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 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 October, the art on display for easy viewing is that of Tera Fujan, working in Encaustic wax, a combination of beeswax and resin, painted while melted and manipulated with torch or carving tools and layered and textured.  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.

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Call to Artists: Life's A Beach Cover Art Contest, Deadline October 23-The Destin magazine, "Life's A Beach," is again holding its annual contest for the cover art of their magazine, which is sent to all parts of the country. The ADSO Gallery is the venue for the show. Entries must have at least one palm tree and illustrate life along the Emerald Coast, with bright vibrant colors favored. Turn in work: Saturday, October 21, 1-4 pm, and Monday, October 23, 9-noon, to the ADSO Gallery, 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach. 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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October 3- Oct 20

ADSO’s "Steampunk,” Opening Reception and Gallery Show: October 3-October 20 (Reception, Friday, October 6) Opening reception for the Arts and Design Society's show, “Steampunk,” is scheduled for Friday, October 6, from 6 pm to 8 pm. The exhibition features work depicting the artists’ interpretation of the Victorian Era with steam-powered and clockwork-inspired technology.  The show begins October 3 and runs throughOctober 30. 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 athttp://artsdesignsociety.

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October 14

Figure Drawing Series, Gesture Drawing, with Heather Clements, Saturday, October 14 (Registration deadline, October 11) Heather Clements will offer a class in her figure drawing series, Gesture Drawing, at the Arts and Design Society on Saturday, October 14, 10 am-4 pm. Registration deadline is October 11. Cost of the workshop is $70, members; $80, non-members, including live model fee (tips encouraged). In this class, students will learn the essence of the pose, the gesture, a detail that is essential when drawing the figure.  Students bring their own supplies.  For further details, including supply list, and to sign up for this workshop, visit the ADSO website atwww.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.  Instructor’s site: www.heatherclementsart.com.


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October 21

Plein Air Workshop, Instructor, Joan Vienot, Saturday, October 21-Joan Vienot, winner of multiple prizes for her plein air paintings, will offer a course, Successfully Starting a Plein Air Painting, at the Arts and Design Society’ Art Center on Saturday, October 21, 9 am-3 pm. The class is suitable for beginning and advanced students. Cost of the class is $65, members; $75, non-members. Students will bring their supplies and a notepad. Though Vienot uses oils, concepts apply to other media.  Class will meet at the ADSO studio for introduction and then proceed to Fort Walton Landing for painting. For inclement weather, instructor will provide reference photos, and the class will continue in the studio.  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, FL.  

Crestview Writers Group

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October 21, 2017
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: MURDER AT THE MONSTER BASH
Website for information, online reservations and V.I.P. packages: www.act4murder.com

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October 23-Nov 3

Life's a Beach Show and Reception:  October 23-November 3 (Reception: November 2)-The Arts and Design Society is hosting the exhibition of the Life's a Beach Publications' annual cover competition, featuring colorful paintings reflecting our beach environment. The show begins October 23 and runs through November 3.  A reception is scheduled for Thursday, November 2, from 6 pm to 8 pm. 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 gallery is located at17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach. For more information, call 850-244-1271 or visit the Website at www.artsdesignsociety.org.

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October 24
Sinfonia Cabaret: An Evening with Chris Mann
at Fleming's Prime Steak House & Wine Bar Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach, Florida Tuesday, 24 October 2017 - 5:30 PM  From his debut on the world’s stage as a finalist on NBC’s "The Voice," to rave reviews from his PBS "Live in Concert" performance, to the lead role in the national U.S. tour of "Phantom of the Opera," Chris Mann and his crystalline voice will take you on a musical journey from Broadway to contemporary standards, to the Great American Songbook. Michael Bublé meets Josh Groban in this not-to-miss season kick-off.   Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar sets the culinary stage, while 560 Grand Boulevard will be transformed in to an elegant cabaret theater for the performance. Includes valet, dinner, wine, gratuity and performance.

