"People having fun . . . these are my favorite subjects to paint,” says Marian Pacsuta pointing to her faceless portraits. “Somewhat unfinished, yet capturing the essence of the moment," Pacsuta said.

Pacsuta is just one of the more than 100 artists who will be at Henderson Beach State Park for the 17th Annual Destin Festival of the Arts on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28. The two-day beachfront festival, sponsored by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, will feature a food court, live music and more than 100 artists who specialize in all types of media from acrylics to photography.

Coming from a creative family, Marian Pacsuta says she was artistically inspired by life. As a child she was introduced to a wide variety of art forms, most notably Russian Impressionism because of her Hungarian roots.

But portraiture has always been her favorite. Her aim for each work is to be clear and minimalistic.

"I stop painting well in advance of what most would regard as a finished work," she told The Sun.

After receiveing her formal art education in Pennsylvania, Pacsuta moved to Tennessee to begin her career as a graphic designer. Years later she was asked to participate in a portrait workshop where she uncovered her first love of painting once again.

Two years ago Pacsuta moved to the area, and will be showing her work at Henderson on Saturday Oct. 27 and Sunday Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and you can learn more about her and her art a Pacsuta.com.

She said the beach backdrop, as well as the beauty of the Emerald Coast, inspires her work.

"I believe the most important part of a painting is what the artist has to say, with the viewer becoming interactive with the painting.”


Destin Festival of the Arts

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation will present the 17th Annual Destin Festival of the Arts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at Henderson Beach State Park. This signature event features more than 100 artists from around the United States who will exhibit in more than 18 different mediums competing for more than $9,000 in cash prizes. Other amenities are live musical entertainment, a bistro-style food court, Kid’s ArtStop and festival merchandise. A Collaborative Art Exhibit showcases more than 40 community artists representing students and adults. Admission is $3/adult and kids under 12 are free. Call 650-2226.