Okaloosa Arts Alliance The official Local Arts Agency For Okaloosa County

2017 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

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 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

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 at850.897.2821, 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 June, the art on display for easy viewing is that of versatile artist Helen Harris, who will showcase her encaustic, enamel, and acrylic works.  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: June 26, ADSO’s “What’s in the Constitution” Show-The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in their upcoming “What’s in the Constitution” Show, in which artwork, inspired by a phrase from the US Constitution, must have that phrase appear in the artwork. Cash awards. Turn in work Saturday, June 24, 1-4 pm; Monday, June 26, 9 am-12 noon. Entry fee is Members, $25, 2 pieces; Non-members, $35, 2 pieces. 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.


Call to Artists: Deadline: July 17, ADSO’s “Art of the Landscape” Show: The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in their upcoming “Art of the Landscape” Show, in which artwork, in any medium, will depict landscapes or cityscapes. Cash awards. Turn in work Saturday, July 15, 1-4 pm; Monday, July 17, 9 am-12 noon. Entry fee is Members, $25, 2 pieces; Non-members, $35, 2 pieces. 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.

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May 4- June 29

22nd Summer Concerts in the Village- Every Thursday night May 4th through June 29th. Buy Tickets at the Door
All ticket and table sales final – no refunds.  $15 general admission  Free for MKAF members; Age 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Age 12 and under are free. VIP Event Tables are sold out.  For concert line up go to https://www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org/destinfloridasummerconcerts.html

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May 15-July 22

Tales and Myths: The Paintings of Katherine Ace -The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries will present a national touring exhibition, Tales and Myths: The Paintings of Katherine Ace from May 15 to July 22, 2017 in both the McIlroy and the Holzhauer Galleries. The exhibition of works by Portland, Oregon-based artist Katherine Ace takes familiar and not-so-familiar fairy tales and retells them in large-scale mixed-media paintings. 
The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries are open Monday through Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM, and 90 minutes prior to most Mainstage and Sprint Theater performances. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries are always free and open to the public.

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June 6-23

"Carnival,” ADSO Members' Calendar Show Opening Reception and Gallery Show: June 6-June 23, 2017 (Reception, Friday, June 9) Opening reception for the Arts and Design Society's show, "Carnival,” the ADSO Members' Calendar Show, is scheduled for Friday, June 10, from 6 pm to 8 pm. The exhibition features members' work, reflecting a Carnival theme, with a variety of interpretations! The winning thirteen works will be featured in ADSO's 2018 Calendar. The show begins June 6 and runs through June 23. Gallery hours are 12 noon-4 pm, Tuesday-Friday, and 1 pm - 4 pm, Saturday. Admission to the reception and the gallery is free and open to the public. The Art Center Gallery is located at 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach. For more information, call 850-244-1271 or visit the Website at http://artsdesignsociety.org

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June 8
Act4Murder - Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
Location: La Paz
Address: 950 Gulf Shore Drive, Destin, Florida - (850) 862-2885 (Act4Murder)
Price: $34.95 per person. Price includes dinner and show.
Show: MUSCLING IN ON MURDER
Website for show, seating and menu information, online reservations and V.I.P. packages: www.act4murder.com 

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June 15
Act4Murder - Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

Location: La Paz
Address: 950 Gulf Shore Drive, Destin, Florida - (850) 862-2885 (Act4Murder)
Price: $34.95 per person. Price includes dinner and show.
Show: A MEDLEY FOR MURDER
Website for show, seating and menu information, online reservations and V.I.P. packages: www.act4murder.com

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June 17
Act4Murder - Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

Location:  Samuel's Roadhouse
Address:  114 John King Road, Crestview, FL - (850) 862-2885 (Act4Murder)
Price:  $38 per person.  Price includes dinner, show, tax and tip.
Show: DECKED OUT FOR DEATH
Website for show, seating and menu information, online reservations and V.I.P. packages: www.act4murder.com

