JACKSONVILLE GALLERIES

Olivia Gowan, Michelle Ruiz, Ingrid McCawley, Kiki Tovey, Katina Higgins, Evelyn Peralta, Robyn Neal

by Shea Slemmer
A TASTE FOR ART
What’s on the menu in local galleries? Obviously with a blank-slate, or better yet, “clean plate” arena, anything is possible for emerging artists in Jacksonville no matter what your favorite cut of art is.
So where do you go? How do you get in? The way I figure it, it’s our responsibility as artists to have a clear understanding of what we are trying to express, and consequently where we fit in. So, we got the skinny from representatives of each gallery.Below you will find a little guide to not only the when and wheres, but also the how and whys. I suggest medium-rare.
DOWNTOWN
BURRITO GALLERY

21 East Adams St., 598-2922
Open Mon 11 am- 3 pm, Tues- Thurs 11 am- 10 pm, Fri 11 am- 12 am, Sat 12 pm- 10 pm
What is the primary focus of your gallery? What would you say you are trying to convey with the works you feature? Exhibition of art, mostly local, in a high traffic casual restaurant-like downtown atmosphere. We are not really trying to convey much. We hope that our artists get across whatever they desire with their work. We’re just trying to provide a decent wall and good food.
How often do you rotate the work in your gallery? Do you have any events coming up in 2010? Quarterly. [As for events] Art Walks. We sometimes have curated events. They are usually driven by a party or a project, like Conmoto or an AIGA event.
Do you exhibit local Jacksonville artists? If so, how should they go about being considered for your space? [It’s]mostly [local artists]. First they send a link to their work to Antonio Allegretti at [email protected] Please do not send attachments nor bring physical work or actual photos. All partners need to approve the work and this takes time as we are usually very busy. If accepted the artist usually waits 6 to 12 months. The artist must stay in touch or risk losing their slot.
THE ART CENTER COOPERATIVE INC
31 West Adams St., 355-1757
Open Tues- Fri 11 am- 3 pm, Sat by appt
GALLERY
www.southlightgallery.com, 100 North Laura St, 358-1002
Tues- Fri 10 am- 2 pm, 6- 9 pm on Art Walk evenings or by appointment
What is the primary focus of your gallery? What would you say you are trying to convey with the works you feature? Our primary goal is to present a diverse selection of work from both established and emerging local artists at major downtown events. We enjoy interacting with the public and establishing connections with art lovers everywhere. Southlight Gallery is a group of visual artists excited about promoting their art to the Jacksonville community. Each of the pieces included are selected by the participating artist and represents the works they are currently most passionate about.
How often do you rotate the work in your gallery? The exhibiting artists are choosing the work from their own studio inventory so the art displayed is fresh and always changing.
Do you exhibit local Jacksonville artists? If so, how should they go about being considered for your space? Yes, the artists participating are all local. Southlight Gallery provides an excellent overview of the extent and diversity of talent in the Jacksonville area. Please go to www.southlightgallery.com for more information.
STUDIO 106
2 Independent Drive Suite 106, (386) 451-4704
Mon- Fri 11 am- 3 pm
What is the primary focus of your gallery? What would you say you are trying to convey with the works you feature? To invoke an emotional feeling about the arts and music. [We try to convey] that Jacksonville has great artists living here that are loyal to this city; they are here to stay.
How often do you rotate the work in your gallery? Do you have any events coming up in 2010? Each Month, every Art Walk (The first Wednesday of every month). This is our first monthly opening. The Grand Opening is January 6th, which is posted on www.joeythate.org
