Artistry takes over Main Street

Paintings, sculptures, woodwork, fabric arts, automotive design on display

Brian Hughes | Special to the News Bulletin/USA TODAY NETWORK

CRESTVIEW — Downtown Crestview was the place to ogle artistic eye candy of many genres May 15 when the Main Street Crestview Association’s art show met the Spanish Trail Cruiser Club’s rescheduled car show.

Hundreds of visitors enjoyed a flawless spring day in downtown Crestview as they enjoyed local art and classic cars.
Seen from the top of the fully extended 107-foot ladder on the Crestview Fire Department’s new ladder truck, Main Street is lined for blocks with classic and contemporary vehicles during the Spanish Trail Cruiser’s Average Joe Car Show.

“My husband’s off looking at the cars while we’re checking out the homemade jewelry,” resident Betty Linden said as she and her daughter, Eva, admired the handicrafts lining Courthouse Terrace before rejoining her husband, Tom.

“He wanted to go off and see the Mustangs,” Betty explained.

Soon after the Crestview Art Show’s 9 a.m. opening, art lovers begin browsing the local handiworks that filled Courthouse Terrace and overflowed into the courthouse south parking lot.
Hashtag Swing provides great tunes from the big band era as folks admire old vehicles in the background during the art and car show May 15.

With the big band music of Hashtag Swing keeping toes tapping, a beautiful day unfolded warm and sunny, drawing crowds downtown by the several hundreds.

Towering above it all was the Crestview Fire Department’s new ladder truck, its extendable ladder soaring 107 feet into the sky over the intersection of Main Street and Beech Avenue. Attendees got to learn about firefighting equipment, and kids got their pictures taken sitting in the cab.

Spanish Trail Cruisers Club President John Colby said it was one of the club’s best car shows to date, both in terms of visitors as well as exhibitors. Almost 200 cars entered the show, while more than 50 artists exhibited at the Crestview Art Show, organizers said.

The Okaloosa County Courthouse forms a stately backdrop for classic cars during the Spanish Trail Cruisers’ annual car show.
Among the youngest artists to exhibit at the Main Street Crestview Association’s Art Show was Sean Stout, a student at Davidson Middle School, who produces children’s model components on his 3D printer.

Crestview Mayor JB Whitten and his wife, Anne, strolled the art show exhibits, then checked under the hoods of the car show vehicles. Later he awarded the Mayor’s Trophy for his selection as the best of show.

“It was a ’55 Chevrolet Bel Air,” he said, noting his decision came only after much deliberation. “It’s gorgeous inside and out! It was hard to choose just one when there were so many other beautifully restored cars to consider.”

Crafts with a distinctive Wild West flair displayed at the Crestview Art Show include this set of coat hooks made of six-shooter pistol reproductions.
This firefighter’s-eye view of the May 15 downtown festivities shows classic cars up and down Main Street and local artists’ works exhibited on Courthouse Terrace and parking lot, right.

The art show was a program of the Mayor’s Cultural Series, and after its success last weekend, Whitten said it will likely become an annual event.