2017-18 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/


Clay & Pottery Open Studio-
Mon and Wed 9 AM – 12 PM, Mon 6:30 – 9 PM Come in and have fun working with clay, hand building or wheel throwing. Beginners welcome.  Materials and firing included. Cost: Mon/Wed am - $10 member/$12 non-member, Instructor - Pat Basque Cost: Mon pm - $12 member/$15 non-member, Instructor - Marcy Eady

Art Class for Children A
ges 6-12-Tues 4 – 5:30 PM, Using the principles of basic drawing, painting and sculpture, students will learn about the master artists and their styles. Varying mediums will be used each week.  All supplies included. Cost per month: $60 member / $70 non-member; Instructor – Marcy Eady

Oil Painting - Chiaroscuro technique- 
Tues 9 AM – 1 PM Learn to paint as the old masters painted, with the lights and darks. Cost per month: $70 member / $85 non-member Instructor - Dale Gauvin

Watercolor Painting-
Thurs 9:30 AM – 12 PM Cost per month: $70 member / $85 non-member; Beginner through advanced.  Students bring their own supplies, list available in the office. Instructor - Pat Farwell

Open Studio-
Tues 7 – 9:30 PM, Friday 10 AM – 12:30 PM; Bring your own supplies and your own project and work with other artists. No instruction.  Cost: $5 member / $7 non-member. 

Photography Group (meets in the Gallery)-
3rd Wednesday of the month 7- 9 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. Attendance is free.

Life Drawing-
1st & 3rd Thursday 6 - 9 PM Hone your drawing skills with the human figure. Bring your pencils & paper. No instruction. 
Cost: $12 member / $15 non-member (May change depending on the number of Artists.) No photography is allowed.

Life Drawing / Life Painting session-
3rd Saturday 9 AM – 12:30 PM; 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). This is an open session, there is no instructor. There are two models per session - one does short poses and the other does a single, long pose.  Bring your own materials and work in any drawing or painting media you desire. No photography is allowed. Advance registration is requested; please call the office, (850) 244-1271.

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 December, the art on display for easy viewing is the vibrant acrylic and oil paintings of frequent-award-winning artist and popular teacher, Pat Z. Roberts.  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: 

November 14- December 16

ADSO’s Arts and Crafts Christmas Market: November 14 -December 16-A grand opportunity to buy unique gifts!  The Arts & Design Society's members host their annual Arts and Crafts Christmas Market from November 14 through December 16, featuring an assortment of gifts, including jewelry,  paintings, clay works, decorations,  photographs, and note cards, all created by the members.  Works are all reasonably priced. These are available in the Gallery, whenever the Art Center is open: Tuesday - Friday, 12 Noon- 4 pm; Saturday, 1 pm-4 pm. Note: The Gallery will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holidays, November 23-27, and will re-open Tuesday, November 28. The Gallery is located at the Art Center, 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach. Website: http://artsdesignsociety.org.  For more information, call 850-244-1271.

December 8

NFSO Concert - Holiday Pops-12/8/2017 - Enjoy holiday favorites both secular and sacred musical favorites with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Chorale under the Direction of Maestro Jeffrey Rink.  $25 adult, $18 military & youth. The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra's 31st season as the Emerald Coast's premier professional orchestra continues on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville with the popular annual "Holiday Pops" concert.  Season Package reservations are now available through the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at (850) 729-6000.  http://mattiekellyartscenter.org/EventsAll.cfm

December 9

Norman Brown's Joyous Christmas with Bobby Caldwell and Marion Meadows-Seabreeze Radio (Smooth Jazz 106.6) presents Norman Brown's Joyous Christmas with Bobby Caldwell and Marion Meadows, presented by Resort Quest and Wyndham Vacation Rentals on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 pm in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $80 and $40 for this Guest Event and are available exclusively through the Arts Center's Box Office at (850) 729-6000 or official non-profit website www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org.

December 15

"A Rockin' Holiday with Mary Wilson of the Supremes-"-Destiny Worship Center, Miramar Beach, Florida, Friday, 15 December 2017 - 7:30 PMMary Wilson of the Supremes is bringing her larger-than-life vocals and amazing energy back to the Sinfonia stage for one ROCKIN' holiday concert! This "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" inductee and multiple award-winning artist will have you dancing in your seats as she takes us on a musical journey with the songs that made her famous, as well as everyone's favorite holiday melodies. Sinfonia's full orchestra shares the stage with Mary and her incredible band for this magical concert of the season!   **PLEASE NOTE: This venue is open seating within each of the Preferred & Choice sections. There are no assigned seats.
December 22
Concrete Stepping Stone Class for Children:
Instructor, Marcy Eady, December 22; The Arts and Design Society is offering a Children’s Concrete Stepping Stone Workshop on Friday, December 22, 10 am-noon, for children 7-15. Instructor is Marcy Eady. Sign-up deadline is December 15. Cost is $20/members; $25/non-members, supplies included. Students will design their own stones, which they will then embellish. Pick-up of stones is the following day.  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.

