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Nov 15, 2004
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Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Names Estelle Grengs as 2021 Festival of the Arts Poster Art Contest Winner​

DESTIN, FL., July 2021 -- Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) names talented artist, Estelle Grengs, the 2021 Festival of the Arts poster contest winner. Born and raised in New Hampshire, Estelle Grengs is a self-taught artist that molds a unique and whimsical folk art style that embraces her experiences growing up in New England as well as her adventures as an Air Force spouse. Grengs uses mostly acrylics but enjoys the versatility that mixed media art offers her pieces. Through vivid, bold colors, Grengs continues to create lively and happy artwork for her each and every customer. You can find Grengs work on her website, at her new gallery located in Freeport, FL, and at many galleries along Florida's Emerald Coast.

"Winning this prestigious award back in 2018 blossomed my art career. To win the Mattie Kelly poster contest again in 2021 is a complete honor. I am forever grateful to the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation for continuing to support my dreams as an artist.”
- Estelle Grengs, 2021 Poster Content Winner, MKAF Festival of the Arts​


Estelle Grengs, 2021 Poster Art

As the annual poster art contest winner, Grengs award-winning art receives a cash prize of $500. The winning poster becomes the signature artwork to promote the 26th annual festival poster, postcards, the festival guide, t-shirts, and souvenirs, on the MKAF website, social media pages, and more. Festival attendees are invited to view Grengs winning art at this year’s Festival of the Arts, where the artwork will be available for purchase. In addition, the art is featured on this year’s official poster and a festival t-shirt.

"We're excited to have Estelle's vibrant, colorful artwork this year for our posters and t-shirts. This represents Estelle's fourth win in the poster competition. All festivalgoers can find her original artwork in booth #1."
- Deb Nissley, MKAF Festival Producer​

Known as one of Northwest Florida’s premier fine arts shows, the MKAF Festival of the Arts is one of the most anticipated cultural events of the year. The 26th annual event is set for October 30th - 31st at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. This event is FREE to attendees.

During the Festival, artists from across the United States will offer up their original artwork in the form of oil, watercolor, acrylic, and glass paintings; 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” which is selected by festival fans. 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 a live music lineup, arts, and craft activities for children, souvenir posters and t-shirts, and more.

For more information on MKAF events, community outreach programs, volunteering, or investing in the arts, visit online at or call (850) 650-2226 to get involved.

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation
4323 Commons Drive W, Destin, Florida
Phone: (850) 650-2226

Celebrating 26 years, The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) is a non-profit arts organization comprised of members, volunteers, and community partners building the foundation of arts and culture in the community. Since its inception in 1995, MKAF has inspired more than 337,800 children in over 75 schools and partner agencies. Through its community education initiatives ArtsReach, programming serves K-12 students, at-risk youth, people with disabilities, and the military population with visible and invisible injuries. As a presenting organization, MKAF has showcased its Concerts in the Village each season where the Southeast United States’ most vibrant performing artists and bands perform to more than 15,000 patrons annually. More than 100 artists convene each year for the Festival of the Arts, which is one of the preeminent arts festivals along the gulf coast. MKAF has partnered with multiple regional non-profits and the school districts in the communities that it serves to ensure access to the arts for all.
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