Tag Archives: Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

Rob Middleton Art, Jacksonville, Florida, Abstract Expressionist Painter, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

Total Freedom: 10 Questions with Abstract Expressionist Painter Rob Middleton

Courtesy of our friends at the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville We, as a society, sometimes have an unhealthy, or at the very least an unproductive, response to the success of others. Social media, which certainly has its benefits, is riddled with examples of this type of behavior, which includes destructive criticism, unjustified public shaming, and passive aggressive commentary. Online networks can be a black hole where individuals can lose their sense of time, civility, and the impact of their words. That isn’t always the case, however, as was recently illustrated through a post made by abstract expressionist painter Rob Middleton. Rob’s entry, which was posted …

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Art Republic, Jacksonville, Florida, Downtown Art District, Jessica Santiago, Art (Re)Public, Downtown Jacksonville

ART REPUBLIC: The Creative Intervention invading Jacksonville’s Urban Core

THE WALLS Guest artists will begin to invade Jacksonville November 1 and 2, and begin to execute their mural designs in real-time. Walls featuring the Downtown Art District murals will include: FESTIVAL SCHEDULE Concierges will ensure a welcoming experience for all participating artists, including a Private Artist Lounge, city excursions to introduce each of them to Jacksonville, and a slew of events: DOWNTOWN ART DISTRICT From Jacksonville’s genesis as an early 20th century cultural destination for film and music, there is a move afoot to enhance and designate the as a nationally recognized Art District by visionary , founder of the non-profit …

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Jacksonville Arts Initiative meeting at The Union Art Studios & Gallery, Photo by Matthew S. Bennett

Keeping It Local! Jacksonville Arts Initiative

Commentary by local artist Sherry J. Hill Imagine local artists having a liaison to the Mayor’s Office. Imagine art being used to fight blight and crime. Imagine local artists working and being paid well for their time and creativity. Imagine our city being a whole lot more beautiful. This is a dream that many local artists ponder while working “regular” jobs to pay bills. We have evolved to understand that art is an important component to creating a city with a real pulse. Many local artists are proud to point out that the best examples of our recent cultural progress, …

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Tony Aiuppy, the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Florida, EU Jacksonville, #thonyaiuppy, #culturalcouncilofgreaterjacksonvlleflorida, #moreartculture, #eujacksonville, #eujax


10 Questions courtesy of our friends at the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Thony Aiuppy is a practicing visual artist and an art educator. He is also a husband and father of three children.  He and his family live in the . Making Springfield home for he and his family was an intentional act after previously residing in both and . The diversity of the area appealed to Thony, as did the urban neighborhood’s history. In his blog Thony has said the following about Springfield: “This is the setting for which my journey starts in regards to the story of the work …

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Amerika Brings Beautiful to MOSH

World-renowned visual artist will present a lecture this October in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium at the as part of the VyStar International Artist Lecture Series. Seating is limited. Tickets are available that include a pre-reception artist meet or general admission to lecture only (https://markamerika.eventbrite.com/). All ticket holders will receive complimentary tickets to the Cosmic Concert series and free admission to the museum on October 10. As an artist, theorist, novelist, and Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado, Mark Amerika has exhibited his art in many venues including the Whitney Biennial, the Walker Art Center, the Denver Art Museum, the …

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Andre Gruber, Rum & Duck LLC, Jacksonville, Florida, #moreartculture, #eujacksonville, #eujax


10 Questions courtesy of our friends at the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Andre Gruber is an illustrator, painter, and musician.  Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Andre relocated to the United States at the age of 10 and settled in Jacksonville, Florida.  Andre was a student at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts from 2003 through 2007, where he studied Visual Arts. He never graduated, however, due to being deported back to South America in 2007. After being deported from the United States spent nearly two years living in his native country of Venezuela.  He continued his pursuit of the arts by attending a music conservatory in …

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jack mock, mock shop music exchange, murray hill, photo by Jesse Brantman

Rix Rex: Mockshop Music Exchange and the Celestial Dream Pop of wise river

Located in the heart of at 933 Edgewood Ave S is : a boutique music store unlike any other in Jacksonville, which specializes in unique guitars, effects pedals, and amplifiers. Opened in July of 2016 by owner , Mockshop Music Exchange provides the urban core of Jacksonville with a locally owned and operated music store, fulfilling all of your music gear needs. After noticing a void in Jacksonville for a music store of this kind, Mock was finally able to open the store he had always dreamed of. “We’re going have products in here that you’re not going to see …

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Spark the Arts: Jax Kids’ Mural Festival

BY NICOLE HOLDERBAUM The longer I live here, the more I fall in love with Jacksonville. I have been pursuing my career as an artist here for about 3 years now and I have found nothing but support and love from my community. Naturally, I wanted to be a part of anything that would further my career and, above all else, benefit the community. When I found out about the , I knew I had to be a part of it. I became a One Spark creator in 2015, and although I was unsuccessful in winning, it lead to many …

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Blue Trees in Jacksonville

International Artist, Konstantin Dimopoulos, Paints Trees Blue in Hemming Park This past Saturday, Jan 16, Greenscape of Jacksonville, Inc. invited North Florida families to meet internationally-respected artist Konstantin Dimopoulos in to help launch his project THE BLUE TREES in . Photo by Fran Ruchalski Jamie Can (from left), Peter Valaer, Soo Lim and Donna Blackwell work on painting one of the trees. Photo by Fran Ruchalski Jamie Can (from left), Soo Lim and Donna Blackwell work on transforming one of the trees to a different shade of blue. Photo by Fran Ruchalski Julian Homan, one of the many volunteers from Deutche Bank, …

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Southbank Riverwalk Improvements, Photo by Fran Ruchalski

A New Look for the Southbank Riverwalk

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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