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February Filled With Art at Bayou Arts Center

February Filled With Art at Bayou Arts Center

By SoWal Staff, 02/12/16 Arts Events Groups Santa Rosa Beach Content

The month of February is full of artistic learning at the Bayou Arts Center with weekly and special workshops and classes presented by the Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) of Walton County. The CAA offers over 200 workshops, classes and programs annually for artists of all ages and skill levels. From weekly half-day classes to multi-day intensive workshops, each learning experience is of the highest quality taught by skilled and caring instructors.

February’s line-up consists of classes in acrylics, pastels, watercolor, and basket weaving. Most of the CAA’s classes are offered weekly, and some feature guest instructors, like Tom Lynch, who will lead a four-day watercolor workshops entitled “Watercolor Secrets Revealed” February 23 – 26, along with a free artist demo on February 22 as part of the CAA’s monthly Artist Programs.

Unless noted, all workshops take place at the Bayou Arts Center located at 105 Hogtown Bayou Lane off North County Road 393 in historic Old Town Santa Rosa Beach. Workshops require advanced registration by calling the CAA at 850-622-5970.

Below is the complete February schedule:

Two-session Pine Needle Basket Weaving with Carol Dickson

Friday, February 12 and Friday, February 19

10 am – 2pm

Call 850-622-5970 for pricing.

Pastels with Melody Bogle

South Walton’s 2016 Artist of the Year

Mondays, February 15, 22 and 29

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Tuesday, February 16 and Tuesday, February 23

9:00am – 12:00pm

$35 / $30 CAA Members

Watercolor with Carol Dickson

Wednesday, February 10 and Wednesday, February 17

12:30pm – 3:30pm

$35 / $30 CAA Members

Acrylics with Betty Pinkston

Thursday, February 18 and Thursday, February 25

12:30pm – 3:30pm

$35 / $30 CAA Members

“Watercolor Secrets Revealed” with Tom Lynch

February 23 – 26, 2016

9:30am – 4:30pm each day


Tom Lynch has written seven books, hosted an award-winning PBS TV Art Series and was recently listed as one of the nation’s top 20 teachers by American Artist Magazine. He is currently featured on the new cable TV channel Visual Arts Network (VAN) and on the leading internet art education site

Tom’s workshop, “Watercolor Secrets Revealed,” invites students to experience the vast range of flexibility of watercolor in a fun atmosphere that welcomes the advanced beginner, intermediate and advanced painter. Each day includes demonstration paintings with detailed explanations of the “how” and “why” followed by individual attention so that each student understands and has an example of the day’s objective and a positive critique session. Tom will include tips on photography, on-location painting, matting and salvage techniques for discarded paintings.

Check CAA’s website each month for new classes on the calendar and sign up!

The Bayou Arts Center is the home of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and a venue for art exhibits, art workshops, meetings, reunions and small events. Nestled among the long leaf pines on historic Hogtown Bayou, the Bayou Arts Center is a true Walton County hidden gem and a peaceful destination for art, culture, heritage and nature.

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education. The vision of the CAA is to make Walton County a creative place in which to live, work and visit – a destination for cultural and artistic excellence where lives are enriched, economy is stimulated and community is strengthened. Learn more at