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Check Out the Artsy Side of Florida’s Forgotten Coast

By Forgotten Coast Web Team | December 17, 2018

Plien Air Painter Painting The Apalachicola River

Whether you’re a talented painter, crafty sculptor or simply an art admirer, Florida’s Forgotten Coast should be on the top of your must-visit list. Our area is home to an array of art galleries, tucked away in the nooks and crannies of Apalachicola’s historic downtown district and scattered throughout Carrabelle and St. George Island.

It’s no wonder why the Forgotten Coast attracts artists from across the globe. Abounding with natural beauty, our area is awash with inspirational sights and scenery—from gracefully soaring sea birds to the Gulf’s glistening emerald waters to canopies of majestic moss-draped oaks. Not to mention, there are plenty of places in Franklin County where artists can exhibit and sell their masterpieces.

If you’re searching for an eye-catching piece to display in your home, look no further than Franklin County. You’ll find all sorts of exquisite works created by nationally recognized artists—from creative folk art, watercolors and photography to breathtaking paintings, sculptures and glass art.

Swing by JOBA Gallery at High Cotton in Apalachicola to admire whimsical landscapes and animal art by Jenny Odom and intricate paper assemblages crafted by Beth Appleton. To check out some fun, local creations, visit the Bowery Gallery in Apalachicola’s Bowery district.

If you’re looking for a pet-friendly gallery in Apalachicola, there are plenty of options! Bring your four-legged friend to Robert Lindsley Studio & Gallery, or 49 Palmetto, featuring fine art inspired by the local beauty of Apalachicola and North Florida’s Gulf Coast.

There’s also a handful of galleries tucked away near Carrabelle’s riverfront district. The city is home to Lost Treasure Vintage Art Gallery, Cal Allen’s Coastal Art Gallery & Studio and the one-of-a-kind Rio Carrabelle: a unique destination in downtown Carrabelle where visitors can enjoy local art, seasonal pop and jazz concerts and special events.

If you’re art-hunting in St. George Island, stop by Sea Oats Art Gallery, featuring a first-class collection of fine art, and Chip Sanders Gallery, which features distinctive pieces by a Franklin County local.

 Back in Apalachicola, don’t miss the city’s Center for History, Culture and Art, based in a revitalized historic brick warehouse overlooking the Apalachicola River. This center maintains an ongoing exhibit of noted regional artists and hosts classes throughout the year in a variety of disciplines.

When you visit the Forgotten Coast, you’re sure to find a delightful masterpiece or rare treasure to take home. Ready to discover art-lover’s paradise? Visit our Places to Stay page to book your trip today!