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 February, the art on display for easy viewing is that of Racheal Homack, currently a senior in UWF’s BFA program. Racheal creates artwork using both repurposed and new materials in unconventional ways to produce her final pieces.  She works with pastels, metal, wood, acrylic, and glass to create both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artwork, often beginning her work with no fixed ideas, using a variety of methodologies and approaches to creating her art.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: February 4, “Small” Show The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in their upcoming “Small” Show open to all interested artists. All work must be in the stated dimensions: 2D, 8”x8”; 3D, 8”x8”x8”. Cash awards. Turn in work Friday, February 1, noon-4 pm (note change from Saturdays to Fridays); Monday, February 4, 9 am-noon. 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 Thursday, February 14, 2019, 60th Annual Beaux Arts Exhibition-The Arts and Design Society is inviting all artists, 18 years of age or older, to submit works for the 60th Annual Beaux Arts Exhibition, hosted by The Meridian at Westwood and sponsored by the Arts and Design Society. Registration is in the Atrium of The Meridian at Westwood, 1001 Mar Walt Drive, Fort Walton Beach, 32547, on Thursday, February 14, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon. Entry fee is $25, members; $35, non-members, for two entries; an additional entry may be made for $5, with a limit of three entries total. Cash awards. The exhibition runs from Friday, February 15, through Sunday, February 17, with a reception and silent auction on Sunday, 2-4 pm. For further information and entry form, visitwww.artsdesignsociety.org or call 850-582-1329 (Hanna Joensuu, Show Chairman) for inquiries.

Jan 22-March 1

Len Davis’ A Thousand Words Series- Len Davis’ A Thousand Words series explores the complicated interplay between the figurative and the literal. The series consists of 100 8”x5” collages combining drawings of faces, text, and newsprint pages. With this series, Davis is illustrating the differences in understanding we derive from reading facial expressions and reading text. In each collage is a face, which we interpret to understand how the person is feeling, while the text or images clearly explain the person’s feelings. The text and the facial expressions work together to build a mental image in viewers, ultimately proving the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words.  https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/len-davis-a-thousand-words-series/

Feb 5-22

ADSO’s Small Show: February 5-22; Reception, February 8-From February 5 through February 22, the Arts and Design Society is hosting its Small Show, in which all works, in any medium, must be 8”x8”.  A reception is scheduled for Friday, February 8, 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.

Feb 8 & 22, March 8, April 5 & 26

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!  https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/nwf-state-college-humanities-fine-performing-arts-division-recital-2018-11-02/all

Feb 11

THE WIZARD OF OZ-  Feb 11 at 7:30pm This production of THE WIZARD OF OZ is a spectacular celebration of that classic 1939 MGM film. Audiences young and old, seeing it for the first time or the fifth, will be dazzled by the brightly colored sets, charmed by its timeless score and enthralled with its breathtaking special effects. Whether it creates new memories or conjures them up from the past, everyone deserves to experience or relive the wonderful, whimsical and enduring story, THE WIZARD OF OZ.  https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/events/

Feb 15

Crescendo! Vintner Dinners- Sinfonia’s Crescendo! will feature multiple Vintner Dinners on Friday, February 15, hosted in elegant homes and venues throughout the region. Some of the country’s most exclusive vineyards including Constant, Thompson 31Fifty, Blackbird Vineyards, St.Helena Winery, Oakville Ranch, Terra Valentine | Foretell, Castellucci, Silver Trident, and Crocker & Starr will be pouring wines. Culinary maestros include top chefs from the Gulf Coast region and beyond including: Tommaso Furlanetto of PRICCI Atlanta, Jack McGuckin of Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits, Luis Pous of Asia de Cuba, Gary Palm of The Henderson, Orion Cordoves of Cuveé Kitchen + Wine Bar, Alan Baltazar of Destin Ice Market 30A, plus more! http://www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org/web/events.aspx

