DESTIN, Fla., March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- When a fence was installed to conceal a pump and lift station at the main entrance road to scenic Grayton Beach, Florida, artist Don Sawyer offered to turn the eye sore into a work of art.
Ever since the white fence was installed by "Regional Utilities" to shield their pump and lift station on Defuniak Road, members of the Grayton Beach Neighborhood Association (GBNA) began asking the GBNA Board to try and hide it. At first, they wanted to landscape around it, but there was no water source for plants.
Local iconic artist Don Sawyer offered to donate $25,000 worth of art to the association to adorn the fence. Sawyer, who describes himself as a "colorist," started painting in 1994 after a strange paralysis left him without the use of his legs. Fortunately, the paralysis was temporary but his love of painting proved permanent.
Sawyer's art is now well-known. He lives and works in nearby Destin, Florida where his outdoor gallery is a star attraction at Destin's HarborWalk Village. He has sold over six thousand original paintings and thousands of prints. His whimsical paintings effectively transformed the dreary vinyl fence into a colorful work of art. "I saw an opportunity to give back to the community. The best way for me to do that is through my art," he says. Sawyer is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran and former U.S. Marine.
"Don chose our community to donate his art to. We are very lucky," said Ann Morrell of the Grayton Beach Neighborhood Association.
For more information about Sawyer's artwork and samples of his work, please go to http://www.excellentartist.com/don-sawyer.html
709 Vintage Court, Destin, FL 32541
Grayton Beach Neighborhood Association
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