Coastal Branch Library Announces “Art in Public Places” for July

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As part of the Art in Public Places, three emerging artists, Jacqui Bickel, Ann Frederick and Linda Rakers, will display their work at the Coastal Branch Library for the month of July.

Jacqui Bickel

Jacqui works in watercolors and photography.  Both her paintings and her photography are inspired by her love of the outdoors and the beauty of her summer residence in Northern Michigan and her winter home in the Florida Panhandle.

Jacqui grew up in Michigan and took photography classes in college at Central Michigan University. Watercolor didn’t become part of her life until much later.  Needing a distraction during some personal life changes, she discovered watercolor painting.  She continues to develop her talent taking various workshops and classes and has most recently studied under Northern Michigan artists Charles Murphy and Mary Guntzviller and favorite instructor Carol Dickson of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.  Bickel credits Carol for being instrumental in her artistic development and in her passion for the art of watercolor.  Jacqui is a member of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City, MI.  To view more of Jacqui’s art visit her website,

Ann Frederick WaterColor Artist from Santa Rosa Beach Florida.

Ann is an emerging local artist focused on Watercolor as her medium.  As a child she dabbled in Oils, Pastels and Charcoal and only came back as a retiree to paint with watercolor.  Her art education came through experimentation, local art classes, a few workshops and online courses.

She is a member of the Cultural Arts Alliance and has her art posted on her Facebook page “Art by Ann”, on Instragram as user AeFrederick22, and her website

At her website her original artwork can be ordered or as prints, along with items featuring her art, such as totes, blankets, metal prints, yoga mats, phone covers, beach bags and other fun useful artsy items!

Linda Rakers

Linda painted her first painting of a beach on the Emerald Coast in 2006.  Since then, she has painted many other watercolor and acrylic paintings.

She has painted many beaches, animals that include giraffes, zebras, elephants, tigers, dolphins, tropical fish and many fluffy dogs. Linda continues to take classes from local instructors each week who continue to inspire her creativity and joy.

She has a small exhibit of her artwork, including notecards at her home.

Originally from Illinois, she now spends her days in her cottage on a lake imagining and producing new artwork in the Sandestin Resort area.

The Coastal Branch Library is located at 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach, call 850-267-2809 for more information.

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