Public Art

Year of the River: Reflections from St. Johns Riverkeeper

Failure to Act Now Is Not an Option BY SHANNON BLANKINSHIP, St. Johns Riverkeeper, Outreach Director It is easy to become single-focused when it comes to the issue that matters most to you. Depending on your background, you probably approach that “issue” differently than others. This is why having 50 different cultural institutions in northeast Florida all work towards the 2015 theme of has been eye opening and inspirational in ways that couldn’t have been predicted. Theatre, music, art exhibits, children’s curriculum, forums, boat tours and festivals have allowed this initiative to reach into every corner of the region, affecting …

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Year of the River – Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

By: Amber Sesnick Year of the River has provided a platform for artists, environmentalists, and historians to engage visitors in a dynamic discussion of the , which has been called the cultural current of our city. The river has been an important factor in economic growth, recreation, and creating better quality of life for Jacksonville residents.  Through art and cultural experiences, it has been possible to increase awareness around its importance and well-being. More than 90,000 people from the Jacksonville community were able to view Reflections: Artful Perspectives on the St. Johns River and engage in its related programming. From interpretive dance …

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Jacksonville Artists FACE FORWARD

, an exhibit featuring 30 artists who present their interpretations of themselves through the use of various types of media for self-portraiture is now at the starting on October 1. Interior designer-artist , member of the Airport Arts Commission, issued a challenge to the 30 artists which has resulted in this hallmark show. “We wanted to create an exhibition that showcased the incredible breadth of talent in Northeast Florida. Challenging artists to do self-portraits creates an environment of introspection and thoughtfulness guaranteed to produce an enticing and provocative  show.” Artists were given a defined space to produce their self-portrait–a 24-inch square box–and …

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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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Sacred Soil: The Mission de Nombre de Dios and Cathedral Basilica

There is a sacred current running through the history of St. Augustine that draws thousands each year to the Oldest City. It’s the site of the first Christian settlement and the home of two holy touchstones: the and . When first spotted land on August 28, 1565, he placed a small wooden cross in the soil on what was the feast day of Saint Augustine of Hippo. Among the 800 people carried to the New World from Spain were four diocesan priests who celebrated the first Mass and ministered to the new settlers. He founded the new colony, , at …

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Obelisk Art 450 Tour of Compassion

Compassionate St. Augustine, the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, Flagler College, and The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida will present Obelisk Art 450 commemorating the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine.  public art project will formally open on First Friday Art Walk, September 4 from 5:30-9pm. The exhibit, located at 48 Sevilla Street in historic downtown St. Augustine, will remain on display through Friday, September 18. The public is invited to attend, and there is no charge. The Obelisk Art 450 Tour of Compassion is a collection of 25 eight-foot-tall obelisks embellished by professional artists and completed for a public …

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THE ART OF ZHEN, SHAN, REN at City Hall

THE ART OF ZHEN, SHAN, REN (Truth, Compassion, Tolerance) An exquisite collection of artwork by internationally acclaimed artists is currently on display at the Jacksonville City Hall.  August 14 will be the last day of the exhibit when it will leave the area to be displayed in other cities. International Art Exhibition The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truth, Compassion, Tolerance) International Exhibition is an extraordinarily moving, intimate, and inspiring exhibition that depicts both an inner spiritual life and an outer human rights tragedy. Realistic oil and watercolor paintings by practitioners of Falun Gong (also called Falun Dafa) give a …

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Ryan Murphy – The Puzzle Master Behind St. Augustine’s 450th

If history has taught us anything, it’s to reflect on our successes and our failures as a roadmap for the future. has a lot of practice staging massive events for the city of St. Augustine and is always looking back at past endeavors to determine what works and where he can find room for improvement. As the director of the city’s Cultural Events Division, Murphy and the St. Johns County staff are gearing up for the city’s 450th anniversary celebration featuring for over 80 bands and cultural arts performances over three days. This is Murphy’s wheelhouse. Putting on large concerts …

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Its all in the planning – St. Augustine’s 450 Gets Organized

By ANNE C. HEYMEN Its party time as St. Augustine prepares to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the city’s founding by . The city’s actual birthday is Sept. 8, but many special events are planned prior to and after that special day. In addition, a number of organizations have completed or are conducting lasting projects to mark this special date in the city’s history. An invitation is extended for a big bash Sept. 5 at the Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Park, where a 450th Landing Day Thanksgiving feast and celebration are planned. On that day, re-enactors, after recreating …

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Downtown Gainesville Festival & Art Show

MAKE YOUR PLANS NOW Art Lovers and Artists Connect In the heart of Gainesville Art, music, food and the opportunity to enjoy a fall day outdoors is coming to the streets of historic downtown Gainesville this November.  Art lovers and artists will mingle once again as the heart of Gainesville sets the stage for the 34th Annual on Nov. 14 & 15.   More than 100,000 people are expected to join in the festivities, a juried fine arts festival, produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department.  Exquisite art work by 240 of the finest artists and craftspeople …

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