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Special Event:
Film Screening - Inception

Guest Event:
American Legends Labor Day Music Festival

Art Gallery:
Holzhauer and Corridor Galleries: Selections from Permanent Collection

Special Event:
Film Screening - The Apostle, 25th

NFSO Presents:
NFSO 31st Season Concert - "Russian Nights"

Guest Event:
World Ballet Stars

School Show:
Kings of Harlem: The Story of the Harlem Rens

Guest Event:
Cause of Christ Men's Revival

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Sideshow! Art Galleries Free Exhibit Now to Dec. 4

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


10/29/2013 - New Exhibition: Sideshow! October 25 - December 4, 2013 Features Circus and Sideshow Art

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries present the final show of 2013, Sideshow! an exhibition of sideshow, freak show, and circus posters from the golden age of traveling entertainment on display in both the Holzhauer and McIlroy Galleries through December 4, 2013.

Sideshow! was curated by the University of Florida Galleries and comes to Northwest Florida State College courtesy of Howard and Robin Marks of Sanford, Florida, who have amassed an extensive collection of this important form of Americana. The banners from the Marks collection on display in Sideshow! were painted between the mid-19th and mid-20th century, and were originally designed as advertisements. In the days before televised media, traveling shows announced their presence in town via large scale, brightly colored banners. These pieces, hand painted on canvas or wood panel, utilized primary colors and dynamic scenes of often shocking subject matter to attract audiences. The Rubber Boy, the Bearded Lady, and people and animals very large, very small, or very strange inhabit these attention-getting scenes.

Sideshow! will be on view October 25 to December 4, 2013. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries are open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4 pm, and 90 minutes prior to most mainstage theater and NWFSC productions (generally 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.) The Galleries are always free and open to the public.

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is a $25 million fine and performing arts complex located on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College at 100 College Boulevard. The center is easily accessible from Interstate 10 and coastal communities via the Mid-Bay Bridge in Destin, or State Highways 85 and 285. The McIllroy and Holzhauer Galleries are located in the art wing of the complex adjacent to the mainstage theater and Seven Dancers sculpture courtyard. See the center’s website at for information. Or, contact the Galleries at (850) 729–6044.