Paint the News: Allison Wickey launches Walton Sun community art display

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CALL TO ARTISTS: If you are an artist who would like to be involved in the Walton Sun’s Paint the News effort, contact April Gaffka at or call 850-654-8488.

Kathy Harrison | The Sun
Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 01:39 PM.

You’ve heard of Cows on Parade? How about News on Parade?

Through the years, The Walton Sun's boxes have been easy to spot in bright yellow containers. But select containers in beach communities around South Walton are now getting a new, more sophisticated and stylish look — thanks to the many artists that call South Walton home.

One by one the boxes are going to be transformed into pieces of artwork reflective of our beautiful area and the creativity of its residents.

The artwork on the inaugural Paint the News box is the work of Walton County 's 2011 Artist of the Year, Allison Wickey.

"I was very flattered to be asked to do it," said the artist.

Wickey is known for her depictions of local landscapes, the Gulf, dunes, and the area's special pine trees. When she paints, she likes to create from a bird's eye view.

"I like the thought of being able to see everything at one time," said Wickey.

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