Artists at Gulf Place find their creative outlet

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 05:57 PM.

It’s hard to miss the eight colorful kiosks filled with colorful things when walking around Gulf Place . This artistic haven, better known as Artists at Gulf Place , is home to a handful of local artists, each bringing their unique flair to scenic Hwy 30A.

Kris Ogden, owner of Wild Dyes, left a career in nursing to pursue her other love — the arts. She specializes in tie dye, using a combination of bright colors to create wearable works of art.

“Tie dye is like the new American classic,” Ogden said. “It’s really made a comeback, like Keds sneakers and Polo shirts. It’s a part of U.S. culture and has come a long way.”

Ogden joined Artists at Gulf Place in 2008 and cannot imagine being a part of any other community.

Gulf Place has the best atmosphere,” she said. “It’s family-friendly, arts-friendly and brings some cultural awareness to the community. It’s really just a fun place to be a part of — the parties, the music, the color. We’re a family here.”

Finding her creative outlet in tie dye, Ogden enjoys sharing her love of dyes with the people of South Walton.

“I love sharing this with people,” she said. “Being in the arts — it’s a wildly wonderful, creative, juicy life. The sky is the limit when you live by the creative creed. It gives you such a freedom to express yourself, and sharing that with people makes me so happy.”

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