Okaloosa Arts Alliance The official Local Arts Agency For Okaloosa County

2018 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 Phisophers 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 6:30PM. 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


Crestview Libray- The Oculus Rift with Touch is a virtual reality system that is capable of running simulations, games, instructive applications, and Google Tilt Brush.  Google Tilt Brush is a program that allows artists to paint and sculpt with impossible elements in virtual reality. Though one can utilize traditional mediums such as oils, pen, or even paper, the true excitement comes from sculpting with virtual fire, electricity, or even snowflakes. This program could be used recreationally or constructively to exercise three dimensional skill sets.  We are offering reserved spots Tuesdays 2-7 PM with an appointment by phone call or email to eruff@okaloosa.lib.fl.us.

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 August, the art on display for easy viewing is that of Anne Johnston, who is showing her “Just a Little Blue and White” series of oil paintings. Her paintings are displayed in several local venues.   Additional information about these works is available in the Art Center office. 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 September 5, “Something Called Shakespeare” Show-The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in their upcoming “Something Called Shakespeare” Show, open to all interested artists. Art, in any medium, must have something to do with anything Shakespeare. Cash awards. Turn in work Tuesday, September 4, 1-4 pm; Wednesday, September 5, 9 am-noon. A copy of the entry form with details is available on the ADSO website: http://artsdesignsociety.org/.  The show runs fromSeptember 6 through September 28, with a reception on September 7. The gallery is located at the Art Center, 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach.  Phone: 244-1271.


 Call to Artists: Deadline Saturday, September 22, 35th Northwest Florida Fair Fine Arts Show for Adults and Students-The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in the upcoming 35th Northwest Florida Fair Fine Arts Show September 25-September 29, open to all artists, in any medium. Cash awards. Artists must turn in works for the show on Friday, September 21, noon-5 pm, and Saturday, September 22, 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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August 1-31

ADSO’s “Movie Re-Do” Show: July 31-August 31; Reception, August 3
From July 31 through August 31, the Arts and Design Society is hosting its “Movie Re-Do” Show, featuring original posters, for actual or made-up movies, in any medium. A reception is scheduled for Friday, August 3, 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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August 16
Act4Mystery - Dinner Theater to DIE for!

Location: La Paz Destin
Address: 950 Gulf Shore Drive, Destin, FL - (850) 862-2885 (Act4Mystery)
Price: $34.95 per person. Price includes dinner and show.
Show: KNOCK ‘EM DEAD
Website: www.act4mystery.com

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August 23
Act4Mystery - Dinner Theater to DIE for!

Location: La Paz Destin
Address: 950 Gulf Shore Drive, Destin, FL - (850) 862-2885 (Act4Mystery)
Price: $34.95 per person. Price includes dinner and show.
Show: REVENGE AT THE REUNION
Website: www.act4mystery.com

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August 25
Act4Mystery - Dinner Theater to DIE for!

Location:  Samuel's Roadhouse
Address:  114 John King Road, Crestview, FL - (850) 862-2885 (Act4Mystery)
Price:  $38 per person.  Price includes dinner, show, tax and tip.
Show: SEX, LIES, AND MAIL-ORDER BRIDES
Website: www.act4mystery.com


Welcome to Watercolors! Class:  Saturday, August 25; Instructor Natalia Light-Watercolorist Natalia Light will offer a class, Welcome to Watercolors!, for painters at all levels, at the Arts and Design Society, on  Saturday, August 25,  from 10 am-12:30 pm. Students will paint a local landscape, using basic watercolor techniques. Cost of the class is $20, members; $25, non-members. A supply list is published on the ADSO website or is available in the office. Note: This class begins a series of Saturday Watercolor classes with Natalia Light (www.natlialight.com), a regular schedule to be published soon.  Next class is scheduled for Saturday, September 8, 10 AM-12:30 PM; details forthcoming. For further details and to sign up for this class, 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.  

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August 30
Act4Mystery - Dinner Theater to DIE for!

Location: La Paz Destin
Address: 950 Gulf Shore Drive, Destin, FL - (850) 862-2885 (Act4Mystery)
Price: $34.95 per person. Price includes dinner and show.
Show: FOUL PLAY ON THE SPEEDWAY
Website: www.act4mystery.com
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September 22

Panhandle Music Festival Show- Rocky Bayou Baptist Church on September 22, 2018 at  7:00 pm; cost:  $15:00-Men and women (a cappella singers) from across the Panhandle (Tallahassee to Mobile) and local high school student choruses are invited to attend an annual event organized by the Emerald Coast Chorus and supported by the Sunshine District and the Barbershop Harmony Society.  The purpose of the weekend Festival is to refine the singers' musical kills and teach performance techniques. The Festival will conclude with a show on Saturday evening.  The show's finale will combine all singers into a nearly 300-person chorus on stage singing traditional and contemporary songs in the barbershop harmony style.
Singers gather at Camp Timpoochee in Niceville every year for a weekend of learning about singing in the a cappella style, entertainment techniques, and choral and quartet performance skills. A lot of fun and fellowship are also shared during this teaching weekend, which culminates in the Saturday night show for the public.  Student participation in the annual Festival has increased over the past six years from 40 to over 100.  There is never a charge to any student or school.  Revenue from the show helps to defray student cost. Tickets ($15.00) will be available from Bayou Books in Niceville, from any barbershopper, or at the door the night of the show.