Okaloosa Arts Alliance The official Local Arts Agency For Okaloosa County

2019 Calendar



Youth Village -  After School and summer program for 5 - 16 year olds.   www.nelliesyouthvillage.org


Emerald Coast Theatre Company-  Educational classes, performances, Adult classes, professional theatre and more.  Details of the different shows and programs available at http://www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org/


Young Philosophers Society- Providing enrichment classes in music, arts, yoga, and academia. YPS practices inclusion - ALL children, regardless of learning styles, are welcome! For more information and a calendar of events go to https://www.facebook.com/youngphilosopherssociety/

The Crestview Public Library’s Writers Support Group meets 6-8p on the fourth Monday of every month. For more information, email Tami Kidd at tamilynnkidd@gmail.com.


The Emerald Coast Chorus- (a men's chorus) invites guests, singers and those that just want to listen, to our weekly rehearsal. You are welcome to just listen or join in. We have guest song books and use the "buddy" system to help our guests as they sing with us. We meet every Thursday evening (7:00 pm) at the Shalimar United Methodist Church located at # 1 Old Ferry Rd, Shalimar, FL. Please contact 844-646-4377 for more information. 


Painting With a Twist Ft Walton Beach- 850-226-7218 (studio) at 255 Miracle Strip Parkway SE; Suite B-8, FWB
 Website: www.paintingwithatwist.com/fort-walton-beach; Email: studio205@paintingwithatwist.com   Painting with a Twist is a paint and party venue.  Professional instructors show you and your friends how to paint a finished acrylic painting while enjoying a fun, entertaining  BYOB evening.  No experience required and it is OK to "wine" about it!  Looks like painting...feels like a party!!  Go to events calendar for upcoming events- http://www.paintingwithatwist.com/fort-walton-beach/calendar/

WEEKLY ADSO CLASSES / OPEN STUDIO- For further details visit the ADSO website at www.artsdesignsociety.org, or call 850-244-1271 during office hours (Tuesday-Friday, 12 noon-4 pm). The Arts and Design Society is located at 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL.  

Clay and Pottery Open Studio-
Monday and Wednesday, 9am-noon / Monday evening, 6:30pm-9pm; Monday/Wednesday morning Instructors: Pat Basque and Sherry Cooler  Monday evening Instructor: Marcy Eady. Working with clay, hand building or wheel throwing.
Cost per session: Monday/Wednesday am: $12/Member; $15/ Non-Member Monday pm: $12/Member; $15 Non-Member  Materials and firing included. Beginners welcome.

Oil Painting, Chiaroscuro technique
 Tuesday, 9 am - 1 pm; Instructor: Dale Gauvin; Using lights and darks, students learn to paint in the style of the Old Masters.  Cost per month: $80/Member; $90/ Non-Member

Art Class for Children-
Ages 6-12 Tuesday, 4-5:30 pm; Instructor: Marcy Eady-Using principles of basic drawing, painting, and sculpture, students learn about the master artists and their styles; media vary each week.  Cost per month: $60/Member; $70/ Non-Member (All supplies included.)

Open Studio-
 Tues 7 – 9:30 PM, Friday 10 AM – 12:30 PM; We are continuing Open Studio Tuesday nights and Friday mornings. Members may work on all forms of art except clay, which is not permitted in Open Studio. Students planning to work on Tuesday nights should call Marcy Eady at 585-4967, up to 5:30 pm on Tuesday, to ensure access to studio. To access Open Studio on Friday mornings, participants MUST enter through the Office, not the Studio front door. Bring your own supplies and your own project and work with other artists. No instruction.  Cost: $10 member/$12 non-member. 

Photography Group
(Meets in the Gallery), 3rd Wednesday of month, 6-8 pm All photographers from beginner to professional are welcome; the group's mission is to encourage fellowship and to provide a place where photographers may discuss and exhibit their work. Cost: N/A. 

Book Study/Discussion Group-
 1st & 3rd Thursday of month, 5-6 pm; Current discussion based on book “A Whack on the Head: How You Can Be More Creative,” by Roger van Oech. Cost: N/A.

Life Drawing,
1st & 3rd Thursday of month, 6 - 9 PM  Hone your drawing skills with the human figure. Bring your pencils & paper. No instruction.  Cost: $15 member / $18 non-member (May change depending on number of artists.) No photography is allowed.

