Walton County Snowbirds meet for art and friendship

Published: Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 09:09 AM.

"It's all about personal desire," said Sally Ohmart, of Indiana.

Inside one of the rec rooms at Good News UMC, art supplies are scattered across tables. Projects are all varied — landscapes to portraits of children and even Byzantine-inspired art make up the broad range of creativity in the group.

When it comes to subject matter, most snowbirds, like Nancy Gehrke of Michigan, take advantage of the Northwest Florida landscapes. She's currently working on a view from her condo at One Water Place at Kelly Plantation.

"I worked in theater as an actress for 40 years," she said. "Art has always been a part of my life in some respect."

Canadian snowbird, Larry Smith, favors the colors of East Coast. His current work in progress is a northeast fishing village.

Now in retirement, Smith said he can spend more time doing what he loves.

"I don't golf, I paint," he said. "I've been painting and sketching since I can remember."

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