Contributor: Caroline Coker
In its 8th year, and starting tomorrow, Alys Beach’s coastal town will be turned into a kaleidoscope of color, as Digital Graffiti takes over at Alys Beach, Florida on 30A. This is a one-of-a-kind projection art festival where artists use the latest digital technologies to project their original works onto the iconic white walls of Alys Beach. Learn more about DG by watching this video.
For three spectacular nights, Alys Bach opens its doors, courtyards, and pedestrian paths to locals and tourists alike to appreciate the innovative art scene. The juried festival explores ways in which art, design and technology interact with the distinctive architecture of Alys Beach to create new forms of expression.
The three-day festival includes a Curator’s Tour of select digital art, exhibitions, an awards ceremony and a closing celebration.
Weekend passes are $160 and allow access to all Digital Graffiti events. Tickets for the Curator’s Tour on Thursday, June 4 are $25 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets for the Gallery Stroll on Friday, June 5 are $50 for adults and $20 for children. Tickets for the festival on Saturday, June 6 are $100 for patron tickets and $75 for general admission. Additional ticket packages are available at the Alys Shoppe, Alys Beach Bike Shop, Fonville Press, and online here.
Digital Graffiti Festival Schedule:
Thursday, June 4, 7:30pm-9:30pm, Curator’s Tour: Narrated by artist and curator Brett Phares, the tour is a behind-the-scenes look at some of the artwork for DG2015 and some of the unique moments made possible by this year’s list of finalists from all over the world.
Friday, June 5, 5:30-7:30 pm a special Dinner + DG is being offered at Caliza Restaurant-23 Nonsuch Way.￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼ An incredible locally sourced 3-course dinner will be prepared in honor of the celebration for $95 per person, and wine pairing will be an additional $25. Please reserve your spot by calling 850-213-5700.
Friday, June 5, 8:30pm-11pm, DG2015 Gallery Stroll. Friday evening includes activities and a meet-and-greet gallery stroll featuring some of digital artist finalists, who will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their work on display. Featuring light bites and cash bars.
Saturday, June 6, 6:30pm-8:30pm, The EC Lounge Pre-Party. The see-and-be-seen scene. Come to Digital Graffiti a little early on Saturday to enjoy a complimentary cocktail and gather at the EC Lounge hosted by Emerald Coast Magazine at Fonville Park from 6:30pm-8:30pm.
Saturday, June 6, 8:30pm-midnight, DG2015 Festival. The excitement continues on Saturday with the live festival exhibit lighting up Alys Beach beginning at 8:30 p.m. and ending with the must-not-miss poolside party of the season at Caliza Pool, featuring music, light bites and cash bars.
Muriel Montini of Paris, France
Aaron Freimark of Cold Spring, NY
Jesc Bunyard of Huddersfield, West, United Kingdom
David Bennett of Nashville, Tennessee
Jonathan McCabe of Canberra ACT, Australia
Uwe Schweer-Lambers of Bielefeld, Germany
Zlatko Cosic of St. Louis, Missouri
Daniel Wechsler of Ramat Hasharon, Israel
Jessica Buie of San Diego, California
Joon Sung of Bowling Green, Kentucky
Jasmine Powell of Berlin, Germany
Christine Latimer of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Courtney Egan of New Orleans, Louisiana
Victoria Febrer of New York City, New York
Olga Guse of Dresden, Germany
David Sullivan of New Orleans, Louisiana
Tracy Miller-Robbins of Westerville, Ohio
Adam Forrester of Ruston, Louisiana
Krystal Schultheiss of Windsor Victoria, Australia
Alexandra David of Montclair, New Jersey
Keaton Fox of Miami, Florida
In addition to the above finalists, a select group of artists have also been invited to project at Digital Graffiti. Andrew Demirjian of Palisades Park, New Jersey, and Shantell Martin, of New York, New York, participated in the 2015 Digital Graffiti Artist Residency Program. Digital Graffiti veterans Sean Capone of Brooklyn, New York, Robert Seidel of Berlin, Germany, and Yandell Walton of Melbourne, Australia, will showcase works as well. A panel of art and industry experts led by Phares will serve as jury for the festival and select works for the Best in Show and Curator’s Choice awards. Four honorable mentions will also be awarded.
Be sure to ‘like’ Digital Graffiti on Facebook for up to date information. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 850-213-5500. Guests can join the conversation on social media at #dgalysbeach, #alysbeach.
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Photos courtesy of Alys Beach, Florida