Life Drawing / Life Painting session- 
3rd Saturday 9 am–12:30 pm No instructor.  Students bring their own materials and work in any drawing or painting media. No photography will be allowed. There are two models per session - one does short poses and the other does a single, long pose.  Cost: $15 per single session, plus a tip for the model. ADSO members may purchase a discount card good for 4 sessions for $50 (available from Mike at session).  Advance registration and payment is requested, by calling (244-1271) or going by the ADSO office, Tuesday-Friday, noon- 4 pm. For further information: Mike Radford (850-803-5707).


Poetry & Music Jam-The Crestview Public Library’s monthly open-mic for poets and musicians to read, perform, improvise and play together is held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM. Everyone is welcome, even if you don't write poetry or play music. Free. Contact Esther at the Library 850-682-4432 (ehurwitz@okaloosa.lib.fl.us) or Rick Sanders 850-585-6399 for more information.   Robert L.F. Sikes Crestview Public Library -1445 Commerce Drive, Crestview, FL  32539


Stone Soup Third Thursday Poetry Jam, a monthly open-mic reading at LJ Schooners® Dockside Restaurant & Oyster Bar. Poets, writers and spoken word artists are invited to perform in our intimate marina setting where we also serve up appetizers and cold refreshments with a spectacular view of our beautiful NW Florida sunsets. Hosted by Esther Hurwitz, Poetry Coordinator at the Robert LF Sikes Library, and C.J. Hinely of LJ Schooners. Everyone is welcome, even if you don't write poetry or prose. Free. For more information, contact stonesouppoetryjam@gmail.com, call the Marina at 850.897.2821 or check our website http://bluewaterbaymarina.com/schooners.

Window Gallery Display: -To showcase the work of local artists, the Arts and Design Society presents month-long exhibits in their studio windows, facing First Street, Fort Walton Beach. In July, the art on display for easy viewing is that of Thomas Walsh. His current work, which is described as salty, textural, captures the Old Florida vibe of living along the Gulf Coast. He believes in reducing our eco footprints, and his work focuses on using only locally reclaimed materials and found objects.  In August, the art on display for easy viewing, entitled “Inspired by Dale Gauvin,” is a collection of art pieces by Dale and the students in his popular Tuesday class. The exhibit covers a wide range of subjects. Dale, a well-known artist who teaches the “Old Masters” and other techniques, paints, and exhibits primarily in oils. In September, the display for easy viewing features the art of Tuny Jennings, who works in mixed media, with an emphasis on color and texture.  Her work, in folk art style, is limited to one subject--cats, who she feels are works of art in themselves. While the window art is available for viewing 24/7, office and gallery hours are 12 noon-4 pm, Tuesday-Friday, and the gallery, which is free to the public, is open also from 1 pm-4 pm, Saturday. The Art Center Gallery is located at 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach.


Call to Artists: Deadline: Tuesday, September 3, “Assemblage” Show-The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in their upcoming “Assemblage” Show, open to all interested artists. All art, in any media, must consist of two or more unrelated objects combined in one piece of art. Cash awards. Turn in work Tuesday, September 3, 9 am-noon. (Note:  Only one day turn in because of holiday.) The show runs September 4-27. A copy of the entry form with details is available on the ADSO Website:  http://artsdesignsociety.org/   and in the Gallery. The Gallery is located at the Art Center, 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach.  Phone: 244-1271.


Call to Artists: Deadline, Saturday, September 21, 36th Northwest Florida Fair Fine Arts Show for Adults and Students; The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in the upcoming 36th Northwest Florida Fair Fine Arts Show September 24-September 28, open to all artists, in any medium. Cash awards. Artists must turn in works for the show on Friday, September 20, noon-5 pm, and Saturday, September 21, 9 am-noon. Entry fee for adults is $30/up to 5 pieces; high school and middle school students, $2/piece, up to 5 pieces. Judge for adult art is Stephen Phillips, Professor, Fine Arts, NWFSC. Location: C.H. Bull Rigdon Fairgrounds and Recreation Complex, 1958 Lewis Turner Blvd (Rt. 189), Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547. A copy of the entry form with details is available on the website:  http://artsdesignsociety.org. For more information, call 850-582-1329.

