Rob Middleton

Rob Middleton is an artist and writer working in Jacksonville, Florida -- however if he clicked his heels together three times he'd be happiest to wake up in Barcelona! Rob became addicted to abstract painting while simultaneously studying psychology at Princeton University. His studio is found at 229 N. Hogan Street where he spends every Art Walk. Rob has been contributing to EU since 2011. Vote for Rob's art at WJCT's The Square.

Public Magnet School LaVilla School of the Arts Repulses Mediocrity

honors its location on hallowed ground once filled with musicians, artists, and countless performance venues hosting the likes of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and so many others. Their middle school students transform the significance of this space into the inspiration for their own dreams, artistic and academic. Serving a diverse population of 1100 students from all over the city, LaVilla offers 9 arts areas in addition to excellent instruction in core academic areas of study. LaVilla has always been an “A” school since opening its doors in 2000. They have presented student performances all over the world and hosted world …

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Ever Wonder What Goes On Behind This Door on Forsyth Street? Sally Corporation

“Nothing is as frightening as your imagination suggests it may be.” That’s how designer describes , an attraction that just opened at Gröna Lund, a historic seaside amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden. Implementing state-of-the-art technology to elicit visceral emotional responses — fright and delight — is the heart of what Sally does. Established in 1977, Sally Corporation bills itself as “The Great American Dark Ride Company.” From their first two sales for attractions close to home, Kennedy Space Center and St. Augustine’s Old Wooden School House, Sally Corporation today counts products in over 20 different nations around the world. They …

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Darryl Green's "Lush" photography series

Darryl Green: An Epic Night of Music & Photography

On March 20th at 7pm at the in Springfield (1827 North Pearl St.), promises “an Epic Night” for the opening of his photography series Lush. To celebrate in style, the attire is semi-formal, food and champagne will be provided and of  will perform. In addition Green’s own band will take the stage. For Lush, Green says he was inspired by the “sensuality of a woman’s being” using “different lighting techniques to show off a woman’s body without showing it.” He draws inspiration from other photographers such as Helmut Newton and Jacksonville native and Green’s close friend Tyler Shields. Green feels …

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Eco Relics: What’s New?

WHAT’S NEW? At Eco Relics the answer is both “Not Much” and “A Whole Lot”! Eco Relics blends the old and the new, in every way. The business is only one year old but operates inside a 1920s railroad depot overflowing with items dating over 150 years. The business may be new to town, but it knows history. Another way that Eco Relics overcomes its new kid on the block status is by enthusiastic partnerships with community organizations. Eco Relics worked with Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP), sourcing appropriate lighting fixtures for their recent Buckland House restoration. In the home’s 100-year …

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Eco Relics: Decorating with Innovative Ideas

Mid-century modern has been the hot aesthetic in larger cities for a long time now, but, as with many trends, it has taken longer to reach critical mass here in Jacksonville. That’s why there were still fights recently over whether to preserve or demolish the old downtown library, designed by local architect the late . (Fortunately it has been restored and will soon open as home to the Jesse Ball duPont Fund and other nonprofits.)  has crossed the threshold into appreciation of the style, showing off the neighborhood’s many mid-century modern homes in annual home tours. If you are lucky …

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Eco Relics: Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose Jax

One of the best things about Springfield is the personal pride of ownership that shows in the dedication residents put into restoring their own homes, and by extension, the entire community. A valuable resource in this effort is found adjacent to the neighborhood at Eco Relics, 106 Stockton Street in West Riverside.  was established early in 2014 by . The “eco” part is a commitment to keeping usable construction supplies out of landfills and saving as many architectural remnants as possible. Think of it as a time-traveling hardware store and building supply company! Where better to find what you need …

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14 Best Things of 2014

The 14 Best Things that Happened in Jacksonville in 2014

Now that it is possible to fully reflect on the year that was 2014 it is safe to say it was the most energized and productive 12 months seen in Jacksonville in decades! EU Jacksonville invites you to be inspired by our listing of the 14 Best Things of 2014. And by all means share your own opinion: if you think there is something monumental we overlooked, if you truly disagree that our choices are worthy or if you want to compliment us on our taste, please do so at our Facebook page. 14. Street Food Makes a Home in …

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Bernie's Wine Stop

Bernie’s Wine Stop in Murray Hill: Wine with Guidance, Not Pretense

Wine is more popular with Americans than ever, but the recent trends in wine retail have been big box retailers and online ordering. Neither of these provide the personal experience available at . After serving the neighborhood’s wine needs for almost twenty years,  could be considered a  institution. You would remember Bernie if you ever visited the Wine Warehouse on Edgewood. Bernie operates his new wine shop a block away from the old store location in a new strip of shops that includes and  children’s boutique. There are two variations of the Bernie experience that I would recommend for the …

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Shop Murray Hill

Services ’s main street is , with a greater variety of businesses in the one-mile stretch bookended by US-17 and I-10 than in many small towns. Major landmarks along the route from Roosevelt Blvd to Lenox Ave include , , , music venue  with its friendly , Murray Hill branch library, , ,  and even the . The Murray Hill branch library is more important than ever — now that Willow Branch has closed this the closest branch for all of Riverside-Avondale. It’s an early voting location too. Pamper yourself Mixed in with these major structures you’ll find just about …

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Snyder Memorial

One Spark Creator-Snyder Memorial

Within a block of you can find books at the and , and an enormous variety of artworks at the ,  and. What’s missing? One Spark creator Amplify, Inc., seeks to transform the long-unoccupied Snyder Memorial Church at the corner of Laura and Monroe Streets into a temple of music. Their vision calls for practice and training spaces, a recording studio and the main performance space. If Amplify meets their $25,000 goal they intend to earmark those funds into designing a full-on capital campaign to raise enough to renovate and preserve this downtown landmark.

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