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Feb. 20-26 Arts Calendar

Here's what coming up at Northeast Florida galleries, museums, theaters and more

The Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra, formed in 1993, is celebrating 20 years of performance with a Major/Minor Concert Feb. 23 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Jacksonville.
This piece is among those in “Altar Life: Altars that Alter,” a multidimensional assemblage project featuring artist Steve Marrazzo, displayed through February at Simple Gestures Gallery in St. Augustine.
“Murder in the Olde City,” a dinner theater mystery, is staged Feb. 24 at The Raintree Restaurant in St. Augustine.
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PERFORMANCE
DRIVING MISS DAISY
The drama, starring Michael Learned of “The Waltons” and Lance Nichols of HBO’s “Treme,” is staged for evening and matinee performances through March 28 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside. $46-$59. 641-1212. alhambrajax.com
ALMOST, MAINE
The mythical town of Almost, Maine, is the site of nine love tales in this romantic comedy, staged 8 p.m. Feb. 21-23 at Amelia Community Theatre, 207 Cedar St., Fernandina Beach. $20. 261-6749.
ALL NEW PEOPLE
The 5 & Dime Theatre Company presents the drama with adult content, written by “Scrubs” actor Zach Braff, 8 p.m. Feb. 22 and 23 and March 1 and 2, and 5 p.m. March 3 at The Pangea Live, 956 Liberty St., Downtown Jacksonville. $15. the5anddime.org
SLEEPING BEAUTY
The Russian National Ballet Theatre performs the classic fairy tale 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, St. Johns River State College, 283 College Dr., Orange Park. $16-$48. 276-6750. thcenter.org
MURDER IN THE OLDE CITY
This dinner theater whodunit of murder, scandal and love is staged 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at The Raintree Restaurant, 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. $39.95. 824-7211.
BILLY ELLIOT
The Artist Series presents the Broadway dance hit Feb. 26-March 3 at the T-U Center for the Performing Arts, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. For ticket information, call 632-3373. $37-$77. artistseriesjax.org
AMADEUS
The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Players by the Sea collaborate on the Tony Award-winning play, 8 p.m. March 2 and 2 p.m. March 3 at the T-U Center’s Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $20.25-$45. 354-5547. jaxsymphony.org
STAND-UP COMEDY & SPOKEN WORD
The comedic and poetic duo known as CoMeTry, Iggy Mwela and Chad Songy, perform 6:30 p.m. March 6 at FSCJ North Campus, 4501 Capper Road, Rm. E235, Northside. Free. For reservations, call 766-6785.


CALLS & WORKSHOPS
THURGOOD MARSHALL & THE LITTLE ROCK NINE LECTURE
John Taylor discusses African-American Civil Rights history, noon Feb. 20 at FSCJ North Campus, 4501 Capper Road, Northside. Free. 766-6785.
BOOK SIGNING
Children's author and illustrator Henry Cole talks about and sign copies of his new book, “Unspoken: A Story of the Underground Railroad,” 7 p.m. Feb 20 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach. 241-9026.
PHYSICS OF TIME
MOSH Planetarium director Thomas Webber presents “Taking the Time to Talk of Time” 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 222 N. Laura St., Downtown Jacksonville. 366-6911. mocajacksonville.org
DANCING IN ARLINGTON
Ballroom dance lessons are held 7:30 pm. Feb. 21, $6; bop, shag and swing, 8 p.m. Feb. 22, $10; and country line, 8 p.m. Feb. 23, $10, at Club Savoy, 6354 Arlington Road, Arlington. 745-7725.
FLORIDA HIP HOP DANCE FESTIVAL
Sugar and Spice host a hip hop dance festival, Feb. 22-24 at Boleros Cultural Arts Center, 10131 Atlantic Blvd., Arlington. 721-3399. boleros.cc
EXCURSIONS INTO THE WILD
Artist and environmentalist Jim Draper leads a series of explorations into natural habitats, with the third excursion 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 23 at Ringhaver Park, 5198 118th St., Jacksonville. Ages 13 and older. A picnic lunch is provided. $115. 355-0630.
