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 Phisophers 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

Clay & Pottery Open Studio-
Mon and Wed 9 AM – 12 PM, Mon 6:30 – 9 PM Come in and have fun working with clay, hand building or wheel throwing. Beginners welcome.  Materials and firing included. Cost: Mon/Wed am - $10 member/$12 non-member, Instructor - Pat Basque Cost: Mon pm - $12 member/$15 non-member, Instructor - Marcy Eady

Art Class for Children A
ges 6-12-Tues 4 – 5:30 PM, Using the principles of basic drawing, painting and sculpture, students will learn about the master artists and their styles. Varying mediums will be used each week.  All supplies included. Cost per month: $60 member / $70 non-member; Instructor – Marcy Eady

Oil Painting - Chiaroscuro technique- 
Tues 9 AM – 1 PM Learn to paint as the old masters painted, with the lights and darks. Cost per month: $70 member / $85 non-member Instructor - Dale Gauvin

Watercolor Painting-
Thurs 9:30 AM – 12 PM Cost per month: $70 member / $85 non-member; Beginner through advanced.  Students bring their own supplies, list available in the office. Instructor - Pat Farwell

Open Studio-
Tues 7 – 9:30 PM, Friday 10 AM – 12:30 PM; Bring your own supplies and your own project and work with other artists. No instruction.  Cost: $5 member / $7 non-member. 

Photography Group (meets in the Gallery)-
3rd Wednesday of the month 7- 9 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. Attendance is free.


ADSO’s Book Study Discussion Group: First and Third Thursday, monthly, 5-6 pm; The Arts and Design Society’s free Book Study/Discussion Group now meets the First and Third Thursday of each month, 5-6 pm. The discussion is currently based on “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear,” by Elizabeth Gilbert. 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 Arts and Design Society is located at 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL.

Life Drawing-
1st & 3rd Thursday 6 - 9 PM Hone your drawing skills with the human figure. Bring your pencils & paper. No instruction. 
Cost: $12 member / $15 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; 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). This is an open session, there is no instructor. There are two models per session - one does short poses and the other does a single, long pose.  Bring your own materials and work in any drawing or painting media you desire. No photography is allowed. Advance registration is requested; please call the office, (850) 244-1271.


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 6:30PM. 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


Crestview Libray- The Oculus Rift with Touch is a virtual reality system that is capable of running simulations, games, instructive applications, and Google Tilt Brush.  Google Tilt Brush is a program that allows artists to paint and sculpt with impossible elements in virtual reality. Though one can utilize traditional mediums such as oils, pen, or even paper, the true excitement comes from sculpting with virtual fire, electricity, or even snowflakes. This program could be used recreationally or constructively to exercise three dimensional skill sets.  We are offering reserved spots Tuesdays 2-7 PM with an appointment by phone call or email to eruff@okaloosa.lib.fl.us.

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 April, the art on display for easy viewing is the intriguing clay work of artist and instructor Sherry Cooler, the “Bare Earth Potter.”  In May, the art on display for easy viewing is the acrylic art of award-winning Terry Johnston, native Floridian, who has been painting since the age of five. Her work may be seen across the country and in Germany.  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: Deadline April 26, 2018- OAA Okaloosa County Students Poster Contest-   The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) would like to invite all Okaloosa County School students to participate in the 9th Annual OAA Okaloosa County School Poster Contest.    The OAA wants to know what you consider “Summer Fun”.  It can be anything you can create on paper with markers, pencils, paint, pastels, charcoal, or crayons.  There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner for three elementary school students (K-4), for three middle school students (5-7), and for three high school students (8-12) in Okaloosa County.   Each 1st place winner will receive a $75 gift card, each 2nd place winner will receive a $50 gift card and each 3rd place winner will receive a $25 gift card.   Additionally, the 1st place winners’ artwork will be posted in the OAA newsletter and on the OAA website.   Any Okaloosa County School student can enter; entries can be submitted by an Okaloosa County School or by an individual student.   The poster contest deadline is April 26, 2018.    Please submit only one entry per student.  Posters should be standard size (8 ½ x 11) for the contest and should include, the name of the artist, their grade, and the name of their school.  Please mail your entries to Okaloosa Arts Alliance-Poster Contest, P.O. Box 4426, FWB, FL 32549.  If you prefer you can drop off your entry at the Young Philosophers Society in the Santa Rosa Mall.    All of the poster contest entries will be on display at Young Philosophers Society with a poster contest reception and winners announced on Sat, April 28, 2018 from 12-2pm. Email Amy at amybaty1@gmail.com for more information about the poster contest.   


Call to artists: Deadline: April 30, “Inside and Out” (3-D) Show-The Arts and Design Society is calling all artists to participate in their upcoming “Inside and Out” Show open to all interested artists. All work, the theme of which is open to the artist’s interpretation, must be three-dimensional. Cash awards. Turn in work Saturday, April 28; Monday, April 30. A copy of the entry form with details is available on the ADSO website:  http://artsdesignsociety.org/.  The gallery is located at the Art Center, 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach.  Phone: 244-1271.    

