A new event will be held on St. George Island this Saturday, the Art & Wine Splash, showcasing local art and artists, as well as specially-chosen red and white wines.

Over 35 artists will be exhibiting at 23 retail stores, and wine will flow at seven of the establishments. “The Business Association was looking for a way to entertain visitors during the Columbus Day weekend and get them into the local businesses,” said Elaine Rosenthal, event organizer.

“This event should attract art lovers, wine tasters, and visitors looking to stroll along the streets of our beach community during the best time of year,” said Sheila Hauser, of Collins Vacation Rentals.

The artists have been paired with businesses, and a map listing the retailers and artists will be provided. “We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the number of artists wishing to participate. Painters, sculptors, driftwood artists, shell artists, jewelers, photographers, and woodworkers have been signed up,” said Sandy Dixon, owner of Sadie’s Seahorse. “Some are well known while others are exhibiting for the first time.”

There will be no charge to simply view the art from noon until 6 p.m. Franklin County School students will have a showing in Lighthouse Park.

Starting at 3 p.m. an imprinted wine glass, for $20, will serve as the “ticket” for sampling the vino. Glasses will be available at Sadie’s Seahorse, Sometimes It’s Hotter, The Cut, and Island Dog on the day of the event. At each of the pouring sites, both a white and a red will be available for tasting.

“We’ve tried to select a variety of wines, both red and white, that you would purchase for special occasions,” said Karen Rudder, chair of the wine committee.

“And that are available locally,” added Connie Dehner, owner of The Cut.

Journeys of St. George will run golf carts in a circular loop throughout the commercial district for anyone who tires of walking. More information and a list of participating merchants and artists can be found at sgiSplash.com or by calling (850) 251-8655. This event is partially funded by the Tourist Development Council.