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 Aug 6-Sept 2

ADSO’s “Primarily Red” Show: August 6-September 2; Reception, August 9-From August 6 through September 2, the Arts and Design Society is hosting its “Primarily Red” Show, featuring art, in any medium, that must be 75% red. A reception is scheduled for Friday, August 9, 6-8 pm. Both reception and gallery are free and open to the public. The Gallery is open Tuesday-Friday, noon-4 pm, and Saturday, 1-4 pm, and is located at the Art Center, 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach. For more information, call 850-244-1271 or visit the Website at http://www.artsdesignsociety.org

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 Aug 8, 15, 22 & 29

ADSO’s Acrylics for Everyone Series: August 8, 15, 22, 29; Instructor Hannah Flynn; The Arts and Design Society is offering a basic acrylic workshop designed for beginners wanting to know how to start painting in acrylic, with Instructor Hannah Flynn. The four-session workshop is scheduled for Thursdays, August 8, 15, 22, 29, 6-8:30 pm. Cost of the workshop is $120, members; $135, non-members. Students bring supplies; a list is available on the ADSO website or in the office. After learning basic techniques, students will create an original acrylic painting. 
Week 1: I Went Art Supply Shopping. Now What? Care of new acrylic painting tools. Learning about color mixing, value, and brushwork.  Week 2: How Do I Make It Look Real? Using blending, shading and contrast to make 2D look 3D. Week 3: Get Started Painting! Transferring design to canvas; blocking in color; troubleshooting common painting problems. Week 4: Is It Done Yet? Refining forms, adjusting colors and values and adding finishing touches that make paintings sparkle. For further information and to sign up for this workshop, visit the ADSO website at www.artsdesignsociety.org, or call 850-244-1271 during office hours (Tuesday-Friday, 12 noon-4 pm). The Arts and Design Society is located at 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL.

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Aug 19-23

ADSO Workshop: Experimenting with Watercolor- Instructor Carol Dickson, August 19-23; The Arts and Design Society offers a weeklong workshop, Experimenting with Watercolor, with Instructor Carol Dickson, Monday, August 19-Friday, August 23, 1 pm-4 pm daily. Students will explore the use of different paints, brushes, and paper.  Each day a different subject will be presented for learning different techniques using watercolor.  The students will go home with a finished painting each day.  Cost of the weeklong workshop is $130, members; $145 non-members. The workshop is geared to beginning through advanced levels. All paper will be provided. Students may bring their own paints and brushes or use supplies provided by the instructor. Instructor website: www.CarolDicksonCreations.com.   For further information and to sign up for this workshop, visit the ADSO website at www.artsdesignsociety.org, or call 850-244-1271 during office hours (Tuesday-Friday, 12 noon-4 pm). The Arts and Design Society is located at 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL.

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Aug 22

ADSO’s Drink & Draw: Thursday, August 22; The next meeting of the Arts and Design Society’s Drink & Draw will take place on Thursday, August 22, at 6 pm at Juana’s Pagodas, Navarre Beach. The group meets regularly on the 4th Thursday of the month, to draw whatever they like—scenery, the other people, something they’re working on. For further information, contact Holly Bain, bnhlly@gmail.com.

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September 3, 10, 17, 24

ADSO’s Art Classes for Home Schoolers Age 6-12; September 3, 10, 17, 24; Instructor, Marcy Eady; The Arts and Design Society is offering Art Classes for Home Schoolers, ages 6-12, on Tuesdays, 1:30-3 pm, on September 3, 10, 17, and 24. The instructor is Marcy Eady. Cost of the month is $60/members; $70/non-members. All supplies are included. Each class will explore a different medium or artist, emphasizing style, brush strokes, and color.  For further information and to sign children up for this class series, visit the ADSO website at www.artsdesignsociety.org, or call 850-244-1271 during office hours (Tuesday-Friday, 12 noon-4 pm). The Arts and Design Society is located at 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL.

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September 4- 27

ADSO’s “Assemblage” Show: September 4-September 27; Reception, September 6  From September 4 through September 27, the Arts and Design Society is hosting its “Assemblage” Show, featuring art that incorporates two or more unrelated objects in one artwork. A reception is scheduled for Friday, September 6, 6-8 pm. Both reception and gallery are free and open to the public. The Gallery is open Tuesday-Friday, noon-4 pm, and Saturday, 1-4 pm, and is located at the Art Center, 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach. For more information, call 850-244-1271 or visit the Website at http://www.artsdesignsociety.org.

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September 5

ADSO Book Discussion Group: Thursday, September 5-The Arts and Design Society’s Book Discussion Group meets on Thursday, September 5, 5-6 pm, at the Clay Studio at the Art Center. Call the ADSO office for title of book to be discussed, at 244-1271. Anyone interested in discussing creativity is welcome. Cost: N/A. For further details, visit the ADSO website at www.artsdesignsociety.org. The Arts and Design Society is located at 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach.