JAX IDOL AUDITIONS
Auditions for Jax Idol Season 10 are held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 23 and March 2 at Lillian’s, 5393 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville. Prepare two 1-minute a cappella pieces. Ages 14 and older. Free. Prizes include a professional photo shoot, demo CD, paid bookings and $1,000 cash. 388-4220.
STAGE AURORA AUDITIONS
Auditions for a cast of 25 for “The Me Nobody Knows,” ranging in age from 7-19 years old, are held 3-5 p.m. Feb. 23 and 24 and March 2 at Stage Aurora Performance Hall, 5188 Norwood Ave., Gateway Town Center. 765-7372.
SPOKEN WORD POETRY
Kyla Lacey presents “The Rising Phoenix” spoken word poetry, 11 a.m. Feb. 26 at FSCJ North Campus, 4501 Capper Road, Northside. Free. 766-6785.
ART FUNDAMENTALS: WATERCOLOR
Instructor Robert Leedy teaches a four-week session on techniques for painting watercolors from a studio still life or reference photo 1:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside. Ages 13 and older. $170. 355-0630.
CULTURAL SERVICE GRANT INTENT
Duval County arts and cultural organizations interested in applying to the 2013-’14 Cultural Service Grant Program must submit a letter of intent to the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville by Feb. 28. 358-3600. Submit the application online at culturalcouncil.org
IDEAS AND IMAGES
“Ideas and Images: Visiting Scholars and Artists” features New Hampshire-based artist Anna Von Mertens 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Flagler College’s Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. Free. 826-8630. flagler.edu/crispellert
RAINES HIGH SCHOOL DOCUMENTARY
Emmanuel Washington presents “An African-American Education, A Documentary on Raines High School,” noon Feb. 28 at FSCJ North Campus Auditorium, 4501 Capper Road, Northside. Free. For reservations, call 766-6785.
FIRST COAST PASTEL SOCIETY
Artists interested in pastel painting gather 10 a.m. March 2 at Reddi Arts, 1037 Hendricks Ave., Southside. firstcoastpastelsociety.blogspot.com
AMELIA ISLAND GARDEN SHOW
The show features more than 50 vendors and a full assortment of flowers and plants 9 a.m. March 2 and 3 at Central Park, 1200 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. $5 for the weekend, $4 Sunday only. 491-4872.
WOMEN'S HEALTH LUNCHEON
Brooks Rehabilitation Women’s Health Services Director Cynthia Neville is the featured speaker 11:30 a.m. March 5 at University Center Banquet Hall, 12000 Alumni Dr., University of North Florida. $50. 620-1240.
CALL TO ARTISTS
Artists interested in exhibiting their work at “Art & About: A Neighborhood Art & Music Event” held 10 a.m. April 6 at Orange Park Town Hall Park, 2042 Park Ave., Orange Park, must apply before March 23. 215-8329.
GREEN ART POSTER CONTEST
Concert on the Green is calling all student artists for this year's poster contest. The deadline for submissions is March 1. No entry fee. Apply online at concertonthegreen.com.
PONTE VEDRA ART CLASSES
The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach offers workshops in watercolor, acrylic and oils, for artists of all skill levels, with most class series running through late February or early March. 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. 280-0614 ext. 204. ccpvb.org
THEATER WORKSHOP
Orange Park Community Theatre offers a spring theater workshop for students in grades 2-8. Classes are held 4:30-6:30 p.m. every Mon.-Thur. through April 21, 2900 Moody Ave., Orange Park. opct.org
THEATRICAL ARTS
Classes in theatrical performance, including song and dance, are held Mon.-Fri. at The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Spring Park. Fees vary. 322-7672. theperformersacademy.com
MIXED MEDIA ART CLASSES
Energetic art classes are held weekly at Studio 121, 121 W. Forsyth St., Downtown, at a fee of $20 per class or $100 for six weeks. 568-2146. teresemuller.com
ART THERAPY CLASSES
New art classes are held every Tue. 6-9 p.m. at Diversions, 210 N. Laura St., Downtown. $30 includes supplies. 586-2088, email daniel@diversionsjax.com
MURRAY HILL ART CLASSES
Six-week art classes for adults and kids are offered at Murray Hill Art Center, 4327 Kerle St., Murray Hill. Adult class fee is $80; $50 for kids. 677-2787. artsjax.org
DRAMATIC ARTS AT THE BEACHES
Classes and workshops in theatrical performance for all ages and skill levels are held Mon.-Fri. at Players by the Sea, 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach. Fees vary. 249-0289.
