Twenty-One artists and 41 works of art set the stage for a new play in town — Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s “Almost, Maine.” The pop-up art gallery embraces a “Love” theme as the performance promises a delightful romantic comedy each weekend in February at the Market Shops at Sandestin.

Mixed media, photography, illustration, acrylic, watercolor and glass works by local artists will be on display and for sale prior to each performance, and extended gallery hours are set from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays The gallery is open to the public. Proceeds from art sales benefit the theatre company’s continued dedication to performing arts education in Northwest Florida schools.

Love comes in all shapes and sizes, as does the art featured in this temporary display. Pop-up galleries have been gaining notoriety around the world as empty business space is transformed into temporary art space for both emerging artists and those of worthy fame to share their passion with a greater audience. Santa Rosa Beach’s Lowkylzart has taken on the goal of organizing pop-ups in order to connect local artists with other lovers of art. The Market Shops of Sandestin is supporting both ECTC and Lowkylzart by offering the vacant space which was once Wyland Gallery.

This is the perfect month to celebrate love with the passionate art of Bett Appel, Bobbi Henson, Brenda Osborne, Charlotte Arnold, Cheryl Gray, Cindy Putman, Jamie Conley, JoAnne Jones, Juan Francisco Adaro, Kel Coleman, Linda Kernick, Lori Drew, Mary Hong, Mary Zahner, Melanie Moore, Nan Ream, Renee Broxson, Russell Ferris, Shelley Minchew, Susan Alfieri and Suzanne LeLoup-West.

To learn more about the performance, visit, and to learn more about the art, email or call Lori Drew at 850-585-7689.