Top 5 Summer Art Shows

'20/20 Perfect Vision,' 'Dog Days,' Nature & Wildlife Exhibit, 'Traces' and 'Future Retro'

Katya Cajas


Through June 30

Ritz Theatre & Museum, 829 N. Davis St., Downtown

Admission: $8 adults, $5 kids ages 4-17 and seniors older than 65, free for kids 4 and younger

632-5555, ritzjacksonville.com

Though it opened last December, “Through Our Eyes 2012: 20/20 Perfect Vision” at Ritz Theatre & Museum continues through June 30, showcasing the work of more than 75 artists, including Overstreet Ducasse, Annelies Dykgraaf, Blue Franswa and Adrian Rhodes. The museum’s website describes the exhibit’s mission as “committed to nudging artists to create and present fresh, innovative, experimental and non-traditional works that explore a wide range of subjects.”



June 7-July 31, opening party 5-11 p.m. June 7

space:eight Gallery, 228 W. King St., St. Augustine

Admission: Free

829-2838, spaceeight.com

Atlanta-based artist Sarah Emerson returns to Northeast Florida's space:eight Gallery this summer for her “Dog Days” exhibit featuring new paintings, watercolors and graphic drawings. Press material describes Emerson’s collection as a “world where innocence and cultural enlightenment are fragile propositions amid the chaos of a disintegrating environment defined by the best and worst pursuits of our human and animalistic behaviors.“ Emerson painted her “Black Sea of Trees” mural as part of the Project Atrium series at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville; it’s on display through July 7.



July 27-Aug. 31, opening reception 5-9 p.m. Aug. 2

St. Augustine Art Association, 22 Marine St., St. Augustine

Admission: Free

824-2310, staaa.org

A juried show hosted by the St. Augustine Art Association, “Nature & Wildlife Exhibit” is going on its fourth year. It’s proved to be a popular show, featuring local artists submitting mixed-media pieces depicting landscapes, floral and fauna, marine life, birds and anything else you’d find in nature. The deadline to apply for inclusion in the show is June 3.



Through Aug. 18, reception and lecture 6-8 p.m. May 23

MOCA Jacksonville, 333 N. Laura St., Downtown

Admission: Free for opening reception

366-6911, mocajacksonville.org

Artist Lari R. Gibbons makes her way to Northeast Florida this summer for her “Traces” exhibit, which reflects an engagement with the natural world as humans alter it. An associate professor at the University of North Texas, Gibbons earned an MFA from the University of Nebraska and currently teaches printmaking and directs the Print Research Institute of North Texas. Gibbons has shown her work all over the world, from Poland to New York City to Argentina.



Through Sept. 8

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside

Admission: $10 adults, $6 seniors, military and students, free for kids 5 and younger

353-4101, cummer.org

This exhibit comprises drawings from the collection of Frederick A. Sharf, exploring the beauty and ingenuity of American automotive design after World War II. "Future Retro" features an eclectic mix of illustrations from sketches to fully rendered works and mixed-media pieces encompassing ink, gouache and graphite pencil, with collage elements

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