Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Celebrates 25th Anniversary Season

With plans to resurrect their Beloved Arts Guild Luncheon
Pictured Wendy Rodrique speaks to children as part of an art outreach project. Photo courtesy of Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation

In honor of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s (MKAF) 25-year historical journey, the popular Arts Guild Luncheon titled “Love for the Arts” returns on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Hosted at the Emerald Grande, Emerald Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Arts Guild Luncheon will feature acclaimed guest speaker, Wendy Rodrigue, presenting “The Life & Legacy Tour of George Rodrigue.”

This MKAF event is sponsored in part by the Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village

The George Rodrigue Life & Legacy Program inspires audiences with the life and art of George Rodrigue (1944-2013), explaining his vision by showing how one person can overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams, while also making a positive difference in the world.

Within each piece of Rodrigue’s artwork, audiences will find common elements, including the distinctive Rodrigue Oak, the Cajun people, the “famed” Blue Dog as well as flowers, suns, butterflies, and even hurricanes.

The enlightening program will feature many works from Rodrigue’s private collection.

George and Wendy enjoyed a long partnership with MKAF. Together they brought unique art experiences to many Florida Panhandle schools — a form of outreach that Wendy continues today.

“Bringing back the Arts Guild Luncheon is an exciting initiative as part of our 25th Anniversary celebration,” said MKAF CEO Marcia Hull. “We believe this program will be engaging for all ages and look forward to welcoming back members who have fallen out of touch with MKAF over the years as well as welcome many new faces including young professionals and winter guests.”


Tickets are $40 per person for MKAF Members and $50 per person for non-members. Purchase tickets online here.

For more information on how to join the MKAF 25th season, visit or call (850) 650-2226.

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