BELLY DANCING
Belly Dance with Margarita is offered 4 p.m. every Thur. and 10:30 a.m. every Sat. at Boleros Dance Center, 10131 Atlantic Blvd., Arlington. 721-3399.
JAZZ MUSICIANS
The Jazzland Café seeks musicians who play piano, bass or drums, for a new ensemble being formed. For details, email info@jazzlandcafe.com
DANCE CLASSES
The Dance Shack offers classes for several styles of dance, for all ages and skill levels, every Mon.-Fri., at 3837 Southside Blvd., Southside. 527-8694. thedanceshack.com
K.A.R.M.A. CLASS
A Kindling Auras & Radiating Musical Awareness group vocal session, focusing on mental clarity, visualization, harmonizing and blending, breath and energy control, is held 6-7 p.m. every Fri. at The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd., Spring Park. Registration is requested, but not required. 322-7672. elementsofonelove@gmail.com
JAX CONTRA DANCE
A live band and caller lead a night of folk dancing, starting at 8 and 11 p.m. every third Fri. of the month at Riverside Avenue Christian Church, 2841 Riverside Ave., Riverside. $7. 396-1997.
ST. AUGUSTINE CHORUS AUDITIONS
Auditions for singers for “On Broadway! Act II” are held 6:50-9 p.m. every Tue. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 215 St. George St., St. Augustine. Music distributed during the first few weeks of rehearsals at 6:30 p.m. Membership fee: $25. 808-1904. staugustinecommunitychorus.org


CLASSICAL & JAZZ
COMPOSERFEST
The concert features works by Jianjun He, Thomas Harrison and Tony Steve, 7:30 p.m. Feb 20 at Jacksonville University's Terry Concert Hall, 2800 University Blvd., Arlington. 256-7000.
UNF JAZZ TRIO
Guitarist Barry Greene, drummer Danny Gottlieb and bassist Dennis Marks appear 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at University of North Florida's Robinson Theater, 1 UNF Dr., Southside. $20. 620-2878.
CLASSICAL FUSION
The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra plays 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $25. 354-5547. jaxsymphony.org
SING INTO SPRING VOCAL SHOWCASE
The UNF Choral Ensembles and Student Soloists perform 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at UNF Recital Hall, 1 UNF Dr., Southside. Free. 620-2878.
MAJOR/MINOR CONCERT
The Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra ensembles join the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Feb. 23 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $12. 354-5547. jaxsymphony.org
FIRST COAST WIND ENSEMBLE
The 20th annual Partner Concert with the Jacksonville Private Schools Honor Band, Robert Sheldon, conductor and composer, is held 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at JU’s Terry Concert Hall, 2800 University Blvd. N., Arlington. Free. fcwe.org
MUSIC AT MAIN
The Jacksonville University Singers perform ancient and contemporary choral works 2:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Main Library’s Hicks Auditorium, 303 N. Laura St., Downtown. Free. 256-7677.
FACULTY RECITAL
Pianist Dr. Erin Bennett plays 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at UNF's Recital Hall, 1 UNF Dr., Southside. 620-2878.
NATURE AND MUSIC
The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra partners with North American Nature Photography Association 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the T-U Center, 300 W. Water St., Downtown. $35. 354-5547. jaxsymphony.org
TRIO CLEONICE
The pianists key off one another 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 1 at Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., Riverside. Free. 355-7584. fridaymusicale.com
ART WALK CONCERT
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts students perform 7 p.m. March 6 at Main Library's Hicks Auditorium, 303 N. Laura St., Downtown. Free. 630-2665.
