2020 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 February, the art on display for easy viewing is by ADSO President Nick Smith, MFA. Nick specializes in acrylic painting, collage and video. He will show a colorful combination of landscape, abstract and figurative paintings with a local flavor. 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: Deadline Thursday, February 20, 2020, 61st Annual Beaux Arts Exhibition-The Arts and Design Society is inviting all artists, 18 years of age or older, to submit works for the 61st Annual Beaux Arts Exhibition, to be held at the Arts and Design Society Gallery. Registration is on Thursday, February 20, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon at the Gallery. Entry fee is $25, members; $35, non-members, for two entries; an additional entry may be made for $5, with a limit of three entries total. Cash awards. The exhibition runs from Friday, February 21, through Sunday, February 23, with a reception and silent auction on Sunday, 2-4 pm. For further information and entry form, visit www.artsdesignsociety.org or call 850-582-1329 (Hanna Joensuu, Show Chairman) for inquiries.

 Call to Artists: Deadline: Monday, March 9, “The Year Is” Show- The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in their upcoming “The Year Is” Show, open to all interested artists. All art, in any media, will depict an event from a certain year of date, reflecting either a world or personal event. Cash awards. Turn in work Saturday, March 7, 1-4 pm; Monday, March 9, 9 am-noon. The show runs March 10-March 27. 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.

Jan 28- Feb 19

ADSO’s “Drunk on Love” Show: January 28-February 19; Reception, January 30; From January 29 through February 19, the Arts and Design Society is hosting its “Drunk on Love” Show, featuring art, in any medium, that must reflect the crazy things folks do for love. A reception is scheduled for Friday, January 31, 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.

Feb 15

ADSO’s Urban Sketchers- Saturday, February 15; The Arts and Design Society’s Urban Sketchers will meet on Saturday, February 15, at 9 am, in in the square at Seaside. 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 the lunch. For more information, contact Holly Bain, bnhlly@gmail.com. The group has added a Facebook page. Follow/Like at @ecurbansketching or search Emerald Coast Urban Sketching.

Feb 18 & 19

ADSO’s Georgia O’Keeffe - One Hundred Flowers, Acrylic Workshop, February 18 & 19, Instructor, Farideh Peacock;    The Arts and Design Society offers a two-day acrylic workshop, Georgia O’Keeffe - One Hundred Flowers, with Instructor Farideh Peacock, on Tuesday, February 18, 10 am-1 pm, and Wednesday, February 19, 1-4 pm.  Cost of class is $85, members; $95, non-members. Students will provide their own materials. A list is available online or at the office. The workshop is based on the methods and approach of American modernist Georgia O’Keeffe. Participants will design and compose a painting based on a flower of their choice. www.faridehpeacock.com.      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.

 Feb 19

Arts Guild Luncheon-Wednesday, February 19– 11:30 AM-Guest Speaker Wendy Rodrigue presenting “The Life and Legacy of George Rodrigue”.  The program inspires audiences with the life and art of George Rodrigue (1944-2013) explaining his vision by showing how one person can overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams with also making a positive difference in the world.  Wendy Rodrigue is a Fort Walton Beach native and has been sharing and celebrating George’s work since 1991. Tickets are available online at MKAF Love for the Arts Gild Luncheon on Eventbrite.com, Facebook and MKAF.org.  Tickets are $40 for MKAF members and $50 for not-yet members.  Tables and sponsorships are available by calling 850-650-2226.

ADSO’s Pottery with Purpose Workshop, February 19; Instructor: Charlotte Snyder; The Arts and Design Society offers a class in pottery with Charlotte Snyder, Instructor, on Wednesday, February 19, from 5:30-7:30 pm. Cost of the session, which includes materials and firing, is $17, member; $20, non-member. Part of a series of classes, each class will feature a new project and will be geared to teaching basic pottery skills for beginners and those who wish to brush up their skills in a fun environment, geared to an enjoyable evening. The project for this session is a Tea Pot. For further information and to sign up for each class, 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.

 Feb 20

ADSO Book Discussion Group: Thursday, February 20; The Arts and Design Society’s Book Discussion Group meets on Thursday, February 20, 5-6 pm, at the Clay Studio at the Art Center. The group is currently exploring history of art, using Jesse Bryant Wilder’s “Art History for Dummies.” For further information, call the ADSO office, at 244-1271. 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.

 Feb 22

Welcome to Watercolors! Workshop:  Saturday, February 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, February 22,  from 10 am-12:30 pm. Students will paint a lily flower on a colorful abstract background, using a traditional watercolor painting method to achieve this strong unusual effect. 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 and is available in the office, or students may buy supplies 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.

 Feb 24-March 6

Van Porter Student Art Show and Reception:  February 24-March 6, Reception: Thursday, February 27; The Arts and Design Society will host the annual Van Porter Student Art Show February 24-March 6. The exhibit showcases outstanding 8th grade and 12th-grade artwork. A reception is scheduled for Thursday, February 27, 5-7 pm. The public is invited to help support upcoming young artists by visiting the Art Center Gallery at 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach. Admission to the reception and Gallery is free. The Gallery is open 12 noon-4 pm, Tuesday-Friday, and from 1 pm - 4 pm, Saturday. For further information, visit the ADSO website at www.artsdesignsociety.org, or call 850-244-1271.

 Feb 26

ADSO Luncheon: Wednesday, February 26, 2020; Priscilla Bonjour will be the speaker at the ADSO Luncheon on Wednesday, February 19. An award-winning artist proficient in oils and pastels, Bonjour has completed many commissioned pieces, including five for Eglin Air Force Base. She has become an ambassador for pastels by speaking to many private and corporate organizations, telling people about the beauty and durability of the medium. The topic of her talk will be, “Perseverance in Art.”   Bonjour 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, February 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.

 Feb 27

Vin’tij Food & Wine- Thursday, February 27-Grand Boulevard – 6:00 PM; Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars Wine Dinner.  Jeff Flood, Silver Oak and Twomey vintner, will educate guests on each of the wines, regional influences, and the dishes carefully selected to accompany this special dinner.  Tickets are available online through Eventbrite, Facebook, and the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation website event page. Tickets are $150 (gratuity not included) per person and seating is limited. For more information please visit the Foundation's website at www.MKAF.org or call (850) 650-2226.

ADSO’s Drink & Draw: Thursday, February 27-The next meeting of the Arts and Design Society’s Drink & Draw will take place on Thursday, February 27, at 6 pm at GI Jade, 38 Miracle Strip Pkwy, 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.

 Feb 29

Life Drawing/Life Painting: Saturday, February 29, 9 AM–Noon (Extra Session) Cost: $15.  Open session - no instructor.  Students bring their own materials and work from the model in any drawing or painting media (no photography is allowed).  For further information, or to sign up for an upcoming session, call or text Mike Radford 850-803-5707.

ADSO’s Mardi Gras Carnival Party: Saturday, February 29-The Arts and Design Society will hold a Carnival Mardi Gras Party on Saturday, February 29, 4-6 pm. The Big Event includes games, typical New Orleans food, and live music by Bill Garrett. Admission is free, with a $5 charge for dinner, and a cash donation for beverages. Dinner will include, among other things, red beans and rice, jambalaya, and king cakes. The Party will take place in the ADSO Gallery. For further information, visit 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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