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Digital Graffiti is ON! June 9th Gates open at 8:30 PM

Digital Graffiti and Alys’ Beach are thrilled to announce that the show will go on tonight!

Gates open at 8:30pm and be sure to wear your dancing shoes if you dare…DJ Chachi from NYC will be cranking out some amazing music from Caliza Pool and ticket holders will enjoy all of the art and culture that this festival brings!

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Digital Graffiti Details!

A red carpet party, DJ from New York, signature cocktails, surprise displays and interactive exhibits all make for the most exciting weekend on 30A with the Fifth Annual Digital Graffiti Festival scheduled for June 8-9th at Alys Beach.

“We have traffic on the Digital Graffiti website from all over the world – nearly 100 countries! It is amazing how Digital Graffiti has put Alys Beach, 30A, Florida, and the US on the map for digital art,” said Kelli Siler of Alys Beach.

Music has always been an integral part of Digital Graffiti, particularly when the party on Saturday night is in full swing at the Caliza Pool. This year will be no different with guest DJ Chachi flying in from New York to spin tunes from a very special location at the pool on Saturday night. Check him out at djchachi.com

In addition to the juried works of art are several interactive exhibits including JD’s Funhouse from Panama City. A video image of yourself is projected, filtered and then you are portrayed as rock star, circus performer, or avatar option. This display will be placed in Central Park for all guests to enjoy.

GET THE DIGITAL GRAFFITI APP:

Guests are encouraged to download the 30A App prior to attending the festival.

“We’re working with 30A.com again this year to create the ultimate mobile companion for the Digital Graffiti festival,” said Siler. “The free mobile app will feature information about all exhibits, enabling attendees to learn a little about each artist and entry real-time, at their own pace. The mobile Digital Graffiti guide will also feature useful facts about event parking, ticketing and other festival-related info.

Siler said that the information will be available during the festival on June 8th and 9th, on both the 30A iPhone app and the 30A Android app. Both mobile apps are available for free download now at 30A.com.

FRIDAY, JUNE 8:

Friday night’s Gallery Stroll will allow guests to interact with the artists in a more intimate salon-style setting with the Caliza Restaurant taking a limited number of reservations for dinner. There will also be a cash bar at the Caliza Pool, but no party.

SATURDAY, JUNE 9:

Join VIE magazine as they team up with Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach, Florida to introduce “me + vie = dg: Meet me at the Red Carpet,” a pre-party for all festival attendees. The red-carpet event will be held at Fonville press on Saturday, June 9 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.—until the gates open for the Digital Graffiti festival. Kick off the night with pre-festival cocktails, tapas, and photo opportunities, all to the music of a live DJ. Along with VIE’s complimentary signature “VIEtini,” wine, beer, champagne, and tapas will be available for purchase. Photos of the party will be published in the JULY/AUGUST 2012 issue of VIE and online at viezine.com. The party is free for Digital Graffiti attendees. Meet me at the Red Carpet” at Fonville Press with your friends to kick off the evening.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Adult tickets are $30 for Friday night’s Gallery Stroll, and $50 for Saturday night.

Children’s tickets (12 and under) may be purchased for $10 for each night online at digitalgraffiti.com or at Fonville Press in Alys Beach. This event will sell out so advance purchase of tickets is strongly recommended.

For more information, please email Kelli Arnold at events@alysbeach.com, call (toll-free) 1-866-481-8390 or visit www.digitalgraffiti.com.

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Congrats to the 2012 Digital Graffiti Finalists!

From hundreds of submissions from around the world, Alys Beach announces today the 25 digital artists finalists who will now compete for $10,000 in cash prizes at the Fifth Annual Digital Graffiti Festival on June 8th and 9th at Alys Beach.

Prizes will be awarded in various categories and judged by a panel of art and industry experts. The winning categories include Best of Show, Most Innovative/Experimental Submission, Best in Florida, Best Animated Submission and Curator’s Choice. All winners will be announced on the evening of June 9th at the Caliza Pool.

This one of a kind juried festival allows digital artists to explore how their fluid forms intersect with technology and wrap the architecture of Alys Beach to create entirely new art forms. Guests who attend Digital Graffiti are able to view these installments and glimpse the latest in digital art and technology.

