Okaloosa Arts Alliance The official Local Arts Agency For Okaloosa County

2018/2019 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 November, the art on display for easy viewing is the watercolor art of Pat Farwell, who divides her time between Miramar Beach and Minnesota. Pat took up the very challenging art of watercolor painting when she retired from an engineering career and has gone on to win both local and national awards. Her work may be found in private and corporate collections. 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: ADSO Call to Artists and Crafters for Arts & Crafts Sale, Sunday, December 2, Noon-4 pm; The Arts & Design Society is holding an Arts & Crafts Sale on Sunday, December 2, Noon-4 pm, with set up on December 1. The theme of the sale is gift items. Interested artists and crafters are invited to participate. Entry fee is $20 for a 6’x6’ space inside, or 10’x10’ tent in the courtyard. Table rental is $5, with electrical connections, $10, on a first come basis. ADSO’s Art Center is located at 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach. For more information, interested artists and crafters should call 850-244-1271 during office hours, Tuesday-Friday, noon- 4 pm, or visit the Website at http://www.artsdesignsociety.org.

November 20

Something Rotten- at 7:30 on the Mainstage.  SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (NY Post). Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of two brothers who set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! It’s “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” (New York Magazine).  More details at https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/events/

November 28

ADSO Luncheon: Wednesday, November 28-Wally Ratcliffe and Pat Z. Roberts will be the speakers at the ADSO Luncheon on Wednesday, November 28. The topic of their talk is “Pour It On.” These award-winning artists will discuss and demonstrate the technique of acrylic pours, a method developed to create a stunning form of abstract art.  Ratcliffe and Roberts will give their 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 Monday, November 26; 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.

November 29- Dec 1

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play-NWF State College is proud to present Joe Landry’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play.  Set in a glamourous radio production studio, performers are warming up and preparing to present the live radio show of the beloved Christmas story.  This live dramatic and musical performance will take audiences back in time to the 1940’s, when radio shows brought families together for story time and good, old-fashioned fun.  It’s a Wonderful Life unfolds with beautiful carols of the season sung…  Varying times at Sprint Theater. More details at  https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/its-a-wonderful-life/all/

November 29, Dec 7, Feb 8 & 22, March 8, April 5 & 26

NWF State College Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts Division Recital-  at Tyler Recital Hall at 3pm. Join the Northwest Florida State College Division of Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts in the Tyler Recital Hall for their biweekly recital. Admission is free!


Dec 2

Artists and Crafters for Arts & Crafts Sale, Sunday, December 2, Noon-4 pm; The Arts & Design Society is holding an Arts & Crafts Sale on Sunday, December 2, Noon-4 pm, with set up on December 1. The theme of the sale is gift items. Interested artists and crafters are invited to participate. Entry fee is $20 for a 6’x6’ space inside, or 10’x10’ tent in the courtyard. Table rental is $5, with electrical connections, $5, on a first come basis.  ADSO’s Art Center is located at 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach. For more information, interested artists and crafters should call 850-244-1271 during office hours, Tuesday-Friday, noon- 4 pm, or visit the Website at http://www.artsdesignsociety.org.

Dec 7

ADSO Christmas Open House: Friday, December 7-In lieu of a December luncheon, the Arts and Design Society hosts their annual Christmas Party on Friday, December 7, from 6 pm-8 pm, to which all are invited. There will be an auction of art, holiday decorations, and treats made by members, and a potluck dinner provided by the members. For further information, visit 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.

Holiday Pops- at 7:30 pm on the Mainstage. The sounds of the holiday season will fill the air as the NFSO, joined by the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, performs some of your seasonal favorites including The Nutcracker, Handel’s Messiah and music from John Williams featured in the movie Home Alone. It’s an evening for everyone, with a special performance by NWF State College President Dr. Devin Stephenson. https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/holiday-pops-presented-by-nfso/

Dec 14
Holiday Pops feat. Chris Mann of The Voice

Village Baptist Church
Destin, Florida
Friday, 14 December 2018 - 7:30 PM  
Vocalist Chris Mann joins Sinfonia's full orchestra for an evening of the most cherished and festive holiday medleys. Following his highly-praised two-year run as the Phantom in the national touring cast of “Phantom of the Opera,” and his meteoric success of two PBS full-length concerts: “Chris Mann in Concert: A Mann for All Seasons” and “Home for Christmas,” Mann has performed with orchestras across the country, landing him solidly on the national stage. Bring the entire family for this special performance!
Presenter: Sinfonia Gulf Coast- http://www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org/web/events.aspx

Dec 16

Sounds of the Season- Sunday, December 16th,  23rd Annual Sounds of the Season  Destin Life Center at Destin United Methodist Church
150 Beach Drive; Matinee Performance – 4 PM and Evening Performance – 6 PM   Free admission with new, unwrapped toys to be distributed among several outreach ministries. A love offering will benefit the MKAF’s Community Outreach programs for 2019.  https://www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org/destinfloridaeventsart.html

Dec 18
GALA EVENT feat. Jane Lynch in “A Swingin’ Little Christmas"

The Henderson
Destin, Florida
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 - 5:30 PM  
Jane Lynch is an Emmy and Golden Globe-winner for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester on "Glee," and is currently the two-time Emmy Award-winning host of NBC's "Hollywood Game Night." Jane brings along TV-star colleagues Kate Flannery, Tim Davis, and The Tony Guerrero Quintet for the jazziest musical holiday concert you’ll ever experience. The Henderson will be transformed in to a festive, winter wonderland. Ticket price includes valet, VIP reception, dinner and performance. Special room rates are available. Front row tables and single seating include exclusive meet and greet with Ms. Lynch. Please call the Sinfonia office at 850-460-8800
Presenter: Sinfonia Gulf Coast- http://www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org/web/events.aspx

Jan 8

Kinky Boots-on Jan 8 at 7:30 pm KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.   https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/kinky-boots/

Jan 20

Annual Music & Wine -Mark your calendars for Sunday, January 20, 2019 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.  The Okaloosa Arts Alliance will also be presenting grants to local non-profits at this event.   Reservations can be made 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.