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October 25

ADSO Luncheon: October 25-Jim Eustace, head of the ADSO photography group, the Shooting Club, will be the speaker at the ADSO Luncheon on Wednesday, October 25.  Eustace will address Photography as an Art Form, covering art and photographic history, as well as manipulation of light to achieve the desired effect and hopefully, fine art.  Eustace 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 October 23; cost of luncheon 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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October 26, 2017
Act4Murder - Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

Location: The Twisted Grape
Address: 1193 B. Eglin Parkway, Shalimar, Florida - (850) 862-2885 (Act4Murder)
Price: $45 per person. Price includes dinner, show, tax and tip.
Show: MURDER AT THE MONSTER BASH
Website for information, online reservations and V.I.P. packages: www.act4murder.com

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October 27, 2017
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, show, tax and tip.
Show: MURDER WITHOUT A CLUE
Website for information for information, online reservations and V.I.P. packages: www.act4murder.com
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October 28
Creative Community Day, 
October 28th, Here is another great opportunity from The Crestview Writers Group and Angela Yuriko Smith for you to get your work out to readers. Creative Community Day will be open to creatives of all types, so reserve your spot now. The event will be at Spacebox Storage in Niceville. mThere is no cost, but you will have to bring your own table. Space is limited, so don't wait to sign up. You must get a vendor ticket if you want to set up a table.   Vendor Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-community-day-vendors-tickets-36800389957  If you just want to attend the event (not be a vendor) than use this link. (Note: Tickets are not mandatory to come to the event, just for administrative purposes.)
General Admission Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-community-day-tickets-36802060955

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October 28 & 29

2017 Festival of the Arts- Art, music, food and fun.  One of the Southeast's premier art festivals, the two-day signature event features art exhibits of nearly 200 total artists (including the juried and collaborative exhibit) from 13 states showcasing a diverse palette of artistic styles in 22 different art mediums.  Saturday 9 am - 5pm & Sunday 10 am - 4pm  $5/adult; MKAF members & children (under 12) are free
Free Parking and Shuttle -Cuisine On The Green, Continuous Live Entertainment, Kid's ArtStop, Collaborative Art Exhibit, Festival Souvenirs & Charity Raffle  https://www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org/destinfloridaeventsartfestival.html
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November 4-10

ADSO ART WEEK, November 4-10-The Arts and Design Society's annual Art Week takes place November 4-10, beginning with classes on November 4 and ending with an Art Party on Friday, November 10, 6-8 pm. During the week, 20 two-hour classes will be offered as a sampler of what's available at the Art Center. The first class is $25; subsequent classes are $20, all supplies included. Registration and payment for classes are due in advance.   No expertise required; projects will be completed in the class. Also, four fun art competitions will be in progress; deadline for entry is Saturday, November 4, 1-4 pm.  Check website for more details of classes and competitions. The free Art Party will include display of completed art and competitive art. All are invited. Arts and Design Society, 12 First Street SE, Fort Walton Beach. Call 244-1271. Tuesday-Friday, noon-4 pm. Website: http://artsdesignsociety.org.

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November 9

Classical Connections feat. Cellist Sang-Eun Lee
Grace Lutheran Church
Destin, Florida
Thursday, 9 November 2017 - 7:30 PM

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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.

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November 16

Wine Walkabout November 16th- Ruth's Chris Steak House at Silver Shells Resort in Destin will host its 5th Annual Wine Walkabout to benefit Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's cultural arts and arts education initiatives on Thursday, November 16th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the East Bar and Courtyard.
Ruth's Chris Steak House at Silver Shells Resort in Destin
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
$40 ($41.50 Pay by Credit Card) for MKAF members
$50 ($51.50 Pay by Credit Card) general admission

Wine enthusiasts can enter the MKAF Wine Pull and Charity Raffle to win fabulous wines and vacation packages around the country, purchase numbered corks to match your winning bottle of wine donated from private wine cellars, distributors and restaurants.

All proceeds will fund MKAF's dual mission of presenting cultural events and community outreach initiatives serving populations of children and families, including those with special needs and wounded warriors.