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Through April 27

ADSO's 19th Annual Photography and Digital Arts Exhibition, through April 27-The Arts and Design Society's 19th Annual Photography and Digital Arts Show runs through April 27. Gallery hours are 12 noon-4 pm, Tuesday-Friday, and 1 pm - 4 pm, Saturday. Admission to 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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April 13 & 27

NWFSC Fine and Performing Arts Division Recital-This event is free and open to the public. The recital will begin promptly at 3:00 PM in Tyler Recital Hall. Website: www.mattiekellyartscenter.org

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April 25

ADSO Luncheon: Wednesday, April 25-Jason Sloan, of Sloan Mandolins, accomplished luthier, building mandolins by hand, will be the speaker at the ADSO Luncheon on Wednesday, April 25. His topic will be, “The Mandolin, a History in the Making.” His website is http://www.sloanmandolins.com/.  Sloan will give his 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, April 23; 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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April 26

Temptation Revue- Concerts in Village 7 to 9 pm (Doors open at 6). A tribute group that exemplifies the integrity of the original Temptations music, dance moves and style! https://www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org/events-concertsinthevillage.html
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April 27-29

ADSO WORKSHOP: Creating Narratives with the Human Form, April 27-29; Instructor Laurel Siwicki; Laurel Siwicki, sculptor, will offer a workshop at the Arts and Design Society, in which  students will explore ways to express and interpret the human form as a vehicle for storytelling. Various hand-building techniques will be utilized. The three-day workshop runs Friday, April 27, through Sunday, April 29, 9 am-4 pm. Cost of the workshop, including clay and firing, is $175, members; $195, non-members. Please note: The finished product from this workshop will be unglazed.  There will be a separate workshop offered for glazing. 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. 

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April 28
Act4Mystery - Dinner Theater to DIE for!

Location:  Samuel's Roadhouse
Address:  114 John King Road, Crestview, FL - (850) 862-2885 (Act4Mystery)
Price:  $38 per person.  Price includes dinner, show, tax and tip.
Show: HORSIN’ AROUND WITH MURDER
Website for information, online reservations and V.I.P. packages: www.act4mystery.com


OAA 9th Annual Poster Contest Reception-The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) would like to invite all Okaloosa County School students to participate in the 9th Annual OAA Okaloosa County School Poster Contest.    The OAA wants to know what you consider “Summer Fun”.  It can be anything you can create on paper with markers, pencils, paint, pastels, charcoal, or crayons.  There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner for three elementary school students (K-4), for three middle school students (5-7), and for three high school students (8-12) in Okaloosa County.   Each 1st place winner will receive a $75 gift card, each 2nd place winner will receive a $50 gift card and each 3rd place winner will receive a $25 gift card.   Additionally, the 1st place winners’ artwork will be posted in the OAA newsletter and on the OAA website. Gift cards for the winners were generously donated by Eglin Federal Credit Union, Mary Esther Target, and Destin Target.   Any Okaloosa County School student can enter; entries can be submitted by an Okaloosa County School or by an individual student.   The poster contest deadline is April 26, 2018.    Please submit only one entry per student.  Posters should be standard size (8 ½ x 11) for the contest and should include, the name of the artist, their grade, and the name of their school.  Please mail your entries to Okaloosa Arts Alliance-Poster Contest, P.O. Box 4426, FWB, FL 32549.  If you prefer you can drop off your entry at the Young Philosophers Society in the Santa Rosa Mall. All of the poster contest entries will be on display at Young Philosophers Society with a poster contest reception and winners announced on Sat, April 28, 2018, from 12-2pm. Email Amy at amybaty1@gmail.com for more information about the poster contest.           

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May 1- June 1

ADSO’s “Inside and Out” Show: May 1-June 1; Reception, May 4; From May 1 through June 1, the Arts and Design Society is hosting its “Inside and Out” Show, featuring works in a theme chosen by the artist, but which must be 3-D. A reception is scheduled forFriday, May 4, 6-8 pm. The Inside reception in the Gallery will offer the usual hors d’oeuvres/desserts; the Outside reception, in the courtyard, will be a cookout. Music by saxophonist Robert Kemp will be featured. 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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May 10

ADSO’s Sip and Paint Class, May 10; Marcy Eady, Instructor; The Arts and Design Society offers a Sip and Paint Class with Marcy Eady on Thursday, May 10, 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 the local iconic slash pines of the beaches. 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 Marcy Eady and Pat Z. Roberts alternating as instructors. 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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May 25-May 27
ADSO Workshop: Wet Carved Concrete
, May 25-27; Instructor, Elder Jones-Elder Jones, will offer a three-day workshop at the Arts and Design society, in which students will make a planter or small sculpture, carving into wet concrete. The class meets Friday, May 25, 6-8 pm;Saturday, May 26, 9 am-6 pm; and Sunday, May 27, 10 am-noon. Cost of class is $275, members; $300, non-members; students are asked to bring rubber gloves and dust mask, but all other supplies are included. Optional set of carving tools available for $25.  Jones’s work has been featured in national magazines and in art books; his works include planters, steps, figurative sculpture, fountains and public art and may be seen at his website:www.sandpudding.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.

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June 18-22; July 9-13

ADSO’s Kids' Summer Art Camp:  June 18-22; July 9-13-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 18-22, 9:30 -11:30 am; Session 2: Ages 9-13, June 18-22, 1:00-3:00 pm; Session 3: Ages 6-11, July 9-13, 9:30 -11:30 am; Session 4: Ages 6 - 11, July 9-13, 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 15, for June Sessions, and by Friday, July 6, 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.