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Local artist, Jonah Allen, is set to open his 30A gallery, located at 4771 E County Hwy 30A, Unit B101, with a grand opening celebration on Thursday, June 22 from 5-8 p.m.
After opening his first studio in 2021, Allen knew he wanted to bring his work closer to the east end of 30A where he lives. The new space is 1,060 square feet and showcases 20 of Allen’s signature photographic works that focus on the dynamic relationship between water and light. Each piece is unique and offers a different perspective in order to challenge the viewer’s eye on how they look and perceive water.
“Whether you appreciate abstract expressionism, contemporary realism, or intricate installations, I promise you will find something to inspire and ignite your imagination,” Allen said.”
The grand opening celebration will give guests the exclusive opportunity to meet Allen and discover the stories behind his creations, gain insight into his creative process, and engage in conversation with the artist himself. Guests will indulge in heavy hors d’oeuvres by The Salty Butcher and Swiftly Catered, along with refreshments from local purveyors including Campesino Rum, Gulf Water Wines, Idyll Hounds Brewing Company, Palm Folly, and wine by Wild Olives throughout the evening. While exploring the space and viewing the various works, the gallery will be filled with music from DJ Dad and live décor by Clay 30A. Fifteen percent of all artwork sold during the grand opening will benefit the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), an organization that is close to Allen’s heart.
“All of my work is based on the waters located in South Walton” Allen said. “The CBA is an organization that helps sustain those exact waterways through education, research, and restoration, so they are dear to my heart.”
The gallery is open Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from Noon to 6p.m. To RSVP for the event, please visit https://jonahallengallery.com/pages/event-rsvp. There are multiple sponsorship opportunities available for local business and individuals looking to support. Please email Jessica@proffittpr.com to learn more.
About Jonah Allen
Jonah Allen is a world-class artist who has mastered the art of capturing movement in his photography. A passionate surfer, musician, and photographer, Jonah’s deep understanding of rhythm and beat, and his keen eye for the colors of the coastline, have made his name and artwork a staple in the beachside communities of Northwest Florida. Jonah’s work has found its way across the country and throughout the globe, in every place inspiring the viewer and eliciting the feelings that arise within the heart when one’s toes meet the sand and the surf. His images convey a sense of ease and calm, representing an artist’s determination and his understanding of his subject.
For Jonah, sharing the experience of nature is essential to his work. He has two purpose-driven goals in his work: first, to make people feel connected to the divine through his art, and second, to inspire people to experience nature themselves. Jonah’s photography captures the emotion that has long drawn visitors and lifelong residents to the Florida Gulf Coast. With each evocative photograph made with great skill and a deep appreciation for the environment he captures, Jonah’s work is an essential expression of the feeling only those who have experienced the serenity of the ocean truly understand.