2012 Digital Graffiti Finalists

1. “becoming” by Belinda Haikes of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2. “BFF” by Elisa Harkins

3. “chiral” by Robert Seidel of Berlin, Germany

4. “Doodle Defense” by Andy Wallace of New York, New York

5. “Emergence” by Jaysen Haibech of Collingwood, Australia

6. “Faces, Places, and Body Parts” by Francis Sileo of Annapolis, Maryland

7. “Fermata (Dive)” by Brian Patrick Franklin of Normal, Illinois

8. “Flight of Memory” by Victoria Febrer & Pedro J. Padilla of Astoria, New York

9. “Full Moon” by Yandell Walton and Tobias Edwards of Collingwood, Australia

10. “In Vitro” by Brian Ratigan of Jacksonville, Florida

11. “Magnetic Field” by Dmitry Kmelnitsky of Venice, California

12. “Neons Melody” by Jean-Michael Rolland of Paris, France

13. “Passing By” by Andres Koczka of Copenhagen, Denmark

14. “Please Call Stella” by Black & Jones of Clarksville, Tennessee

15. “Secret Lives” by Alessandro Perini of Malamo, Sweden

16. “Star Cycle #1” by Yoshi Sodeoka

17. “Stutter Light” by Ann Catherine Cater of Nashville, Tennessee

18. “Suspension” by Steven Grambergs of Suwanee, Georgia

19. “Switch” by Liat Berdugo of Providence, Rhode Island

20. “Tableau Viviant” by Tomasz Wlaźlak of Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland

21. “The End” by Joel Swanson of Denver, Colorado

22. “The Pig” by Mark Franz of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

23. “Untitled” by Kate Shannon of Mansfield, Ohio

24. “Zombie Dragonfly Discotheque” by David Montgomery of Fernandina Beach, Florida

25. “1,111 Windows to the Soul” by Michael Bowen of St Petersburg, Florida

Digital Graffiti expands to two evenings…

Friday night’s Gallery Stroll will allow guests to interact with the artists in a more intimate salon-style setting with the Caliza Restaurant taking a limited number of reservations for dinner. There will also be a cash bar at the Caliza Pool, but no party. The festivities will continue on Saturday night with VIE Magazine’s Meet me at The Red Carpet from 6:30-8:30pm at Fonville Press, then the festival gates open and the evening ends with the traditional pool party at the architecturally acclaimed Caliza Pool.

Adult tickets are $30 for Friday night’s Gallery Stroll, and $50 for Saturday night.

Children’s tickets (12 and under) may be purchased for $10 for each night online at digitalgraffiti.com or at Fonville Press in Alys Beach. This event will sell out so advance purchase of tickets is strongly recommended.

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Digital Graffiti 2012

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.

An additional evening at this year’s festival includes an open air Salon, where artists are available to discuss their work with attendees. During the festival weekend, various art workshops, hosted by Alys Beach in conjunction with the Cultural Arts Alliance, are available for all to attend.
Florida Travel and Life lists Digital Graffiti Festival in their January/February 2012 issue as one of the must-not miss “52 Amazing Weekends” for 2012.
“The homes of Alys Beach create the perfect canvas to project these brilliant works. Digital Graffiti is an illuminating celebration that focuses on the art of our time!” says Daniel Garcia Sales Operation Manager of Florida Travel and Life
ABOUT DIGITAL GRAFFITI
Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is the world’s first outdoor projection art festival, with artists using the latest technologies to create original works that are then projected across the town’s iconic white walls and will take place June 8 & 9, 2012. www.digitalgraffiti.com

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In the News

‘A Poem for South Walton’ Wins One Lucky Traveler the Vacation of a Lifetime
Central Florida Resident Wins “Find Your Perfect Beach” Contest
Ashley Spencer of Gotha, Fla. was named the grand prize winner of South Walton’s “Find Your Perfect Beach” Contest, which celebrated the tradition of the family beach photo by encouraging South Walton visitors to post photos and memories of their beach vacations. A panel of judges selected her photo and creative poem entry from among 15 finalists (after receiving hundreds of entries), giving her and her family an amazing week-long vacation in the South Walton beach neighborhood of her choice.
The vacation package – valued at more than $15,000 – includes transportation for four, a six-night, seven-day stay in one of 15 distinct beach neighborhoods, and a number of activities unique to the area.
            Spencer and her family chose Alys Beach! We are excited to welcome Spencer and her family this summer, and many thanks to Ms. Spencer for choosing Alys Beach!

 

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30A Songwriters Festival Returns to Caliza this January!

Songwriters from across the country will gather on Florida’s Emerald Coast over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend (January 13 – 15, 2012) for the third annual 30-A Songwriters Festival, produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County.
The event brings together talented songwriters and musicians from around the country to perform in unique venues amid a backdrop of brilliant white sand beaches, turquoise waters and stunning architecture. The three-day festival will feature more than 125 musicians and over 250 performances in venues ranging from intimate listening rooms to spacious outdoor amphitheaters all along Highway 30-A.  Caliza Pool & Restaurant will be Alys Beach’s featured venue.
Headlining acts for 2012 include Indigo Girls, Rodney Crowell, The Bangles, Shawn Mullins, Sam Bush Band and Matthew Sweet. Make plans to stay and enjoy all the music with special festival packages offered through Rosemary Beach Cottage Rental Company!