January 17 & 18

Workshop: Georgia O’Keefe - One Hundred Flowers, Acrylic Workshop with Farideh Peacock, January 17 & 18; Farideh Peacock will offer a two-day acrylic workshop, studying the technique and style of Georgia O’Keefe, on Wednesday, January 17, and Thursday, January 18, 9 am-1 pm. Students will study the style and method of the artist and produce their own version of the work.  There will be critique at the end of each day. Cost of the two-day class is $110/members; $130, non-members.  Peacock's art education began in England and continued in the United States, where she obtained a BFA from the Herron School of Art, Indiana University, and then became a faculty member of the Indianapolis Art Center. You may view her work at www.faridehpeacock.com.  For supply list, 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 Artist’s website: www.faridehpeacock.com.

January 21

Annual Wine Tasting-Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 2:00pm until 4:00pm for a Wine Tasting at The Twisted Grape located at 1193 B Eglin Parkway in Shalimar.   Join friends and art supporters by attending this annual event that offers wine, food by The Twisted Grape, live entertainment and drawings for chances to win tickets to upcoming events.  Tickets are 1 for $25 or 2 for $45 and can be purchased online at www.okaloosaarts.org or by contacting Amy at amybaty1@gmail.com or 850-499-8335.    More information about the Twisted Grape can be found at www.twistedgrapewinebar.com.  All proceeds will benefit the Okaloosa Arts Alliance.  

January 26
Classical Connections feat. SYBARITE5-
Grace Lutheran Church, Destin, Florida; Friday, 26 January 2018 - 7:30 PM The second installment of the Silver Sands Premium Outlet's Classical Connections Series features one of the most exhilarating string groups on the scene today. SYBARITE5 has taken audiences by storm all across the U.S. via an exciting ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules. Performing their compilation "Everything In Its Right Place," a melange of Mozart to Piazzolla to Radiohead, and some of America's most exciting young composers (Piotr Szewczyk, Jessica Meyer, Dan Visconti, and Shawn Conley), the quintet joins Sinfonia's full orchestra. Also on the program is Beethoven’s "Symphony no. 2", Rossini’s overture to "The Italian in Algiers" and Stravinksy’s whimsical "Suite no. 2".  **PLEASE NOTE: This venue is open seating within each of the Preferred & Choice sections. There are no assigned seats.

January 27

ADSO Workshop: Portrait Technique Level II, Instructor George Brandon, January 27; George Brandon, master portrait artist, will offer a workshop using Conté crayons and charcoal, at the Arts and Design Society on Saturday, January 27, 10 am-1 pm, as a fundraiser for ADSO. In Level II, special focus will be given to detailing eyes, nose, and mouth with lifelike highlights. The second half of class will focus on using these skills in a complete portrait using powerful shading to create three dimensional features.  Cost of the workshop is $45, members; $55, non-members. All supplies included. Suitable for beginner/advanced.

March 3
Classical Connections feat. Violinist Corinne Stillwell-
Grace Lutheran Church, Destin, Florida, Saturday, 3 March 2018 - 7:30 PM The final concert of the Silver Sands Premium Outlet's Classical Connections Series welcomes violinist Corinne Stillwell to perform alongside Sinfonia's principal musicians. Stillwell, who is on faculty at both Florida State University and the Brevard Music Festival, joins us as guest concert master on Copland's "Appalachian Spring" (13-instrument version) and Mendelssohn's "Octet" and will be the featured soloist on Piazzolla's "Las Cuatro estaciones porteñas" (The Four Seasons). The superb acoustics in Grace Lutheran Church will be the pitch perfect backdrop for this performance.  
**PLEASE NOTE: This venue is open seating within each of the Preferred & Choice sections. There are no assigned seats.

March 31
Sinfonia Gala Event: Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN at the Symphony
-Emerald Coast Convention Center, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida
Saturday, 31 March 2018 - 7:30 PMSinfonia Gulf Coast brings the world premiere of America’s most beloved movie musical to the Emerald Coast. Gloriously restored and projected on the Big Screen, with unforgettable performances by Shirley Jones and Robert Preston, Meredith Willson’s brilliant songs and score will be performed live by Sinfonia Gulf Coast in their exhilarating and spectacular original Oscar-winning orchestrations by the legendary Ray Heindorf. Conducted by Emmy winner, and five-time Emmy nominee George Daugherty. 


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