Art Exhibitions

Gainesville Artwalk

Artwalk Gainesville is a free monthly self-guided tour that combines exciting visual art, live performance, and events in downtown Gainesville, Florida.Held the last Friday of each month from 7 to 10 pm, with many local galleries, eateries and businesses participating, Artwalk is an exciting, fun way to experience the amazing wealth of creativity the Gainesville community has to offer.​​Step into Florida history at Artwalk on Friday, June 27, 2014 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Discover portraits of Florida’s early years at the Matheson Museum’s current exhibition entitled A Penny for Your Thoughts. The gallery of the Matheson Museum will …

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Jacksonville Artists Guild Zoo Fundraiser – LIONS, TIGERS, AND SQUARES

 developed a creative fundraiser for the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens’ 100-Year Anniversary called “,” which immediately raised more than $4,100 at the launch. JAG’s goal is to surpass the $10,000 mark through this effort to recognize the Zoo’s continued service to Jacksonville and the surrounding area. JAG artist members painted 105 small square paintings in celebration of the Zoo’s centenary year. Though some of the creative and often humorous paintings are already purchased, all will remain intact and on display at the  until September 1, giving the visiting children and families an opportunity to see and purchase a piece of …

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Jacksonville Jazz Festival – Sweet Sounds & Smooth Moves

John Coltrane once said that you’ve got to look back at the old things and see them in a new light. The  has a long and storied past from its humble beginnings in the  fishing village to a sprawling, three-day celebration of the many genres of jazz that are important elements to our nation’s musical history. After more 30 years, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival is hitting all the right notes. From May 22nd-25th, the heart of downtown Jacksonville will be transformed into a vibrant festival setting as local, regional, and national jazz artists gather on multiple stages to showcase their …

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Hogan Street Mural Project

A new display is coming to downtown’s  for  on April 9th. The gallery on Hogan St. is the product of collaborative works of many local artists. Two murals to be unveiled for the festival include ‘Face to Face’ by  which will feature portraits of the gallery’s collaborative members and ‘Clean Water’ by , which promotes natural preservation in Jacksonville. The Southlight Gallery, since its inception in 2009, has sought to create a stage for local artists and foster cultural enrichment in Jacksonville. Rich in community-focus, the gallery currently offers complimentary tours. Their monthly ‘First Wednesday’ celebration offers art demos, performance …

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One Spark Creator-#ProjectAtrium

, the artist who has been transforming walls all over Jacksonville, has taken over the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Haskell Atrium Gallery for his latest work, Project Atrium: One Spark. For several weeks, MOCA hinted at the identity of the “Mystery Artist” who has entered his work in the One Spark crowdfunding festival April 9-13. Thurston officially started painting in the Haskell Atrium Gallery on March 19. Unlike other Project Atrium exhibitions, Thurston is working behind a giant curtain to keep the artwork cloaked in secrecy until its big reveal at 7:45 pm April 9. For the inaugural One Spark …

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One Spark Returns

Last year’s  festival was rife with innovative ideas, incredible local talent and nearly transformational excitement for Jacksonville culture. One Spark was founded in 2011 to connect ideas with resources and has managed to make the concept of crowdfunding into a fun and important event that gives festival-goers the opportunity to profoundly craft their community. We spoke with , One Spark’s Executive Director, about this year’s events–and he left us well beyond excited. Though it was certainly a success, Sampson says they learned from the inaugural fest. Based on feedback from last year’s attendees, creators, venues and volunteers “we condensed the …

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Northeast Florida Festivals: Spring 2014

February 27-March 9  There will be a Strawberry Queen, a midway, and diverse live entertainment (rockers from and violinist  show the range of that diversity). Plant City, flstrawberryfestival.com February 28-March 2   Includes a midway of rides, food, entertainment and more for the whole family. Adults are $5; children 11-17 and adults 65+ are $3; children under 10 and active duty military are free. In St. Augustine, on the Beautiful Prince of Peace Grounds, off San Marco Avenue, near the Giant Cross. 101 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine, thecathedralfestival.com March 1  Celebrate 140 years of light at the St. Augustine Lighthouse. …

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Material Transformations at MOCA

The new mantra of life on earth is very simple, as it has to do with the Three Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. How do we begin to change our lifestyles? When do we realize our throw-away society no longer works in a world that believes “out of sight, out of mind” is an excuse to throw everyday objects into the trash? Our collective and global society must change in order to save our planet. Many objects in our everyday world move through our lives without much notice. However, seven artists have found beauty and inspiration in these mundane pieces …

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The Looking Lab – Spark Grant recipient

 celebrates the opening of the third of four  recipient exhibitions in the  on Wednesday, February 5th in conjunction with  2014. Spark Grant recipient ’s “” dual-window art installation is a collaborative effort between artists  and . It will be located at 107 East Bay Street, a Petra Management property that is currently for lease. Here, David Montgomery and Crystal Floyd will give viewers will an opportunity to see an artistic rendering of beautiful insects in their ecological settings, through the use of sculpture and digital art. This first projection-based installation will be “active” at night – look for the butterflies. …

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Hats Off To Dr. Seuss!

Who do you think of when you see a brimmed, red-and-white striped hat that’s a million miles tall? Dr. Seuss! Theodor Seuss Geisel (American, 1904-1991), a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, created paintings and sculpture, and collected hats that were secretly stowed away for years in a hidden closet at his home. These never-before-seen hats are part of Geisel’s private collection, along with prints and sculpture from the Art of Dr. Seuss Collection. There will be 26 original hats on exhibition, and limited editions of his artwork and sculpture will be available for patrons at Avondale Artworks (3562 St. Johns Avenue, 32205). Previews …

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