Café Thirty-A’s Annual Christmas Charity Ball, presented by honorary sponsors All Access Coach Leasing and Mercantile, was held on Saturday, December 2, 2023 and raised a record-breaking $64,000 for Caring and Sharing of South Walton, an organization that provides food and financial assistance to area families and individuals in need. The sold-out event welcomed over 300 guests to the festively decorated restaurant, courtesy of The Grove Salon. Ticket holders were greeted with complimentary valet,
Hear the entire Grammy Award-winning Purple Rain album performed live, reminisce with Fleetwood Mac classics, dance to funky disco beats and discover new pop vocalists from The Voice — all in the diverse lineup of the 2024 Concerts presented by Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, offering something for every music lover. The area’s first live concert series is held each spring on Thursday evenings at the MKAF Dugas Pavilion in Destin. This year’s 29th annual family-friendly series will run from April 4 to
Do you have a heart for art? Then feel free to lend a hand. Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation is seeking volunteers for the 28th Annual Festival of the Arts kicks off on Friday, Oct. 27 with a reception at Henderson Beach Resort; the exhibition is Saturday, Oct. 28 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday, Oct. 29 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) on The Dugas Pavilion lawn in Destin. Various shifts are available including set up (on Friday, Oct. 27), main entry, artist relief, children’s tent and beverage booths as well as break down
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Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Announces Call For The 28Th Annual Festival Of The Arts Collaborative Art Exhibit
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) is now accepting applications for the Adult Collaborative Art Exhibit component of the 28th annual Festival of the Arts (Friday, Oct. 27 (Arty Kick Off Party at Henderson Beach Resort in Destin) October 28-29 (Festival weekend)) at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin, Florida. One of the unique features of MKAF’s Festival of the Arts is the Collaborative Art Exhibit, which showcases the work of seasoned and emerging adult artists and local student artists
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) has named Roger van Lieshout of Cape Coral, Florida, the 2023 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 28th annual event will kick off on Friday, Oct 27 evening with a Kick-Off Reception at Henderson Beach Resort. The Festival weekend follows on Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. An oil painter since childhood, Roger van Lieshout, a native of Winnipeg,
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) kicked off its highly-anticipated 2023 Concerts in the Village on Thursday, April 20 with Post Modern Jukebox. The first of 10 concerts drew record-breaking attendance with nearly 3,000 music lovers flocking to the Dugas Pavilion in the tree-lined Cultural Arts Village in Destin. “The kickoff to the 28th annual MKAF Concerts in the Village was a stellar success with an incredible range of patrons who showed up in full force to support the organization. Proceeds from the
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation is seeking volunteers for the upcoming Concerts in the Park! Sign up here.
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Calls For Artist Applications And Poster Art Artists For 28th Festival Of The Arts
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's Festival of the Arts is one of the Southeast's premier festivals and showcases more than 100 artists from across the U.S. The Festival is a celebration of art, music, food, and family fun and features a live music lineup, a food bistro, a wine and beer garden, art activities for kids, merchandise, and more. The 28th annual Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin, Florida. This is a juried show that
See George Rodrigue’s Blue Dog paintings like never before in this mini-exhibition of rarely seen original artworks from the artist’s private collection, shared by his widow, Wendy Rodrigue. This one-day-only creative event includes the culinary masterpieces of Chef Jack McGuckin of Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits in Miramar Beach. Purchase tickets here
Step into spring 2023 with a song in your heart. Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) announces the lineup for its 2023 Concerts in the Village. The area’s first live concert series is held each spring on Thursday evenings at the MKAF Dugas Pavilion in Destin. This year’s 28th annual family-friendly series will run from April 20 to June 22. The 10-concert live music series will feature premier regional and national musicians and bands performing everything from classic rock, reggae, and disco to modern
Sinfonia Gulf Coast Music & Artistic Director Demetrius Fuller is Appointed to Prestigious Young Conductor Artists Board of Directors
Young Concert Artists (YCA), the prestigious New York-based international advocacy organization to champion young classical musicians, has honored Sinfonia Gulf Coast Music & Artistic Director Demetrius Fuller with an appointment to its Board of Directors. "We are delighted to welcome Demetrius Fuller to the YCA Board of Directors,” said YCA president, Dan Kellogg. “Maestro Fuller has a long association with our organization and has engaged many YCA artists over the years. He cares deeply for our mission
