“Art has always been the center of my world, and sharing the story of creativity is a passion of mine. My mission with building J.Leon Gallery and Studios was to take that story and make a destination for which all guests could fully interact with the wonders of the...
Now more than ever, residents along the Emerald Coast are seeking ways to enrich their lives. Our current Hometown Hero discovered that art can do so much for so many. As the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year, MKAF CEO Marcia Hull proves that...
J.Leon Gallery Studio Offers High-End Art Exhibitions and Experiences As of June 3, 2020, J.Leon Gallery Studio, the area’s newest fine art destination, opened in Miramar Beach. Born with a vision to make high-end art attainable for everyone, the gallery features seven artists and a fully equipped ceramic studio...
Emerald Coast Theatre Company re-opens its doors for Summer Camp 2020. In addition to the online Summer Camp programs now underway, ECTC has released the schedule for in-person, on-site classes, workshops and lessons designed for various age groups that range from preschool aged children through 12th grade high schoolers....
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...

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