Do you exhibit local Jacksonville artists? If so, how should they go about being considered for your space? Yes. They can email me at [email protected]
WAREHOUSE 8B
www.wambolt8b.wordpress.com
1890 Wambolt St Unit 8B, 505-3557
Open for special events only
What is the primary focus of your gallery? What would you say you are trying to convey with the works you feature? The primary focus of Warehouse 8B is to be a DIY venue for the creative community of Jacksonville. It was started with the intent of being a studio space for a small collective of artists, so having a studio that can double as a venue was a great bonus. The space is a little rough around the edges. It is a warehouse in the industrial shipyards of desolate downtown Jacksonville with a concrete floor and 30ft ceilings. So the location itself conveys a certain mood. We would never try to exclude anyone from our space but I would say that the typical clientele of the Warehouse has a certain acceptance for the DIY culture. We all feel strongly that art does not need to be showcased in a pristine sterile environment. Especially after my work with the Old Library Basement I have learned that the dirty old walls and shop lights tied together with a web of extension cords can create an exciting and unique way to showcase art. While we will gladly show classically trained artists in our space, we also have no problem showing “lowbrow” amateur students trying to make a name for themselves in the city. I have always felt like the art community has a large invisible wall that intimidates many people out of ever getting involved. Hopefully Warehouse 8B doesn’t convey the same “elitist” ambiance that has almost become synonymous with the art world in big cities. Instead I hope to convey a feeling of community and creativity that is hard to find in many galleries today.
How often do you rotate the work in your gallery? Do you have any events coming up in 2010? Warehouse 8B has held several concerts and events since its opening in the Summer of 2009. However, our first art show will be 01/22/10. So currently we have not had any work to rotate. We do plan on having art shows at least once a month throughout 2010. The catch is that we are not open for regular business hours. Our shows will usually be on display for one night only. That’s it. So if you go to every show opening in the space there is very little chance of seeing any of the work repeated. January 22 will be the first art show in the warehouse. It will feature several of Jacksonville’s favorite painters of the “lowbrow” art scene. Edbot5000, Brian Gray, Joey Temptation, John OBrian, Squid Dust, and several others will be showing new work and there may even be a couple live bands. More details are in the works.
Do you exhibit local Jacksonville artists? If so, how should they go about being considered for your space? Absolutely! We will be showing artists from many different places throughout the year however our heart lies in the Jacksonville art scene. While we can’t give every struggling artist a solo show we plan on having many open call shows that everyone (and their grandma) are welcome to enter. We are always looking for new art and interesting show ideas no matter where they come from. Anyone interested should send a brief bio and slides of their work to [email protected]
SPACE 229
229 N Hogan, 354-5959
What is the primary focus of your gallery? Community.
What would you say you are trying to convey with the works you feature? Diversity and creativity within our community.
How often do you rotate the work in your gallery? Once a month
Do you have any events coming up in the new year? T-shirt show January Artwalk, I’m Board 4 (skateboard show) February Artwalk
Do you exhibit local Jacksonville artists? If so, how should they go about being considered for your space? Yes. Most of our shows are open call.