See the talented line-up and get tickets now at 30Asongwritersfestival.com

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A Mermaid Emerges in Alys Beach

From his studio in Grayton Beach, artist and sculptor Steve Wagner smiles at the thought of his first public art installation in Arboleda Park at Alys Beach. At home, he sits back in his chair and envisions his mermaid safely nestled amid the crashing waves of yaupon holly in the new park located east of Caliza Pool and north off Nonesuch Way.
“I can just see her on a full moon night,” he said, “surrounded by yaupon holly shrubs that have been shaped to look like waves. I love that the experience will be environmental. It reflects her essence.”  The “her” that he is referring to is Alys Beach’s art installation, Leda the Mermaid. At almost 1,800 pounds, Leda will be hard to miss. The stone sculpture is an enlarged version of his original sculpture, which he crafted by hand at his studio in Grayton Beach.
It has been a bit of a process before Leda will find her home in Alys Beach. Originally, Town Founder Jason Comer had approached Steve to create a fountain, but when Steve showed Jason a sculpture he was working on, the idea for an outdoor installation began.
Always inspired by the works of Italian sculptor and painter Modigliani, and unhappy with a sculpture at his home, Steve decided to carve a new face with
stylized eyes from the stone. Scales were added to her hair to evoke a mermaid, and Leda was born. But Alys Beach, being on the forefront of design, didn’t need a small sculpture. Jason and town architects Erik and Marieanne Khoury-Vogt envisioned something more befitting the grand scale of the community. Leda needed to grow. And she needed to grow by four feet.
 To accomplish this, Steve worked with Digital Atelier to create a 3-D model of Leda and then had that model enlarged and carved out of a giant block of Styrofoam, coated with vinyl spackle, and then refined. This pattern version of Leda was used to craft a precise mold from which the sculpture was cast, which was placed into what Steve affectionately refers to as a giant steam oven. “She was steamed under pressure,” he said, “and came out at 7000 psi. She came out perfect.”
“Steve’s sculptures have always been compelling to us as abstracted figural pieces,” Erik explained. “They are obviously inspired by the work of Modigliani but with a more humanized, softer interpretation of the human face. The perfectly white finish of the piece matches our sand and is a wonderful (though by no means mandatory) complement to the architecture of Alys.
“In addition, we love how Steve has tied the piece to Alys Beach and the park by naming her Leda, a contraction of the park name, and referencing the presence of the Gulf by way of her scalloped mermaid’s hair and the shaping of the ‘wave’ yaupon hedge out of which she emerges.” Arboleda, which means “grove of trees” in Spanish, was inspired by the mixture of formal and informal plantings that comprise the park. Leda is coming this October!

Artist Steve Wagner ran a successful graphic design company in Atlanta, Georgia, before moving to the beach. The beauty of 30A inspired him to

return to his fine arts roots. A series of landscapes, painted plein air, was recently featured in the Cultural Arts Association Design Showcase Home.

A collection of nudes is currently being shown at the World Six Gallery, and his sculptures are sold in galleries in St. Barts.

 

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Leda in Arboleda Park

From his studio in Grayton Beach artist and sculptor Steve Wagner smiles at the thought of his first public art installation in Alys Beach. He sits back in his chair, and envisions his mermaid at home, safely nestled amid the crashing waves of Yaupon holly in the new Arboleda Park.

“I can just see her on a full moon night,” he said, “Surrounded by Yaupon bushes that have been shaped to look like waves. I love that the experience will be plant-like. It reflects her essence.”

 The “her” that he is referring to is Alys Beach’s public art installation, Leda the Mermaid. At almost 1,800 pounds, Leda will be hard to miss.The stone sculpture is an enlarged version of his original sculpture, which he crafted by hand at his studio in Grayton Beach.

Artist Steve Wagner ran a successful graphic design company in Atlanta, GA. before moving to the beach. The beauty of 30A inspired him to return to his fine arts roots. A series of landscapes, painted plein air, was recently featured in the Cultural Arts Association Design Showcase Home. A collection of nudes is currently being shown at the World Six Gallery and his sculpture is sold in galleries in St. Barts.

Stay tuned as we update you on the artistic process and placement of Leda in Alys Beach.

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