102 SE Avenue B, Carrabelle, FL 32322
(850) 697-1188 or 653-1124
Cal Allen's Coastal Art Gallery & Studio
Open Thursday through Saturday
10 am-5 pm
or by appointment
We will, of course, be on Carrabelle time
Cal Allen has expressed his love of the South through his art for over forty years. His attention to the details of the coast and his love for nature co-mingle. From the lighthouses of North Carolina’s outer banks and the marshes of coastal Georgia to the mud flats of Florida’s Big Bend area comes the inspiration for Cal’s work. It reminds us of those special places we all love so well, those we never tire of revisiting, places we pray civilization will never discover.
“I am a native Floridian who has lived in North Georgia for nearly thirty of my seventy years. I have used inland areas and lower Appalachian Mountains as well as the natural beauty of rocks, trees and old farm structures to express the emotional beauty of the Southern landscape. However, my love for sand, sun and gentle sea breezes is now compelling me to express my earlier roots. By painting lighthouses, coastal structures, tidal flats and marshes, I can share my love for a more individualistic approach to life. I am haunted by the soft textural beauty of a salt marsh. I hope as one views my paintings, the smell of salt, the feel of the air and the sun’s gentle warmth will become real for the viewer.”—Cal Allen
Cal is proficient in several mediums, but prefers the medium of watercolor and combines transparent and drybrush techniques. Although Cal is primarily a self-taught artist, he has studied the techniques and works of the great masters as well as contemporary artists, namely such greats as Rembrandt, Eakins, Homer, and Wyeth. Using these as a starting point, he has created his own methods to express his unique vision.
Cal teaches classes in watercolor, oil and egg tempera at the studio, his awards and recognitions are numerous. His work hangs in private and corporate collections throughout the country and in England.