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September 9, 16, 23, 30

ADSO Workshop: Painting With Loretta: September 9, 16, 23, 30; Instructor: Loretta Menendian; The Arts and Design Society is offering a four-class workshop on acrylic painting to all levels of acrylic artists wishing to improve techniques. The classes meet at the ADSO studio at 1-3 pm, on four Mondays in September: 9, 16, 23, and 30. Cost is $80/members; $90/non-members. Guided by award-winning professional artist Loretta Menendian, the students will paint subjects of their choice and may bring reference photos. A list of supplies is available at the ADSO office and on the ADSO website.  For further information and to sign up for this workshop, visit the ADSO website at www.artsdesignsociety.org, or call 850-244-1271 during office hours (Tuesday-Friday, 12 noon-4 pm). The Arts and Design Society is located at 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL.

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September 12 - October 10

24th Annual Concerts in the Village-

September 12 - Rust & Gold-The most authentic sounding tribute band to Neil Young and Crazy Horse capturing the essence of Neil Young's vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, and electric sound!
September 19 - Casey Kearney; Slow heart-felt ballads to upbeat crowd favorites and playful melodies, Casey is a fresh take on the country music scene!
*September 21 - Saturday - Triggerproof; Back by popular demand, Triggerproof puts pop, rock and hip-hop through the musical blender to recreate both popular and classic radio-friendly hits that appeal to everyone!
September 26 - Emerald Coast Blues Brothers-The Blues Brothers enjoy making people smile and having a good time and will arrive in their movie authentic Bluesmobile!
October 3 - Deja Vu-Deja Vu delivers a wide range of music from Motown, R&B and Classic Rock though today's best hits with finesse and energy that leave audiences wanting more!
October 10 - Forrest Williams Band-Perennial local favorites, the Forrest Williams Band will cover a variety of music, blending an acoustic guitar and harmonica as they take the stage for the concert series finale! 

Learn more at https://www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org/events-concertsinthevillage.html

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September 14

ADSO Artists’ Studios Tour: Saturday, September 14; The Arts and Design Society is hosting a tour of artists’ studios, on Saturday, September 14, beginning at 9 am, at the ADSO Art Center. Participants will be carpooling to five different artists’ studios in the Fort Walton Beach area, where they will meet the artists, see their spaces, and learn how they work in their different mediums. The tour, which includes a light lunch break at one of the studios, will end at ADSO at approximately 3 pm, when more refreshments and door prizes (art donated by participating artists) will be featured. Cost of the tour is $20, members; $25 non-members, which includes a door prize ticket and refreshments. Since space is limited, reservations must be made and paid for by 1 September.  
For further information, visit the ADSO website at www.artsdesignsociety.org, or call 850-244-1271 during office hours (Tuesday-Friday, 12 noon-4 pm). The Arts and Design Society is located at 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL.

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September 25

ADSO Luncheon: Wednesday, September 25; Willem van Osnabrugge will be the speaker at the ADSO Luncheon on Wednesday, September 25. A scientist by profession, for 20 years van Osnabrugge has followed art as an avocation, including photography, drawing, watercolor, and pastels, leading to a national award for a pastel portrait. Currently concentrating on oil painting, he will demonstrate mixing any color from a limited palette of just five colors.  Van Osnabrugge will be speaking at the Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street, Fort Walton Beach.  The Luncheon, which is open to the public, will begin at 11:30.  Cost of the luncheon is $12. Reservations must be made no later than Monday, September 23; cost of luncheon for reservations after that date is $15. Please send reservations request to: adsorsvp@gmail.com or call ADSO at 850-244-1271.

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Oct 4-6

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstracts Workshop with David M. Kessler: October 4-6; Registration Deadline: September 4
The Arts and Design Society offers “Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstracts,” a workshop with David M. Kessler (www.davidmkessler.com) on Friday, October 4-Sunday, October 6, 9 am-4 pm. DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: Wednesday, September 4.This workshop is for those who work in watercolor, acrylic, pastel, or oil, to understand the structure of abstract painting and to build on this to loosen up and paint more freely, applying these concepts to their own style of painting. Cost for the workshop is $320, members; $350, non-members. Students provide their own materials; supply list available in ADSO office, by email. Artist’s website: www.davidkessler.com.  For further details and to sign up for this workshop, visit the ADSO website at www.artsdesignsociety.org, or call 850-244-1271 during office hours (Tuesday-Friday, 12 noon-4 pm). The Arts and Design Society is located at 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL.