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Digital Graffiti Calls for Artists Submissions

Artists from around the globe to compete for $10,000 in prizes

Alys Beach, FL– (January 29, 2013) Alys Beach, in conjunction with Visit South Walton, invites artists from around the globe to submit original digital artwork for the Sixth Annual Digital Graffiti Festival at Alys Beach, a one of a kind juried venue for projected art. Artists will compete for $10,000 in prize money, awarded in five categories. All work selected for the 2013 festival will be eligible for the awards, to be held on June 7—8. Visit to enter by April 22.

“For me Digital Graffiti has become a mainstay of the experimental film scene in the Southeast, a place to screen time-based work that often has a more challenging visual or narrative aspect, My award has gone toward travel to the Taranaki region of New Zealand to attend SCANZ 2013: 3rd Nature, an event that focuses on hybrid practices at the intersection of art, science, culture, technology and indigenous knowledge, as an artist in residence,” says David Montgomery “Florida Homegrown” winner from DG 2012.

For the first year, to bring artists to see their work in the festival, DG2013 will provide five finalists who submit by April 1st, a $500 travel stipend with confirmation of attendance (details to follow with final selections).

During the festival, Alys Beach opens its doors, courtyards, and pedestrian paths to groundbreaking international artists who literally transform the entire resort town into a living work of art. The annual festival allows digital artists to explore how their fluid forms intersect with technology and wrap the architecture of Alys Beachto create entirely new art forms.  

Ticket Information:

Digital Graffiti tickets will be available beginning March 1 at and at Fonville Press in Alys Beach while quantities last.  Adult tickets are $50 for Friday night and includes an official t-shirt; $100 for Saturday night which includes an official Digital Graffiti t-shirt and Tervis tumbler. Children’s tickets (12 and under) may be purchased at $20 for Friday night only, and include a tee shirt. Please note that this event will sell out so it is strongly encouraged to pre-purchase tickets.


Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is the world’s first outdoor projection art festival in its sixth year, with artists using the latest technologies to create original works that are then projected across the town’s iconic white walls.  Visit for more information.

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Digital Graffiti Visiting Artist Series

Alys Beach, FL– (January 16, 2013) Alys Beach and its groundbreaking event Digital Graffiti has led the way for the past six years in bringing art and culture to the South Walton community and Scenic Highway 30A by providing a venue and reason for digital artists to showcase their one of a kind works.  Now continuing to pave the way for digital art, Alys Beach will bring yet another event series to the community, where previous Digital Graffiti artists will convene January 23-27 at Alys Beach for the first workshop series of its kind.  The public will have the opportunity to interact with these artists and get a glimpse into their creative process.

 During the Digital Graffiti Visiting Artist Series, past participants and winners from Digital Graffiti will reside under one roof and work with DG Curator Brett Phares to create a collaborative work of art in addition to individual pieces which may be included in the 2013 Digital Graffiti Festival on June 7-8.

“We are excited to set in motion a visiting artist series right here in the South Walton community,” says Brett Phares, Digital Graffiti Curator. “We’re bringing artists to Alys Beach to get to know the lay of the land, create some site-specific work, and raise the bar for the festival in June.” InFocus, a DG partner, will provide a variety of projectors for the artists to use throughout the series.

The workshop series is complimentary and open to the public on Saturday, January 26th from 4-6pm at the Alys Beach Community Center on 60 McGee Drive. During this two-hour workshop, participants will have the opportunity for discussion with the artists in residence, and a question and answer session. For additional information, please email

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30A Songwriters Festival

Visit South Walton presents the Fourth Annual 30A Songwriters Festival, Jan. 18-20

Warm up this January with heartfelt vocals, beautiful melodies and story-telling at the 30A Songwriters Festival, Jan. 18-20, 2013. Produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, the three-day event features astounding musical performances complemented by South Walton’s spectacular beaches, shopping and cuisine.  Growing as one of the premier songwriters festivals in the country, the event features more than 125 musicians and more than 200 performances in venues ranging from intimate listening rooms to spacious outdoor amphitheaters.  Caliza Restaurant & Pool will again serve as a popular outdoor venue. Last year, Caliza hosted moving  performances  by artists, including Shawn Mullins, Joan Osborne, John Oates, Daphne Willis, Jim Lauderdale, Donnie Sundal, Pete Sallis, and Chas Sanford, among others.

The 30A Songwriters Festival attracts artists of many different genres. With styles ranging from folk and country to rock and jazz, the 2013 event will include a mix a past favorites as well as artists who are joining the event for the first time. The lineup for 2013 includes Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jeffrey Steele, Nanci Griffith, Suzanne Vega, Fastball, Tift Merritt, Allison Moorer, Charlie Mars, Eliza Gilkyson, Freedy Johnston, Randall Bramblett, The Shadowboxers, Joe Leathers, Gretchen Peters, Brigitte DeMeyer and Tommy Womack among many others.

After attending the festival, Evan Schlansky of American Songwriter magazine wrote, “If you love great songwriting, there’s really no better vacation than the 30A Songwriters Festival… It’s the perfect destination for lyric lovers, acoustic guitar fetishists, and those who enjoy music with a deeper meaning. It’s also a great place to make friends with your fellow audience members and, if you’re lucky, the songwriters in attendance.”

Music lovers and fans of Alys Beach may take advantage of the Alys Beach 30A Songwriters Festival special offer. Stay in one of Alys Beach’s courtyard homes for two nights or more and receive weekend passes to the festival. Stay between Jan. 17-21  in two bedroom or larger rental and Alys Beach will provide two festival passes per room.

Presented by VISIT South Walton, 30A Songwriters Festival benefits the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, a local arts agency that supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education. For more information on the 2013 festival, visit


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Caliza Goes Pink


Funds raised benefit Sacred Heart and Susan G. Komen Foundation

ALYS BEACH, Fla.–Oct. 25, 2012–In an effort to support the fight against breast cancer and  to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research , Alys Beach and Executive Chef Kevin Korman hosted Caliza Goes Pink earlier this month at Caliza Pool & Restaurant in Alys Beach.  Proceeds generated from the special evening were nearly $7500, which will be donated to the Sacred Heart Cancer Center Emerald Coast Services and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

 “This year was an amazing success,” said Caliza Restaurant Executive Chef Kevin Korman. “We surpassed our fundraising goal and the event far exceeded my expectations. The team’s execution of the event was remarkable. The ambiance that was created by the lighting and dĂ©cor was nothing short of stunning.”

Event organizers hoped the event would be educational as well. Chef Korman created a menu that showcased the importance of incorporating cancer fighting foods into a healthy diet. While special guest speaker, Lisa Burwell, VIE co-owner and breast cancer survivor, shared heartfelt stories of her experience with the disease and strides that are being made to find a cure.

 “I think that all of the little details that were planned, such as the ‘one in eight pink napkins’ and the importance of eating cancer fighting foods, hit the mark to make an impact of the seriousness of the disease while still keeping the event light hearted and enjoyable,” added Chef Korman. “Overall I couldn’t be happier with the results and I hope that word will spread so that next year the event will be at the top of everyone’s list.”

The second annual Caliza Goes Pink nearly doubled the $4,000 goal, which was raised in 2011. Proceeds will be divided among the Sacred Heart Cancer Center Emerald Coast Services and Susan G Komen Foundation (Maryland affiliate).

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‘Noche de los Muertos’ Halloween Party – October 27, 2012!

“DJ G-Funk” will headline this year’s Noche de los Muertos–or “Night of the Dead”–adult costume party and dance at Caliza Pool in Alys Beach. 

An event known for amazing costumes and awesome music will also feature a $1000 cash prize for Best Costume.  Noche de los Muertos costume party will be held at Caliza Pool in Alys Beach, rain or shine, from 8 p.m. until 11:30pm on Saturday, October 27, 2012.  Bars accepting cash and credit will be available and costumes are required. The party is for guests ages 21 and older. Party tickets can be purchased for $45 online at through midnight of Friday, October 26 or at Fonville Press in Alys Beach through 3pm on Friday, October 26.  After that, tickets are only available at the door for $55 each.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Children’s Volunteer Health Network.

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Caliza Fights Against Breast Cancer

Special event and five course dinner to benefit Sacred Heart and Susan G. Komen Foundation

ALYS BEACH, Fla.–Sept. 27, 2012–In an effort to support the fight against breast cancer, Alys Beach and Executive Chef Kevin Korman will host Caliza Goes Pink, Oct. 10. The special evening will feature a delectable five course menu that incorporates cancer-fighting ingredients.

“Our goal is to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research,” said Caliza Restaurant Executive Chef Kevin Korman. “Breast cancer affects thousands of women each year, and it is very rewarding to come together with the community to raise money toward fighting the disease.”

The intimate poolside event will incorporate pink decor in recognition of national breast cancer awareness month. In keeping with the theme, Alys Beach is honored to have a very special guest speaker, Lisa Burwell, VIE co-owner and breast cancer survivor. Burwell will share her inspirational story and share some of the exciting strides the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation is making in finding a cure.
Chef Kevin Korman, the visionary for the event, has created a spectacular five course menu. From black tea-smoked squab to Sous Vide Halibut, each thoughtfully selected dish infuses cancer-fighting foods.

