Passion. Purpose. Painting. By Lori Leath Smith “I have always loved art, music and nature, especially the beach; they’ve served as relaxing “escapes” for me,” says budding artist Sherri Springer. “As a child, composing at the piano seemed to ease any anxieties of mine, and creating or “doing my own thing”...
25th Annual MKAF Festival of the Arts It’s Almost Here! 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 25th annual event is set for Oct. 24-25, 2020, at the Mattie...

“Send in the Nouns”

Owner and artist at J.Leon Gallery Studio, Jason Lindblad, and talented friend and writer Marti Veto, have launched “Send in the Nouns,” a just-for-fun ABC book for grown-ups! “Send in the Nouns” is filled with fantasy through circus-themed illustrations, vibrant colors and clever narrative. Each sentence carries a whimsical,...
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) names talented artist Estelle Grengs the 2020 Festival of the Arts poster contest winner. Born and raised in New Hampshire, Estelle is a self-taught artist that molds a unique and whimsical folk art style that embraces her experiences growing up in New England as...
“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...

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