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Creativity Invades Downtown Panama City For 44th Annual Spring Festival of the Arts

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Saturday's Rainy weather didn't keep creative minds from swarming McKenzie Park in Downtown Panama City for the 44th annual Spring Festival of the Arts.

Exhibitors from across the Southeast were there to showcase their art.

Of those, a Bay County native who is at the festival for the first time as a recent hobby has become a potential money maker.

Dennis Landingham is a man of many trades. Most recently, an artist, who is turning his fishing hobby into works of art.

"I've been fishing the waters here all my life," said Landingham. "And that's where I get my inspiration to paint from."

Landingham paints what he reels in.

"When I catch the fish, I take the fish and I'll turn him and I make him open his mouth," said Landingham. "I shake him so his fins will stay open [and] photograph his eyes for later, so I know exactly how his eyeballs look. "

He's started to paint other stuff too, but there's a recurring theme among them all.

"It's local," said Landingham. "Most of what I paint is in within 50 miles of here."

He has about a hundred paintings under his belt since he started less than 2 years ago but displayed them for the second time ever at Saturday's Spring Festival of the Arts.

"We've got some wonderful ceramics, pottery, we've got some beautiful jewelry," said Amanda Barrow, with the Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida. "You name it, it's here."

It's the 44th year the Northwest Florida Visual Arts Center has put on the festival. It's just one way they fulfill their mission of fostering and cultivating the arts in Bay County.

The festival continues on Sunday. Exhibitors will be there from 11 am to 5pm.