Creativity Around Every Corner: Explore South Walton’s Outdoor Art and Murals
South Walton is known for its breathtaking views, sugar-white sand and waves of fun along the Gulf Coast. What may be surprising to some first-time visitors is the endless creative opportunities in our 16 beach neighborhoods.
Art galleries can be found throughout the destination, but let’s take a step outside the gallery and see where you can enjoy some of South Walton’s most popular outdoor art and murals.
The first stop takes you to the corner of Garfield Drive and Hotz Avenue, right across the street from the iconic Red Bar.
Grayt Wall of Art – Grayton Beach
The moment you step foot in Grayton Beach, you can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of community and creativity. Musicians and artists have long called this funky beach neighborhood home, so it should come as no surprise that an everyday fence has become a must-see attraction. The Grayt Wall of Art, which features a variety of works from local artists, was created to inspire both visitors and locals alike. From cactus and flip flops to American flags and sea life, this outdoor art gallery is continually adding new pieces, so be sure to stop by each time you visit!
You can easily flutter down to the next stop by bike.
Butterfly Mural – Modus Gallery, Grayton Beach
The Shops of Grayton are filled with art studios, including former South Walton Artists of the Year Mary Hong and Andy Saczynski, as well as photographer and South Walton local Chandler Williams, the man behind Modus Photography. Before exploring Williams’ pieces, snap a photo of your own in front of the Grayton Butterfly. Looking for more must-see spots in this area? Grab a cup of coffee at Black Bear Bread Co. and explore the Dog Wall, featuring local four-legged friends.
Swing by Seaside next to check out a larger than life mural.
Vincent Sully – Seaside
Known as the Father of New Urbanism, Vincent Scully was a world-renowned architect and professor to the creators of Seaside. Artist Andrew Pisacane, an urban artist from New York City, created this masterpiece that can be seen in the heart of the Seaside. The mural is the perfect place for visitors to document their trip to Seaside, which just so happens to be the birthplace of New Urbanism in South Walton. In the summertime, the green will be filled with parked bicycles and visitors enjoying this piece of history.
You’ll find your next stop right down 30A.
Cow at Cowgirl Kitchen – Seagrove
In South Walton, we would never “steer” you wrong when it comes to great art! Cowgirl Kitchen, nestled along Highway 30A in Seagrove is whipping up some our visitor’s favorite dishes. After wrapping up your meal, be sure to snap a picture with the pink cow, which adorns this Seagrove eateries' outside wall. It’s hard to pass up a good photo op, right?
In between the lush courtyards and Euro-inspired homes, live the next stop.
Rosemary Beach Sculpture Exhibition - Rosemary Beach
Recently recognized by Architectural Digest as one of the Most Beautiful Main Streets Across America, Rosemary Beach has more than European-inspired homes and charming courtyards for visitors to enjoy. The Rosemary Beach Sculpture Exhibition (RBSE), a biennial juried art show shares contemporary outdoor sculptures throughout this beach neighborhood. A staple to visit along this trail of art is the “Blue Dog,” located in the heart of Rosemary. New pieces will be added to the RBSE Memorial Day 2021.
Great food and breathtaking views come standard at our next spot.
Taco Wings at NBTC – Santa Rosa Beach
Nestled along the Choctawhatchee Bay is one of Santa Rosa Beach’s newest restaurants, North Beach Tortilla Co. Known for their southwestern approach to their menu and long list of tequila and cocktail options, this is a spot you will want to stay and soak in a South Walton sunset. Their laid-back atmosphere and local art are what make this a must-see. Local artist and 2013 South Walton Artist of the Year Andy Saczynski’s “Taco Wings” draw inspiration from his cubism and folk art roots.
Alys Beach - Architecture and Sculptures
Alys Beach is a piece of art on its own - pulling inspiration from the Mediterranean and Bermuda, all with the gracious character of courtyard living. The Butteries along 30A mark your arrival, while the white-stucco walls and color-filled courtyards are a picture-perfect escape. As you explore the grounds of this beach neighborhood, you will find various sculptures, including the Turtle Bale, Wooden Horse, Tänzerin, and their newest addition, Recline in Blue.
Whether you’re exploring our 16 unique neighborhoods for hidden outdoor gems or the gallery scene is more your style, South Walton has a wide variety of opportunities to explore the arts. For more information about the South Walton art scene, click here.