2020 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. 

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 March, the art on display for easy viewing is by Linda Kernick, who uses mixed media to make vibrant, energetic, unexpected pieces of art. Since she has studied over many years, she has combined techniques learned from various instructors and has now evolved her own style. Expect the unexpected with her art, both in use of color, texture and graphics.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 March 30, 21st Annual Photography Show-The Arts and Design Society is calling all photographers to participate in their upcoming competition, "The 20th Annual Photography Show," open to all interested photographers. Turn in work Saturday, March 28, 1-4 pm, and Monday, March 30, 9am-noon. The show runs March 31-April 24. A copy of the entry form with details is available on the website:   http://artsdesignsociety.org/.  The gallery is located at the Art Center, 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach.  Phone: 244-1271.

 March 10-31

Pyramid Artwork- A collection of the works of Pyrmaid artists are on display at the Fort Walton Beach Library from March 10-31st.  The FWB Library is at 185 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE. For more info or to purchase art on display at the library, contact Pyramid Visual Arts Coordinator Rebecca Brice-Nash at 850-862-7139 or rbrice-nash@pyramidinc.org​

 March 28

Welcome to Watercolors! Workshop:  Saturday, March 28; Instructor Natalia Light-Watercolorist Natalia Light will offer a workshop, Welcome to Watercolors!, for painters at all levels, at the Arts and Design Society, on Saturday, March 28,  from 10 am-12:30 pm. Students will paint a jellyfish, using a watercolor technique. The monthly watercolor classes provide a great opportunity to brush up on watercolor skills and to explore new styles and techniques. Cost of the workshop is $20, members; $25, non-members. A supply list is published on the ADSO website and is available in the office, or students may buy supplies for $5. These monthly watercolor classes provide a great opportunity to brush up on watercolor skills and to explore new styles and techniques. 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.

April 2

​ADSO Book Discussion Group: Thursday, April 2-The Arts and Design Society’s Book Discussion Group meets on Thursday, April 2, 5-6 pm, at the Clay Studio at the Art Center. The group is currently exploring history of art, using Jesse Bryant Wilder’s “Art History for Dummies.” For further information, call the ADSO office, at 244-1271. 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.

April 3

NWF State College Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts Division Recital- Join the Northwest Florida State College Division of Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts in the Tyler Recital Hall for their biweekly recital. Admission is free! For more information go to https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/events/

April 4

Savor the Sound- Join the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at the outdoor amphitheater for a fundraising concert benefitting the Taylor Haugen Foundation! Headlining the event will be A Brother’s Revival (An Allman Brothers Tribute Band) with special guests, Parker Willingham, Reed Waddle & Zydeco. Ticket prices are $10 per person or $25 per family. For more information about the Taylor Haugen Foundation, please visit taylorhaugen.org


April 9

ADSO’s Sip and Paint Class, April 9; Linda Kernick, Instructor-The Arts and Design Society offers a Sip and Paint Class with Linda Kernick, on Thursday, April 9, 6:30-8:30 pm. Cost of the class is $35, members; $40, non-members. All supplies are included. The theme of this session is “Many Fish.” Students may bring their beverage of choice to enjoy while learning to paint with acrylics and enhance their skills. This class is offered the second Thursday of each month, with a variety of instructors, offering different perspectives and styles. 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.

April 17

ADSO’s Paint, Drink, Fill, Repeat! Fundraiser: Friday, April 17   The Arts and Design Society has scheduled an evening of painting, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres, “Paint, Drink, Fill, Repeat!,” on Friday, April 17, 6-9 pm, in the ADSO Gallery. For a donation of $25, participants will paint a wine or beer glass, and following instructions in the title, drink, fill, and repeat, while enjoying good company, good food, and a variety of libations, including wine, beer, and fruit punch. Everyone’s encouraged to keep their glasses to use in future ADSO receptions, in an effort to promote recycling. For more information on this fundraiser, visit the ADSO website at www.artsdesignsociety.org, or call 850-244-1271 during office hours, Tuesday-Friday 12 noon-4 pm. The Art Center is located at 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach.

April 18

NFSO Presents: Stars of Tomorrow – An Evening at the Opera-Our season finale Stars of Tomorrow/An Evening at the Opera opens with performances from the winners of our 33rd annual Concerto Competition (TBA). The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale will join the orchestra, performing opera choruses from some of the most popular and beloved operas. Maestro David Hoose, guest conductor, will close the season with a spectacular night of music! Tickets are $25 Adults, $16 Youth. NWFSC student admission is free with the presentation of Raider I.D. card. For more information go to https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/events/

April 23

Jeffrey Steele – Concerts in the Village- Enjoy a night under the stars at the most beautiful outdoor music venue on the Emerald Coast. Bring a bottle of wine, your favorite craft beer, some delicious snacks and a blanket or chair. Food and drinks available for purchase!  Tickets can be purchased at the Door: General Admission $15 per adult, FREE to MKAF members and kids under 12.    A five-time Grammy Nominee, Jeffrey Steele has been recognized by BMI for over 65 million airplays for hits he penned for a multitude of artists including Keith Urban, Eric Church, Zac Brown Band, Jimmy Buffett, Montgomery Gentry, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cher, .38 Special, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts and Van Zant, Joe Cocker, Little Feat ft. Bob Seger, Joe Bonamassa, Cascada and more.  For more from Jeffrey Steele visit JeffreySteele.com  For more information go to https://mkaf.org/gva_event/jeffrey-steele-concerts-in-the-village/