RIVERSIDE
BOGDA

1253 McDuff Ave. S
Open by appointment only

FIVE POINTS
UNDERBELLY

www.jaxunderbelly.com, 1021 Park Street, 354-7002
Open Wed- Thurs 3 pm- 10 pm, Fri- Sat 3 pm-12 am
What is the primary focus of your gallery? What would you say you are trying to convey to your clientele in regard to the works you feature? The primary focus of Underbelly is to showcase local Jacksonville artists in an ever-evolving, “fiercely independent space-between-spaces” as local artist Matt Allison coined it. We are interested in conveying a sense of community by involving the artist in having an active role in how his or her art is perceived.
How often do you rotate the work in your gallery? Do you have any events coming up in 2010? We showcase one artist every month and subsequently have an opening reception on the First Friday of each month from 6-9pm. More information about upcoming events, along with interviews of new artists can be found at www.jaxunderbelly.com.
Do you exhibit local Jacksonville artists? If so, how should they go about being considered for your space? We are a local space, owned by locals and for locals. Any artist living in Jacksonville is welcome to submit a portfolio. Please contact Shea A Slemmer at [email protected] or 354-7002.
FLAT FILE
www.flatfileprojects.com
The gallery space will be moving soon. More information to come.
What is the primary focus of your gallery?What would you say you are trying to convey with the works you feature? Flat File provides easy access to quality, provocative works or art by Jacksonville and Florida artists through our roving gallery venues and editioned prints. We hope to create a more fiercely regional arts scene through these and other exhibition opportunities including our (forthcoming) online exhibition space and the Flat File blog. At Flat File, our main goal is to facilitate more and easy viewing experiences with art in its many manifestations in the hopes that the local art scene will continue to grow.
How often do you rotate the work in your gallery? Do you have any events coming up in 2010? Flat File Projects in collaboration with Roofless Records (Miami) will present CINEMA SOUNDS #5: JACKSONVILLE, a multimedia event featuring live musical scores performed to film excerpts projected on the big screen at the 5 Points Theatre. The event will take place January 16, 2010 at 11pm. Four local acts will provide a soundtrack to a scene from a movie of their choosing. The bands have been selected as to represent a wide slice of the Jacksonville music scene: Civilization, Duval’s premier punk-sludge duo; Wudun, dynamic indie-rock; Diamond Hymen, lo-fi electro-pop; and Bright Orange, ambient/ethereal instrumental. The Cinema Sounds Concert Series is founded upon the concept of using familiar materials – a movie theater and live music – to generate a fresh, novel spectacle. In this arrangement, the viewer’s experience of the theater space is altered dramatically as the powerful, (literally) larger-than-life imagery of a movie-house collides with the sonic immersion of a rock venue. The opportunity to provide a live score presents the selected musicians with creative parameters for writing and performing brand new material. The results are always impressive and exciting.
Do you exhibit local Jacksonville artists? If so, how should they go about being considered for your space? Yes, [email protected]

AVONDALE
R ROBERTS GALLERY

www.rrobertsgallery.com
3606 Saint Johns Ave (388-1188)
Open Tues-Sat 11am-6pm
What is the primary focus of your gallery? What would you say you are trying to convey with the works you feature? We strive to present a diversity in art to our patrons and friends in Jacksonville. We enjoy bringing work that is historically valid (i.e. Pierre Matisse) as much as we enjoy introducing an emerging artist with incredible talent (Dimelza Broche). Art is meant to connect and inspire people. We feel privileged to be the conduit for that exchange. [As for what we convey] there is no “right” answer — art is as good as it makes your heart sing. Truly. If it speaks to you and makes you think a thought you haven’t considered lately, then it’s fulfilling its purpose. We want our clients to come and “fall in love” and to enjoy the process as much as the painting that hangs in their home or office.
How often do you rotate the work in your gallery? Do you have any events coming up in 2010? We have an aggressive show schedule for 2010 which involves frequently re-hanging the gallery so that all of our artists receive ample exposure while the Jacksonville community delights in the variety. Please see the website for more information
Do you exhibit local Jacksonville artists? If so, how should they go about being considered for your space? Yes, proudly. Jacksonville has a tremendous arts community and we are honored to be a part of it. We enjoy a mix of local, national and international artists. We feel it suits our diverse client base around the globe. They can email me at [email protected] We conduct periodic portfolio reviews and sign only those artists that we feel we can actively represent and sell. It is a complicated balance and we want to promote those that we have commitments with while encourage emerging artists.
CORSE GALLERY & ATELIER
www.corsegalleryatelier.com 4144 Herschel St, 388-8205, Toll Free (877) 386-8205
Open Mon- Fri 10 am- 5 pm, Sat 11 am-4 pm
What is the primary focus of your gallery? What would you say you are trying to convey with the works you feature? We are unique in that we have more than one focus…three, in fact. The primary focus would be, of course, the art by artists who are local, regional and national. Secondary, we host painting workshops conducted by artists from around the country. Thirdly, we offer custom framing. We offer simply the best art in NE Florida. We are focusing on carrying the finest art from artists from all over. We are bringing a new and diverse set of artists here for Jacksonville’s collectors.
How often do you rotate the work in your gallery? Do you have any events coming up in 2010? We love to keep the gallery fresh by rotating works frequently. It sometimes is hard to get fresh works from artists, so we try to keep tons on hand. We are finishing up hosting the prestigious Oil Painters of America’s Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition, which is on exhibit thru 12/22. Next year we have tons happening. Allison Watson, local artist, moves to our gallery and we will have a welcoming reception for her 1/22. Alice Williams comes to the gallery in February for a sold-out painting workshop. We will have a large exhibit opening 3/11 called “Three Women” featuring works by Alice Williams, Barbara Flowers and Anne Neilson.
Do you exhibit local Jacksonville artists? If so, how should they go about being considered for your space? Yes, we represent many great local artists. If an artist wants to be considered, they can go to my website, www.corsegalleryatelier.com, and go to the page called Artists Submissions.
AVONDALE GALLERY
www.theavondalegallery.com
3545 Saint Johns Ave, 389-6712
Open Mon- Sat 10 am- 5 pm
KENT GALLERY, FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE
www.fccj.org
3939 Roosevelt Blvd, 381-3400