Feb 15-17

60th Annual Beaux Arts Exhibition: February 15-17 (Reception, Sunday, February 17)-The Arts and Design Society presents the 60th Annual Beaux Arts Exhibition, hosted by the Meridian at Westwood and sponsored by the Arts and Design Society. The exhibition and a silent art auction, located in the Meridian at Westwood atrium, run from Friday, February 15, 12-6 pm; Saturday, February 16, 10 am-6 pm; and Sunday, February 17, 1 pm-4 pm. A reception will be held from 2 pm to 4 pm on Sunday, with awards to be given at 3:30 p.m. Artists in a widespread area compete for prizes in this annual event. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. The Meridian at Westwood is located at 1001 Mar Walt Drive, Fort Walton Beach. For further information, visit www.artsdesignsociety.org or call 850-582-1329, the event Chairman.

Feb 16

NFSO Piano Recital Series- Join us for an evening with talented pianist Dzmitry Ulasiuk, in the NFSO Piano Recital Series, an event made possible by the Guy & Judy-Ann Zoghby Family Fund. Feb 16 at 7:30; https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/events/ 

Feb 17

Snowbird Concert- Join the Northwest Florida State College Division of Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts for their Snowbird Concert on February 17, 2019 at 2pm, featuring the NWF State College Jazz Ensemble and Soundsations.  https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/events/

Crescendo! Main Event: Lunch en Blanc- Crescendo! is an exciting cultural extravaganza that benefits Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music education and community engagement initiatives.This year's theme is Lunch en Blanc: enter into an elegant setting of white-inspired decor and fashion. This energy-infused experience will celebrate the cultural and culinary arts by showcasing world-class vintners, expert spirit purveyors, amazing auction items, and a musical performance by Shades of Bublé. This three-man tribute to Michael Bublé brings all of his hits to the stage in a very high-energy performance. Enjoy reserved table seating, hors d'oeuvres, full, seated lunch and an all inclusive afternoon of incredible fun! Complimentary valet parking included. Tables of 10 available by calling the Sinfonia office 850-460-8800. http://www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org/web/events.aspx

Feb 19

Peter Versus the Wolf-  At 10amFor 30 years, the NFSO has provided a free annual concert for Okaloosa & Walton fifth-grade students with specialized youth oriented programming & teacher’s curriculum. In addition, the NWF State College Fine Arts Division sponsors a popular “Picture the Music” art contest in conjunction with the annual theme of the NFSO 5th Graders concerts. Cash prizes are awarded to winners and all artwork is displayed in the lobby of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Mainstage Theater.  This event is free of charge. Contact Suzanne Flood, Audience Services Coordinator, at (850) 729-6065 to make your reservations.  https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/peter-versus-the-wolf/

ADSO Photography Group: Wednesday, February 20-The Arts and Design Society Photography Group meets on Wednesday, February 20, 6-8 pm, in the Gallery at the Art Center. 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. For further details, visit the ADSO website at www.artsdesignsociety.org, or call Jim Eustace, 850-499-6699. The Arts and Design Society is located at 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach. 
Feb 21
ADSO Book Discussion Group:
Thursday, February 21-The Arts and Design Society’s Book Discussion Group meets on Thursday, February 21, 5-6 pm, at the Clay Studio at the Art Center. Discussion will be based on book “War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles,” by Steven Pressfield. 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.
Feb 23
Welcome to Watercolors! Workshop:
  Saturday, February 23; 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, February 23,  from 10 am-12:30 pm. Students will paint soft white cotton on a background color of their choice. The class will focus on depicting white objects on a contrasting, darker background and contrast of soft and sharp shapes. Cost of the workshop is $20, members; $25, non-members. A supply list is published on the ADSO website or is available in the office. 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. 
Feb 27 
ADSO Luncheon:
Wednesday, February 27; Velia Lala, artist, gallery owner, and instructor, will be our speaker at the ADSO Luncheon on Wednesday, February 27.  She will describe her journey to becoming a full-time artist and the multitude of techniques she uses from acrylic mixed media and high gloss epoxy to life casting/bronzing and wearable art. Velia, who recently opened a gallery/studio in Fort Walton Beach, has art exhibited in a number of galleries throughout Florida and beyond. Her website is https://velialala.com.  Velia 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, February 25; 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.
Feb 28 
Van Porter Student Art Show and Reception:
  February 25-March 8, Reception: Thursday, February 28; The Arts and Design Society will host the annual Van Porter Student Art Show February 25-March 8. The exhibit showcases outstanding 8th grade and 12th grade art work. A reception is scheduled for Thursday, February 28, 5-7 pm. The public is invited to help support upcoming young artists by visiting the Art Center Gallery at 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach. Admission to the reception and Gallery is free. The Gallery is open 12 noon-4 pm, Tuesday-Friday, and from 1 pm - 4 pm, Saturday. For further information, visit the ADSO website atwww.artsdesignsociety.org, or call 850-244-1271.

