Creative Spaces

We Are Itching to Know More About Fleabag

Words by Carmen Macri  For those of us who’ve witnessed Jacksonville’s evolution, it’s no secret how disheartening the transformation of Jacksonville Beach Pier has been. Our grandparents never tire of reminiscing about the good old days when it was a bustling hub of shops, rides, and carnival games. However, those bygone times have faded into history, leaving us with a desolate wooden boardwalk.   But these are all tales of old. With the help of Curt DeWitt (the unofficial Jax Beach Mayor) and Kirsten Mayo (more on her in a minute), the pier has become quite the hospitable hotspot for …

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Lets Be Real

Words by Amiyah Golden    As a blossoming 21-year-old, my post-college fears aren’t limited to career options or how much my first month’s deposit will be — but the overwhelming fear of finding … adult friends.    Scary!   I’m curious as to how my mom made friends as an emerging young adult, 20 years ago, and let’s just say times were different. People existed in reality. They went out, they connected with similar hobbies, and they had the gift of… gab? Interactions were far more personal and personable than they are today.   Although I’m fortunate enough to have …

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Palette Popstar

Janaya Bradley is a self-taught visual artist, “sometimes” creative writer, model and full-time ‘bad bitch’    Words and Photos by Carmen Macri    “I went to school for creative writing, which is why I’m a ‘sometimes writer,’ “but school beat the passion for writing out of my body,” Bradley recalled. “But I still wanted to be creative, so I decided to change mediums.”    Choosing that path turned out to be one of the best decisions she ever made, and it brought positive impacts to both her own life journey and the lively city of Jacksonville. With her art, Bradley …

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Best Local Crusader: Hope McMath

Best Local Crusader: Hope McMath A crusader is someone who campaigns vigorously for social, political or religious change. And when Jacksonville was asked to name its “Best Local Crusader,” they resoundingly voted for Hope McMath. A graduate of Jacksonville University, McMath is the founder and director of Yellow House, an art gallery more accurately described as “a place where art + action creates change” and oversees the student gallery at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Prior to opening the doors to Yellow House, she worked at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens for more than 20 years, including …

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Deck the Halls… Jacksonville Beach Style

Words by Molly Britt A look into the annual Deck the Chairs exhibit in Jacksonville Beach As a Floridian, I can tell you, I know how it feels to hope for the dreamy white Christmas. Snow falling, lights up around the house, and hot chocolate without sweating while we drink it because our families needed the heat on in 69 degree weather. Well, we may not have the ideal winter weather, but we definitely have lots of fun lights and hot chocolate – we just ignore the heat. Some of Northeast Florida’s greatest Christmas lights exhibits happen here, and thankfully, …

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The Lark, a New Creative Space for Downtown Jacksonville

The Lark, a New Creative Space for Downtown Jacksonville, George Saoud, Meleese, Rob Middleton, Tony Rodriguez Mural

Our great city is home to dozens of iconic buildings Downtown that have their own unique, cultural history to tell. The Bryan Building on Hogan Street at is one such superstructure that is layered with decades of creative owners and establishments that only add to its rich authenticity. With the upcoming grand opening of The Lark, these urban walls are on the verge of starting a bright and brand-new contemporary chapter that will revitalize a cherished pocket of . Above the store fronts of and is a vibrant, pulsing innovative space that is about to become a magnet landmark where …

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Creative Community Building at the Beaches: Atlantic Pottery Supply

Atlantic Pottery Supply, Tim Bullard, Creative Community Building at the Beaches: Atlantic Pottery Supply

Jacksonville’s growing art scene isn’t only taking place downtown. While Art Walks and exhibition openings ‘across the ditch’ may often steal the limelight, there is an up and coming art scene at the beaches that is on the verge of erupting in the best way and all of us are invited to take part.  Speaking as an native, I remember taking pottery classes in during high school and attending figure drawing meetups in at this adorable artists’ co-op on the corner near Lynch’s. These creative collectives fueled me as a young artist and provided an environment for learning, growing, bonding, …

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Rebecca Levy to Explore the Body at Jacksonville Dance Theatre’s Annual Concert May 11

Rebecca Levy, Photo by Trib La Prade

Creative Spaces There’s a magic about dance that exists in the moment that it’s seen. It can be recorded or performed again, but it’s not the same as seeing it for the first time. Rebecca Levy is drawn, as other dancers have been before her, to this kinetic magic within the grandeur of the theatre. Nine years ago, Levy was a transplant looking for her place in the dance scene. As a dance professor at FSCJ, she noticed an abundance of talented dancers and solid dance programs, but no way to advance into the professional sphere without moving to a …

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GOOD WOMEN: A Look Into St. Augustine Based Artist Jenna Alexander’s Creative Space

“Here’s to good women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.” The mantra that hung in Jenna Alexander’s bathroom throughout her childhood has never left her. It was her inspiration for her newest series, Stripes and Buns. She wanted to know what made a good woman. Flipping through her 260-page book, you find out. “Their words tell more of a story than their pictures,” she says. Alexander, a St. Augustine based artist, photographed over 200 women in striped shirts and buns. They are authentic photographs, symbolizing a hardworking woman. Out of the 200 photographs, she …

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Sarah Crooks Chats About Decent; Dissent; Descend: Into the Springs of RED Pearl River at Jax Makerspace

Sarah Crooks, Photo by Natalie McCray

The turning of the New Year inspires rebirth, renewal and rediscovery through a cleansing of the spirit and affecting positive change. To get the year started off fresh, explore personal agency and the healing power of water with ecofeminist artist who will be hosting a creative engagement workshop Jan. 12 at the . Participants will create a personal narrative drawing in mixed media illustrating their own story using recycled materials. Crooks based the concept for the workshop on her own tapestry drawing entitled “Decent; Dissent; Descend: Into the Springs of RED Pearl River,” the fourth and final tapestry drawing of …

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