It’s the Mattie Kelly Festival of the Arts, Starring Kelly Pierre

Destin artist Kelly Pierre has been named this year’s Mattie Kelly Festival of the Arts poster contest winner.


Born and raised in Southern Louisiana, Mr. Pierre’s passion for arts sparked at a young age. As a child, he spent a lot of his time sketching marine life from the deck of his family’s shrimping boat. He uses multiple mediums, oils, acrylics, clay, wood, and metal because he believes that working with just one media is restrictive to his artistic process and prefers to allow each idea to manifest on its own.


Mr. Pierre’s studio is located in HarborWalk Village, where he finds inspiration in the wildlife and beauty of the Gulf. “People come here from everywhere, they come here for the water and it is what attracts everybody,” the artist says. “The beautiful sand and the water. The vibe here is awesome, and they want to take that home with them.”

As the 2019 poster art contest winner, Mr. Pierre receives a cash prize of $500. The winning poster becomes the signature artwork to promote event on festival posters, postcards, the festival guide, t-shirts, souvenirs, the MKAF website, social media pages and more.


Known as one of Northwest Florida’s premier fine arts shows, the MKAF Festival of the Arts is set for Oct. 26 and 27 at Destin’s Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village.


During the festival, more than 100 premier artists from across the United States and Europe will offer up original artwork in the form of oil, watercolor, acrylic, and glass paintings, along with photography, sculpture, pottery, wood, paper, fiber, mosaics, mixed media, and jewelry designs in order to compete for $10,000 in cash prizes in 27 award categories. The festival also features a Collaborative Art Exhibit, showcasing select artwork from more than 60 community adult and student artists.


A celebration of art, music, food and family fun, the festival also includes live music, hands-on arts and craft activities for children, art raffle and more. A diverse menu is served up by local restaurants and food trucks, as well as a wine and beer garden including soft drinks and water. Convenient on-site parking and FREE shuttle service are also available.


General admission of $5 per person helps to fund MKAF’s annual cultural outreach activities and programs. Children 12 and under are admitted FREE. All MKAF members receive admission as a complimentary benefit of their annual investment to bring art enrichment to the community for all people of all abilities.


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