For the third year in a row, local artists painted their way into the fall juried art show at The Hidden Lantern Gallery in Rosemary Beach.

Originally the Back to Nature Exhibit, this year the exhibit became "Scenes of South Walton."

Niceville artist Carol Ann Cain said she was in a Back to Nature mindset when she submitted her depictions of Niceville's Turkey Creek.

Cain's "My True View of Turkey Creek" beat out the rest and took home best in show.

Judged by two South Walton art gallery owners, the 30 by 30-inch acrylic on canvas painting depicts a fall foliage scene many South Waltoners do not see south of 30A.

"Her piece stood out to me," said show judge Laura Granberry. "All of her work was different from what you normally see down here. I felt it had its own style and something spoke to me about it."

This was Cain's first time to enter.

Cain began painting 25 years ago when she moved to Niceville. These days she mostly paints from photos and has painted Turkey Creek over and over again, she said.

"I am inspired by its chaotic wildwoods," she said.

Even though Cain might use the same photo a number of times, she said each painting comes out different.

The artist entered three paintings for the show and the one that took Best in Show was her favorite, she said.

"But I was surprised and shocked that I won," said Cain.

The second-place ribbon was awarded to Seagrove's Melody Bogle for her "The Blue Lupines of WaterSound," a sight familiar to most locals. "The Blue Lupines" is an 8 by 16-inch oil on linen depicting the area's majestic and scruffy dunes that are protected and loved by visitors and residents.

This exhibit is a cooperative arrangement between the South Walton Community Council and the gallery, and a portion of the sales of each painting go to SWCC.

This year's show features 22 artists exhibiting their view of the local landscape.

The artists worked across various media from the traditional to the contemporary oil to photography to glass mosaic, and Scenes of South Walton originally presented a collection of 38 works. Some pieces have already sold.

Other exhibiting local artists include: Margaret Biggs, Didon Comer, Jamie Conley, Betty Cork, Judy Dewar, Lori Drew, Emily Ellis, Kathy Harrah, JoAnne Jones, Peggy Jones, Linda Kernick, Sue Carol Knight, Helga C. Letourneau, Susan Lucas, Melanie Moore, Patricia Overholt, Rebecca Perrot, Christine Ramey, Janet and Steve Thomas, and Domi Williams.

SWCC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit coalition of several hundred residents, property owners, employees, neighborhoods and business owners established in 1995. SWCC's mission is to preserve and protect the unique coastal environment and enhance the quality of life for all who visit or choose to call South Walton home.

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Scenes of South Walton was originally scheduled to be up through Nov. 3, but Carvalho said interest in the art has been strong and will likely be kept longer.