Perdido Key's Only Art Gallery and Studio


Artworks Studio & Gallery has been Perdido Key's only art gallery since its opening in 2008. The artists-in-residence represent the finest local artisans on Perdido Key and the surrounding area. Their original works of art have garnered international acclaim and grace the walls of many businesses and residences on Perdido Key and even as far away as Hong Kong. Stop by to see the latest local originals as soon as you get a chance.

Gallery pieces include original oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography, woodwork, glass work and more.

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NEWS


Artworks Studio & Gallery is now open.
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm



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July 2020 Artist of the Month is Jackie Grear

Jackie Grear is Artist of the Month for July 2020 at Artworks Studio & Gallery. Jackie has been at the gallery as a resident artist for many years now and brings great energy and creativity to the gallery. We are proud to have her as our July Artist of the Month. Meet Jackie in person at the gallery on her "Meet the Artist" days.


Meet July's Artist of the Month
Thursday, July 23, all day 10:00-5:00
Tuesday, July 28, 1:30-5:00








My name is Jaqueline Grear, and I’m so honored to have been chosen as this month’s Artist of the Month. I’m a self-taught painter who first started painting in Southern Illinois in the 1970s. Although I now paint mostly beach landscapes and coastal wildlife, I began my career in art painting canvasses of rural Midwestern scenery. I’ve always been drawn to the beauty I see in nature around me, which is why many of my early paintings depicted the quaint family farms and the gently rolling country sides that I grew up around.

During my time painting in Southern Illinois, my artwork was purchased by several local institutions, including a museum, art gallery, and hospital. My artwork was also bought by then Illinois State Senator Jim Ria, as well as former Illinois U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Paul Simon. I was also recognized with a Best of Show award at an Illinois statewide art exhibition.

Shortly after achieving regional success with my artwork, I took a lengthy hiatus from painting. I founded a small construction business with my family and stayed busy running operations there for more than 25 years. In 2006, I retired and moved south to live on the Gulf Coast. The beauty I found here inspired me to pick up my paintbrush again, and I haven’t been able to put it down since.

I’m so thankful to be able to spend so much of my time now making art. It’s a wonderful way to stay busy, and it’s a hobby I love very much. I’m honored to be recognized as this month’s Artist of the Month, and I hope you will enjoy looking at my collection of paintings at Artworks Studio and Gallery located in the Villagio Town Centre, Perdido Key.

New Hours


We have changed our hours for the summer. Please stop by and visit Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Mondays are by appointment only. Call Talis at (850) 261-9617 for more information or for appointments.



NEW HOURS

Tuesday - Saturday
10am - 5pm

Monday
By Appointment Only
(850) 261-9617

Sunday
Closed




Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours


Join us and the Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce for it's June Business After Hours Chamber Social on June 17, 2020 (5pm-7pm).

Everyone is welcome to attend whether you are a member of the Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce or not.

Learn what the Chamber is working on for its members and the community.

Food & Beverages provided, too.




325ZeroHunger Charity Contributions
Bring food for the hungry. 325ZeroHunger is working with seven (7) elementary and middle schools in our geographic area and will make sure that our food contributions are distributed to those children and families in need in our area.  We encourage our party guests to bring a food contribution for this wonderful charity. The following food items would be greatly appreciated by families this organization serves:  Pasta,Pasta Sauce (in a can, not glass), Rice, Canned Beans, Canned Chicken,Canned Tuna, Chili, Ravioli, Peanut Butter, Cereal, Oatmeal, Grits.

This party at Artworks is one small chance for us to help address local childhood hunger, but it is a HUGE part in the lives of those children. Bring any of the items suggested above as your contribution. Donations will also be accepted. 


Local Artists
This is another great opportunity for the community to meet our local artists in residence at Artworks Studio & Gallery which will be open throughout the event. Purchase a little original art for your walls, postcards to mail to your family and friends, jewelry or gift certificates for those whom you are just not quite sure what to buy them.

Artworks Sidewalk Market



Artworks is bringing a new combination to the Villagio - locally crafted pottery filled with locally grown basil! For all of you home chefs out there, basil is a tasty recipe ingredient that adds flavor and aroma to pasta, fish, chicken and more. Just chop up a few leaves and add them to your dish. Plus, the basil sold at Artworks is grown right here on beautiful Perdido Key; and these live basil plants are potted in hand-made containers made by local Perdido Key artisans. The combination goes two-fold in helping our area artists and horticulturalists. 

We hope to see you there. 

Be well!

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Want a great recipe that features basil? Try Basil Pesto.


BASIL PESTO


Basil Pesto is a sauce or dip traditionally served with pasta and chicken, but be sure not to limit yourself to just pasta and chicken. Pork chops and fish go with a creamy basil pesto sauce just as well. Basil Pesto is an excellent addition to many meals; and it is usually made of basil, garlic, nuts, cheeses, olive oil, salt and pepper. Preparation time is very quick and only a little stovetop time is needed. This particular recipe is brought to us by Kevin Clark, Joel Smith and Noah Moseley.



Ingredients for Basil Pesto

  • Fresh Basil Leaves (about 7 stems)
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 Cup Pine Nuts (or Walnuts)
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 Cup Grated Cheese (Parmigiano-Reggiano or Pecorino-Romano Cheese)
  • Salt & Pepper

 

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Basil Pesto is so amazingly easy to make and it is subject to your own creativity and preferences. We roast the nuts and garlic in a little bit of olive oil and then pour that over the basil leaves in a food processor and mix in the lemon juice, grated cheese, salt and pepper. You decide how fluid you like the pesto, how spicy, how salty, peppery and how blended. Some people prefer a rough, choppy pesto. Other people prefer a smoothly blended pesto. It all comes down to what you prefer.


Instructions to Make Basil Pesto

  1. Place basil leaves into the food processor.
  2. Lightly roast the pine nuts or walnuts on the top of the stove.
  3. Once the nuts are beginning to brown, add chopped garlic and a little olive oil.
  4. Once the garlic has cooked just slightly, pour the pan ingredients into the food processor over the basil leaves. We think the heat of the olive oil helps slightly cook and tenderize the basil leaves in the food processor.
  5. Add lemon juice.
  6. Pulse until the pesto is blended into a slightly coarse mixture.
  7. Add more olive oil as needed.
  8. Add salt and pepper.
  9. Add grated cheese.

Substitutions

  • Pine nuts can be replaced with pretty much any other type of nut. We've tried walnuts. Those worked very well. Sunflower seeds worked well also.
  • The cheese is any hard style of cheese that is easily grated. Parmesan is an excellent option.
  • Olive oil or extra-virgin olive oil? You pick. Extra-virgin olive oil may make a more bitter pesto if it is over blended in the food processor due to the breakdown of polyphenols. Another option if using extra-virgin olive oil is to food process everything else and then gently stir in the extra-virgin olive oil by hand.




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Artist: June Morrison

June Morrison joined Artworks Studio & Gallery in May 2020. June brings bright and colorful original works of art to the gallery with seascapes, jungle scenes, mermaids and more.

June was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida. She married her best friend Doug Morrison and they have one son named Alex. June started drawing and sketching in elementary school. In the 70's the local newspaper, (Pensacola News-Journal) had weekly art contest for children, which she entered and won several times. After high school, June put her talent aside for years. She decided to revisit her artistic side in her early 40's and tried painting for the first time. June loves painting beachy, whimsical things that make people smile! She prefers acrylic paints. Stop by Artworks and check out June's beachy scenes, animals, etc., of Pensacola, on several types of surfaces such as reclaimed wood. June will also do special commission on furniture and pillows.

Contact June directly at june_morrison2001@yahoo.com