'The Carmel Sea + The Emerald Coast' meets at Hidden Lantern

melody bogle

Last year artist Melody Bogle visited Carmel and painted outdoors on that coast.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 05:03 PM.

Seagrove Beach artist Melody Bogle debuted her first one-woman show recently at The Hidden Lantern Gallery in Rosemary Beach. The name of the exhibit is "The Carmel Sea + The Emerald Coast."

The Hidden Lantern's newly dressed walls feature the work of the acclaimed local artist. Bogle's skill was applied in translating two diverse coasts — the jagged edges and temperamental seas of Carmel against the powdery dunes and nearly elusive, tranquil aura of the Emerald Coast.

Bogle has been painting for decades, dating back to high school days in Freeport. "It's my passion," she said.

However, a different career choice got in the way of pursuing her passion.

Bogle worked as an air traffic controller in Chicago and Memphis for 28 years. On retiring, she moved back to Walton County in 1998 and found she finally had time to again pick up her paint brushes. For the past 10 years she has been pursuing her passion and attending painting workshops.

Bogle has been painting her inspirations using pastels since the 1980s and still loves to use them. And these days, she also likes to paint with oils.

"I am finally at a point in my life where I can travel and go to workshops and pursue it," she said.

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