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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Arts Festival in Gulf Breeze - Part 2

Paintings by Outsider Artist Doug Odom.

I absolutely love arts festivals, so the one in Gulf Breeze last weekend was a must-see. The art was so awesome I just had to share some of it with you.

I happen to love feel-good-art, so Alabama Artist Doug Odom's Outsider Art is just what the doctor ordered. Doug's brightly colored paintings can't help but make the grumpiest person smile.

Doug doesn't have a website or a computer, so you'll just have to haunt the local arts festivals to see his work.

Outsider Artist Doug Odom and some of his Outsider Art.
The next big arts festival is in Fairhope, Alabama this upcoming Friday, Saturday and Sunday. See the link below:

Fairhope - Eastern Shore 61st Annual Arts and Crafts Festival - March 15th thru 17th

If I remember correctly, Doug said he'd be at the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival this weekend.

In fact, most if not all of the artists in this post will be at Fairhope. It's an awesome festival that you won't want to miss.

Doug calls his art "Alabama Redo's" and says his paintings are on tar and in frames "hand did" with old, distressed wood. Doug Odom is an artist you don't want to miss.

Texas Artist Ross De La Garza and his clay creations.

Another of note is Texas Artist Ross De La Garza. Ross calls his art "Primordial Persuasions, unique expressions in clay." In other words, he creates whimsical fish, frogs and other critters out of clay. No two are exactly alike. So if you're looking for fun one-of-a-kind critter-art, then Ross's creations are just for you.

I enjoyed meeting and talking to Ross and I know you will too when you meet him. Ross is one of those people that you feel like you've known forever.

A close-up of Ross De La Garza's clay "phish."

A little tidbit about Ross. He's a geologist turned artist. That explains his wonderful primordial creations.

You can email Ross at:

Be sure to check out Ross's website at: Ross De La Garza - Primordial Persuasions

Ross is also on Facebook at: Primordial Persuasions

Glass Artist Frank Thompson and his awesome glass art.

Louisiana Glass Artist Frank Thompson had some beautiful pieces of glass art at the festival. If I had the money I would have bought several pieces of his gorgeous glass art. Instead, I stood there and admired every single one.

Check out Frank's website at: Frank Thompson Studio

Contemporary Artist Rafi Perez.

Contemporary Artist Rafi Perez moved from Chicago to the Florida Gulf Coast. Rafi's art is unique, just like his car which is covered with his art work. I enjoyed talking to Rafi and fell in love with his dragon painting, which I told him would look great on a book cover.

Check out Rafi's website at: Rafi Was Here Studios

You can email Rafi at:

Pensacola Artist Jeff Spade.

Pensacola Artist Jeff Spade does reverse paintings on glass. He had some beautiful art works of wine bottles with wine glasses, which I could picture in someone's gourmet kitchen or in some posh restaurant or bar.

Check out more of Jeff's art work on his website at:
Jeff Spade - ACEART Studio

There were so many wonderful artists at the Arts Festival in Gulf Breeze that I can't include them all in one post. So be sure to check out my previous post for Part 1 and then the rest of the posts as the week progresses.

Check out Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts for upcoming arts festivals in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

A special thanks to the artists for agreeing to be included in this post.

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