Brenda Stokes

Arts unite from half a world away

Arts unite from half a world away

More than a decade later, a group of familiar faces from across the southeast and across the world gathered at Gulf Coast Kiln Walk for the 14th Annual Woodstoke Festival to celebrate the arts of two continents. Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society founder and president Brenda Stokes addressed the crowd of artists and visitors at […]

Japanese culture comes to Pensacola State College, Kiln Walk

Japanese culture comes to Pensacola State College, Kiln Walk

The silence in the crowded gallery was broken by a single, booming drumbeat. Musician Mayumi Shara Waidaiko started a slow rhythm on traditional Japanese drums Jan. 31 at Pensacola State College before launching into a full song on three different pitched drums. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Japanese master potter visits Gulf Coast Kiln Walk to share knowledge

Japanese master potter visits Gulf Coast Kiln Walk to share knowledge

For more than a decade Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society, a nonprofit promoting the wood-fired arts, has been attracting visitors and bringing the attention of regionally acclaimed potters to the beachfront community of Navarre. But last week the nonprofit’s reach went global with the arrival of a special guest. Read the full article in the […]

Special Olympics surfing promotes confidence

Special Olympics surfing promotes confidence

Along Navarre Beach, a group of talented young athletes took to the waves Aug. 4 to show off their surfing skills in regional competition. These athletes were competing in spite of physical, intellectual or developmental disabilities as part of the Area 1 regional Special Olympics surfing competition. Read the full article in the Aug. 23 […]

Firefighters recognized for early-morning water rescue

Firefighters recognized for early-morning water rescue

Firefighter Grant Winterberry, firefighter Chris Jines and Capt. Sean Hughes received special recognitions from Fire Chief Danny Fureigh and the Navarre Beach Fire Commissioners July 11 for their work to rescue a man and his young daughter on Navarre Beach in the morning before lifeguards had arrived for duty. On June 18 the victims were […]

Longtime surfer rescues man on Navarre Beach

Longtime surfer rescues man on Navarre Beach

Local surfer Brenda Stokes will be honored with the Lifesaving Award later this month after she successfully pulled a man caught in a rip current safely to shore aboard her surf board in late June. Stokes said she was on the beach that morning training a visitor to the county how to surf, but when […]

Chamber seeks new vision for 87

Chamber seeks new vision for 87

  U.S. Highway 98 is changing and a new business corridor is emerging. Though the thoroughfare has functioned as Navarre’s main corridor for decades, increasing traffic and potential expansion plans could mean the roadway may not be able to serve that function much longer, especially for the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit the […]

Kiln Walk center receives first funding push

Kiln Walk center receives first funding push

  After more than a decade of work and grant applications, the Gulf Coast Kiln Walk in Holley has finally received funds to take the first steps toward making its learning and arts center a reality. But the money is only a drop in the bucket of what the organization will need to break ground. […]

Festival delights pottery enthusiasts

Festival delights pottery enthusiasts

Nearly a week after the firing of Gulf Coast Kiln Walk’s two massive wood-fired kilns, the pieces were cool enough to unload and show off at the annual Woodstoke Festival Saturday. Hundreds of people from across the U.S. helped to unload the works of art from the anagama “cave kiln” and historic Ralph Howard Phillips […]

TDC to drop more meetings, launch project teams

TDC to drop more meetings, launch project teams

In an unscheduled agenda item, the Tourist Development Council (TDC) on Monday discussed cutting its number of meetings each year in half and completely eliminating the committee aspect of the group. Tourism Development Director Julie Morgan said that now the grants process is being handled in one meeting each year, the committee lacked much purpose. […]

Ceramic artists seek grant to expand outreach

Ceramic artists seek grant to expand outreach

Fire and art go hand in hand. For more than 15,000 years humans have been bending fire to their will to create beauty through ceramics. Spreading that tradition and history is one of the main purposes of the Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society Inc. (Kiln Walk) of Navarre. Expanding that mission could be within reach. […]

Woodstoke Pottery Festival

The event will be held at the Anagama kiln site, 7507 Buckeye Dr. off of Highway 87 in Holley. Two historical wood-fueled kilns, the historic Ralph Phillip’s Groundhog Kiln and the 32 foot Anagama Kiln, will be unloaded during the festival unveiling creations for many different potters.  Potters will be exhibiting and selling their one […]

“Alchemy: Portrait of a Wood Fire Kiln”

Renowned filmmaker Patty Newton will debut her full-length documentary on at the historic Imogene Theater in Milton. A reception begins at 6 p.m. followed by the screening at 7 p.m.  There is a suggested $5 donation to see the film, attend the reception, and be eligible for door prizes and a historical commemorative medallion.  Limited […]

Florida’s largest kiln comes to life

Florida’s largest kiln comes to life

When the Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society set out to build a rare anagama kiln in Holley in 2004, group founder Brenda Stokes said she knew this would one day be history. After all, this would be the largest kiln in Florida and the only anagama for miles around. Read the full article in the […]

Art at 2,400 degrees

Art at 2,400 degrees

For potter Jason Stokes, being coated in clay and tending flames of 2,400 degree heat is second nature. Stokes grew up in the world of pottery, creating works of art at Holley Hill Pottery since he was very young as his father tended the flames of the kiln. “I’ve grown up around the kiln,” he […]

The Beaches to Woodlands Tour features 2 more great weekends of events

The Beaches to Woodlands Tour features 2 more great weekends of events

The fourth full weekend of the Beaches to Woodlands Tour of Santa Rosa County will feature ghostly adventures, haunted hayrides, three mazes, hikes, historical lectures, fabulous pottery at a kiln opening and more. The majority of events wrap up Halloween weekend. “The cooler weather is perfect to enjoy the outdoor events on tour – and […]