Okaloosa Arts Alliance The official Local Arts Agency For Okaloosa County

2018 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 October, the art on display for easy viewing is the acrylic and watercolor art of Carolyn Williams.  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: Life's A Beach Cover Art Contest, Deadline October 1-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, September 29, 1-4 pm, and Monday, October 1, 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.


Call to Artists:  Collaborative Efforts Show, Deadline: October 16-The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in their upcoming “Collaborative Efforts” Show, open to all interested artists. Two artists must work together to create a 3-D artwork inspired by Alexander Calder. Cash awards. Turn in work Saturday, October 13, 1-4 pm; Tuesday, October 16, 1-4 pm. A copy of the entry form with details is available on the ADSO website: http://artsdesignsociety.org/.  The show runs from October 16 through October 25, with a reception on October 19. The Gallery is located at the Art Center, 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach.  Phone: 244-1271. 


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September 6-28

ADSO’s “Something Called Shakespeare” Show: September 6-September 28; Reception, September 7; From September 6 through September 28, the Arts and Design Society is hosting its “Something Called Shakespeare” Show, featuring art, in any medium that interprets some aspect of Shakespeare. A reception is scheduled forFriday, September 7, 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.

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October 2-12

Life's a Beach Show and Reception:  October 2-12 (Reception: Friday, October 12); 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 2 and runs through October 12.  A reception is scheduled for Friday, October 12, 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 at 17 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 4 & 11

Concerts in the Village-Thursday nights; $15 per person; MKAF members and children 12 and under are free (join)
Buy tickets at the door  7 to 9 pm (Doors open at 6) For more information go to https://www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org/events-concertsinthevillage.html

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October 6 &7

Kevin Tobin, Golden Acrylics Workshops: October 6-October 7; Kevin Tobin, Golden Paints Artist, will again offer a workshop in acrylics, including surface techniques, image transfers, and “bling,” suitable for all levels, on Saturday, October 6, and Sunday, October 7, at ADSO’s Art Center. These classes include a free demo on Saturday morning, showcasing Golden products, with giveaways; and a two-part workshop, The Whole Shebang (cost, Members/$120; Non-members/$140). Class hours are Saturday, 11 am-12:30 pm (free lecture/demo); Saturday, 1:15-5 pm; Sunday, 9:30 am-3:30 pm. 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 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.

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October 11

ADSO’s Sip and Paint Class, October 11; Ruta Kanaporis, Instructor; The Arts and Design Society offers a Sip and Paint Class with  Ruta Kanaporis on Thursday, October 11, 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 “Starry, Spooky Night.” Students may bring their beverage of choice to enjoy while learning to paint with acrylics and enhance their skills. This class is offered once a 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.
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October 13
 Welcome to Watercolors! Workshop: 
Saturday, October 13; 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, October 13,  from 10 am-12:30 pm. 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.  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. 


Hocus Focus – Theater of Magical Illusion - Oct 13 @ 2pm Join us for an afternoon of magic & illusion! This sensory-friendly performance of is designed to create an experience that is welcoming to all families including those with children with autism or with other developmental or intellectual disabilities that create sensory sensitivities. The performance was specifically designed to be baffling and entertaining for all members of the audience! Admission for this event is free, but donations will be warmly accepted.  For more information go to https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/events/

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October 16-25
“Collaborative Efforts” Show
-From October 16 through October 25, the Arts and Design Society is hosting its “Collaborative Efforts” Show, featuring art, in any medium, inspired by Alexander Calder and created by two artists working together. A reception is scheduled for Friday, October 19, 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.
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October 24
ADSO LUNCHEON:
Wednesday, October 24; Lesha Maureen Porché will be the speaker at the ADSO Luncheon on Wednesday, October 24. The topic of her talk is “Putting the World into Perspective: Art, Space, and Line.” Porché was trained in both fine art and architecture at the University of Florida, where she received a Masters of Architectural Design. Her work is primarily concerned with creating a sense of spatial immersion, where the viewer actively becomes drawn into the space of the painting through a strong use of line work in perspective.  Porché will give her 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, 22 October; 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.

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October 27

ADSO Fundraiser, “Nightmare on First Street,” Halloween Party, Saturday, October 27; The Arts and Design Society invites the public to a “scary” evening of Halloween fundraising fun, “Nightmare on First Street!,” on Saturday, October 27, 7-10 pm. The night will include a Costume contest, Halloween Food contest, Already-Decorated Pumpkin contest, and a Dance contest.  There will also be games throughout the evening and a Photo Booth to record a most memorable event.  This FUNdraiser will help to raise funds for facility repairs and improvements, so please bring cash to play!  Tickets, $10 each, may be purchased at the ADSO Gallery, Tuesday-Friday, noon-4 pm, 17 First Street SE, Fort Walton Beach.  For further information, call 850-244-1271.

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October 27 & 28

2018 Festival of the Arts- October 27th & 28th; 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.  Explore a diverse palette of artistic styles, including: acrylic, clay, collage, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, mosaic, oil, pen and ink, photography, digital art, pastel, pottery, sculpture, fiber, textile, wood and watercolor and spend time meeting the artists, discovering their inspiration, and adding to your own collection. For more information go to https://www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org/destinfloridaeventsartfestival.html

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November 8

6th Annual Fall Wine Walkabout-Ruth's Chris Steak House at Silver Shells Resort in Destin will host its 6th Annual Fall Wine Walkabout to benefit Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's community outreach programs on Thursday, November 8th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the East Bar and Courtyard.  Chef Ruston Johnson will create a special menu featuring multiple culinary stations of heavy hors' oeuvres paired with select fine wines courtesy of a variety of distributors. CEO Marcia Hull stated, "Once again, Mike Sable's team at Ruth's Chris stage an impressive culinary event as a valuable supporter of the arts."   Patrons will have a chance to enter an amazing charity raffle where all guests have an opportunity to win travel excursions and experiences. The MKAF Wine Pull has become a popular tradition at this event. A collection of 100 bottles of fine wines donated from wine enthusiasts, private wine cellars, distributors and restaurants. Patrons can purchase numbered wine corks to match your winning bottle of wine. This sells out in the first hour!  For more information go to https://www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org/events-diningforacause.html

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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/