So Much More Than An Art Gallery! Panama City Beach is known as the perfect travel destination for many reasons. For starters, we have the most amazing beaches with a long stretch of clear emerald-blue waves splashing onto the shores of white quartz sand. The shopping will satisfy all shoppers at heart, and the food here is incredible. Among the many activities Panama City Beach has to offer, Panama City Centre for the Arts (formerly known as the Visual Art Center) should be high on your to-do list whether you’re a local or tourist.  
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Image Courtesy of Panama City Centre for the Arts

  The Panama City Centre for the Arts is known as “the anchor” of the revitalization of downtown and is why Panama City was recently named number 6 in the book The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America.   The 2,000-square-foot gallery space has had the privilege of presenting some of the world’s most renowned artist exhibitions and has hosted major art competitions such as the National Watercolor Competition and International Photography Competition. The center also hosts an annual gallery exhibit celebrating the works of many Floridian artists, as well as Bay County School students.  
Up, Up and Away by Wally White; Image Courtesy of Panama City Centre for the Arts

Up, Up and Away by Wally White; Image Courtesy of Panama City Centre for the Arts

  Currently the gallery is hosting the 53rd Bay Annual Juried Art Competition and Exhibition, which started January 22 and goes on until March 11, so there’s still time to get tickets to see the art for yourself! Three different types of awards will be appointed at the end of the competition, one in Best in Show ($500), six for the Merit Awards ($100 each), and six honorable mentions, totaling 12 winners. Want to become an artist yourself? Get interactive with the art center and take one of its many courses offered throughout the year in traditional painting, printmaking, still life drawing, ceramics, photography, and more! Upcoming classes to sign up for are digital photography, silversmith, and creative writing. Class subjects changes every so often and are led by talented local artists, performers, and writers. To find out more about classes offered, visit Go on and get your feet wet at Panama City Centre for the Arts!