This weekend was The Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival in downtown Pensacola, Fl.
It’s an event I’ve attended many many times growing up, one of my most favorite our area hosts annually.
The festival is centered in the delightful downtown historic Pensacola, and boasts over 200 national and international artists, performers, and musicians.
They also have an entire Children’s Art Festival dedicated to artists in schools, where my seventh grader played percussion while performing with his schools Jazz band this year.
We spent some time at the festival this weekend, where the kids got to do hands on crafts, listen to music in the park, and I got to be in heaven for a little while browsing though the vast sea of creativity.
Here’s Isaac having a bit fun in the kids area painting with string and popsicle sticks.
At first I wasn’t sure if the artists would mind if I snapped photos of their displays, but all were extremely friendly and none seemed to mind.
I grabbed a handful of business cards of some that caught my eye (I’ll include those links above any photos I snapped).
Check out these sculptures using real leaves. Absolutely remarkable! Check out the art of John Wayne Jackson and Paige Jackson at ImagineThatCreations.com
The fantasy art by Randal Spangler captured my eye right away, I’ve truly never seen anything like it. A glimpse at his website reveals his dragon characters reside in a magical land, which is captured to perfection in his art.
These glass sculptures were glittering in the sun.
James Floyd is a self-proclaimed Folk Luthier, and soon to be famous for his cigar box guitars. His guitar creations were vast- my favorite was this sled guitar. Unbelievable.
Of course no festival is complete without a taste of something delicious, so Arah, Victoria, and I stopped in for some gelato and a chai tea at one of our favorite local spots called Dolce.
Oh, and of course we had to grab some roasted pecans and cashews from a street vendor.
On our walk back to the car, we happened upon some sweet ladies from the Gulfcoast Calligraphy Guild (who even knew there is one of those?) handing out free personalized bookmarks, so those were a must.
While we were waiting for our names written in the most perfect calligraphy ever, Arah and Victoria realized that it was the perfect area for a few photo ops at some of the historic Pensacola areas. So we had a bit of fun.
What weekend adventure with a couple of adorable young ladies would be complete without a shameless selfie?
The perfect ending for a perfect day!
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