Local Artists

Printmaker’s Perspective: George Cornwell

Printmaker George Cornwell, Photo by Jensen Hande

When we hit the Warhol section of portraits, I’m attracted to the Edward Kennedy. The background is red, white, and blue. “Oooh,” I say, “There’s glitter in this one.” “Diamond dust,” George says, “Warhol used to mix diamond dust with an adhesive and the paint when he did the print.” I take a closer look and see that it’s very, very finely ground glass. Warhol indeed did not raid an entire craft store’s supply of glitter. This is exactly why is with me. He’s made his living printmaking, from New York City to working right here in Jacksonville, and he’s …

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Visually impaired artist Stephen D. Anderson exhibits artwork at Limelight Theatre

The simple term “unique vision” may be quite complex depending upon its context. Within the subject of art, it may mean presenting images in a way not seen before. Regarding eyesight, “unique vision” takes on an entirely different meaning, especially for the visually-impaired – the reality of seeing, of witnessing an environment in a personal way nobody else does. These two different realities come together to define the “unique vision” and talent of as he renders St. Augustine’s architectural heritage in a way no other artistdoes – with unique perspective and vibrant, brilliant, unexpected color. , an iconic art gallery in the center of the …

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Sarah Crooks-Flaire Ornament on Display at President’s Park

A noted environmental artist and certified Florida Master Naturalist, Sarah Crooks-Flaire has created an ornament for the Holiday Display at President’s Park in Washington, DC, as part of the National Park Services’ National Park Foundation tribute to the upcoming National Park Centennial in 2016. The ornament display honors the holidays and the collective celebration of the 93rd lighting of the National Christmas Tree. The goal was to design an ornament to create a connection to and share the natural environment, culture, and history of our National Parks. Sarah expresses her deep sense of spiritual ecology and love of the natural …

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Doug Eng Streams South, Among Other Places in This World, Camera in Hand

Event: Doug Eng’s STREAMING SOUTH Location: Florida State College at Jacksonville, South Campus, Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts, Art Gallery, 11901 Beach Blvd. Dates: Exhibit opens September 7 through September 16 The “nature of structures” and the “structure of nature”—it is, indeed, the intersection of the two that fine art photographer understands on multiple levels as he works from a personal base of structural engineering and software programming. Math and nature, twins. His discipline is the working relationship of his eye and camera with a laser focus on creating passion and interest in nature, her textures and rhythms, her …

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Stetson Kennedy Legacy: The Black Superheroes

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 @ 1 P.M. MAIN LIBRARY HICKS AUDITORIUM Free and open to the public.  Escape the Ordinary this summer at the with author talks, Readers Theater and a documentary screening and discussion! Join Readers Theater cast members as they give life to black superheroes derived from folklorist and Jacksonville author ’s Palmetto Country, Library of Congress American ex-slaves archives gathered by the during the 1930s, and the commemorative comic book, , written and edited by and illustrated by . Kennedy, Library of Congress, and Floyd’s collections include African-American superheroes who used strength, intelligence and endurance to accomplish unexpected …

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A BRUSH WITH ANGLING: The Aquatic Art of Vaughn Cochran

Vaughn Cochran

The moon may guide the tides, but the ocean has a powerful pull all of it’s own. As an artist and angler, surrendered himself to the sea long ago, finding inspiration above and below the waves. “I would say the sea embraced me,” Cochran says. “Living on or near the ocean has been an inescapable fact for me. I grew up in [it], so it has always been a part of who I am.” Regarded as one of the most innovative artists in the world of fishing art, Vaughn’s collection of pencil drawings, watercolors, mixed media, acrylic and oil paintings …

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Heart of Butter, the Sugar Uncoating: Exhibition by Madeleine Peck Wagner

OPENING RECEPTION: July 10, 7-10 pm EXHIBITION DATES: July 9-14, 2015 Non-Fiction Gallery, Savannah GALLERY HOURS: Thursday (by appointment), Saturday, Sunday, Monday, 1-5 pm   presents Heart of Butter, the Sugar Uncoating by MFA candidate . These investigative drawings and sculptures examine ideas of beauty, power, trickery, fatness, and ugliness; and how those notions intersect. Here, Peck Wagner mines her own experiences in order to reconcile perceptions of the inner and outer self. This willingness to engage in an extended conversation around absurdity, discomfort, and the extraordinary is, at its core, an emotionally tangled call for compassion cloaked in the tropes …

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Southbank Riverwalk Mural: Roux Art’s “Mirrored River” Inspires

A Dedication to Community and Our River The Renovated Southbank Riverwalk Gains the Newest Addition to the City Public Art Collection BY DANIEL AUSTIN, Communications Manager, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Here’s a bold new idea for Jacksonville: “We want to make this city a destination for mosaic art,” says , who, along with his wife , co-founded A business that focuses on creating “community mosaics,” Roux Art’s experience comes from Kate, a lifetime artist and a twenty-year Duval County Public School art teacher, and Kenny on the business side, who recently retired after 27 years with . For the …

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Jazz Inspired: Adrian Pickett Jr.

Adrian Pickett is an artist who works in several different mediums, including charcoal, painting, watercolors, and soon sculpting. Adrian’s paintings seem to come to life, especially his charcoal pieces, which are full of vitality. What motivates Adrian to paint is jazz music. It calms him down and helps him focus while keeping him balanced. Some of his favorite jazz musicians are , , and . The musical inspiration currently has Pickett working on a signature piece called Jazz Man. However, the influence of jazz doesn’t stop there. He also has a selection of paintings of Miles Davis and currently is …

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Sculptor Dolf James: A Love of Metal, Community & Public Art

 has worked hard these past years. Ever since imagination #2, he has diligently been a mentor to many young artists, a gatekeeper for dozens of artists at in Historic Riverside, and a working sculptor. His number 1 with an asterisk debuted at the inaugural One Spark event. He has continued to be a voice in the region regarding art and culture, and he has developed a studio worth salivating over at CoRK that’s a true sculptor’s paradise— and the door is locked, so he can work. When asked what he thinks about the impact of the recent J. Johnson Gallery …

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