OKALOOSA COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
In the fall of 2015 OPA mounted a juried exhibition of artwork from leading artists in the local Northwest Florida area. A highlight of the show is the two murals by OPA member Elia Saxer depicting iconic features of the county.
Every September a new juried show is held to update the artwork. In 2019 we hung 125 new pieces throughout the Administration building. Paintings in oil, water color, pastel, mixed media, and photography were included.
Winners are shown on the Home Page. Honorable Mention Winners are Rosalyn O'Grady, Melody Bogle, Libby Gibbs, Louis Cerrato, Charlotte Arnold, Carol Ann Cain, Sharon James, Theresia McInnis (not pictured Theresa Grillo Laird and Charlotte Ponto).
2019 Dance Moves on the Edge
In March 2019, OPA partnered with the Northwest Florida Ballet Academie on a Juried Art Exhibition held in the Ballet Studios in Ft Walton Beach, FL. Audiences voted for the award winners. The show included painting, drawings, and photographs related to dance.
FORT WALTON BEACH AIRPORT
In 2013 OPA presented an exhibit at the airport featuring the multi-facited activities of one of the Emerlad Coast’s oldest nonprofit arts organizations—the Northwest Florida Ballet. The show included paintings, drawings and photographs of performances, rehearsals, and/or the students of the NFB Académie.
2012 NWF State College Student Services Building and UWF Library
At the request of Northwest Florida State College, OPA presented an invitational art exhibit as a part of the opening celebration of the new building at the end of January 2012. Dignitaries from the five Chambers of Commerce, plus county and state officials attended the opening event for this extraordinary building designed by Sam Marshall Architects.
In February 2012 OPA established a series of invitational, 3-month shows beginning with an exhibit of the work of OPA board members followed by exhibits featuring photography and folk art.
THE COURTHOUSE PROJECT
OPA's initial project was developing and installing a juried art exhibit in the public spaces in the Okaloosa County Judicial Annex Extension, which opened in October, 2011.
Shown here is a mural of the Chotawhatchee Watershed painted by OPA Artist, Elia Saxer. Also picture are the soaring exterior sculpture by Richard Bauer, and Lady Justice in the building lobby. Both sculptures were donated to the courthouse by OPA. A second juried exhibit opened on September 27, 2012, with 92 art works from 39 area artists. The exhibit remained until September 2013 and many of the pieces were donated to the courthouse.