Artwalk's the walk

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 09:54 AM.

In fine arts, first place went to Apalachicola ’s Richardson, who works in oils. Second was taken by water colorist Cassie Tucker of Wakulla County . Apalachicola ’s Spohrer received an honorable mention.

The top award for pop art went to basket weaver Rabon. Second was taken by ceramic sculptor Ann Eason of Cape San Blas. Sue Ellen McMillan won an honorable mention for her multimedia paintings using pottery shards, broken jewelry and personal keepsakes of all kinds.

Two Apalachicola artists led the field in photography. Richard Bickel took first for his stunning portrayals of the people of the Apalachicola Bay and more exotic locales. Lane Autrey took second for her artful portrayals of natural beauty. Charlie Sawyer of Tallahassee won an honorable mention.

Anita Grove, director of the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce and Artwalk organizer, said judging the art was a late addition to the event and she will work to refine the process over the next year.

The crowd grew until parking was at a premium and hundreds of visitors wandered from booth to gallery to shop. In the afternoon, the second phase of Artwalk began at 2 p.m. when 17 restaurants and bistros opened their doors for an open-air wine tasting and many offered special dishes in honor of the occasion. Several of the venues featured live music.

Grove said about 250 people paid to sample wine.

Dale Julian of Downtown Books said she had an extremely busy day on Saturday. She hosted a book signing for author Scott Marlowe in addition to welcoming three artists to her sidewalk.

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