By Ron Sandstead, Flutterby Antiques Lately, I have had a song stuck in my head. I don’t know why this happens, it just does. Maybe it is the tune – or the words – but Garth Brooks’ song “The River” is the one I keep hearing and singing to myself....
The Okaloosa Arts Alliance (OAA) invites all K-12th grade Okaloosa County School students to participate in the 11th Annual OAA Okaloosa County School Poster Contest. Due to school closures and COVID-19, this year will be a virtual contest and gallery. The OAA wants to know what your favorite thing has...
Art comes from within and flows through the artist and onto the canvas. It moves. It speaks. It brings peace. It is a language that does not need translation. By Ron Sandstead, Flutterby Antiques A friend of mine once told me, “You make your own fun.” This is such a simple...

The Appreciation of Art

By Ron Sandstead, Flutterby Antiques Growing up in a midsized Illinois farm town, I didn’t see a lot of art. Maybe it was around – but I never noticed it. Kids are like that. As I remember it, we never had any kind of art in school after third grade...
By Chris J. Ogle, Destin native and lifelong ocean lover If you happen upon local artist Harley Van Hyning, you will likely feel his artistic vibes immediately. His always smiling persona exudes a love for the ocean—especially surfing and fishing. Born and raised in the local area, Harley has found...
Performances are Thurs. through Sat. at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays Warm your winter with some laughs by joining Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) for its romantic comedy, “Maytag Virgin.” This production will be on stage for two weekends, Feb. 20 (opening night) through March 1, and it...
Destin Banner Artist Debbie Prestwood
By Ron Sandstead, Flutterby Antiques Our Banner Art Project officially began a year ago when the City of Destin installed our first banners on Main Street. Since then, I have been blessed to meet and get to know an amazing variety of local artists. Because of their generosity, we are...
Destin Banner Art
The 2019 Banner Artists Auction will be held Jan. 18, 2020, 4 p.m., at La Paz Restaurant in Destin! 24 banner art originals from the first year of the Destin Banner Art Project will be auctioned! Artwork will be on display for one week beginning Jan. 11 with silent...
By Ron Sandstead, Flutterby Antiques Driving across the Marler Bridge into Destin and looking at our gorgeous emerald water and white sand is always a thrill, but difficult to describe. This is one of the reasons we have asked local artists to create art for our Destin Banners that reflects...
Thurs., Dec.12 (opening night) — Sat., Dec. 22 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard Welcome back the fan favorites from “Pride and Prejudice” as ECTC presents “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.” The imagined sequel to “Pride and Prejudice” was adapted for stage by...

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