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Festival of the Arts at MKAF Cultural Arts Village in Destin Oct 28-29

Discussion in 'Events and Activities' started by Teresa, Oct 27, 2017.

  1. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

    Nov 15, 2004
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    South Walton, FL
    The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) presents its annual Festival of the Arts for an entire weekend of art, music, food and fun for everyone.


    The area's premiere fine arts festival takes place October 28 and 29 at the MKAF Cultural Arts Village in Destin, Florida. Celebrating 22 years, the two-day signature event features art exhibits of nearly 200 total artists from 13 states showcasing a diverse palette of artistic styles in 22 different art mediums. Beyond the visual arts, the Festival will feature two days of continual live music and a sampling of the local culinary arts scene. Entertaining street performers, lively art drawings and the sale of colorful keepsake souvenirs — all create a family-friendly festival feel.

    “The Festival is a true celebration of art, music, food and fun for all ages,” said MKAF CEO Marcia Hull.

    The 2017 Festival of the Arts brings an arts-packed weekend filled with new and old traditions during the most beautiful time of year on the Emerald Coast of Florida.

    Festival of the Arts Artist Market Chair Deb Nissley said “This year we are absolutely thrilled to welcome 38 new artists — more than ever before. We will have all of the offerings our Festival fans look forward to each year, but with more than three dozen new artists joining some of our longtime artists — all showcasing beautiful, new original works of art accompanied by live music, makes the Festival a fresh, new experience all over again."

    The Festival takes place on Saturday from 9:00am til 5:00pm and Sunday from 10:00am til 4:00pm. Admission is $5/adult. MKAF members & children (under 12) are free.

    A Celebration of the Arts
    The 22nd annual edition of the Festival brings fresh art and new faces to the sugar-sand beaches of the Emerald Coast. This year, artists will be displaying everything from oil paintings and fine photography to mixed media, mosaics, sculpture, clay ceramics, jewelry and more. After two decades, this Festival has become a popular and proven showcase for some of the best artistic talent nationwide who venture to Northwest Florida to compete for $10,000 in cash prizes.

    The Festival provides opportunities for all ages to interact and immerse themselves in the vibrant art scene. A team of volunteers in the Kid’s ArtStop Tent will work with young aspiring artists to create hands-on interactive art activities, fall-themed paintings, face painting, pumpkin painting and other fun crafts, not-to-mention adding their individual flair to a large group mural on canvas.

    A Celebration of Music
    Six local and regional musicians and bands will perform live throughout the weekend on stage at The Dugas Pavilion.

    9:30am - 11:30am: Singer/songwriter Drew Tillman serves up bluesy rock and roll
    12:00pm - 2:00pm: Jeff Glickman and The Panhandle All Stars deliver bluesy-rock
    2:30pm - 4:30 pm: Caravan with traditional jazz and modern soulful blues

    10:00am -11:00am Then & Now with acoustic country and folk tunes
    11:30am - 1:00pm: Roman Street, an instrumental band known for improvisational fusion
    2:00pm - 3:30pm: Singer/songwriter Melissa Joiner brings a unique twist on the Delta blues

    The Art of Dining
    The Festival has expanded its culinary arts experience, too. Cuisine on the Green will serve up samplings of savory seafood from 790 On The Gulf, street tacos from The Big Red Truck, delicious barbecue from Jim N’ Nicks, sushi from Mas Wasabi along with sweet treats, snacks from Nuts for You, Blue Dot Gelato, Mark’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice & Funnel Cakes among others. Foodies can toast the arts with select domestic and imported wine and beer in the newly expanded Wine Bar & Beer Garden. Gather with family and friends to enjoy your meal al fresco, while taking in the Festival scene and listening to the stellar music line up.

    More Festival Fun
    Buy Festival Merchandise — This year's official Festival guide, poster and t-shirt feature the coastal-inspired artwork of Destin, Florida, husband-wife duo Tony and Vivian Zack, who will be exhibiting at the Festival. Signed and numbered poster prints and souvenir t-shirts featuring the Zack’s whimsical mixed media mermaid artwork entitled “Can’t Catch Me” will be available for sale in the Souvenir Tent.

    Free Parking/Shuttle - Park for free at Grace Lutheran Church located adjacent to the Cultural Arts Village or at Emerald Coast Centre, located on Highway 98 near Beall’s Department Store, and ride the free continuous shuttle service right to the main entrance. The Cultural Arts Village is designed as an ADA compliant venue with available handicap parking.

    Get Involved! The Festival is sponsored, in part, by more than 30 local businesses and media partners, and is produced with the help of a team of more than 100 dedicated volunteers. Volunteer shifts are available by contacting Volunteer Coordinator Kathy Whidden at (850) 376-7391 or kathy@destinchiropractor.com.

    SoWal.com proudly sponsors Festival of the Arts. Read more at our feature story: http://www.sowal.com/story/festival-of-the-arts-set-for-oct-28-29 Festival of the ARts Festival Poster 2017.jpg

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