Festival of the Arts Taps Miramar Beach Artist for Fall Event

Festival of the Arts 2016 poster contest winner Broaderick.
Photo courtesy of Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation.

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) has named Kathleen Broaderick of Miramar Beach, Florida, the 2016 Festival of the Arts poster contest winner.


Recognized as one of Northwest Florida’s premier fine art shows, the Festival of the Arts, produced by MKAF, is one of the most anticipated cultural events of the year on the Emerald Coast. This year’s 21st annual event is set for Oct. 29 and 30 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin.


This is the first year Broaderick has entered the MKAF’s Festival of the Arts and her first try at the poster art contest. Broaderick’s winning art—entitled “Bonita”—is an oil painting inspired by daily events of the Emerald Coast lifestyle, specifically the color and excitement surrounding lucky anglers hauling in the day’s bounty on the docks of the Destin Harbor.


“I saw many red snapper, but the Bonita just stood out as so interesting and colorful,” says Broaderick. “The sight made for a fun painting.”


The winning artwork will be used to promote the festival and will be prominently showcased on the official festival poster, postcards, festival guide, t-shirts and souvenirs, on the website, Facebook page and more.


Formerly a primary school educator, the 50-year-old artist has focused on being a full-time professional artist since February 2015. Though she has worked in watercolor for a number of years, she loves the “beautiful transparency and luminosity” of oils.


Preferring to work quickly and spontaneously, Broaderick steeps her subjects in rich color with bold, decisive brush strokes, “I’m not so concerned with delineating the exact details or colors of the subject as I am in creating a beautiful impression of it,” she says.


The inspiration of the Sunshine State is apparent in Broaderick’s vibrant work, perhaps because she grew up in South Florida and attended Florida State University. She lived in England, Chicago and Stuart, Florida, before settling on the Emerald Coast in 2000 with her husband of 27 years and two sons.


“We’re delighted the judges chose Kathleen Broaderick’s beautiful piece,” says MKAF Artist Market Chair Deb Nissley. “Her ability to capture the spirit of our vibrant life here on the Emerald Coast is fitting with the Festival’s cultural celebration of art, music, food and family fun.”


During the festival, more than 100 premier artists from across the United States will offer up their original artwork in the form of oil, watercolor, acrylic and glass paintings, as well as photography, sculpture, pottery, wood, paper, fiber, mosaics, mixed media, jewelry designs and more in order to compete for over $10,000 in cash prizes and the coveted Best in Show and People’s Choice awards.


The festival also will feature a Collaborative Art Exhibit, which exhibits select artwork of more than 40 community adult and student artists.


The festival also includes live music, hands-on arts and craft activities for children, souvenir posters and t-shirts, art raffle and more. Plus—a diverse menu of delicious cuisine served up by local restaurants and food trucks, along with a wine and beer garden and water and soft drink beverage stations. Convenient on-site parking and FREE shuttle service will also be available.


Admission is $5 for adults. Children 12 and under get in FREE. Proceeds from the festival help MKAF fulfill its mission of supporting both emerging artists and education outreach for all populations of children, adults and local disabled veterans, including special needs.


To make a tax-deductible donation or provide a corporate sponsorship or learn more about the Festival of the Arts, visit MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org or call 850-650-2226. Deadline for sponsorship opportunities is Aug. 1.

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