SAN MARCO
STELLERS GALLERY SAN MARCO

1409 Atlantic Blvd, 396-9492, (800) 642-5716
Open Tues- Fri 10 am- 6 pm, Sat 10 am- 3 pm
GALLERY FRAMERY
www.galleryframery.com
1718 Hendricks Ave, 398-6255
Open Mon- Fri 10 am-6 pm, Sat 10 am- 4 pm
GALLERY 1037 AT REDDI-ARTS
1037 Hendricks Ave, 398-3161
Mon- Fri 8:30 am- 6 pm, Sat 9:30 am- 6 pm, Sun 1 pm- 5 pm
EUROPEAN ART GARAGE
www.europeanartgarage.com
3821 Hendricks Ave, 399-2773
Open by appointment only

BEACHES
J. JOHNSON GALLERY

www.jjohnsongallery.com
177 4th Ave N (Jacksonville Beach), 435-3200
Open Tues- Fri 10 am- 5 pm, Sat 12 pm- 5 pm
What is the primary focus of your gallery? What would you say you are trying to convey with the works you feature? J. Johnson Gallery focuses on established and mid-career artists who have earned recognition on both the national and international level. Our selection of contemporary art often challenges clients to think outside of their normal range of comfort, but they appreciate being exposed to work typically found only in cities like New York or Miami.
How often do you rotate the work in your gallery? Do you have any events coming up in 2010? We hang four exhibitions from September to June (and are available by appointment in the summer months.) The Cecilia Paredes exhibition closes on January 8, then installation of a group show of Chinese artists will be underway. The gallery reopens on Friday, February 5 from 6- 8 pm with “Contemporary China.” This opening has been designed as a benefit for the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and guests are welcome to attend with a $20 cash donation at the door to the Cultural Council. Not only is the show fantastic, but there will be a few fun surprises at the opening that guests will really enjoy.
Do you exhibit local Jacksonville artists? If so, how should they go about being considered for your space? Although I am a strong proponent of supporting local- not just when acquiring art, but in everyday shopping needs- we are a sales gallery that focuses on internationally and nationally recognized artists, not emerging local artists.
That being said, occasionally we happen across a local artist that catches our eye like Zac Freeman. He does incredible things with discarded objects, making life-like portraits out of junk, and we were exceptionally impressed when we first saw his work. But local art isn’t a part of the gallery’s mission statement. There are many other galleries in Jacksonville that do a wonderful job showcasing local talent.
THE ARTISTREE GALLERY
www.theartistree.com
725-5 Atlantic Blvd, 434-2185
Open Tues- Sun 1- 9 pm
What is the primary focus of your gallery? What would you say you are trying to convey with the works you feature? The primary focus for the gallery is to showcase local and international emerging artist and existing prolific artists. My work is conveyed by using recycled materials such as historical lime based and natural Marmorino Venetian Plaster in the artwork and promotes green products I use in my faux painting such as woodgraining, Marbling and Venetian plaster offering decorative Abstracts with color palettes that easily suit any space. These pieces are sold to interior designers and Builders.
How often do you rotate the work in your gallery? Do you have any events coming up in 2010? I rotate the artwork in the Gallery every month. We just had a fashion show and hope to have more in the coming year. Upcoming events include a MOCA sponsored studio tour in April and an unveiling of one of my commissioned pieces that is raising money for the Catty Shack, a habitat for tigers and lions on the Northside.
Do you exhibit local Jacksonville artists? If so, how should they go about being considered for your space? Yes. All artists are considered by William Meyer, [email protected], and juried by resident artists in the gallery.
THE CULTURAL CENTER AT PONTE VEDRA BEACH
www.ccpvb.org
50 Executive Way (Ponte Vedra), 280-0614
Open Mon- Fri 9 am- 5 pm, Sat 1:30 pm- 4:30 pm
STELLERS GALLERY PONTE VEDRA
240 A1A North, Suite 4 (Ponte Vedra) 273-6065
Mon- Fri 11 am- 6 pm, Sat 11 am- 3 pm
What is the primary focus of your gallery? What would you say you are trying to convey with the works you feature? Our vision is to place quality works increasing the accessibility of fine art, while maintaining the integrity of our talented artists. We focus on guiding and educating clients in their selection and offer professional consultation with stylized creativity. Our goal is to introduce our clients to the vast possibilities of art. We are a full service gallery offering a diverse collection of original art, limited edition reproductions, and sculpture. The gallery currently represents emerging Southeastern artists, as well as nationally and internationally recognized artists. We aim to represent an array of artistic styles, from traditional to contemporary. Artists’ mediums vary from oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, encaustic and various printmaking techniques.
