Okaloosa Arts Alliance The official Local Arts Agency For Okaloosa County


2019-2020 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 November the art on display for easy viewing is that of educator and highly accomplished artist, Cherie S. Mulhearn. The display features work in several mediums including watercolor, analog photography, and pottery. In December, the art on display for easy viewing features the acrylic paintings of award-winning Marie Chapman. Marie, who currently has a banner hanging on Main Street, in downtown Destin, took a 30-year hiatus from her artwork. She has now come full circle in her retirement and has taken up art again with great success.  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.



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Nov 19- Dec 13

ADSO’s “Dreamscapes” Show: November 19-December 13; Reception, November 22-From November 19 through December 13, the Arts and Design Society is hosting its “Dreamscapes” Show, featuring art, in any medium, that must reflect the artists’ dreams or nightmares. A reception is scheduled for Friday, November 19, from 6-8 pm. A special feature of the reception will be a Battle of the Brushes, a fun competition in which those who enter must turn out a painting of the same subject in 45 minutes.  Both the 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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Dec 4 

Holiday Rosé Soirée- ​Bijoux de Mer: located in City Market Bayside, Destin, Florida on Wednesday, 4 December 2019 - 6:00 PM. 
ONLY 100 TICKETS AVAILABLE! This year, the holidays will be rosé-tinted to help us introduce Crescendo! 2020. Join us at Bijoux de Mer Fine Jewelry for Holiday Rosé Soiree for the first glimpse of all of the offerings of Crescendo! 2020: la vie en rosé [life in pink]. YOUR TICKET IS YOUR ENTRY to win a 3-carat cushion-cut Morganite ring set in rose gold surrounded by .65 carats of diamonds and valued at $3,500! Enjoy live music, festive and fabulous door prizes, and holiday nibbles courtesy of Marrow Private Chefs. Proceeds benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music education initiatives throughout the community. (you do not have to be present to win).
Presenters: Bijoux de Mer; Sinfonia Gulf Coast  More information at http://www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org/web/events.aspx

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Dec 4 & 18

ADSO’s Pottery with Purpose Workshops, December 4 & 18, Instructor: Charlotte Snyder-The Arts and Design Society offers classes in pottery on December 4 and 18, from 5:30-7:30 pm. Cost of each session, which includes materials and firing, is $17, members; $20, non-members. Each class will feature a new project (December 4, a textured tripod mug; December 18, a coil bread bowl) and will be geared to teaching basic pottery skills for beginners and those more advanced who wish to brush up their skills in a fun environment in an enjoyable evening. 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. 

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Dec 6

24th Annual Sounds of the Season- Friday, December 6, 2019, at 7:00 PM at Village Church, 101 Matthew Boulevard, Destin. 
Join the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, Destin Life Church (formerly Destin Assembly of God), Destin United Methodist Church and Village Church for an evening of spectacular holiday music. Known as the first holiday concert to kick off the Christmas season, anyone in the community is invited to participate in the Mattie Kelly Community Chorus. Below is information to join in the choir rehearsals.  This annual tradition will feature soloists, Buddy Mullins, John Taylor and ensembles like New River Quartet and more.  Admission: New unwrapped child’s toys, games and stuffed animals to benefit Angel Tree and other ministries of the three presenting churches to families in need. More information at https://www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org/destinfloridaeventsart.html

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Dec 7

ADSO Christmas Fair: Saturday, December 7, 10 am- 4 pm-The Arts and Design Society will hold a very special Christmas Fair at their Art Center on Saturday, December 7, 10 am- 4 pm, when artists and crafters will sell their wares, primarily Christmas-gift-worthy items, in time for the holidays. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available for a $5 donation, including drink and chips. A bake sale will also be featured. The public is invited and encouraged to enjoy this special shopping opportunity!  ADSO’s Art Center is located at 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach. For more information, call 850-244-1271 during office hours, Tuesday-Friday, noon- 4 pm, or visit the Website at http://www.artsdesignsociety.org.

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Dec 12

ADSO’s Sip and Paint Class- December 12; Marcy Eady, InstructorThe Arts and Design Society offers a Sip and Paint Class with Marcy Eady, on Thursday, December 12, 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 “Painting Surrealism as Miró,” with a very modern flair. 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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Dec 13

NFSO Presents: Holiday Pops- Maestro Christopher Confessore leads the NFSO’s annual Holiday Pops concert featuring the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale. Familiar holiday works will fill you with the spirit of the season!  Tickets are $25 Adults and $16 Youth. NWFSC students’ admission is FREE with presentation of Raider ID card. Learn more at  https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/event/holiday-pops/


ADSO Christmas Open House: Friday, December 13; In lieu of a December luncheon, the Arts and Design Society hosts their annual Christmas Party on Friday, December 13, from 6 pm-8 pm, to which all are invited. There will be both a live auction and a silent auction of art, holiday decorations, and treats made by members, and a potluck dinner provided by the members. 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.


Holiday Pops feat. Matthew Morrison- ​Village Baptist Church, Destin, Florida on Friday, 13 December 2019 - 7:30 PM. 
Join Sinfonia for the most festive holiday concert along the Gulf Coast featuring singer/actor of the stage and screen Matthew Morrison. Nominated for a Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award, Morrison joins Sinfonia’s full orchestra for an evening of the most cherished and festive holiday medleys, plus many of the songs that he has performed during his incredible career including his role as Mr. Schuester on Fox’s musical comedy series “Glee.” Bring the entire family for this special event. Presenter: Sinfonia Gulf Coast. More information at http://www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org/web/events.aspx

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Jan 4

Paramount’s Laser Spectacular: The Music of Pink Floyd- at 7:30 Celebrating 50 years of Pink Floyd; Paramount’s Laser Spectacular has become a cult classic, presenting the music of Pink Floyd, as you’ve never seen before. Surrounded by walls of concert quality sound, Laser Spectacular carries listeners away on a mind-expanding journey driven by cutting-edge effects, high-powered lasers, hi-def, large screen video projection and special lighting effects. Your senses are confronted with an array of visual displays, choreographed to the soundtrack during this spectacular Laser Light Show.  More details at https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/events/

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Jan 25

Annual Music & Wine- Join us from 3-5pm at Twisted Grape in Shalimar on Sat, Jan 25, 2020 to enjoy music, wine, food and friends while benefitting the Okaloosa Arts Alliance.