Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) names talented artist Estelle Grengs the 2020 Festival of the Arts poster contest winner. Born and raised in New Hampshire, Estelle Grengs is a self-taught artist that molds a unique and whimsical folk art style that embraces her experiences growing up in New England, as well as her adventures as an Air Force spouse. Grengs uses mostly acrylics, but enjoys the versatility that mixed media art offers her pieces. Through vivid, bold colors, Grengs continues to create lively and happy artwork for her each and every customer. You can find Grengs work on her website estellegrengsart.com
and in many galleries along Florida's Emerald Coast.
"Winning this prestigious award back in 2018 blossomed my art career. To win the Mattie Kelly poster contest again in 2020 is a complete honor. I am forever grateful to the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation for continuing to support my dreams as an artist.”
- Estelle Grengs, 2020 Poster Content Winner, MKAF Festival of the Arts
As the annual poster art contest winner, Grengs receives a cash prize of $500. The winning poster becomes the signature artwork to promote the 25th annual festival poster, postcards, the festival guide, t-shirts, and souvenirs, on the MKAF website, social media pages, and more. Festival attendees are invited to view Grengs winning art at this year’s Festival of the Arts, where the artwork will be available for purchase. In addition, the art is featured on this year’s official poster and a festival t-shirt.
"We're excited to have Estelle's vibrant, colorful artwork this year for our posters and t-shirts. This represents Estelle's second win of the poster competition. All festivalgoers can find her original artwork in booth #1."
- Deb Nissley, MKAF Festival Producer
Known as one of Northwest Florida’s premier fine arts shows, the MKAF Festival of the Arts is one of the most anticipated cultural events of the year. The 25th annual event is set for Oct. 24-25, 2020 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin.
During the festival, artists from across the United States will offer up their original artwork in the form of oil, watercolor, acrylic, and glass paintings; photography, sculpture, pottery, wood, paper, fiber, mosaics, mixed media, jewelry designs and more in order to compete for $10,000 in cash prizes in 27 award categories, including the coveted “Best in Show” and “People’s Choice Award,” which is selected by festival fans. The festival also features a Collaborative Art Exhibit, which showcases select artwork of more than 60 community adult and student artists.
A celebration of art, music, food, and family fun, special features of the Festival include a live music lineup, arts, and craft activities for children, souvenir posters and t-shirts, and more.
General admission of $5 per person helps to fund the Foundation’s annual cultural outreach activities and programs. Children 12 and under are admitted free. All MKAF members receive admission as a complimentary benefit of their annual investment to bring art enrichment to the community for all people of all abilities.
With the safety and well-being of guests, artists, and staff as a top priority, MKAF asks that festivalgoers adhere to the following social distancing measures.
• Maintain 6-foot distance between your group and other attendees
• If inline for food, stay 6-feet behind the next person inline
• Wash your hands frequently; you may also want to bring hand sanitizer
• The playground is closed for now
• Wear a mask if you so choose
• Tickets are $5, cash and credit accepted
To make a tax-deductible donation or provide corporate sponsorships or learn more about the Festival of the Arts, visit mkaf.org
or call (850) 650-2226. The deadline for sponsorship opportunities is Sept. 24, 2020.