Uncle John's Nautical Paintngs On Display for Mullet Festival Sept.21,1977

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Uncle John's Nautical Paintngs On Display for Mullet Festival Sept.21,1977 - I n 11 a 1 a t i o n a c t . a were at to if...
I n 11 a 1 a t i o n a c t . a were at to if period is In t i n g circumstances. be Representatives t i f y a l the l aclion by Ihe the and (he c h e l l f i r m for h a l a t i o n , «f care. JOHN A. DESTIN HOLDS ONE OF HIS NAUTICAL PAINTINGS ....hlsdog, Boozer, appears lo want some attention, too (Photo by Emma Goggin) Uncle John's Nautical Paintings On Display for Mullet Festival By EMMA GOGGIN Daily NewsSlatt Writer A collection of painlinMs by HO-year- old no.stin arlist "Uncle" John A. Destin w i l l be shown nl the First Annual Annual lloggy Bayou .Mullet Festival at White Point-Saturday. Uncle John, a descendant from tbo original f i s h i n g village Destins. is a well-known nautical painter, A selHauglil arlisl. Uncle John lias painted so many pit-Hires of the sea in bis lifetime l h a l he has Ins! count. Perhaps even more unusual. IJiick- John has nrvcr sold a jininting. He gives t h e m mvay lo relatives and close friends. For the Mullet Festival, a special si-arch is going on lo pull logolher as m a n y of his paintings as possible for a special display. The paintings are scallered in hundreds of homes. E''.ven Uncle John docs not know hmv many paini ings lie ha.s given away. His hobby had ils beginning years ago when liis work at net fishing and IxKil building in Ihe scenic village- of neslin. nestled around Kasl Pass with its blue and green-lined waters, prompted prompted bim lo duplicate those scenes. "1 have hern p a i n t i n g as long as 1 ·I have been painting as long as I can remember -- Uncle John Oestin, an 80-year-old self-taught arlist. can remember," said Uncle John, whose interests also cenlor «» cedar wornl carvings of fishing smacks t h a t nnce plied E)c.slin'sGnlf waters. The sea and ships like Ihe square- riggers and Gloucester schooners tbat sailed in bis day are Uncle John's favorite art subjccls. Mis pc'tmtmgs ni sJrips arc autbonlic and be knows every snil, spar, imisl, and line by the right name. His i preference runs lo the Gloucester schooner. That may lie in Ilie fact lhal the schooners are a f a m i l i a r memory of Ills grandfather. C'apl. Leonard Destin. a New F.ngtand seafarer. Dcslin made a landing almost 140 years ago at Fasl Pass when he founded the village of Destin. According tr Uiu'le J o h n , (tie Gloucester-type schooner was used for fishing off Ilie \cw England coast, and later used on trips out rtf Pensacola to the Campaehe brinks lo fish for red snapper. "The schooner first showed up about 1B7U wlicn Florida fishermen bought some of tliem in New E^ngljind and buill others from the same models." Uncle John said. l/ncJc John's paintings will highlight lite arts and cratts porlion of the Doggy Hayou Mullet Festival. According lo Sylvia \ledzwiccki, arls committee chairperson, about 4ti booth spaces have been purchased hv nrtisls and craflsmen from Mobile. A1 a l a m a . I 1 e n s a c o I a, T Tallahassee and the local area. A variety of ,-jj) forms u i ) J be ou il i spl a y, i nc I ud i n g w a I acrylics, metals, oils, furniture and jewelry, photography, redwond signs. balik and mixed media, sculpture, macrame, air brusii, AEipalacluan Dulcimers, quilts, handmade clocks, paper mache, doll house furnilure, denim handbags, tole. sliellwtirk. patchwork patchwork arut pottery. Tfie n r t s section has u n l i m i space. Booths may be obtained right up to the day ol the festival if water and electricity are not required. Persons interested in o b t a i n i booth may reach Sylvia Miedzwiecki

Clipped from Playground Daily News21 Sep 1977, WedPage 15

Playground Daily News (Fort Walton Beach, Florida)21 Sep 1977, WedPage 15
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