Due to popular demand, beginning February 10 we will be open on Thursdays from 1:00 to 6:00 so you can come visit after-school or on early release days.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Things are changing quickly downtown.
Welcome to The Fountain Square:
Mission Statement: The goal of the Northwest Florida Arts Association is to bring a fresh venue to the artists of Northwest Florida to network, collaborate, teach, and exhibit their work. We hope to enrich our community by providing opportunities for creative and personal growth to artists in all media types. Also, we hope to educate the public regarding art in all its forms as well as encourage the public to join us in classes, demostrations, workshops, and lectures on a variety of art topics.
See their website for future classes including:
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Piper is back downtown painting and making jewelry in her old location now "Northwest Florida Arts Association" Art Lair. Her work will be featured at Carolina Cigars and Artesano.
Watch for upcoming classes to be announced soon!
Welcome Liz Fashions
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Few businesses closed their doors after the BP Oil Invasion others have expanded their businesses.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
January 26, 2011 7:11 PM
OKALOOSA ISLAND — The United States may be slow to recover from the recession, but a local economist projects Okaloosa County will experience what would normally be 10 years of growth in the next two years.
Rick Harper, interim director of the Office of Economic Development and Engagement at the University of West Florida, was one of the guest speakers Wednesday at the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County’s annual Military-Community Sustainability Forum. The forum is designed to provide an avenue for community and military leaders to share their plans and address issues that affect them.
“I expect this to be a year of unprecedented growth for Okaloosa County,” Harper said. “If you simply look at the jobs that we’re expecting, just the positive shot to the local economy that results from the BRAC relocations, from the announced arrival of Vision Airlines serving over 20 destinations, that’s about a 10 percent bump in direct employment in the area.
“We’re going to be growing rapidly and the challenge once again as we look back to the last decade is going to be how do we manage that growth effectively and how to turn it to the benefit of those who live in the community and meet our missions?” he added.
Harper said Vision Airlines will have a huge impact on the tourism market in Okaloosa and South Walton County.
Southwest and Delta airlines provided a 7.9 percent increase in tourism for Panama City after last year’s opening of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, which added 1,100 new seats flying into Bay County every day. Harper said Vision Airlines’ increase is more than four times that amount.
“The economic future is bright. It’s happening in 2011 and it’s going to put us back on the path we should have been on if not for the oil spill,” Harper said.
Wednesday’s forum also included a panel discussion that featured some of the top commanders at Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field and Naval Air Station Whiting Field.
Construction of the cantonment south of Crestview for the Army 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) is ahead of schedule.
“A lot of people ask me when 7th Special Forces is going to get here,” said Lt. Col. Martin Schmidt with the Special Forces. “When are we coming? Really, we’re here.”
Schmidt said 103 soldiers of the 1,887 in the group already have been assigned to Eglin. Between 70 and 80 soldiers will arrive in April, and starting May 1 between 90 and 150 soldiers and their families a week will be relocated to the area. That will continue until the move is completed Sept. 15.
Schmidt said the 7th Special Forces Group will add a fourth battalion in the near future. That will mean a total of 2,247 troops and 6,000 dependents in the region.
Marine Col. Arthur Tomassetti, vice commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing, also gave an update on the delayed F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. At the same event last year, Tomassetti said the first two fighters were expected at Eglin last fall.
Tomassetti said Eglin now expects to have 10 to 14 fighter jets on base and be ready to fly by the end of the year.
“We’ve got the right people on our team to deal with those changes and handle them,” Tomassetti said. “Things will be a little different than what we thought they’d be, but that’s OK because we’re still going to do it smart, we’re still going to do it safe and we’re still going to do it right.”
Naval Air Station Whiting Field also is getting new aircraft. It is replacing its aging T-34C Turbo Men-tor fleet with 150 Beechcraft T-6 Texan IIs. Capt. Pete Hall said Whiting Field already has 54 of the planes and will receive about one a week for close to two years.
“We needed this aircraft and it’s coming to us one at a time,” Hall said.
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NORTHWEST FLORIDA ARTS ASSOCIATION
Welcome to the January newsletter. We’ve been busy since our last newsletter. The Art Lair is no longer at the Santa Rosa Mall. Happy to say, we have found a new permanent space at Fountain Square in downtown Fort Walton Beach. Instead of opening only weekends, we will now also be opened during the week. Hours will be posted on the website soon. If you would like to volunteer at the Art Lair, please email me.
