SANDESTIN — For hundreds of guests and more than 150 artists, Mother’s Day weekend was spent at the ArtsQuest Fine Arts & Music Festival in The Town Center at Grand Boulevard.

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County has organized this event for three decades. Original artwork for view and for purchase, as well as live music, is highlighted each year.

Saturday was no exception. Artists who work in ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, oils and acrylics, digital art, photography, sculpture, wood and works on paper (watercolor, printmaking, pastels, pencils, ink) were featured.

Artists featured in the Cultural Art Alliance’s booth are required to volunteer for at least four hours during the festival, according to volunteer Donelle Clark. Jobs include delivering water, helping other artists, watching the roads, manning the entrances and providing information to guests.

New to this year’s event were sculptures from the Underwater Museum of Art, showcased before departing into the Gulf of Mexico in a 1-acre permit patch of seabed off Grayton Beach State Park, according to Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County Executive Director Jennifer Steele.

ArtsQuest started in 1988 as a one-day event before the Cultural Arts Alliance was founded. It eventually inspired the formation of the foundation. The event grew into a two-day event geared toward celebrating the diverse artists in the area as well as enjoying the weekend with your mother.

Mothers aren't the only ones to benefit from the festival. ImagiNation — a camp for kids organized by the Cultural Arts Alliance — provides activities for children. This year’s theme was “Under the Sea” in honor of the Underwater Museum of Art launch.

More than 100 Walton County students showcased their original work along with Northwest Florida State College students.

Emerald Coast Theatre Co. performed Aesop’s Fables, The REP Theatre performed “Stories Under the Sea,” 30A Dancewave performed and Ohana Records’ Rock the Road played music.

More than 100 Walton County students participating in the ImagiNation camp showcased their original work, along with a variety of art from South Walton high School and Northwest Florida State College Students.

Guests strolled through Grand Boulevard, sipping cocktails, listening to music, tasting a variety of food and browsing the talents the Northwest Florida artistic community had to offer.

ArtsQuest continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday