Ballance to display works at library

Special to The Sun
Bay County artist Helen Ballance's works will be on display at the Coatal Branch Library during November. [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO]

As part of the Art in Public Places program, Bay County artist Helen Ballance will display her work at the Coastal Branch Library for the month of November. Be sure to see her work and make a purchase or make a donation to the non-profit organization Sunshine Art Center in Panama City Beach.

As of this writing, Ballance lives in Deer Lake with no power and a downed tree making the power connection impossible. Her passion for the arts spans both Walton and Bay counties.

Much of her work is the result of countless hours exploring the coast. Transplanted from the Northeast, she was awestruck by the color, light, abundance of wildlife and the Gulf and bays that surround us. Her passion for painting led to the creation of the Beach Art Group, Panama City Beach, with the mission of growing the arts and culture in the community. Her work has been featured in magazines and news articles and is currently on display at The Palms Conference Center on Panama City Beach.

Ballance is best known for her representational paintings in watercolor and acrylics depicting the unique natural beauty of the Emerald Coast. She lives and creates her art on Panama City Beach and has been working professionally as an artist for 20 years.

"Grand Obsession" is the theme for Ballance's solo show to benefit the Sunshine Art Center, 9201 Front Beach Road in Panama City Beach. The center is now housed in the Sheraton Bay Point Resort that was partially spared from the ravage of Hurricane Michael.

"I am so profoundly thankful to have discovered the art inside myself and for the opportunity to make a living working my 'Grand Obsession,'" Ballance said.

From 2-5 p.m. Nov. 7, young and old alike are invited to enjoy an afternoon to learn about art, the artist and create your own "art obsession" as attendees will be playing in the paint.

For other information or artwork purchases or commissions, contact Ballance at 850-541-3867 or