The 27th Annual Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) Festival of the Arts, held Oct. 29 and 30, in the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin, Florida, featured exhibits of more than 100 artists from across the United States showcasing a diverse palette of artistic styles in nearly 20 different art mediums. Highlights of the cultural weekend celebrating art, music, food, and family fun featured six live music appearances, a kid's creative corner, pop-up photo booths, street performers, and more than
Rotary Club of Destin Announces New Board, Rotarian of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Scholarship Winner
The Rotary Club of Destin recently announced its 2022-23 Board of Directors: President Marcia Hull, Brenda Gray, Christian Carlee, Michael Burgess, John Prudhome, Zhalman Harris, Bekah Manley, Mackenzie Mainland, Les Porterfield, Shannah Hanks, Shantelle Dedicke, Lori Leath Smith, Ryan Simus, Dave Morrow and Lockwood Wernet. These community leaders will spearhead the club’s fundraising efforts this year to support various charities including Food For Thought, Harvest House Destin, the Mattie Kelly Arts
27th Annual Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Festival of the Arts Showcases More Than 100 Visual Artists
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) celebrates the cultural arts by enhancing the offerings of its annual Festival of the Arts set for Oct. 29-30 at the scenic MKAF Cultural Arts Village in Destin, Florida, on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. One of the Southeast's premier art festivals, the two-day signature event features art exhibits of more than 100 artists (including the juried and collaborative exhibit) from 17 states showcasing a diverse palette of artistic styles in a range of different art
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Calls for Volunteers for the 27th Annual Festival of the Arts Oct.28-30
Do you have a heart for art? Then feel free to lend a hand. Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation is seeking volunteers for the 27th Annual Festival of the Arts to be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Various shifts are available including set up (on Friday, Oct. 28), main entry, artist relief, children’s tent, and beverage booths as well as break down and more. All volunteers are welcome to arrive prior to their assigned shift or after their
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Announces Call for Adult Collaborative Artists for 27th Annual Festival
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) is now accepting applications for the Adult Collaborative Art Exhibit component of the 27th annual Festival of the Arts (Oct. 29-30, 2022) at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin, Fla. One of the unique features of the Festival is the Collaborative Art Exhibit, which showcases the work of seasoned and emerging adult artists and local student artists competing for the $850 McIlroy Awards given in honor of the late Patricia McIlroy, Destin’s first First
Sinfonia Gulf Coast continues its tradition of “redefining” the symphony experience as it enters its 17th annual season. With a mission to entertain, educate and inspire the Northwest Florida Gulf coast, the region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra led by Music & Artistic Director Demetrius Fuller, presents a stellar lineup of scintillating concerts for 2022-2023. From world-renowned guest artists like soulful songstress Patti LaBelle and Broadway breakout star Jeremy Jordan to Holiday Pops Doo
Sinfonia Gulf Coast and Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Welcome Zandra Wolfgram as First Director of Marketing and Communications
Since taking the helm of Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) as CEO in December 2020, Sinfonia Gulf Coast Music and Artistic Director Demetrius Fuller has grown patron and sponsorship support, elevated programming, and is increasing the brand awareness and reach of both art organizations by adding to his staff. As part of a synergistic partnership, Zandra Wolfgram has joined Sinfonia Gulf Coast and MKAF as Director of Marketing and Communications. “We are thrilled to welcome someone who is both a seasoned
CEO of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Demetrius Fuller joins us again on the Hello Frances Podcast this week to share MKAF updates. Shantelle and Demetrius discuss the importance of art in a community, the mental health benefits art can provide, the impact of art on culture, and so much more. Demetrius also shares what MKAF has in store for the community for the rest of 2022. If you are not a member yet, we give you another incentive to join during this episode! Learn more about MKAF at mkaf.org.
The Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) will stage two free outdoor community performances at Grand Boulevard and the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation in June. The series includes NFB’s return to Grand Boulevard at Sandestin’s Grand Park on Sat., June 18, at 7:30 p.m., for Ballet at Twilight. The second performance will take place at the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation on Sat., June 25, at 7:30 p.m. Both productions feature the Northwest Florida Ballet company and international guest artists in a unique mixed
Destin, Fla., August 5 – During its Aug. 14 Business Before Hours Candidates Forum, the Destin Chamber will host candidates for Florida House of Representatives District 4, Okaloosa County Commission District 5, and Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools. The event, which takes place from 7:30 – 9 a.m. at The Henderson, is sponsored by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and features non-profit spotlight The Arc of the Emerald Coast. Cost is $20 for Destin Chamber members and $30 for non-members.