JAZZ IN ST. AUGUSTINE
Live jazz is featured nightly at Rhett’s Piano Bar & Brasserie, 66 Hypolita St., St. Augustine. 825-0502.
JAZZ IN RIVERSIDE
Trumpeter Ray Calendar and guitarist Taylor Roberts are featured 9:30 p.m. every Thur. at Kickbacks Gastropub, 910 King St., Riverside. 388-9551.
JAZZ IN MANDARIN
Boril Ivanov Trio plays 7 p.m. every Thur. and pianist David Gum plays 7 p.m. every Fri. at Tree Steakhouse, 11362 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. 262-0006.
DINO SALIBA
Tonino’s Trattoria hosts saxophonist Saliba 6 p.m. every Sat. at 7001 Merrill Road, Arlington. 743-3848.
JAZZ IN ARLINGTON
Jazzland features live music 6-9 p.m. every Tue. and 8 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at 1324 University Blvd. N., Arlington. 240-1009. jazzlandcafe.com


ART WALKS & MARKETS
MID-WEEK MARKET
Arts and crafts, local produce and live music are featured 3-6 p.m. Feb. 20 and every Wed. at Bull Memorial Park, corner of East Coast Drive and Seventh Street, Atlantic Beach. 247-5800.
NORTH BEACHES ART WALK
Galleries of Atlantic and Neptune beaches are open late, 5-9 p.m. Feb. 21 and every third Thur. of the month, at various venues from Sailfish Drive in Atlantic Beach to Neptune Beach and Town Center. For a list of participating galleries, call 249-2222.
FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
The tour of Art Galleries of St. Augustine is held March 1 and the first Fri. of every month, with more than 15 galleries participating. 829-0065.
FIRST WEDNESDAY ART WALK
An art walk, featuring 30-40 galleries, museums and businesses and spanning 15 blocks, is held March 6 and the first Wed. of every month in Downtown Jacksonville. An events map is available at downtownjacksonville.org/marketing
DOWNTOWN FRIDAY MARKET
Arts and crafts and local produce are offered 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Fri. at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown. 353-1188.
FERNANDINA BEACH MARKETPLACE
The market offers fresh baked goods, organic vegetables, jellies and more, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at N. Seventh St., Fernandina Beach. 557-8229. fernandinabeachmarketplace.com
AMELIA FARMERS MARKET
The market offers farm-direct fruits and vegetables 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation, 6800 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island. ameliafarmersmarket.com
NORTH BEACH ARTS MARKET
Arts & crafts, produce, community services and kids’ activities are featured 3-7 p.m. every Sat. at North Beach Park, 3721 Coastal Highway A1A, Vilano Beach (where the wooden walkover crosses A1A). 910-8386.


MUSEUMS
AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORY
233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7378. “Freedom Comes to Fernandina,” a black history exhibit running through March, highlights the achievements of African-Americans. The children’s exhibit, “Discovery Ship,” allows kids to pilot the ship, hoist flags and learn about the history of Fernandina’s harbor.
CAMP BLANDING MUSEUM
5629 S.R. 16 W., Camp Blanding, Starke, 682-3196. Artwork, weapons, uniforms and other artifacts from the activities of Camp Blanding during World War II are displayed along with outdoor displays of vehicles from WWII, Vietnam and Desert Storm.
CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS
829 Riverside Ave., Riverside, 356-6857. “Feast of Flowers,” Jim Draper’s newest series, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the first European engagement with Florida, continues through April 7. “Cultural Fusion,” an exhibit of archival material about two vital community leaders, Eartha White and Ninah Cummer, continues through April 14. The exhibit “200 Years of Russian Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs” continues through April 27. “La Florida” presents native and Spanish colonial artifacts, celebrating 500 years of Florida art. The exhibit continues through Oct. 6. cummer.org
FLAGLER COLLEGE’S CRISP-ELLERT ART MUSEUM
48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, 826-8530. The exhibit “Planning and Painting in Paradise,” celebrating the 125-year history of Hotel Ponce de Leon, is on display through Feb. 22. The opening reception for “You and Me,” an exhibit of works by New Hampshire-based artist Anna Von Mertens, is held 5-9 p.m. March 1. flagler.edu/crispellert
JACKSONVILLE MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER
2 Independent Drive, Ste. 162, Downtown, 355-1101. The museum’s permanent collection includes steamboats, various nautical-themed art, books, documents and artifacts.
JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY’S ALEXANDER BREST MUSEUM & GALLERY
“Pulp Fiction,” an exhibit of work by paper artists Denise Bookwalter, Charles Clary and Lauren Clay, has an opening reception 5-7 p.m. Feb. 21. The exhibit is on display through March 13.
KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM
101 W. First St., Springfield, 356-2992. “Nursery Rhymes,” an exhibit of original illustrations and manuscripts of classic nursery rhymes, is on display through April 28. The nature photography of Carlos Rodriguez Carreon is shown through Feb. 27. “Divergence!” — an exhibit featuring local artists David Engdahl and Barbara Holmes Fryefield — has an opening reception 5:30-8:30 p.m. March 8. The exhibit runs through April 26. The permanent collection includes rare manuscripts.
MANDARIN MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETY
11964 Mandarin Road, Mandarin, 268-0784. Exhibits regarding Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Civil War vessel Maple Leaf are on display, as well as work by Mandarin artists.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE
333 N. Laura St., Downtown, 366-6911. Ian Bogost’s Project Atrium installation continues through March 10. “Slow: Marking Time in Photography and Film” continues through April 7. “First Coast Portfolio: A Juried Art Educators Exhibition” features art by local educators in the First Coast community through March 31.
MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY
1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-6674. The exhibit “RACE: Are We So Different?” — a traveling exhibit developed by the American Anthropological Association — tells the story of race through the frameworks of science, history and contemporary experiences. The exhibit is on display through April 28.
RITZ THEATRE & MUSEUM
829 N. Davis St., Downtown, 632-5555. “Through Our Eyes” celebrates 20 years of African-American art with the exhibit “20/20 Perfect Vision,” featuring works of 20 artists, through June 30.


GALLERIES
ANCHOR BOUTIQUE
210 St. George St., St. Augustine, 808-7078. Taxidermist Ryan Hanley exhibits his work, ranging from stuffing alligators to squirrels playing mini-guitars and shooting guns, from 6-9 p.m. March 1. anchorboutique.com
ART GUILD OF ORANGE PARK
2054 Plainfield Ave., Orange Park, 278-4750. “Past Presidents” is on display through Feb. 28. artguildoforangepark.com
THE ART CENTER PREMIERE GALLERY
Bank of America Tower, 50 N. Laura St., Downtown, 355-1757. “R.A.C.E. ­ Respecting Anybody’s Cultural Experience,” an exhibit examining diversity in the world, continues through March 7.
AVONDALE ARTWORKS GALLERY
3562 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 384-8797. Pierre H. Matisse, a descendant of legendary artist Henri Matisse, presents his collection, including his lino cut series as well as “Stars & Stripes Forever,” artwork housed in the George W. Bush Library and Museum, and pieces from past masters, including Henri Matisse. The exhibit continues through Feb. 28. Reservations required. avondaleartworks.com
CORK ARTS DISTRICT
2689 Rosselle St., Riverside. “Cut-Paint-Draw,” an art exhibit featuring cut paper by Hiromi Moneyhun and the acrylic paintings of Sharla Valeski, are paired with mixed media drawings by Bruce Musser. The opening reception is held 6-10 p.m. March 9. The exhibition is displayed through March 30.
THE CULTURAL CENTER AT PONTE VEDRA BEACH
50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-0614. “Cultural Center Curatorial Committee Exhibition,” featuring works from David Engdahl, Sydney McKenna and Jan Miller, is on display Feb. 22-April 6. “Jacksonville Coalition for the Visual Arts” has an opening reception held 6-8 p.m. Feb. 22. The exhibit is displayed through March 22. copvp.org
CYPRESS VILLAGE ART LEAGUE
4600 Middleton Park Circle, Southside, 223-6100. The exhibit “WOW,” featuring paintings by Atlanta’s Linda Copeland, continues through April 11.
