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CAA Announces 2022 ArtsQuest Featured Artist

ArtsQuest, the 34th annual fine arts festival produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA), is pleased to announce the 2022 Festival’s Featured Artist, Orestes Barrios Marañón. 

A Mother’s Day weekend tradition, ArtsQuest is a juried show scheduled to take place May 7 - 8, in the Town Center of Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. Barrios Marañón’s custom artwork titled “Fable In Eden '' will be the featured image on all ArtsQuest marketing materials.  

Barrios Marañón was the 2021 ArtsQuest ‘Best in Show’ winner. His featured piece, “Fable In Eden”, is a parody of fables and everyday life, creating stories with each of the characters that live in it. Color is an important and leading element in his art. His wide range of work will be on display at ArtsQuest. 

Presented by Grand Boulevard Town Center, with additional support from Visit South Walton, the Florida Department of State, Division of Arts & Culture, and Emerald Coast Magazine, ArtsQuest will feature over 100 other artists in various mediums including, but not limited to, ceramics, glass, oil and acrylics, photography, sculpture, metal and wood. These exhibiting artists from around the United States will compete for awards and cash prizes totaling $10,000. 

The Festival will offer heritage art demonstrations, a CAA member artist exhibit, a Walton County student exhibit, continuous live music and entertainment, and “ImagiNation: where kids rule.” A full cash bar will be available throughout the weekend in Grand Park.

ArtsQuest is part of Art Month Walton County, a collaboration of visual, performing and literary arts events presented in diverse formats and venues throughout Walton County in May. Art Month Walton also includes “Under the Sea” - a fundraiser for the Underwater Museum of Art, Digital Graffiti Festival at Alys Beach, the Longleaf Writers Conference, Music on Main in DeFuniak Springs, Sinfonia Goes Pop, Xanadu - a production from Emerald Coast Theatre Company, Gallery events and more.

Volunteers are needed throughout ArtsQuest weekend to work on all aspects of the festival. Those willing to help can sign up at Sponsorships are still available, and interested businesses can contact for more information.

ArtsQuest is a rain or shine event. The festival is open to the public, and a $5 admission donation is requested. Visit for more information about ArtsQuest as well as other Art Month events, which are supported in part by Visit South Walton.  

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