Okaloosa Arts Alliance The official Local Arts Agency For Okaloosa County


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 June, the art on display for easy viewing features the acrylic paintings of award-winning Michael Lunsford. Michael, who professes to being a big fan of detail, crisp lines, and vivid colors, states that he hopes to create images more akin to memories than to real life.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/photographers: Deadline: Monday, July 1, “Still Life as It Happens” Show  
The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in their upcoming “Still Life as It Happens” Show, open to all interested artists. All art, in any medium, must capture a moment frozen in time, including people or animals caught in action. Cash awards. Turn in work Saturday, June 29, 1-4 pm; Monday, July 1, 9 am-noon. A copy of the entry form with details is available on the ADSO Website: http://artsdesignsociety.org/   and in the Gallery. The Gallery is located at the Art Center, 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach.  Phone: 244-1271.  

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June 4-28

ADSO's Phobia Show, Opening Reception and Gallery Show: June 4-June 28 (Reception, Friday, June 7)-Opening reception for the Arts and Design Society's Phobia Show is scheduled for Friday, June 7, from 6 pm to 8 pm. All art, in any medium, must represent a phobia. The show begins June 4 and runs through June 28. 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 6

ADSO Book Discussion Group- Thursday, June 6-; the Arts and Design Society’s Book Discussion Group meets on Thursday, June 6, 5-6 pm, at the Clay Studio at the Art Center. Discussion will be based on book “War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles,” by Steven Pressfield. Anyone interested in discussing creativity is welcome. Cost: N/A. For further details, visit the ADSO website at www.artsdesignsociety.org. The Arts and Design Society is located at 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach.
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June 7-9
ADSO Sculpture Workshop: Figuratively Speaking
, June 7, 8, 9; Instructor Laurel Siwicki; Laurel Siwicki, sculptor, will offer a workshop at the Arts and Design Society, in which  students will explore techniques in anatomy, proportion, design, and expression, while using a the figure to develop a narrative. The three-day workshop runs Friday, June 7, through Sunday, June 9, 9 am-4 pm. Cost of the workshop, including clay and firing, is $195, members; $225, non-members. See ADSO Website for supply list.  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.  www.laurelsiwicki.com   Note:  There will be a separate, 3-hour workshop offered for glazing, date TBD (approx. 2-3 weeks later), cost: $80 members/$90 non-members, supplies and firing included.
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June 13
Standing Magazine Basket Workshop:
Thursday, June 13, Instructor Carol Dickson-The Arts and Design Society will offer a Standing Magazine Basket Workshop, including several basket weaving techniques, on Thursday, June 13, 10 am-2 pm. Instructor Carol Dickson will guide students in creating their own pattern, using reeds and seagrass. Cost, which includes all materials, is $46, members; $51, non-members.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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June 17-21 & July 8-12
 ADSO’s Kids' Summer Art Camp
:  June 17-21; July 8-12-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 17-21, 9:30 -11:30 am; Session 2: Ages 9-13, June 17-21, 1:00-3:00 pm; Session 3: Ages 6-11, July 8-12, 9:30 -11:30 am; Session 4: Ages 6 - 11, July 8-12, 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 14, for June Sessions, and by Friday, July 5, 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 visitwww.artsdesignsociety.org.

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June 22

ADSO’s Urban Sketchers: Saturday, June 22-The Arts and Design Society’s Urban Sketchers will meet on Saturday, June 22, at 9 am, in Downtown Pensacola, at a parking lot across from the Pensacola Museum of Art, on West Main Street. Plans are to sketch for a few hours, then have lunch and discuss/share (or not) what we've drawn.  The location of the next meeting will be decided at lunch. For more information, contact Holly Bain,bnhlly@gmail.com.


Welcome to Watercolors! Workshop:  Saturday, June 22; 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, June 22,  from 10 am-12:30 pm. Students will paint blooming poppy fields and learn how to simplify highly-detailed landscapes. The monthly watercolor classes provide a great opportunity to brush up on watercolor skills and to explore new styles and techniques.  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. Students may bring supplies or purchase those needed for this class in class for $5. These monthly watercolor classes provide a great opportunity to brush up on watercolor skills and to explore new styles and techniques. 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.

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June 26
ADSO Luncheon:
Wednesday, June 26-Cheryl Foster, a multimedia artist from Pensacola, with over 40 years of experience in art, will be the speaker at the ADSO Luncheon on Wednesday, June 26. Her topic is “It’s All About Texture.” She will explore her first love, low fire clay in the form of slab pottery, which involves rolling out the clay into a slab form and building the process from there.  Foster will be speaking 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, June 24; 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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June 27

ADSO’s Drink & Draw: Thursday, June 27-The next meeting of the Arts and Design Society’s Drink & Draw will take place on Thursday, June 27, at 6 pm at The Shack, 104 Miracle Strip Pkwy, SW, Fort Walton Beach. The group meets regularly on the 4th Thursday of the month, to draw whatever they like—scenery, the other people, something they’re working on. For further information, contact Holly Bain, bnhlly@gmail.com.


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Oct 4-6

Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstracts Workshop with David M. Kessler: October 4-6; Registration Deadline: September 4
The Arts and Design Society offers “Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstracts,” a workshop with David M. Kessler (www.davidmkessler.com) on Friday, October 4-Sunday, October 6, 9 am-4 pm. DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: Wednesday, September 4.This workshop is for those who work in watercolor, acrylic, pastel, or oil, to understand the structure of abstract painting and to build on this to loosen up and paint more freely, applying these concepts to their own style of painting. Cost for the workshop is $320, members; $350, non-members. Students provide their own materials; supply list available in ADSO office, by email. Artist’s website: www.davidkessler.com.  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.