March 2

Bernstein, Broadway & Beyond hosted by Jamie Bernstein-Village Baptist Church, Destin, Florida. Saturday, 2 March 2019 - 7:30 PM  To continue the worldwide celebrations of the Leonard Bernstein centennial in 2018, Sinfonia teams up with Broadway star and recording artist Morgan James, and star of the concert stage, screen, TV, and Broadway Nicholas Rodriguez, to feature the best of Bernstein’s timeless concert and Broadway masterpieces including “West Side Story”, "On the Town" and “Candide” plus more of Broadway's best. Bernstein’s daughter Jamie will serve as host for the evening.  http://www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org/web/events.aspx

March 9

Hammer of the Gods, The Led Zeppelin Experience-Hammer of the Gods, The Led Zeppelin Experience is an international touring act recreating the excitement of Led Zeppelin’s legendary live concerts of the early 1970’s. Hammer of the Gods has entertained tens of thousands since 2000 with their professionally produced theatrical performance featuring period costumes, authentic equipment, staging and spectacular light and sound systems. It’s a multimedia extravaganza.  https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/events/

March 30

NFSO Piano Recital Series, made possible by the Guy & Judy-Ann Zoghby Family Fund- Chinese pianist Yi-Nuo Wang was selected as First Prize winner of the 2018 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, which is just the latest in a series of impressive first prize performances, along with the 2017 Wideman International Piano Competition in Louisiana.  Among the many performance prizes awarded to her with these victories, she will make her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall during the 2019-20 season on the CAG Winners series.  https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/nfso-piano-recital-series-made-possible-by-the-guy-judy-ann-zoghby-family-fund-2/

April 13

Mozart’s Requiem and Stars of Tomorrow-Join the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra for a farewell letter from the greatest composer of all time featuring Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale. The mystery surrounding Mozart’s death remains an enigmatic puzzle to this day. Answers can only be found in his Requiem Mass, which he left for us as an inspirational message of hope and spiritual fulfillment. This season finale concert spotlights the amazing talents of the youth Concerto Competition winners of the NFSO Guild-sponsored competition. 
Join us for at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-concert talk with Maestro Devin Patrick Hughes in the Mainstage Theater. Limited seating available. Attendees must have concert ticket. https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/nfso-presents-stars-of-tomorrow/

April 17

Million Dollar Quartet - On December 4, 1956, four young musicians -Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins -gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions ever. The Tony® Award-winning smash-hit musical Million Dollar Quartet brings that unbelievable musical moment to life, featuring timeless and enduring hits. Don’t miss your chance to experience this red-hot moment in rock ‘n’ roll history! https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/million-dollar-quartet/

May 17

ANIMANIACS in Concert!- Emerald Coast Convention Center, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida on Friday, 17 May 2019 - 7:00 PM ANIMANIACS LIVE! In Concert is coming to Sinfonia Gulf Coast! Emmy-winners Randy Rogel and Rob Paulsen team up with Sinfonia’s orchestra as they perform songs from the hit show, which will cause you to laugh all of the way out the door with its ZANY-ANIMANY-INSANY-FUN! Whether you know the show, love animation, or just enjoy live musical experiences, this is a not-to-miss experience.   http://www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org/web/events.aspx


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