Andy Saczynski Selected as South Walton's Artist of the Year
Local artist Andy Saczynski is far from an overnight success, but he's garnered much attention lately. His career just got a huge boost when he was revealed as the 2013 "South Walton Artist of the Year", at the South Walton TDC's annual meeting at the Sandestin Hilton.
The "Artist of the Year" program is in its eleventh year. The South Walton TDC selects a new artist in residence each fall. Artists are chosen based on their medium and how well they capture the nature, heritage and beauty of this coastal community.
Andy and his wife Lori operate a gallery in Grayton Beach at the Mystic Porte shoppping center on Highway 283, just north of Scenic 30A.
The “Artist of the Year” receives guaranteed commissioned artwork and is featured throughout the year in TDC promotions. The commissioned piece will be featured in the TDC’s Art in Public Places program and displayed in a public space within Walton County.
A panel of judges reviews all submitted artwork and grades each artist in accordance with the established criteria. Media categories include clay, oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, photography, sculpture and fiber.
Previous South Walton Artists of the Year
2003 Dorothy Starbuck
2004 Susan Lucas
2005 Justin Gaffrey
2006 Phil Kiser
2007 Bill Stephenson
2008 Donna Burgess
2009 Michael McCarty
2010 Michael Granberry
2011 Allison Wickey
2012 Allison Kraft
Andy Saczynski and Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County Director Jennifer Steele at the South Walton TDC annual meeting.