How often do you rotate the work in your gallery? Do you have any events coming up in 2010? Since we consign all of artwork from the artist, we are continually updating our collection. We do not own any of the artwork so we have complete freedom to return works that might not be getting as much interest as others and receive from the artist their latest creations. Every day we are apt to hang new work, so our gallery space is evolving every day. We have several ideas for shows in the works but are still in the planning stages so we will have to keep you updated on upcoming events!
Do you exhibit local Jacksonville artists? If so, how should they go about being considered for your space? We are very proud to represent dozens of extremely talented local artists including Dennis Campay, Jim Draper, Enrique Mora, Henry Von Genk, Suzanne Magee, Steve Williams, John Bunker, and Gretchen Ebersol, just to name a few! All work represented by the gallery is juried for appropriateness based upon: quality, subject matter, critical relevance, price, marketability, professionalism and an artist’s career development with relation to the particular needs of the gallery at a given time. The best way to introduce your work to our gallery is to send us an email with your credentials and resume as well as five to ten attached images that best represent your work. At that point, if we think there is a possibility that your work might be a good fit for the gallery, we will arrange a time for you to bring in a sample of your work so that we can view it in person.
CASA BELLA GALLERY
510 Shetter Ave. (Jacksonville Beach), 553- 7135
Open Mon- Sat 10 am- 5 pm
What is the primary focus of your gallery? What would you say you are trying to convey with the works you feature? During these challenging times in our economy, I wanted to be able to offer Jacksonville the opportunity of owning original fine art at an affordable price. We invite viewers to stop by Casa Bella Village to enjoy the gallery as well as other businesses, including a tea room. Casa Bella Gallery will be a working gallery after the first of the year so the guests of the village will be able to view work in progress. In addition, we have plans for the gallery to serve as a vehicle in which to give back to those in need in the Jacksonville area through various programs and events. Owner and resident artist, Susan Woodburn, has been the recipient of various awards and has shown her art in galleries in North Carolina and Florida. Susan’s bold impressionistic style is reflected in a wide range of subject matters – Floral, Still Life, Landscapes, Interiors and Figurative. Working primarily in oils, Susan is able to dramatically capture color and light with powerful composition. “When a collector is drawn to one of my paintings, I would like it to convey a joyful expression evoking a treasured feeling of warmth and emotion”, says Susan.
How often do you rotate the work in your gallery? Do you have any events coming up in 2010? Since we will be a working artist gallery we will be able to rotate work on a continual basis. Yes, we have many exciting and unique events planned for 2010. Casa Bella Gallery will be hosting a number of accomplished artists as well as utilizing their talents in giving back to organizations in the greater Jacksonville area.
Do you exhibit local Jacksonville artists? If so, how should they go about being considered for your space? Yes, we are currently featuring a local Ponte Vedra artist, Mona Lisa Hugghins. She works in oils as well as beautiful porcelain art. They should email me at [email protected] or call 904-553-7135.
ARCHWAY GALLERY & FRAMING
www.archwaygalleryandframing.com
363 Atlantic Blvd Suite 2, 249-2222)
Open Mon- Fri 10:30 am- 6 pm, Sat 11 am- 4 pm
What is the primary focus of your gallery? What would you say you are trying to convey with the works you feature? The focus of Archway Gallery is to provide a variety of quality art at a wide range of prices and also to give local artist a venue for showcasing their art. We feel it’s important to support and buy local original art. Our art features scenes predominately from the local area in addition to abstract, folk art, wildlife, photography, and 3-D art.
How often do you rotate the work in your gallery? Do you have any events coming up in 2010? Our feature wall rotates each month, and select pieces are here for a period of three months, but are arranged differently each month to have a different look almost every time anyone comes through the door. Some of the events coming next year are the Jacksonville Coalition of Visual Arts show Jan 21st. – Lois Newman Watercolorist Show May 20th – Beach Gallery Tour April and September, Dates TBA – North Beaches Art Walk Open House Every Third Thursday of Each month.
Do you exhibit local Jacksonville artists? If so, how should they go about being considered for your space? Most of our artists are local or from the surrounding Northeast Florida area. Archway Gallery has been very fortunate to have many talented artists from this area. If you are interested in showing in Archway Gallery, please call 249-2222 for an appointment.
FIRST STREET GALLERY
www.firststreetgalleryart.com
216-B 1st Street (Neptune Beach) 241-6928
Open Mon- Sat 10 am- 6 pm, Sun 11 am- 5 pm

