Experience the Arts in Fort Walton Beach, FL

The Florida Emerald Coast is an art-centric community. Creative art pieces heavily influenced by beach culture, tourism, and a rich history are on display in the form of paintings, sculptures, dance, music, and much more. There are many things to do in Fort Walton Beach, but possibly the most enriching activities don't require the beach or water. Some of the region's top art galleries, theatre groups, and ballets are found in Fort Walton Beach, FL. Discover these exciting artistic havens, and some of the most anticipated upcoming shows and events of 2017.

Arts and Design Society of Fort Walton Beach

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The ADSO has over 200 members and occupies the Old City Hall Complex in downtown Fort Walton Beach, FL. Within the Arts and Design Society building, you will find a gallery and 2 studio areas, as well as the Lolly Carley Art Library. The Art gallery of the ADSO features local and regional pieces ranging from sculpture to acrylics, varying depending on shows, events, and special exhibits.

The Arts and Design Society holds 3 exhibitions through the year (from artsdesignsociety.org)

  • ->Ruins, September 7 – 29, Reception Friday, September 15, 6-8 PM

  • ->34th Northwest Florida Fair Fine Arts Show, September 26 – 30, Reception Sunday, September 24, 2-4 PM, C.H. “Bull” Rigdon Fairgrounds and Recreation Complex, 1958 Lewis Turner Blvd

  • ->Steampunk, October 3-20, Reception Friday, October 6, 6-8 PM

Full Circle Gallery

The Full Circle Gallery in Fort Walton Beach features the artwork of many of the regions most talented artists. The gallery provides not only free-lance art pieces, but classes in painting, basket weaving, pottery, and children's art. Full Circle is owned by Mercedes Rodgers, a studio artist who resides in the Florida panhandle. According to Rodgers personal website, her work ranges from functional pottery to conceptual art pieces, and work at the gallery includes teaching pottery classes and curating the impressive gallery.

Previous Unique and Exciting Full Circle Gallery Exhibits Include.

June 13th - July 4th, 2015

Meagan Hindel "Awakening Nature"

Full Circle Gallery is excited to present “Awakening Nature” local artist Meagan Hindel’s debut exhibition. Influenced by her love of nature and inspired by her relationship with animals, the collection is an expression of her fascination with animal behaviors in their environment. Resting and frolicking, the creatures Meagan paints and sculpt bring forth the spirit of each creature. The opening reception of "Awakening Nature" will take place June 13, 2015 from 6:00-8:00pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with the artist and see the collection she has created in the past year.

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January 15th - February 5th, 2016

Loretta Menendian "Nature's Passion"

Introducing “Nature’s Passion,” Full Circle Gallery’s next local artist showcase featuring the paintings of award winning artist, Loretta Menendian. Focusing on the beauty of Florida’s flora and fauna, “Nature’s Passion” is a collection of beautifully vibrant paintings. Working mainly with acrylics, watercolor, and ink, Menendian endeavors to paint the natural beauty around her. The opening reception of "Nature's Passion" will take place January 15th, 2016 from 6:00-8:00pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with the artist and see the collection she has created in the past year.

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Northwest Florida Ballet

ballet in fort walton beachNorthwest Florida is an unassuming artists paradise. Northwest Florida Ballet is the city's creative heart, pumping out talented dancers from the Ballet Academy, and world-class ballet performances and classes. Northwest Florida ballet has been a staple of the dance community since founded in 1969 by dance pioneer Bernadette Clements Sims, and the Academy has taught some of the nation's greatest dancers including Joshua Grant, Lauren Post, and Kimalee Piedad of "Dancing With The Stars" fame. Northwest Florida Ballet also hosts performances and special events, taking on popular ballet performances of "The Nutcracker", "Swan Lake", and "Snow White". For upcoming performances and more in 2017 and beyond, visit Northwest Florida Ballet Events

Stage Crafters Community Theatre, Inc.

Looking for a stage show in Fort Walton Beach? Stage Crafters Community Theatre features beloved plays portrayed by experienced actors and actresses. Both musical and non-musical shows premier every few months, and are affordable and open to the public. Stage Crafters Community Theatre is located near downtown Fort Walton Beach, directly across from the water, and they are a local theatre group, supplied by resident talent at its finest. Coming in 2017/2018 are plays and musicals by such talented directors as Melissa Wolf-Bates and Joseph Perna.

The Addams Family

Directed by Joseph Perna

November 2017 - 10, 11, 12 and 17, 18, 19

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There is so much more to do on the Emerald Coast! Be sure to enjoy even more artistic endeavors in and around Fort Walton Beach including Destin Beach Photography, Pensacola Museums, and 30A concerts.

Published Sep 14 2017
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