FIRST STREET GALLERY
216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928. “Mermaid Magic II,” an exhibit of regional and national artists creating their visions of magical mermaids in painting, photography, clay, glass, metal and jewelry, runs through March 3. firststreetgalleryart.com
FLORIDA MINING GALLERY
5300 Shad Road, Southside, 425-2845. Tony Rodrigues is the featured artist through February on the Highway Gallery, a public art project on digital billboards throughout the city. “Manifest: Select Photographs” is on display through March. The featured photographers are Bobby Davidson, Jessica Yatrofsky, Chang Kyun Kim, Allen Frame and Emma Wilcox. The exhibit ranges in process and production while exemplifying the crisp clarity of digital shooting and printing.
GALLERY725
725 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 5, Atlantic Beach. “Local Exposure,” an exhibit of photography by local amateurs and professionals, continues through March 10.
THE GALLERY AT HOUSE OF STEREO
8780-100 Perimeter Park Ct., Southside, 642-6677. The gallery features painting, art glass, photography, wood crafts, pottery and sculpture. houseofstereo.com
GEORGIA NICK GALLERY
11A Aviles St., St. Augustine, 806-3348. The artist-owned studio displays Georgia Nick’s sea and landscape photography, along with local work from oil painters, a mosaic artist, potter, photographer and author. georgianickgallery.com
ISLAND ART ASSOCIATION
18 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7020. The Nassau County high school students’ art show continues through February. The IAA members’ show “Colorful Island” opens with a reception held 5-8 p.m. March 9 and continues through March. islandart.org
J.JOHNSON GALLERY
177 Fourth Ave. N., Jax Beach, 435-3200. A new exhibition of sculptures by Javier Marín opens with a reception held 6-8 p.m. Feb. 22. Marín’s art is classical and contemporary with a blend of Western Europe, Asia, pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican and modern Mexican civilization influences. jjohnsongallery.com
JACK MITCHELL GALLERY
Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, St. Johns River State College, 283 College Dr., Orange Park, 276-6750. An exhibit of Lois Greenfield’s work is on display through April 6. thcenter.org
JACKSONVILLE MAIN LIBRARY
303 N. Laura St., Downtown, 630-1947. “North East Florida Scholastic Art Awards” exhibits 62 pieces and eight portfolios with gold key honors, from more than 700 submissions from students in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, St. Johns and Volusia counties, through Feb. 24. artandwriting.org
JAXPORT GALLERY
2831 Talleyrand Ave., Jacksonville, 357-3000. Milt Shirley, known as the “Marsh Man,” is the featured artist for February. Shirley is inspired by the salt marshes near his home. jaxport.com
LEE ADAMS FLORIDA ARTISTS GALLERY
Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, St. Johns River State College, 283 College Dr., Orange Park, 276-6750. An exhibit of Ellen Diamond’s work is on display through April 6. thcenter.org
LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES
4615 Philips Highway, Southside, 730-8235. The photography and mixed-media exhibit, “America: Visions of My New Country,” works by children attending the Summertime Express youth refugee camp, is displayed year-round in the main lobby.
PALENCIA FINE ARTS ACADEMY
701 Market St., Ste. 107A, St. Augustine, 819-1584. The academy, a gallery and educational institution, showcases students’ creative process, as well as exhibits. Stacie Hernandez’s works are on display. palenciafineartsacademy.com
P.A.St.A. GALLERY
214 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 824-0251. The exhibit “Asian Vignettes” features photographs by John Roppolo from his six weeks spent traveling throughout Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam, through February. pastaartgallery.com
PLANTATION ARTISTS GUILD AND GALLERY
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, 94 Village Circle, Amelia Island, 310-6106. Mary O. Smith, featured artist for February, presents her oil and watercolor paintings 7 p.m. Feb. 20. “March into Spring” continues through March 9.
