2020 Calendar


 ***PLEASE STAY SAFE AND CHECK WITH THE ARTIST OR ORGANIZATION FOR ALL EVENTS TO SEE IF THEY HAVE BEEN POSTPONED OR CANCELED!

Youth Village -  Youth Village, Inc is a 501c3 non-profit child care center located in Fort Walton Beach for children ages 3 – 14. It was formed in 1999 to create a safe place to provide various educational and recreational services to children in our community. We are now a preschool for children ages 3 – 5, a before and after school program for children in grades Kindergarten to 8th grade, and summer program. Our goal is to provide a safe, nurturing environment with supportive mentors, teachers and other caring adults to help our children acquire a love of learning and create a desire to achieve.  To learn more go to https://ouryouthvillage.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 songbooks 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. 



WEEKLY ADSO CLASSES / OPEN STUDIO-  Currently closed, but offering online classes at  https://artsdesignsociety.org/workshops/  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 the 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 the 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 the 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 the 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) 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.

 ADSO Window Gallery Display:  To provide a convenient Art Gallery for the Community, the Arts and Design Society presents month-long free drive-by exhibits in their studio windows, facing First Street, Fort Walton Beach.  While the window art is available for viewing 24/7, our office and Gallery are currently closed. After re-opening, office 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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Nov 9- Dec 17
MKAC Galleries: Spotlight on the Collection Exhibition-
​This year the show will include an exhibit built around Emil Holzhauer paintings of the Emerald Coast that the artist made when he lived and worked in Niceville. This special exhibition will be in the Holzhauer gallery. The McIlroy gallery may reveal an exciting new addition to our collection. Learn more at https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/mkac-galleries-spotlight-on-the-collection-exhibition/

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Dec 11

NFSO: Holiday Pops- Holiday Pops: Join Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra conductor search finalist Kellen Gray and the NFSO for the symphony’s annual Holiday Pops concert. Familiar holiday works will fill you with the spirit of the season, along with some surprises! Ring in the holidays with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra! Tickets are $25 for Adults and $16 for students of NWFSC. For more info go to https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/nfso-holiday-pops/

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Jann 22- March 5
MKAC Galleries: Sarah Knobel: Synthetic Nature
- International artist Sarah Knobel combines new processes using both surprising and traditional materials to expose our audiences to contemporary art styles that are firmly rooted in fine art traditions. Knobel studied Emerald Coast water and plant life, to tailor this show to universal themes in a language personal to this region. Artist talk and demonstrations if travel is possible. For more information go to https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/mkac-galleries-sarah-knobel-synthetic-nature/

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Jan 23
NFSO: Almost Elton: Remember When Rock was Young- 
​​Craig A Meyer is considered to be the best Elton John tribute artist in the market whose strong vocals, striking resemblance and amazing talent on the piano has audiences everywhere remembering when rock was young. This spectacular musical journey celebrates the decades of chart topping hits by Sir Elton John, including: Benny and the Jets, Philadelphia Freedom, Crocodile Rock, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Candle in the Wind. A celebration of the character, costumes and charisma of the famed pianist and singer, Meyer’s fully produced show has captivated audiences throughout the United States and abroad. https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/nfso-almost-elton-remember-when-rock-was-young/

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Feb 5
The Lord’s of 52nd Street-
​ They are New York’s favorite band, they sold more than 150 million records, they helped establish Billy Joel’s formidable sound, and they continue to perform their legendary hits still to this day. The Piano Man’s original band mates; Doug Stegmeyer, Liberty DeVitto, Russell Javors and Richie Cannata are The Lords of 52nd Street! For more information go to https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/the-lords-of-52nd-street/

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Feb 13
NFSO: Stars of Tomorrow/An Evening at the Opera-​ 
​​The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Jeffrey Rink present “Stars of Tomorrow/An Evening at the Opera” featuring the winners of the 2019 NFSO-John Leatherwood Concerto Competition: Kye Richardson (violin), Evan Nicholson (cello), and Skyler Covert (violin). Enjoy movements from classics such as Mozart’s Concerto No. 3 for Violin, Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 for Cello in E-flat Major and Chausson’s Poème. Soprano Bevin Hill will dazzle on the second half of the evening with beloved opera arias and melodies, interspersed with NFSO’s performances of popular opera overtures and pieces. Virtual tickets are also available for live streaming at www.virtualticketcenter.com. For more information go to https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/nfso-stars-of-tomorrow-an-evening-at-the-opera/

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March 30

Menopause The Musical-Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what more than 17 million women and fans worldwide have been laughing about for 19 years! It’s the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change! For more information go to https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/menopause-the-musical/



 
 
 










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