By Anna and Nathanael Fisher In a recent interview, we were asked if reaching our ten-year milestone felt like “We did it. Mission Accomplished!” Our response was that it feels more like “Mission ongoing, mission good start, mission we’ve so much more to do.” As we look back on the...
By Toni Dineen, OPA Secretary/Historian Okaloosa Public Arts (OPA) has many exciting opportunities for artists to share their talents in the upcoming months including our annual “Artists Choice” show at the Okaloosa County Administration Building, High School Art Banner Competition, Middle School Art Competition and the new “Happy Heron” project....
Artful Things Niceville Call the gallery at 850-729-2600 to reserve seating for the following workshops: August 6—Kitchen People with Jeanette Herron. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn to paint Jeanette Herron’s iconic and whimsical “kitchen people” or “little chefs.” $65 with supplies included, $37.50 with your own supplies. Reserve your spot: 850-729-2600. 13—Encaustic Scenes with...
This fall, University of West Florida (UWF) is offering a creative writing class at the Emerald Coast Campus in Fort Walton Beach. Writers and students interested in exploring narrative fiction should enroll now for this course. Advanced Creative Writing, a workshop course in narrative fiction, taught by Diana Jernigan,...
CEO of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Demetrius Fuller joins the Hello Frances Podcast again this month to share MKAF updates. Shantelle and Demetrius discuss the importance of art in a community, the mental health benefits art can provide, the impact of art on culture, and so much more....
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) announced the local artists recently chosen to exhibit their original work in The Foster Gallery’s Summer Rotation, through Oct 2 in its Grand Boulevard Town Center location. The selected Spring Rotation artists are Gisselle Barnhart, Stephanie Bloyd, Melody Bogle, Gayle Campbell, Donnelle...

Art Classes

Artful Things Niceville July Call the gallery at 850-729-2600 to reserve seating for the following workshops: 9—Lino Cuts with Chris McLoone. 10:30-1:30 p.m. Introductory class for linocut, block carving, and stamp carving. Carve a 4x6” block to create your own stamp and make prints. Seating is very limited; reserve your spot by...
By Anna Fisher, Associate Artistic and Education Director We always have a little break in August between our children’s summer camps and our fall classes here at Emerald Coast Theatre Company. The building becomes eerily quiet and empty and I don’t like it one bit. There is just something about...
Several area students were winners of the 13th annual OAA Okaloosa County School Poster Contest hosted by The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA). First-place winners included students from Northwest FL Ballet Académie, Rocky Bayou Christian School and Crestview High School with the theme: “Sparking the Arts.” There were 218 entries...
Local author, Ellen Fannon of Valparaiso is the recipient of the 2022 Christian Indie Publishing Award for her second novel, Save the Date. Save the Date is the humorous story of Hannah Jensen, a widow raising a teenaged daughter, who hasn’t been back to her hometown in more than...
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