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Connect your creativity to the community and submit your work to the 36th Annual All Florida Exhibition! Don’t miss your chance to show and win big at our most anticipated show of the year!

36th Annual All Florida Exhibition

Deadline is Monday, January 24 • As the name suggests, this exhibition features pieces created by artists working in a wide variety of media from all over the 65,000 square miles that make up Florida. The juried entries come together for an award-winning and exciting exhibition representing today’s contemporary Florida artists.

Awards include $1,000 cash for Best In Show, a 2nd Place gift certificate, $100 cash for 3rd place and Jurors Choice Award(s) of Alliance for the Arts membership(s). Don’t miss your chance to win big at our most anticipated show of the year!

Exhibit dates: March 4 – 26, 2022
Deadline for entries: January 24, 2022 – the clock is ticking!

About the juror: Dr. K.C. Williams is a visual arts professional with over 20 years of experience in the art world. As Gallery Director for the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries in Niceville, Florida, she presented an annual schedule of professional fine art exhibitions, while hosting community art events, teaching college courses in art history, humanities, and art appreciation, and mentoring student artists. Williams has published and lectured on diverse topics ranging from the Florida Highwaymen to Soviet pop art, and from WWII era propaganda art to the relationship between contemporary sequential art and Japanese kamishibai paper theatre.

She holds a doctorate in education from the University of West Florida, where her dissertation addressed the function and uses of collegiate art galleries beyond the display of art; an MA in Art History from Indiana University (specializations in Modern, Medieval, and Roman Art); and a BA in Art from Rhodes College. She resides in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, with her husband, daughter, and geriatric pitbull.

States of Being Exhibition

In the Gallery Now through January 29 • Carol Coates work conveys feeling states and is centered on issues of perception and choice. Her abstract pieces are visual tone poems. She uses Surreal, Classical, Minimal, and Abstract imagery to communicate. While the work varies in style, the content and aesthetics are constant. It can be poetic and dead serious or quirky and laced with humor. It is all from one heart and one mind. She hopes to evoke an emotional and empathic response from the viewer. Finally, she hopes to provoke thought and promote greater wisdom and justice.

Alice Kiderman creates work that is a blend of the realistic and the abstract in shape, though she believes that the abstract is just an extension of the world around us. It is her hope that her sculpture evolves emotions and projects the victory of the spirit… untamed.

See how the work of these two artists work together to explore what it is to be human, a state of being we all share.

Free Art Workshop: MLK Day Dreaming All Year

Monday, January 17 • This activity is inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful words to love our brothers and sisters and by the aesthetics of the 1960’s Chicago-based AfriCOBRA art collective celebrating Black identity and culture. Martin Luther King Jr. encouraged us to dream and to work for a world with justice and equality. Let’s honor Martin Luther King Jr. all year round by remembering his words and implementing them in our lives.

This workshop is completely free to attend and participate, however an RSVP is required for every participant. All materials are included and artists are welcome to drop-in anytime between noon and 2 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to engage in this educational and free workshop.

Playing with Pastels Workshop (Ages 16+)

Saturday, January 22 • Pastel is an increasingly sought after medium for its beauty, vibrancy, durability and endless possibilities for technique and style. Whether you’re a beginner who wants to explore this medium, or an experienced pastelist who wants a fresh perspective, this step by step workshop is for you.

Sparkling Watercolor Still Life Painting (Ages 13+)

Saturday, February 5 • Add life to you still life paintings! No drab, dull scenes that look stale and static. Students will learn techniques to achieve a dynamic watercolor still life with realism and sparkle. There will be instructor demonstrations of various techniques with ample time for student hands on practice prior to completing a dynamic still life painting. Some drawing and watercolor experience is preferred.

Online Wine & Paint Night with David Acevedo

Wednesday, February 16 • Make it it a one-of-a-kind “I love you!” A Valentine’s Day gift worthy of an XO, come belly up to the brush bar and paint along virtually with creative genius David Acevedo!

For one night only, enjoy an evening of creating and clinking while wearing your comfy pants! David will take you through the steps to create your one of a kind masterpiece to fill that empty wall space you’ve been staring at. Pour a drink, grab a snack and settle in for an exciting night of sipping and swirling.

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