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Okaloosa Public Arts is an organization of Okaloosa County artists and other citizens who are committed to providing exceptional and meaningful art in our public spaces through private donations.

 

Okaloosa Public Arts (OPA) started as a group of ladies who enjoyed meeting together and discussing art.  Early meetings were at individual homes or local restaurants for lunch.  Although the setting was casual, the meetings became more formal and more business-like. In early 2011 this group of friends decided to create a “committee” to put art in public places in Okaloosa County.  Thus, OPA was born.

The first OPA members were Bernadette Sims (Chair), Thalia Newton, Anne Johnston (Secretary), Barbara Lord (webmaster), Linda Carr (Treasurer), Linda Kernick, Fran Gerstman (Vice-Chair), and Dinah Remington (Special exhibits).

Click on the links below to learn more about OPA!

About Okaloosa Public Arts

OPA continues to strive to raise arts awareness in Okaloosa County.   Okaloosa Public Arts has donated funds to local school art programs in support of rising artists. In recent years OPA has sponsored the banners along Eglin Parkway in Cinco Bayou, featuring high school artists currently.

OPA welcomes any local artists to contact us about becoming a part of our growing organization!

Timeline of OPA History

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2011 – First Courthouse Annex Art Show, FWB

2012 - Invitational Art Show at NWF State College Student Services Building 

2012 - UWF Library Art Show, Invitational Folk Art Show

2012 – Destin Library Board Member Show

2012 – Photography show at UWF Library

2012 – Courthouse Annex Art Show

2013 – NWF Ballet art show at NWF Regional Airport

2014 – Art in the Park, FWB Landing

2015 – First OPA Show at Okaloosa County Admin Building

2016 – Annual OPA show at Okaloosa County Admin Building

2017 – Annual OPA show at Okaloosa County Admin Building

2018 – Annual OPA show at Okaloosa County Admin Building

2019 – Annual OPA show at Okaloosa County Admin Building

2019 – NWF Ballet Art Show

2019 – OPA Board Member Banner Project, Cinco Bayou

2020 – Annual OPA show at Okaloosa County Admin Building

2021 – Annual OPA show at Okaloosa County Admin Building

2022 – High School Banner Art Project, Cinco Bayou

2022 – Annual OPA show at Okaloosa County Admin Building

2022 – Middle School Art Show (7-8 grade), Liza Jackson School

2022 – Middle School Art Show (6th grade), FWB Library

2022-2023 – Heron Project

2023 – High School Banner Art Project, Cinco Bayou

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