First Art Show of Its Kind Held in DeFuniak Springs

Story and photos by JENNA BAILEY
Saturday, October 14, marked a historic event for DeFuniak Springs and the Walton County art community. Said historical event was the introduction of the first pop-up art show in DeFuniak Springs of its kind. The event was held in the alley way across from The Book Store; behind the Naylor Realty and Herald Breeze offices. The venue was a warehouse with painted white brick walls clung to by wayward vines as well as other industrial elements such as exposed metal pipes, stainless steel fixtures, large windows and concrete flooring. The combination of the industrial backdrop, colorful paintings and the warm set up of the refreshments area made for a charming and elegant atmosphere. For the event artists from all over Walton County placed their artwork on display for art appreciators to enjoy. Art lovers socialized with artists and fellow attendees whilst enjoying a variety of wines to choose from and delicious food. The idea for this pop-up art show first came to artist John Murphy, who saw DeFuniak’s potential to become a booming art community. Murphy, along with Bruce Naylor and Alex Alexander, organized the event. It took about two months to bring the show into fruition. There was a large turnout at the event with many of the attendees being from the south Walton area. Another sign of the growing interest in DeFuniak Springs by residents of south Walton who more and more are seeing the charm and potential of the town.