PLUM GALLERY
9 Aviles St., St. Augustine, 825-0069. The exhibit “Plum Jam(med)” by assemblage artist Barbara J. Cornett, gourd artist Mindy Hawkins, glassblower Thomas Long, non-traditional painter Deedra Ludwig, figurative artist Sara Pedigo and photographer Theresa Segal continues through March 31.
REMBRANDTZ GALLERY
131 King St., St. Augustine, 829-0065. Award-winning art gallery displays Murjani Grace jewelry, original art, glass and pottery. Open late for First Fridays.
SEVENTH STREET GALLERY
14 S. Seventh St., Fernandina Beach, 432-8330. The gallery features two CoRK Arts District artists: painter, photographer and author Joanelle Mulrain and designer and glass artist Helen Cowart. The exhibit is displayed through February.
SIMPLE GESTURES GALLERY
4 E. White St., St. Augustine, 827-9997. Eclectic works by Steve Marrazzo are featured. “Altar Life: Altars that Alter,” a multidimensional assemblage project that offers a sense of place to question, say a prayer, contemplate, gain hope or ask for help, is displayed through February.
SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY
6 E. Bay St., Downtown, 553-6361. The gallery features works by 29 local artists in various media. Belton S. Wall’s exhibit “Hearts” runs through March 6 in the One Show Room.
SOUTH GALLERY
Wilson Center for the Arts, FSCJ South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Southside, 646-2023. “Urban Core,” an exhibit of art inspired by the sights, sounds and textures of the urban environment, features works in all media from Overstreet Ducasse, Clay Doran, Dustin Harewood, Chance Isbell, Morrison Pierce, Shaun Thurston and Mike Wilson, through March 1.
SPACE:EIGHT GALLERY
228 W. King St., St. Augustine, 829-2838. “Negro Y Blanco,” an exhibit of new work in black-and-white by Anthony Ausgang, is displayed through March 29.
ST. AUGUSTINE VISITOR CENTER
10 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine, 825-1000. ”Picasso Art & Arena,” an exhibit showcasing 39 pieces of Pablo Picasso’s work from the Fundación Picasso Museo Casa Natal in Málaga, Spain, is on display through May 11. “Hanging with Picasso” features select works of St. Johns County students hanging alongside Picasso’s work through May 11. artsalivestjohns.com
STELLERS GALLERY AT PONTE VEDRA
240 A1A N., Ste. 4, Ponte Vedra Beach, 273-6065. An exhibit featuring the works of abstract painters Michelle Armas, Denise Choppin, Christina Foard and Shawn Meharg, runs through Feb. 28.
STUDIO 121
121 W. Forsyth St., Ste. 100, Downtown, 561-2146. The gallery’s permanent collection features work from members Jim Smith, Mary Atwood, Joyce Gabiou, Terese Muller, Matthew Patterson, Charles Payne, Mary St. Germain and Mark Zimmerman. The collages of Louise Freshman Brown are on display through March.
ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION
22 Marine St., St. Augustine, 824-2310. “Big Red Art Show” is an open-media, open-subject celebration of the color red. From abstract to realism, the works convey a range of moods and meanings with any variation of the color red. The juried show runs through Feb. 24. The gallery’s permanent collection features 16th-century artifacts detailing Sir Francis Drake’s 1586 burning of St. Augustine.
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA GALLERY OF ART
1 UNF Dr., Bldg. 2, Rm. 1001, Southside, 620-2534. “An Altering Role: Works by Cat Snapp & The Bump It Mafia,” a celebration of womanhood in printmaking that highlights the importance of camaraderie not just among women, but among artists of all backgrounds, runs through Feb. 21. “Recent Acquisitions: Selections from the Wells Fargo Donation, Part 2” runs through Feb. 21.
WATERWHEEL ART GALLERY
819 S. Eighth St., Fernandina Beach, 261-2535. Photographer Stephan R. Leimberg’s exhibit, “The Amelia Flora and Fauna Series,” runs through Feb. 22. waterwheelartandframing.com
WHITE PEONY
216 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, 819-9770. This gallery boutique features a variety of handcrafted jewelry, wearable art and recycled/upcycled items.

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