April 24

Dance Facets-​Dance Facets is an annual dance concert hosted by the Northwest Florida State College Department of Dance. The production showcases many styles of dance, from ballet to jazz to contemporary, and features choreography from students, faculty and guest choreographers. This year’s concert will also feature guest performances by Cie Grain de Sable, a French dance company.  Please join us for an extraordinary evening of dance on Friday, April 24 and Saturday April 25, 2020. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth ages 18 and under. For more information go to https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/events/

April 30

M80’s – Concerts in the Village-​Tickets can be purchased at the Door: General Admission $15 per adult, FREE to MKAF members and kids under 12.  The 80′s are everyone’s favorite era of music! Artists like Michael Jackson, Journey, The Go-Go’s, Bon Jovi, Prince, and Cheap Trick made up the soundtrack for that generation and set the standards for generations to follow. Formed in 2007, The M-80s are a Birmingham, Alabama-based band of experienced, professional entertainers that take you back to the best music from the 1980s. Every song is an instantly recognizable hit, and you’ll know every word to every song they play.  The M-80s are more than just a cover band; The M-80s are the Southeast’s most authentic 1980s show band, playing only the best pop, rock, and new wave hits from your favorite decade!  It’s the kind of music that makes you want to yell, “I WANT MY M-80s!” For more information go to https://mkaf.org/gva_event/m80s-concerts-in-the-village/

May 1

Vin’tij Wine Dinner Series – Eric Kent-​ Join Vin’tij Food & Wine in Grand Boulevard, on May 1, 2020, at 6:30 PM for the second in a series of wine dinners benefiting the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF). Vin’tij, known for its creative menus and impressive wine boutique, presents Eric Kent in celebration of MKAF’s 25th Season.  Ticket Price: $125.00 per person, seating is limited  Join Kent Humphrey, Owner/Winemaker, for a night of world-class wines paired with uniquely delicious foods.  One of those “hyper-enthusiastic” wine geeks since college (writing volumes of tasting notes and spending all of his disposable income on wine), it wasn’t until age 33 that Eric Kent worked his first harvest. Eric had a single goal in mind: to someday hold up a bottle of world-class wine and say to himself, “I made this.”  After 10 years of featuring unique artist labels on every wine, each vintage Eric Kent wines are excited to take the next step in their passion for promoting the arts. Starting with the spring releases in 2015, Eric Kent introduced the Eric Kent Permanent Collection of labels on their 10 flagship wines.  For more information go to https://mkaf.org/gva_event/vintij-wine-dinner-series-eric-kent/

May 7

Accent-Tickets can be purchased at the Door: General Admission $15 per adult, FREE to MKAF members and kids under 12. 
Accent has been playing for company parties, formals and receptions since the mid 90’s. Their showmanship and professionalism has made this band one of our most requested bands. Great Alabama Cover Band!  A high energy Dance & Party band that plays Motown, Top 40/Pop, Classic Rock, Oldies and Variety songs.  For more information go to https://mkaf.org/gva_event/accent-concerts-in-the-village/

May 8

The Spongebob Musical-A legendary roster of Grammy® Award winners. A visionary director and a Tony Award®-winning design team. One of the world’s most beloved characters. Turn them loose on stage and what do you get? The musical The New York Times declares, “BRILLIANT!” Broadway’s best creative minds re-imagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in “a party for the eyes and ears” (Daily Beast). Explore the depths of theatrical innovation in THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, 2018 Best Musical winner of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, where the power of optimism really can save the world. For more information go to https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/events/

May 16

JURASSIC PARK IN CONCERT- Featuring visually stunning imagery and groundbreaking special effects, the action-packed adventure of “Jurassic Park” pits man against prehistoric predators in the ultimate battle for survival. Experience it now, projected in HD with Sinfonia Gulf Coast performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture. This epic film is sheer movie magic 65 million years in the making. Welcome… to “Jurassic Park!”  At the Emerald Coast Convention Center, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida on Saturday, 16 May 2020 - 7:30 PM  For more information go to http://www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org/web/events.aspx

 June 15-19; July 6-10

ADSO’s Kids' Summer Art Camp:  June 15-19; July 6-10- The Arts and Design Society again offers the opportunity for children to participate in creating visual arts in its summer "Kids' Art Camp." Classes begin on Monday with clay artistry and feature a different medium each day, including drawing, painting, and other media. Each week ends with an art show and reception for the families, during the second half of Friday's class. 
There are 4 sessions of the camp, organized by age groups. Session 1: Ages 6 - 8, June 15-19, 9:30 -11:30 am; Session 2: Ages 9-13, June 15-19, 1:00-3:00 pm; Session 3: Ages 6-11, July 6-10, 9:30 -11:30 am; Session 4: Ages 6 - 11, July 6-10, 1:00 - 3:00 pm. The cost for each of the week-long sessions is $70 per child ($60 for the children of ADSO members). Pre-registration is required by Friday, June 12, for June Sessions, and by Friday, July 3, for July Sessions. Classes will be held at the ADSO Art Center, 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach. For further information or to register, call 244-1271, or visit www.artsdesignsociety.org.


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