A. Wickey Gallery is expanding again, and the artist invites the public to come out and see her new works.
Allison Wickey has opened two spaces at the Village of South Walton in Seacrest Beach: one in a kiosk in Peddlers' Pavilions, and another in a gallery behind La Cocina Mexican Restaurant.
A. Wickey at the Pavilion carries small art, accessories, and clothing from mostly local artists. There are fun hats from Ecuador, necklaces, scarves, clothing items by Nicole Paloma, and handcrafted accessories by Haute by Gaelle Le Goff.
Shoppers will find Wickey's larger pieces of original artwork, as well as that of 10 others she carries, in her large 2,000-square-foot A. Wickey Studio Gallery.
Wickey attended art school, but says she never wanted to be a starving artist. So, she stumbled into the artistic realm when she started as a mural/faux-finish business in St. Louis, which began when she needed funds to rehab a house she had purchased.
"People saw the faux-finish mural I did for that house and they wanted one like it," she said.
The business spread to friends and further via word of mouth. The artist has now considered herself a professional working artist since 2000.
She moved to South Walton in 2007.
In her new surroundings, Wickey is inspired by the scenic Coastal Dune Lakes, local landscapes, herons, and other shorebirds.
Wickey creates her current artwork using Venetian plastic and acrylics on wood. Before completion, her textured paintings go through a 13-step, four-day process involving Venetian plaster, acrylic paint, glazes, and an orbital sander.
Her striking and unusual style earned her the designation of Walton County Artist of the Year for 2011.
In using the large gallery as a working studio, Wickey hopes to offer a diversified art experience. The new location is the realization of a dream by Wickey to give visitors an intimate behind-the-scenes peek at how art is created while also offering the experience of a large gallery with a variety of work displayed and available for purchase.
"I want to eliminate the intimidation level that can be common in many galleries and give our visitors a personal and welcoming experience,” she said.
For the past two years, Wickey has owned and operated her gallery from north Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Prior to that, her artwork was carried by Anne Hunter in the same space at what was then known as World Six Gallery, where Wickey was often found at work painting as the artist in residence.
"I needed more space, bigger work space, and was looking to expand," she said of the move. "This came along at the right time."
Other artists she carries include the varied art of Francisco Adaro, Mary Hong, Paul Reynolds, Chelsea Nunn, Justin Lyons, Cody Copeland, Steve Wagner, Betsey Williamson, Christon Anderson, and Teresa Cline.
Wickey has been featured in Southern Living, Veranda, New Old House, and Better Homes and Gardens.
Her latest jewel in her crown was painting a 16-foot by 12-foot mural inside Rosemary Beach's new boutique hotel, The Pearl.
Gallery hours are 12 to 4 p.m. weekdays and kiosk hours are 12 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
For more information call 420-8419 or visit www.allisonwickey.com or visit the new A. Wickey Studio Gallery at the Village of South Walton at 10343 East County Road 30A, Unit No. 130 in Seacrest Beach.