‘Be inspired’ at the Bayou Arts Center

Bayou Arts Center

“Mommy and me” art classes with Mary Hong are now being offered at the Bayou Arts Center this summer.

Kristiana Scott | The Sun
Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 at 12:20 PM.

Anyone can be a great artist. At least, that’s what they teach you at the Bayou Arts Center .

Located on historic Hogtown Bayou, the Bayou Arts Center is home to the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. And if you can find this hidden gem, nestled among the long leaf pines, you can enjoy a wide variety of art exhibits and workshops.

“A lot of people don’t know we’re even here,” said Lee Greene, administrator at  the Bayou Arts Center . “But we have a lot to offer. We have a ton of summer classes and workshops for all ages — there’s something for everyone here.”

The Bayou Arts Center is also offering the chance to work alongside South Walton’s 2014 Artist of the Year, Mary Hong. Hosting a variety of art classes, Mary said she’s excited about sharing her love of art with the Walton community.

“It’s so much fun to tap into that creative side,” she said. “We get so many people in here that don’t think they’re artistic, but once they get started and see the end result — what they created with their hands — it’s amazing. They’re so proud of it.”

Mary has been a member of the Cultural Arts Alliance for 10 years, and has been an artist for more than 20. So when she was awarded South Walton’s 2014 Artist of the Year, she said it was “surreal” and a “huge honor.” Having the opportunity to teach at the Bayou Arts Center was just what she needed.

“I’ve been looking for a space for a while, and these facilities are wonderful,” Mary said. “It’s good to get out of your comfort zone and be inspired. Here, you’re surrounded by nature. It’s peaceful and that allows you to really get creative.”

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