Festival of the Arts in new home

Pam Griffin

Recognized as one of Northwest Florida’s premier fine art shows, the Festival of the Arts (formerly Destin Festival of the Arts) welcomes more than 100 juried artists from around the country from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 on the Village Green at the Mattie Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Admission donation is $3/adults per day; free/members and children under 12.

An 18-year tradition, the Festival of the Arts combines the best local talent with artists nationwide, who come to showcase their art and compete for cash prizes. Artists’ tents will landscape the Village Green and live music will be featured on the new Dugas Pavilion with alfresco dining adjacent to the stage.

Limited parking is available at Grace Lutheran Church or ride the free Park and Shuttle available at Emerald Coast Centre (Bealls just west of Walmart).

Destin artist Andy Saczynski is the winner of this year’s Festival of the Arts Poster Competition. His winning design is the festival’s signature artwork and is featured on the commemorative posters and T-shirts.  He will be in Booth #80.

The Art

A diverse palette of artistic styles, artwork includes acrylic, clay, collage, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, mosaic, oil, pen and ink, photography, digital art, pastel, pottery, sculpture, fiber, textile, wood and watercolor.

This year's special guest artist is sculptor Frank Ledbetter, who created the 22-foot illuminated, stainless steel entranceway sculpture to the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village. He will be in Booth#102.

Visit the Collaborative Art Exhibit to view the work of 60 local adult and student artists, which includes an eclectic mix of art, showcasing a diverse variety of mediums.

En plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air” used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Visit the Plein Air Painters booth to watch Emerald Coast artists in action.

• $9,000 in cash prizes will be awarded in the juried and collaborative art categories.

• Vote on Saturday for the “People’s Choice” artist award and drop ballots at the Main Festival Entrance.

• Paul Richelson, chief curator of the Mobile Museum of Art, and Dr. Suzette Doyon, associate professor, University of West Florida, will be the official 2013 Festival Judges.

The Music/Entertainment

Music on Saturday includes Drew Tillman, 10 a.m.; Boukou Groove, 12:30 p.m.; and Forrest Williams Band, 3 p.m.

Sunday’s lineup is Dos Alvarado’s, 11 a.m.; Coconut Radio Band, noon; and the Season Ammons Band, 2:30 p.m.

Julian Pittman, juggler and magician, performs at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and noon and 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Cuisine

The festival will feature a variety of cuisine from area restaurants, including Emerald Coast Catering, 790 On The Gulf, Fat Clemenza’s, Jim N’ Nicks Bar-B-Q, Rosey’s Kettle Corn and Mark’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice & Funnel Cakes.

MKAF beverage stations will have bottled water and sodas, and Beach Liquors beverage booth will serve mimosas, bloody Mary’s, beer and wine.

Kids Art

Free activities in the ArtStop Tent include art and crafts projects that allow children to create individual works of art as well as participate in a group mural.

Meyer Boarding Company will offer the opportunity to customize your own skimboard or skateboard and paint your own creation. All paint supplies are included with each purchase.