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June 19-23; July 10-14
ADSO’s Kids' Summer Art Camp
:  June 19-23; July 10-14; 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 19-23, 9:30 -11:30 am; Session 2: Ages 9-13, June 19-23,1:00-3:00 pm; Session 3: Ages 6-11, July 10-14, 9:30 -11:30 am; Session 4: Ages 6 - 11, July 10-14, 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 16, for June Sessions, and byFriday, July 7, 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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June 28 

ADSO LUNCHEON-Wednesday, June 28-Multiple award winner Lonnie Rich, long-time artist and former educator, will be the speaker at the Arts and Design Society’s Luncheon on Wednesday, June 28. His entrance into his current form of art came about through the destruction of his studio and materials by Hurricane Ivan. Now, influenced by his philosophy of seeking balance in life, Rich forges his unique artwork using heart pine knots, cedar driftwood, and stone, a creative union requiring time and careful consideration. Rich’s website is http://www.artistoneastbay.com/. Rich will give his talk 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 June 26; cost of luncheons for reservations after that date is $15. Please send reservations request to: adsorsvp@gmail.com or call Risa at 850-376-3901.

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June 28 & 29

Hairspray, Jr. - Summer Theater Workshop Production-June 28, 2017-June 29, 2017 Sprint Theater; $5
Tickets on Sale: June 1, 2017  The college's summer musical theater workshop will present the mini-musical comedy "Hairspray, Jr." in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on June 28 & 29, 2017. Time and ticket information TBA   http://www.mattiekellyartscenter.org/EventsAll.cfm

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June  29
Act4Murder
- Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
Location: Stripes Pub & Grill
Address: 1878 Andorra Street, Navarre, Florida - (850) 862-2885 (Act4Murder)
Price: $40 per person. Price includes dinner, show, tax and tip.
Show: MUSCLING IN ON MURDER
Website for show, seating and menu information, online reservations and V.I.P. packages: www.act4murder.com

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July 19-22

SISTER ACT-The renowned Fine & Performing Arts Division of Northwest Florida State College is pleased to announce the summer 2017 musical - SISTER ACT - to be performed July 19 to 22, 2017 in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center at 100 College Boulevard, Niceville. Tickets for the musical comedy are $25 adult and $20 youth and are onsale starting May 1, 2017 for the general public. Broadway Season Ticket holders (FANS Club) and Signature Seat owners will have the opportunity for early-bird tickets TBA date. NWF State College students who hold a current student ID may request 1 free ticket, in-person from the Box Office only, space permitting, starting June 26, 2017.  http://www.mattiekellyartscenter.org/EventsAll.cfm

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July 30

Poetry, Music & Wine-Mark your calendars for Sunday, July 30, 2017 from 2:00pm until 4:00pm for Poetry, Music & Wine at The Twisted Grape located at 1193 B Eglin Parkway in Shalimar.   Join friends and art supporters and enjoy great food, wine and an open mic for poets and musicians to read, improvise and perform together. Tickets are $25 each or $45 for two and can be reserved online at www.okaloosaarts.org or by contacting Amy at amybaty1@gmail.com or 850-499-8335.  Tickets cover food and 5 wine tastings. More information about the Twisted Grape can be found at www.twistedgrapewinebar.com.  All proceeds will benefit the Okaloosa Arts Alliance. 

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September 28-30

Kevin Tobin, Golden Acrylics Workshops: September 28-September 30 Kevin Tobin, Golden Paints Artist, will again offer a series of classes in acrylics, suitable for all levels, this time on printmaking, from Thursday, September 28, through Saturday, September 30, at ADSO’s Art Center. These classes include Thursday’s free demo, showcasing Golden products, with many giveaways; and a two-part workshop, Print, Press, and Mono-Print (cost, Members/$130; Non-members/$145). Class hours are Thursday, 6-8 pm; Friday, 10 am-3 pm; Saturday, 9 am-noon. Registration must be made in advance, including for the free demo.  Golden paints and mediums will be provided, though students are asked to bring some supplies. For a list of these and more information, see the ADSO Website atwww.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.