1st Street Loft
A coffeehouse, art gallery and performance venue just across the street from the ocean is a mellow-vibed retreat that, by virtue of its warm and unhurried atmosphere, encourages (art) contemplation and conversation. Currently on view are the works of Moises Ramos, and 8-11 p.m. every Thursday night, there's open mic. 502 N. First St., Jax Beach, 241-7848.
Gallery One Forty Four
Photographer Lenny Foster is a transplant to St. Augustine from art colony area of Taos, New Mexico. He opened the doors to his gallery just in time for the fall season, and we're hearing the neighbors already have good things to say about the art and the artist. The show mounted in the space now, is a selection of the photographer’s new works. 144 King St., 466-8305.
Butterfield Art Garage
Though they aren’t new—they’ve been an unconventional jewel in the St. Augustine art scene for 18 years—when Hurricane Matthew swept through in all of his destructive glory, Butterfield's gallery space was totally flooded out. After almost a year of hard work, founding member Jan Miller said, “We came back because people wanted us.” The gallery opened its doors again this month and we at Folio Weekly wholeheartedly exclaim "Welcome back!"
Crispy’s Springfield Gallery
If you’ve been down on Main Street in Springfield recently, you've probably seen the gigantic mural by Shaun Thurston on the side of a building with a sign declaring it as Crispy’s. As it turns out, the mural is in support of owner John Crispen’s love of art. Ostensibly a pizzeria, Crispy’s is planning to be a place that supports local artists. “We need more places to show all of our amazing art [and] I’ve got a lot of good walls,” Crispen said. Currently on view are works by Springfield’s favorite son, Mac Truque. 1735 Main St., 661-1503.
Long Road Projects
Keep your eyes on this space … Though Long Road Projects artist residency program and edition house is not technically a brick-and-mortar venue, founders Stevie and Aaron Garvey provide bricks and mortar in the form of studio/living space as they facilitate visits between the resident artists and members of the Northeast Florida art community. In addition to the opportunity to collect limited-edition prints by these nationally and internationally recognized artists (they usually pull an edition while here), the program is building invisible highways of ideas between Jacksonville and the wider world. The next artist scheduled is Curtis Talwst Santiago, followed by Sheida Soleimani.
Another space that exists in the diaphanous realm of ideas that occasionally lands on Earth, The Makery is a pop-up space that takes the word artisanal to heart. Showcasing a range of goods from fine art and crafts to food and drink—it's like a refined farmer’s market augmented with live music. “Our goal is to provide opportunities to connect with enthusiasts and help them grow their businesses,” said co-owners Sara Flowers and Taryn Nilsen. The next Makery Market isn’t until Oct. 7; however, MOCA Jacksonville is hosting StringStrangStrung, a pop-up workshop with The Makery and artist Brandy Brong, where folks can learn how to make a string art project. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at 333 N. Laura St., Downtown, $45, 904tix.com.
On the first floor of the Main Library, the Makerspace Gallery is a collaborative space for artists, musicians, hobbyists, techies, writers and folks just lumbering toward a more creative life. Helmed by Shawana Brooks, the gallery’s focus is steeped in issues of social justice and activism, and every show she does has multiple supporting events from workshops, from readings to panel discussions with exhibiting artists. It's such an upgrade to the space that once housed DVDs and books-on-tape. The current show, is on view until Oct. 22 at 303 N. Laura St., Downtown, 630-2754.
Second Floor (at Hoptinger)
It might best be described as a stationary pop-up space, which is to say, The Second Floor is emerging as a multiuse expanse currently housing Jamison Williams' project, +SoLo gallery. Additionally, the area has been used for parties, installations, weddings and art shows. The next scheduled visual arts event is , an exhibit of the works of Jacksonville-bred, Atlanta-based artist Ronnie Land. An opening reception for is 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at 1037 Park St., Riverside.
A raw warehouse building that, at 20,000 square feet, dreams of greatness ( style: build it … etc. …). Space 42 hosts intermittent shows and pop-up events, but is ready to evolve. It's quietly situated on Phyllis Street in Riverside (near CoRK Arts District), and owners Michelle and Kevin Calloway have plans to develop it into an incubator for technology-based businesses, art and design. 2670 Phyllis St., Riverside, 888-421-9222.
Suffused with a tinge of Santa Fe (deliberate artistic imperfection meets professional presentation), this San Marco gallery opened its doors in November 2016. Since then, the gallery has strived to realize owner Rula Carr’s goals of providing accessible emotionally fulfilling art for seasoned collectors and newbies alike. Among artists shown are Larry Wilson, Allison Watson and Dolf James. 1930 San Marco Blvd., 398-2890.
The Yellow House
Like similar art-house projects (Project Row Houses in Houston leaps to mind), The Yellow House is a community-focused space with ideas of social justice and inclusion as a part of its core mission. The brainchild of former Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens director, Hope McMath, the space is currently hosting its inaugural show, and in October will mount the works of area artists who are responding to the play by Al Letson. The show, which takes place across three spaces (CoRK North, Bab’s Lab and The Yellow House) opens Oct. 1 at all three locations, 577 King St., Riverside, 419-9180.