Public Art

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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Gone Fishin’ for Arts and Culture: FISH FUSION

Connecting three community institutions – one artistic, one cultural, and one financial – across the river and through our streets with a bit of clay and a lot of imagination: that’s the concept behind Fish Fusion, an initiative taken up by The of Art & Gardens and their partners, and the , Jacksonville. Crafted during Cultural Fusion’s Year of the River, these imaginative pieces will link the two museum campuses to each other and to the broader community with site-specific installations coming soon. Children from the community have been invited to create the small clay fish at events like summer …

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#JaxOutings: Why the Cummer Museum is Taking its Art to the Streets

If you’ve been downtown at all over the past few weeks, you may have spotted them suddenly gazing down at you on Forsyth Street during your ride into work, sneaking up on you from the side of a building as you have lunch in , or maybe one caught you by surprise one night while you were grabbing a drink at . What I’m referring to, and what has all of Jacksonville buzzing lately, is the beautiful artwork of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens permanent collection, blown-up and adhered to weather-worn corners, alley walls, and abandoned buildings in …

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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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A New Look for the Southbank Riverwalk

Southbank Riverwalk Improvements, Photo by Fran Ruchalski

If you haven’t been to the Southbank Riverwalk in a while, it’s time to go back. The bright blue bricks in shades of aqua, teal, and baby blue may be your first indication that something has changed. That’s because the has just completed an 18-month, $17 million renovation project to make the area more pedestrian, bike, and family-friendly for the people of Jacksonville. In addition to the bricks, the walkway is wider and lined with benches for lounging, shady canopies for sunny days, and improved lighting to make nighttime strolling more safe and comfortable. At its center, the Naval Memorial …

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Friendship Fountain – Now Celebrating 50 Years!

Friendship Fountain, Southbank, Jacksonville, FL

Once the “World’s Lightest and Tallest Fountain”, Now Celebrating 50 Years! Since 1963, Jacksonville has enjoyed a signature fountain and park designed by the late, world-renowned architect , also designer of the , among other notable city buildings. Opening in 1965, and the are situated on the , where generations of families have enjoyed ambulating between the Main Street or bridge, which opened in 1957. The fountain, park, and bridge are the visual triumvirate architectural signatures which connect what was once known as South Jacksonville to Downtown. In the beginning, the fountain and park were made possible by a donation …

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A Place of Creative Marvels – The Whetstonian

The first time I met Walter Whetstone, he invited me into his home and told me to look around, while he sat in a chair on the sidewalk and watched traffic. Though it was the middle of summer and unbearably hot, Walter wore a suit and tie. I’d wondered countless times what this strange block in Northern  could possibly be. From a balcony hung mannequin arms, and the innards of a piano adorned a brick wall. An adjacent building bore barber poles and brightly colored masks, while tall tin sheets emblazoned with quotes from famous architects rose in the yard that …

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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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A Rookie Plans for One Spark: An All-Inclusive Guide for First Timers at One Spark

Taking place in Downtown Jacksonville from April 7th through the 12th, the third annual One Spark is the World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival. The festival acts as a platform for Creators to showcase their projects and ideas in the categories of Art, Education, Health & Science, Music, Technology, and Social Good. Festival attendees are then given the opportunity to contribute directly to the Creator Projects, vote for the Project to receive a portion of $350k and learn and discover new ideas from all those participating in the festival. Now that everyone is well aware of what One Spark is exactly, let’s …

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A Brush With Nature at The Jacksonville Arboretum

, a juried plein air painting event, features over 30 of the region’s finest landscape artists. Each participating artist will set up an easel to capture the natural essence of the . From Thursday, April 16 through Saturday, April 18, artists will paint their favorite scenes from locations throughout the 120-acre site. Visitors can stroll along the trails to watch and interact with the working artists. There will be artist demonstrations, guided nature walks by Arboretum volunteers, delicious food, live music and art activities for children. All works of art will be for sale at this free event and at …

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