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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Art Events - Food for Thought's Art of Giving, ADSO's Play That Funky Music

Debbie Baker's "Peppers," featured on our Sept. 11-24 cover.

Fridays Through Dec. 19. Art Club for Kids at Walton County Coastal Library, Santa Rosa Beach, 4-5 p.m. The club, led by illustrator Justinn Kurtz, is designed to encourage children’s creative abilities utilizing a variety of mixed media and recycled materials. FREE for kids in grades 3-8. No reservations required. Call Linda at (850) 267-2809 for more info. Note: No meetings Oct. 17 and Nov. 28. 

Sept. 18. Food for Thought’s Second Annual Art of Giving at the Churchill Oaks Clubhouse, Santa Rosa Beach, 6:30-9 p.m. Presented by Southern Fashion House and Summer House Lifestyle. This year’s fundraiser features the work of local artists Justin Lyons, Allison Wickey and Chandler Williams, plus food, beer and wine. Tickets are $50 each at For more info, call (850) 290-4056 or email

Opens Sept. 19. “Healing with Art” Show and Sale at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, Miramar Beach, in the second floor atrium. More than 30 original works from local artists will be on display as part of the hospital’s Arts in Medicine program. The art will be on display for three months from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. For more info, call (850) 622-5970 or visit

Sept. 21. ArtWalk on the Destin Harbor, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Experience some of Beachcomberland’s most exciting artists and vendors, on display from AJ’s west to HarborWalk Village. More at

Sept. 24. Arts and Design Society (ADSO) Luncheon with Betty Cork at the Art Center Gallery, Fort Walton Beach, 11:30 a.m. Cork will talk about her art, which is displayed throughout Florida and Alabama. Cost is $12—make reservations by Monday, Sept. 22. Email or call Stephanie at (850) 682-8827.

Sept. 28-Oct. 4. The 31st Northwest Florida Tri-County Fair Fine Arts Show at C.H. Bull Rigdon Fairgrounds and Recreation Complex, Fort Walton Beach. Opening reception Sept. 28, 2-4 p.m. Sponsored by the Arts and Design Society, the Northwest Florida Fair Board and Cox Communications, with artwork in all media on display. Call (850) 582-1329 for more info. 

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 the multitalented Helen Blair.

Through Sept. 30. Debbie Baker Exhibit at Walton County Coastal Library, Santa Rosa Beach. Baker was profiled in our Aug. 28-Sept. 10 edition, and her stunning “Peppers” appears on this issue’s cover. More at

Through Oct. 3. Arts and Design Society’s “Play That Funky Music” at the Art Center Gallery, Fort Walton Beach. The exhibit features works reflecting the influence of artists’ favorite music. Opening reception Friday, Sept. 12, 6-8 p.m. Call (850) 244-1271 for more info, or visit

Through Oct. 4. Paul Neese Exhibit at Destin Library. Neese’s art has appeared on the cover of The Beachcomber. See more at, and call (850) 837-8572 for more info.

Oct. 25 and 26. Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s 19th Annual Festival of the Arts at Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, Destin. Original artwork from more than 100 juried artists from across the nation competing for $10,000 in cash prizes. The festival includes live music, art activities for kids, souvenir posters and t-shirts, art raffle and more. A food bistro, wine bar and beer garden will be on the premises as well. Admission is $3 for adults—children 12 and under are FREE. Call (850) 650-2226 for more info, or visit For volunteer opportunities, call Kathy at (850) 376-7391 or email