Festival of the Arts draws a crowd: 'It's inspirational'

Festival of the Arts

A Pensacola artist who goes by the name LB3 works on a charcoal drawing of Jimmy Buffett Sunday afternoon during the 17th Annual Destin Festival of the Arts held this weekend at Henderson Beach State Park in Destin.

Published: Monday, October 29, 2012 at 09:14 AM.

DESTIN — Dean Merceron has come to the Destin Festival of the Arts every year since he started vacationing on the Emerald Coast. He says there’s nothing quite like it anywhere else.

"It’s important to us that all the artists are local and there’s a variety, which is exactly what they have," Merceron said Sunday afternoon. "There’s an assortment of medians from glass and found objects to wood work and paintings — there’s everything.

"It’s inspirational."

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The two-day event at Henderson State Park put on by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation for the seventeenth year featured more than 100 artists and 18 different mediums.

Proceeds from the event go to the All Kinds of Art program that helps bring art education and artists to area schools.

"Our mission is to be the leading art advocate of cultural arts in the area and to bring that to children," said Marcia Hull, executive director with the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation. "The festival provides a venue for artists to showcase their work as the only fine art show in Destin."

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