The first gallery show is “Stealing Picasso.” Artwork is due on Saturday, February 12 and the show opens Friday, February 18. Find the entire year’s gallery show schedule in this newsletter and on the website. The class/workshop schedule is still being posted on
the website. The last page of this newsletter has a list of the schedule so far. If you have any ideas, or would like to teach, a future class or workshop, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve also added a pay pal option to the site so classes, etc. can be paid for on the website. You don’t need to have a pay pal account to use this option.
Welcome to new members: Megan Long, Angel
Agagas, Charles McCanty, and Piper Gaffrey.
Until next time....
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2011 Gallery Shows
Opening Reception - Friday, February 18, 2011 - 6pm - 8pm
Drop Off Work - Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 10am -1pm
(Only open to Pin-Hole Camera Workshop participants.)
Opening Reception - Friday, March 18, 2011 - 6pm-8pm
Drop Off Work - Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Opening Reception - Friday, April 15, 2011 - 6pm - 8pm
Drop Off Work - Saturday, April 9, 2011 - 10am - 1pm
Stuck in Monochrome
Opening Reception - Friday, May 13, 2011 - 6pm - 8pm
Drop Off Work - Saturday, May 7, 2011 - 10am - 1pm
Survivor Photography Winner's Show
Opening Reception - Friday, June 17, 2011 - 6pm - 8pm
Can You Dig It?
Opening Reception - Friday, July 15, 2011 - 6pm - 8pm
Drop Off Work - Saturday, July 9, 2011 - 10am - 1pm
Opening Reception - Friday, August 12, 2011 - 6pm - 8pm
Drop Off Work - Saturday, August 6, 2011 - 10am - 1pm
Clowns, Clowns, & More Clowns!
Opening Reception - Friday, September 9, 2011
Drop Off Work - Saturday, September 2, 2011 - 10am - 1pm
Opening Reception - Friday, October 7, 2011 - 6pm - 8pm
Drop Off Work - Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 10am - 1pm
In Your Dreams
Opening Reception - Friday, November 4, 2011 - 6pm - 8pm
Drop Off Work - Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 10am - 1pm
Opening Reception - Friday, December 9, 2011 - 6pm - 8pm
Drop Off Work - Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 10am-1pm
Download Rules and Entry Forms at nwflaa.com
Workshops & Classes
Bird Bath Mosaic
Let’s Make Puppets
Time Traveling Artist
Let’s Make Kites
Pen & Ink
Making of Yin
Book Group will meet, at the Art Lair, on the last Thursday of
the month at 6pm unless there is a conflict in the schedule.
We would like to start life drawing classes at night. If anyone is interested or knows anyone who would be interested in modeling, please email email@example.com.
Survivor Photography is a photography competition based on the Survivor TV show premise. Each week, two photographers get voted out of t h e c omp e t i t i o n . T h e application deadline is March
10, 2011. The rules and entry form will be posted this week on
Right now, all of our classes and workshops are on the
weekend. Would anyone be interested in having classes at
night? During the weekday?
Let us know.
Member’s Meetings will resume in March. We plan to
have a speaker and cater each meeting. Ideas for speakers or
demonstrations, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those of you who joined in November 2009, December
2009, and January 2010, you probably have already received
your reminder postcards. It is t i m e t o r e - n e w y o u r
membership. You can renew your membership online or
through the mail. February renewal postcards will be sent
out this week.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
We would like to invite you to an exhibit at the Full Circle Gallery. Photographer Jennifer Diaz presents her solo show “Passage” held February 12 - April 10, 2011 at Full Circle Gallery in Fort Walton Beach, FL. The opening reception is on Saturday, February 12th from 6:00pm-9:00pm. “Passage” features a photo collection reflecting the artist’s view of the simple details in a complex world.
Jennifer Diaz’s exhibition focuses o...n the passage of time in relation to simple items often overlooked, due to life’s distractions. Her focus on minute details along with the method in which she chooses to frame her subject matter, gives her audience a micro and fragmented view. This leaves viewers wondering and imagining what makes up the rest of the scene. Jennifer’s work also shows us the beauty of change resulting from natural decomposition. Example pieces include: a water droplet falling from an aged faucet and an air conditioner slowly consumed by the progressive growth of petals and vines. The intrigue of Jennifer’s work lies in her perception of mundane and, some might say, unsightly objects. Jennifer says of her work, “I shine a light on natural beauty and detailed complexity that others may not be able to see.”
While Jennifer’s works are derived from her personal experiences of growing up in Miami, caring for her ailing grandfather, and most recently her travels as a member of the United States Air Force, they are also open to individual interpretation. SHOTS FOR A GOOD CAUSE!
Monday, January 10, 2011