Regina Washabaugh paints in her home studio [ The Joe | Contributed ]
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‘This Little Town’ is coming soon to this little town 

The Joe Center for the Arts invites the public to attend the opening of their new exhibit Friday, June 16, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. EDT. “This Little Town” is a multi-faceted, carefully curated, juried exhibition of paintings, drawings, printmaking and photography created by local artists expressing what they see to be the essence of Port St Joe and the 32456 area.   

The show also includes a retrospective of paintings by local artist Regina Washabaugh, featuring meticulous renderings in acrylic within a historically precise framework. Many of Washabaugh’s paintings are based on the early photographic documentation of Port St. Joe and constant collaboration with Dr Timothy Nelson, a photographer. These images served as a catalyst for her to visually tell the story in a representational and timely way so as to preserve the history and cultural nuances of this little town.

Yet another added feature of this show is a display of documentary and narrative media, on loan from the Port St Joe Historical Society, consisting of nine oversize panels which serve to enrich gallery-goers with chronology and context — all imbued with the fascinating visual and written history of Port St Joe and surrounding communities.

This Little Town runs through July 28 and will include many exciting related activities throughout the summer. These include afternoons with local favorite and regular Star columnist Kesley Colbert, Kermit Brown’s Stories from North Florida, and many opportunities for individual learning and family art fun.  For more info, check out The Joe website at:

The June 16 reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The Joe is located at 201 Reid Ave in downtown Port St Joe. Hours are Wednesday through Friday from  11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. 

Tax-deductible donations are always appreciated.  The Joe Center for the Arts is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to educate, exhibit, inspire, and partner through the arts.

Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

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