“Over the years I’ve done a lot of research on cancer-fighting ingredients such as beets, chard, radishes, spinach, tea, mushrooms, kale, cauliflower, and flax seed to name a few. I’ve worked to infuse these items as a cornerstone and add in unexpected elements,” shared Chef Korman. “My mother is a survivor and I have a vested interest in making this event a huge success.”

Last year’s event raised more than $4,000 and the organizers hope to exceed that figure this year. All proceeds will be donated to Sacred Heart Cancer Center Emerald Coast Services and Susan G Komen Foundation (Maryland affiliate).

Tickets are still available for the special Caliza Goes Pink evening for $200/person. To learn more or purchase tickets, call 850-213-5700.

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Alys Beach 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run, Sept. 2

ALYS BEACH, Fla.–August 12, 2012–Grab your running shoes, the race to Labor Day weekend is on. On Sunday, Sept. 2, Alys Beach will hold its inaugural Alys Beach 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. Located along Scenic Highway 30A in Northwest Florida, Alys Beach is a popular location for family beach vacations and holiday getaways and the 2012 Labor Day weekend will be packed with fun for the entire family.

“Since health and fitness is such an integral part of life at Alys Beach, we thought a 5K Fun Run would be the perfect addition to our fall calendar of events,” said Kelli Siler, Senior Events Manager at Alys Beach.  “Our goal is to create a family-friendly event that our homeowners, guests and visitors to 30A and South Walton can look forward to year after year.”

The 5K course begins and ends at the Alys Beach Amphitheatre, and winds throughout the 158-acre resort town, offering spectacular views the town architecture, diverse natural habitat and stunning white sand beaches. The course incorporates the nature trail, which meanders through 22-acres of pristine wetlands on the north end of Alys Beach, as well as some of the town’s newer developments and the Gulf Green on the south side of 30A.

The event will also include a one miler just for kids. Alys Beach knows kids just want to have fun so the team created a shorter one-mile course that is kid-friendly. Parents are welcome to tag along as a chaperone, but this race is designed specifically for children age 12 and under. At the completion of the race, all participants will each receive a medal. The amphitheatre will be the race headquarters and kids of all ages will have fun cooling down in the splash fountain and playing in the oversized inflatable obstacle course. Music and Piper’s Snack Bar and Charlie’s Doughnuts will enhance the festive atmosphere and day of family fun.

Registration is available online through and advance pricing for the 5K Fun Run is $20 for adults and $10 for kids (ages 12 and under). The 1-Mile Fun Run is also $10 for kids ages 12 and under. On-site registration is $35 for adults. Packet pick up will be held on Saturday, Sept. 1 at Fonville Press from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 2 at the Amphitheatre from 6 a.m. to 7:30 am. The 5K Race begins at 8 am and the 1-Mile Fun Run begins 9:30 a.m. at the Amphitheatre. Due to the differing course terrains, including sand, stone, grass and boardwalks, all-terrain strollers are. To learn more, visit



One of the most beautiful new towns in the world, Alys Beach is located on Scenic Highway 30A in Florida’s panhandle. The resort town’s extraordinary architectural vision drew inspirations from both Bermuda and the family courtyard homes of Antigua, Guatemala. When complete, Alys Beach will be home to 900 villas and courtyard homes, as well as restaurants, parks, shops and other resort amenities. Alys Beach is the firstFortified…for Safer LivingÂź community in the world, and all homes are built to Florida’s Green Home Designation Standard. For home sales or vacation rental information, call 866-481-8387 or visit

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Alys Beach Named Top 31 in Coastal Living

ALYS BEACH, Fla.–Aug. 9, 2012–Word is spreading quickly that Alys Beach, located along Scenic Highway 30A in Northwest Florida, is one of the best beach vacation spots in the world. Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, partnered with Coastal Living to share his top beach retreats and Alys Beach is among the premier beach vacations featured on his comprehensive list.

“We’re honored to be recognized by Dr. Leatherman,” said town founder Jason Comer. “We’ve worked hard to create a beach town that is aesthetically pleasing and creates a sense of community. Alys Beach has become a town where families feel at home, relaxed and at ease while enjoying the beautiful surroundings, stunning architecture and diverse amenities.”

Alys Beach was listed among the best beaches with “High Style,” joining the ranks of luxury beach locales, including East Hamptons, Malibu and Barbados.  The listing for the top spot recognizes Alys Beach for its “luxe, European-feel” and recognizes that “the New Urbanist town takes full advantage of its gorgeous setting along white sands and emerald Gulf water.”

Each year, Dr. Leatherman picks America’s top 10 beaches after considering factors such as sand softness, water temperature, pollution, and views. He is currently the director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research, and when he isn’t working, he retreats to his favorite seashores.


