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Wednesday, September 19th, 2018
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Art Events - Melissa Mercer Brown, Follow Your Dreams at EC Theater Company and More

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Melissa Mercer Brown

THROUGH SEPT. 28. ARTS AND DESIGN SOCIETY’S (ADSO) “SOMETHING CALLED SHAKESPEARE” AT THE ART CENTER GALLERY, FORT WALTON BEACH

Artists interpret Shakespeare. Gallery hours are noon-4 PM Tuesday through Friday, and 1-4 PM Saturday.

 

THROUGH SEPT. 30. ARTS AND DESIGN SOCIETY (ADSO) WINDOW GALLERY DISPLAY AT THE ART CENTER GALLERY, FORT WALTON BEACH

This month, the spotlight falls on award-winning abstract artist Reg Moore.

 

THROUGH SEPT. 30. JOYFUL ENRIQUEZ EXHIBIT AT SHERATON BAY POINT RESORT, PANAMA CITY

Reception Friday, Sept. 7, 6-8 PM. For more info, email joyfulfineart@gmail.com.

 

THROUGH OCT. 7. “FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS” POP-UP GALLERY AT EMERALD COAST THEATRE COMPANY, 560 GRAND BOULEVARD AT SANDESTIN, MIRAMAR BEACH

Lowkylzart presents the first pop-up gallery of ECTC’s sixth season, coinciding with the production of The Spitfire Grill and its protagonist’s attempts to follow her own dreams. More than 70 works from 19 award-winning and emerging artists will be available for purchase. Artists include Shelley Blackmarr, Renee Broxson, Chuck Clisso, Kel Coleman, Carol Dickson, Lori Drew, Russell Ferris, Debra Finlayson, Cheryl Gray, Suzanne LeLoup-West, Helga Letourneau, Brady Mandigo, Theresia McInnis, Cindi Newhouse, Marian Pacsuta, Debi Perkins, Nanette Ream, Patti Scholtterlein and Mara Viksnins. Email lowkylzart@gmail.com for more info.

 

OPENS SEPT. 25. NORTHWEST FLORIDA TRI-COUNTY FAIR FINE ARTS SHOW AND RECEPTION AT C.H. BULL RIGDON FAIRGROUNDS, FORT WALTON BEACH

Sponsored by the Arts and Design Society and the Northwest Florida Fair Board. Opening reception Sunday, Sept. 23, 2-4 PM. The show runs through Sept. 28, 5-10 PM weekdays and 2-10 PM Saturday. Artwork of all stripes will be on display, including work from high school and middle school students. Call 850-582-1329 for more info.

 

SEPT. 26. ADSO LUNCHEON AT THE ART CENTER GALLERY, FORT WALTON BEACH

This month’s speaker is Renaissance man Thom Gossum Jr. The actor, writer, speaker and communications consultant’s presentation begins at 11:30 AM. Cost is $12 before Monday, Sept. 24—after that, it’s $15. Send your reservation requests to adsorsvp@gmail.com or call 850-244-1271.

 

OPENS OCT. 1. MELISSA MERCER BROWN EXHIBIT AT COASTAL BRANCH LIBRARY, SANTA ROSA BEACH

Ms. Brown finds beautiful and abundant inspiration all around her. Her style of painting often uses layers of texture and translucent washes finished with high gloss acrylic mediums to achieve depth, interest and beauty. 

She works out of her studio warehouse in Santa Rosa Beach, and her paintings can be seen at her studio and on permanent display at The Henderson Beach Resort in Destin. 

“I love to see my paintings come alive with vibrancy, color and texture when I’m nearing my completion,” she says. “There is a tremendous satisfaction when you have created something beautiful that you were really unsure about at the beginning.” 

Melissa Mercer Brown has been a South Walton resident since 2010 after growing up in Alabama and living in Arizona and Georgia. Discover more at MelissaMercerBrown.com.

 

OPENS OCT. 2. LIFE’S A BEACH SHOW AT THE ART CENTER GALLERY, FORT WALTON BEACH

Colorful paintings representing our beach environment through Oct. 12. Reception Friday, Oct. 12, 6-8 PM.

 

OCT. 27 AND 28. MATTIE KELLY ARTS FOUNDATION FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS AT MATTIE KELLY CULTURAL ARTS VILLAGE, DESTIN

More than 100 artists from the United States and Europe offer up their original artwork in the form of oil, watercolor, acrylic, glass, photography, sculpture, pottery, wood, paper, fiber, mosaics, mixed media, jewelry designs and more in order to compete for $10,000 in cash prizes in 27 award categories, including the coveted Best in Show and People's Choice Award, the latter selected by festival attendees. 

The festival also features a Collaborative Art Exhibit, which showcases select artwork of more than 60 community adult and student artists.  

A celebration of art, music, food and family fun, special features of the festival include live music, hands-on arts and craft activities for children, souvenir posters and t-shirts, art raffle and more. 

A diverse menu will served up by local restaurants and food trucks, along with a wine and beer garden, and water-soft drink beverage stations. Convenient on-site parking and FREE shuttle service will also be available. 

Admission is $5 for adults; MKAF members and children 12 and under are admitted FREE. Proceeds from the festival help MKAF build "The Foundation of Arts and Culture in Our Community.” 

Learn more at MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org.