New North Okaloosa art guild plans next meeting, demonstrations

Arts guild

Eighteen area artists gathered March 20 at the Journey Java Connection in downtown Crestview to form a north county artists' guild.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, March 24, 2014 at 05:16 PM.

CRESTVIEW — North county artists can expect more gatherings for sharing creative techniques after an organizational meeting's attendance exceeded expectations.

Eighteen painters, fabric and textile artists, photographers, a wood craftsman, jewelers and sculptors attended the March 20 organizational meeting at the downtown Journey Java Connection.

The response pleased textile and bookbinding artist Mary Richardson, who served as moderator.

"I was thrilled by the turnout," Richardson said. "In my mind, I was hoping for 10 people..."

The local artists' guild's next meeting is tentatively 4 p.m. April 17 at a location to be announced soon, Richardson said.

At the kickoff meeting, artists discussed their philosophies about art, described their areas of interest, and were unanimous in their desire to maintain the group's informality.

Attendees said they find inspiration and encouragement in observing other artists at work.

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