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2017 Festival of the Arts

October 28th & 29th - Saturday 9am-5pm & Sunday 10am-4pmSorry, no pets allowed.$5/adult; MKAF members & children (under 12) are free

  • Free Parking and Shuttle - click here for details
  • Cuisine On The Green
  • Continuous Live Entertainment
  • Kid's ArtStop
  • Collaborative Art Exhibit
  • Festival Souvenirs & Charity Raffle

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 13 states and special guest artist from Europe to the beautiful beaches of Destin to showcase their art and to compete for $10,000 in cash prizes. This 19 year tradition combines the best cultural art talent for a 2 day celebration of art, music, food and fun.

21th Annual Festival of the Arts

Kathleen Broaderick


MKAF - Festival of the Arts Winners (PDF)

Best in Show Winner ($1,600)
Lena Reznik, Cumming, Ga. – Oil & Acrylic

Award of Excellence Winners ($800)
Juan Francisco Adaro, Freeport, Fla.­– Mixed Media
Gayle Campbell, Valparaiso, Fla. – Jewelry
Jamie Babula, Panama City Beach, FL – Acrylic & Pencil/Graphite

Award of Merit Winners ($400)
Claire Whitmore, Huntsville, Ala. – Fiber
Gary Worthington, Destin, Fla. – Mixed Media
Kathleen Broaderick, Miramar Beach, Fla. – Oil
Maria Spies, Silverhill, Ala. – Clay

Judges Recognition Award Winners ($200)
Tony Krysinsky, Pensacola, Fla. –Mixed Media
Jordan Aucoin, Miramar Beach, Fla. – Sculpture
Hannah Spiegelman, Panama City, Fla. – Acrylic Gouache
Connie Nabholz, Lynn Haven, Fla. – Jewelry
Martin Figlinski, Lynn Haven, Fla. – Wood & Acrylic
Bill Fussell, Panama City, Fla. – Jewelry
Inka Smith, Cantonment, Fla. – Jewelry
Jeff & Jaky Felix, Titus, Ala. – Glass
Michael Fagan, Pensacola, Fla. – Mixed Media
George Bragg, Panama City Beach, Fla. –Metal

People’s Choice Award ($800)
David Griesmyer, McConnelsville, Oh. – Metal Sculpture

Poster Art Contest Winner ($500)
Kathleen Broaderick, Miramar Beach, Fla. ­– “Bonita” – Oil

Collaborative Exhibit Winners
Best in Show ($250), Natalie Cross, Niceville High School
Adult 1st Place ($100), Ian Fagan, Pensacola, Fla.
Adult 2nd Place ($75), John Murphy, DeFuniak Springs, Fla.
Adult 3rd Place ($50), Linda Kernick, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Student 1st Place ($100), Samantha Durkin, Niceville High School
Student 2nd Place ($75), Dakota Voyce, Crestview High School
Student 3rd Place ($50), Annalisse McKee, Fort Walton Beach High School

The Art

Explore a diverse palette of artistic styles, including: acrylic, clay, collage, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, mosaic, oil, pen and ink, photography, digital art, pastel, pottery, sculpture, fiber, textile, wood and watercolor and spend time meeting the artists, discovering their inspiration, and adding to your own collection.

2015 Festival of the Arts Photos and Winner Information

Festival of the Arts Sponsors

Blue Marlin Realty
Bay Breeze Patio
Old Bay Steamer
Saltwater Restaurants
Beauchamp Commercial
Coastal Bank and Trust
Emerald Coast Title Services
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Silver Sands Premium Outlest
Eglin Federal Credit Union
Galati Yacht Sales
Newman-Dailey Resort Properties
Publix Super Markets Charities
Mosquito Authority

Festival of the Arts Media Sponsors

Beach TV
Emerald Coast Magazine
Life's A Beach Publications
The Beachcomber
The Destin Log
The Wave
Cumulus Broadcasting - Coast 93.3

Join MKAF and receive free entry to the Concerts in the Village nine-week outdoor concert series in May and June and the Festival of the Arts.

To become a sponsor.... contact Marcia Hull 850.650.2226.