Legal Graffiti: Art goes high tech at the annual Alys Beach event

Published: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 11:43 AM.

With its stark-white architecture, Alys Beach is the perfect canvas for an arts festival.

However, when the town's evangelist, Mike Ragsdale, was looking to create an event for the urban community it had to be different from all of the activities along 30A.

"It had to be as unique as Alys Beach," Ragsdale said. "Not another wine or music festival."

With his background in technology (he developed several online communities for America Online and is the mastermind behind, Ragsdale imagined an event where art was more interactive and larger than ever.

"Instead of traditional art, we invite artists to project their digital art on the white architecture," he said. "After six years it's grown into one of the most unique festivals, and the first projected art festival in the world."

Right now, only 10 percent of Alys Beach is covered during the event. As the festival grows, Ragsdale said he'd like to see the entire seaside community covered with the colorful, graphic designs.

"It's going to keep getting bigger," he said.

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