One of the most beautiful new towns in the world, Alys Beach is located on Scenic Highway 30A in Florida’s panhandle. The resort town’s extraordinary architectural vision drew inspirations from both Bermuda and the family courtyard homes of Antigua, Guatemala. When complete, Alys Beach will be home to 900 villas and courtyard homes, as well as restaurants, parks, shops and other resort amenities. Alys Beach is the firstFortified…for Safer LivingÂź community in the world, and all homes are built to Florida’s Green Home Designation Standard. For home sales or vacation rental information, call 866-481-8387 or visit

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Alys Shoppe Style Soiree, Alys Beach Partner to Create a Luxurious Pop-up Shopping Event

July 17, 2012

Curated e-commerce site,, and scenic Florida beach destination Alys Beach combine their efforts to showcase a stylish pop-up shop, called The Style Soiree. Celebrating the soon-to-open ‘Alys Shoppe’, the event will showcase ten designers from the highly acclaimed online shopping site. is known for its exquisite, hard-to-find fashion apparel, jewelry, accessories, home décor, gourmet food products, gifts and more.

Noted for its award-winning architecture and new urbanist design, Alys Beach is a favorite destination among sophisticated travelers. Recognizing similarities within the Taigan audience and level of aesthetic, Director of Retail for Alys Beach, Megan Trent, asked Taigan to partner in the debut event for the Alys Shoppe, The Style Soiree.

“It is a perfect fusion of our brands, and a solid introduction to what one might expect to see in The Alys Shoppe- designers not found anywhere in the region,” said Trent. is pleased to have been selected by Alys Beach to create this unique shopping experience, and agrees that consumers still enjoy interacting with well-crafted items and individual designers in person as well as online.

“We really enjoy meeting our shoppers, particularly at a venue as exquisite as Alys Beach. We both share a passion for simple elegance, exquisite craftsmanship and hard to find discoveries,” said Taigan CEO, Elizabeth Nichols. “As an online business, our shoppers access us around the world, at any time. There is something special about connecting shopper and designer in this way, and featuring items we know will be wonderfully well received at this event.”

Since its launch two and a half years ago, Taigan has been recognized as the tasteful collection of lifestyle brands, making it easier for the sophisticated shopper to source for difficult to find items. Hosting 140+ merchants and growing weekly, the site has generated a healthy following among affluent shoppers, similar to the destination vacationers and homeowners at Alys Beach.

The Style Soiree is free and open to the public Thursday, July 26 from 4-8 p.m at the Caliza Pool Cabanas at Alys Beach. Vie Magazine is a headline sponsor of the event, serving a signature cocktail to attendees of the event. Taigan designers include 88 by Sandy Simonian designer jewelry of Honolulu, HI; Amaya Textiles women’s fashion apparel of Chapel Hill, NC; Bounkit designer jewelry of New York, NY; Glamourpuss NYC designer women’s fashion apparel and accessories of New York, NY; Jules Reid designer apparel of Virginia Beach, VA; Karen Adams designer stationary of Memphis, TN; Keiko designer men’s and women’s bathing suits of New York, NY; Lance Woven Leather designer home dĂ©cor and accessories of East Norwalk, CT; S. Carter Designs designer jewelry of Atlanta, GA and Turkish-T designer home linens. An additional independent designer notable for their ‘Made in The USA’ classic Southern dresses, is Jolie & Elizabeth, of New Orleans, LA.

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2012 DG Festival Winners!

The clouds parted just in time for over 3,000 guests to enjoy the internationally-renowned Digital Graffiti Festival at Alys Beach on June 8 and 9th.

On both nights attendees were wowed by digital art submitted by 25 finalists from around the world as their installments were projected onto the white walls of Alys Beach.

A panel of judges including Digital Graffiti Curator, Brett Phares; Jason Eppink, Assistant Curator of Digital Media at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City; Max Watman, National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellow and author; and Lucia Fishburne, Florida’s State Film Commissioner all judged the finalists and awarded six artists $10,000 in cash prizes.

Best of Show ($5,000)
“Star Cycle #1” by Yoshi Sodeoka of New York, New York

Curator’s Choice ($1,000)
“Fermata (Dive)” by Brian Patrick Franklin of Normal, IL

Florida Grown ($1,000)
“Zombie Dragonfly Discotheque” by David Montgomery of Fernandina Beach, FL

Best Animation ($1,000)
“Tableau Viviant” by Tomasz Wlazlak of Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland

Most Innovative ($1,000)
“Neons Melody” by Jean-Michael Rolland of Paris, France

Most Experimental ($1,000)
“The End” by Joel Swanson of Denver, CO

Alys Beach thanks all of the artists who submitted entries to this year’s festival, congratulates the 25 finalists and the six ultimate winners.

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