MKAF Names 2020 Poster Art Contest Winner


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 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. Estelle uses mostly acrylics, but enjoys the versatility that mixed media art offers her pieces. Through vivid, bold colors, Estelle continues to create lively and happy artwork for her each and every customer. You can find Estelle’s work on her website and in many galleries along Florida’s Emerald Coast.

As the annual poster art contest winner, Estelle receives a cash prize of $500. The winning poster becomes the signature artwork to promote the 25th annual festival with the poster as well as postcards, the festival guide, t-shirts and souvenirs on the MKAF website, social media pages and more.

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 complimentary admission.

With the safety and well-being of guests, artists and staff as a top priority, MKAF asks that festivalgoers adhere to social distancing measures.

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 or call (850) 650-2226. The deadline for sponsorship opportunities is Sept. 24, 2020.