Hurley Winkler

Creative Spaces: Patrick Fisher, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

It’s not everyday that someone new arrives to the Bold New City of the South to move and shake the local arts. Last year, Patrick Fisher entered the scene with a fresh perspective and a heap of motivation. After completing a cross-country road trip with his dog in 2016, Fisher was hired as the Office Manager at the (CCGJ), the arts agency for the . He immediately noticed room for growth in the organization when he started work. “When I go into a new job,” he says, “it’s always with the objective of creating more value than I consume.” Over …

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Creative Spaces: E.J. McIntyre, Gingerbread Builder

BY HURLEY WINKLER ******************* WHAT: Gingerbread Extravaganza WHEN: now through December 23 WHERE: Old St. Andrews Church (317 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32202) TICKETS: suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for children at the door MORE INFORMATION: ******************* Although she’s an award-winning gingerbread builder, E.J. McIntyre is not exceptionally competitive. The retired computer programmer enjoys admiring her fellow Gingerbread Extravaganza competitors’ edible creations much more than the competition itself. “I love seeing everyone’s creativity,” she says. “There are a lot of really talented people there.” McIntyre set the bar incredibly high for herself when she …

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Creative Spaces: Chelsea DuDeVoire of Babes Who Hustle

Chelsea DuDeVoire is a working woman’s strongest ally. The founder and CEO of Babes Who Hustle, a website devoted to connecting working women around the globe, never knew that her desire to watch other women succeed would lead to her own success. DuDeVoire started the website after graduating from Florida State University and beginning her professional life in Jacksonville. “I think I hit rock bottom creatively, and wanted to start something,” says DuDeVoire. “I started it for fun—created the blog for myself and my friends, and it quickly grew out of my circles and into something much bigger.” Her mission …

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Hangar Bay, Bayou Ramen, Mayport, Atlantic Beach, Florida

Fried Chicken & Ramen: Chris Straw of Hangar Bay Café in Mayport

Chris Straw never exactly intended to open a restaurant. “I didn’t follow my dreams,” he says of his entrepreneurial ventures. “I followed opportunity.” In 2009, an opportunity came along for Straw to open his first restaurant. The joint Simply Tasty Thai rapidly grew in popularity, becoming a staple among residents of the . Fast forward to May 2016, when the chance arose for Straw to open a second restaurant in the same shopping plaza as Simply Tasty. That’s how Hangar Bay Café was born. At Hangar Bay, Straw quickly earned a reputation for serving two unique foods—authentic Japanese ramen and …

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Marsha Dean Phelts, American Beach

American Beach: Under the Blue Bottle Tree with Marsha Dean Phelts

The tranquil American Beach breeze blows into Marsha Dean Phelts’ front lawn. It rattles the blue bottles stacked along a palm tree. Phelts says the beach is much quieter now than it was in its heyday. She recalls a time when, she says, “There was always a party going on. American Beach was a place everybody could enjoy and feel a sense of belonging.” For as long as she can remember, has vacationed at on . Until the Civil Rights Act’s passage in 1964, North Florida’s beaches were segregated. American Beach was the among the largest and most frequented black-only …

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Cedar Crest, Todd Johnson, Blood and Steel, Sun-Ray Cinema, 5 Points, Jacksonville, Florida

BLOOD AND STEEL: Skateboarding History At Sun-Ray Cinema

This Wednesday, Sun-Ray Cinema hosts a special showing of a new skateboarding documentary. Blood and Steel tells the story of skateboarding site Cedar Crest, and the youth and music movements that materialized there from 1985 to 1992. Long-time Jacksonville skater Todd Johnson recalls his time at Cedar Crest with longing. “It was a perfect ramp,” says Johnson. “A lot of backyard ramps back then were homemade—people trying to figure out how to build a ramp as they were doing it. But this ramp was solid.” The legendary ramp, built in 1985 at Cedar Crest Country Club, was tucked away in …

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City of Murals: The Landing Walls

Nicole Holderbaum’s fascination with murals stems from a simple reason. “I like to paint really big,” she says. “It’s nice to have a huge canvas to go crazy on.” The artist has been committed to painting and facilitating street art in the Jacksonville area for the past four years. She snagged the attention of the Landing’s directors and event coordinators last year when she organized the Jax Kids’ Mural Festival. They later approached her about spearheading a mural project in the Landing’s indoor shopping area. “They talked to me about potentially painting the walls,” she says. She decided to turn …

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The Art Spectrum: Art Aviators at MOCA, For Children & Families in the Autism Spectrum

The invites autistic children to a morning of creating. Their Art Aviators Family Workshop is geared toward children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. heads Family and Children’s Programs at . He organizes the Art Aviators workshop to encourage children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to get creative on their own terms. “Folks on the spectrum can’t always communicate verbally or through the written word,” says Aiuppy, “so giving them access to drawing and painting is a way for them to get their thoughts and feelings out in a really safe space.” With Art Aviators, the MOCA educational staff strives …

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Creative Spaces: At Home with the Parker Urban Band

In the same room where the Parkerurban family watches television, the rehearses for the . With (vocals), (keys), (saxophone), (drums), (bass), and (percussion), the —John (guitar and vocals) and his wife, Juanita (vocals)—make up the Parker Urban Band. It’s no easy task to form an eight-piece act, especially in an enormous city like Jacksonville. Yet the Parker Urban Band manages to practice at least once a week, and more often when they’re preparing for a gig. In the living room, where the band has rehearsed since they formed in 2012, the audience consists of a sofa, a coffee table, and …

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Red Hot Chili Peppers tore up the Veterans’ Memorial Arena on Monday night, April 24 The band’s set opened with improvised saxophone, setting the tone for the largely ad libbed show. Original bassist cut in with a thumping bass line, along with the band’s long-time drummer, , and guitarist, . The trio jammed for an entire song before frontman took the stage. Under an army of hanging glowstick lights cresting together as a wave, Kiedis raked in the applause. Watching the band live, it’s clear how Flea got his name. He jumped around the stage constantly, from place to place. …

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