SOUTHSIDE
FOGLE FINE ART & ACCESSORIES

3312 Beach Blvd (296-1414)
Open Tues- Fri 10 pm- 6 pm
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA GALLERY
www.unf.edu/dept/gallery/Home.html
1 UNF Drive, 620-2534
Open Mon- Fri 10 am- 4 pm
What is the primary focus of your gallery? What would you say you are trying to convey with the works you feature? We’re an educational gallery, committed to providing high quality cultural offerings to the University of North Florida community as well as the greater Jacksonville metro area. We tend to focus on regional artists in order to expose the artistic diversity on the South. The exhibitions at the UNF Gallery of Art are directed primarily at UNF students so the exhibitions tend to be diverse in medium and style. I strive to choose exhibitions that have an educational aspect to them that is attractive to both the art student as well as the students without an art background.
How often do you rotate the work in your gallery? Do you have any events coming up in the New Year? There is typically a new exhibition every month of the academic year. There are three upcoming exhibitions at the UNF Gallery of Art. In January we have an exciting exhibition of work by 18 book artists. The work will cover various book binding techniques and pop up books. In February Scott Betz is the feature artist. He is a professor from the University of Winston Salem. In April the Senior Annual will be held. This exhibition focuses on the Art Departments graduating seniors.
Do you exhibit local Jacksonville artists? If so, how should they go about being considered for your space? Absolutely. Artists can send their portfolio to the gallery care of the Director.
SOUTH GALLERY AT FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE
11901 Beach Blvd, 646-2023

MANDARIN
ALFORD STUDIO & GALLERY

11111 San Jose Blvd #70, 398-5788
Open Mon-Fri 10am- 4pm

ORANGE PARK
BARNETT’S ART & FRAME GALLERY

www.barnettsartgallery.com
2025 Blanding Blvd, 384-3475
Open Mon- Fri 9 am- 6 pm, Sat 10 am- 3 pm

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