Allison Wickey expands into Seacrest for a unique art experience

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 04:11 PM.

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.



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