The 23rd Annual Mattie Kelly Festival of the Arts


The 23rd Annual Mattie Kelly Festival of the Arts

            Art – Music – Food – Fun


October 27 & 28, 2018

For more than two decades, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) has presented the annual Festival of the Arts in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island, Florida. Now in its 23rd year, the Festival of the Arts embodies the educational, cultural and spiritual beliefs and vision of the late Destin matriarch, Mattie May Kelly. This two-day celebration features art exhibits of more than 100 artists from the United States and Europe, showcasing a diverse palette of artistic styles in 22 different art mediums 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.

For art lovers of all ages, this is a great time to meet artists, discover their inspiration and add to your own collection. Last year the Festival of the Arts awarded $10,000 in prize money to artists across 28 categories, with Best in Show taking home $1,600. Plus, don’t miss the live music and delicious food, including a wine and beer garden, featured throughout the two-day event.

The Art

This is only a small selection of some of the incredible pieces on display at last year’s show:


More about MKAF

To honor Mattie May Kelly and continue her mission of spreading art throughout Northwest Florida, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) was founded in 1995. Mattie Kelly moved to Destin, Florida in 1935 with her husband and five children, and as a one of the town’s founding families, they soon established themselves as prominent local business owners and philanthropists, and are widely credited with pioneering Destin’s tourism and fishing industries. Throughout her life, Mattie Kelly was a lifelong patron of the arts, supporting arts organizations through her participation and financial gifts. Today, MKAF remains firmly committed to Mattie Kelly’s mission of making the cultural arts available to all in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island.