest along our beaches.  Also, local musician Reed Waddle, will play live from 12 pm to 3 pm.

On March 8, Linstead conducts Kundalini yoga on the beach in Seaside at 8 a.m. and then hosts an intimate, acoustic concert at Amavida Coffee in Seaside from 1-4 p.m. From 6-9 p.m. Rosemary Beach will screen two powerful films, “War Dance” and “The Invisible Children” on the Western Green.  Several Peace Paint Ambassadors, who will also share their personal experiences with the Art Miles Mural Project, will introduce these films.  Rosemary Beach will also exhibit over two dozen murals along the green in
the Town Center throughout the entire Art Miles celebration.

On March 9, Linstead will host community yoga on the beach in Seaside at 8 a.m.
On March 10, the Art Miles Community Celebration will be held in Alys Beach from 5-8 p.m at Fonville Press.  Everyone will be invited to join 12 Peace Paint Ambassadors in painting murals for peace and a slide show of murals painted by children around the world will be shown. Light refreshments will be served.