Harry McCormick Art Exhibition Opens in St Augustine

World-renowned artist Harry McCormick is displaying his artwork all summer at the St. Johns County Administrative Building’s Rotunda. There will be a grand opening on July 17 from 8:15-9 a.m. The New Jersey native is noted for his realistic paintings with a focus on light and shadow, and he has been called a painter of “interiors” and “genre”‘ – such as ordinary people doing ordinary things like a series of people looking at paintings in museums and galleries. There is no admission charge, and the public is welcome during normal business hours on Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.. Though the official grand opening is July 17th, his work can be seen as of July 3rd at the rotunda.

The Art of Harry McCormick Comes to St Augustine

World renowned painter Harry McCormick will display his artwork this summer (July 3rd – Sept 20th) in the St Johns Administrative Building’s Rotunda, at 500 San Sebastian View, St Augustine, FL. This exclusive event is sponsored by the St Johns County Cultural Council and supported by a grant from the Crisp-Ellert Fund of NE Florida. McCormicks works can be seen Monday thru Friday 8am – 5pm, starting July 3rd.
The opening reception will be Tuesday, July 17th at the Rotunda of the St Johns Administrative Building at 8:15 a.m.
McCormick is noted for his realistic paintings with focus on light and shadow. There will be about 40 of his masterpiece works on display and among them the series related to pubs and bars from London to New York to Chicago to other parts of the world. St Augustine with its last exhibition of German painter Susanne Schuenke, and now Harry McCormick, is becoming a place to see world art at its finest.

To learn about Harry McCormick go to:    www.mccormickstudios.com

SJCC Workshop on “How to Get Your Art in a Gallery”

Learn the best practices of how to get your work into an Art Gallery. There will be three local gallery owners to share this information. Ms. Jan Miller – Butterfield Garage Gallery Ms. Sylvia Gortz – The Gallery Group and Ms. Karen Sheridan – Plum Gallery What is the best way to contact/approach a Gallery? Who is the Key contact person? Do your research to see if the gallery is a good match for your work and level of experience. Does the artist need to develop a relationship with the gallery. What are the galleries submission policies? How do you find it? Bring your questions or come to network. As always, there is no charge for this workshop brought to you by the St. Johns Cultural Council.

Gary Monroe Talks “Highwaymen” at Crisp-Ellert Museum

A lecture by writer Gary Monroe, “Painting in Paradise: The Art of the Highwaymen” was presented on  Friday, June 1 , hosted by the Crisp-Ellert Museum, part of the Flagler College complex. This event was a part of St. Augustine’s First Friday Art Walk, and was free and open to the public. Focusing on self-taught and vernacular art, Gary Monroe began his literary pursuits with “The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters” (University Press of Florida, 2001), in which he told the story of the Highwaymen painters and offered a fresh interpretation of their art. Consequently, public interest in these compelling but forgotten artists was revived. The New York Times wrote a Lively Arts front-page article about the book, saying that “These colorful landscapes… shaped the state’s popular image as much as oranges and alligators.” In subsequent books, including “Harold Newton: The Original Highwayman” (2007), “The Highwaymen Murals: Al Black’s Concrete Dreams” (2009), and “Mary Ann Carroll: First Lady of the Highwaymen” (2014), Monroe continued to tell these artist’s inspiring stories. Based on his nomination, these painters were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004. Monroe’s other books about Florida art include “Extraordinary Interpretations: Self-taught Florida Artists” (2003), “Silver Springs: The Underwater Photographs of Bruce Mozert” (2008), “Florida’s American Heritage River: Images from the St. Johns Region” (2009), and “E. G. Barnhill: Florida Photographer, Adventurer, Entrepreneur” (2016). Monroe’s work has been recognized by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Florida Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Humanities Council, and the Fulbright Foundation. He recently retired after 30 years as a professor at Daytona State College.

Art of Business / Business of Art – SJCC Workshop

The Business of Art/The Art of Business

Lecture by Gloria Danvers

This workshop is mainly geared toward artists and people wanting to sell their product. Gallery owners and associates, however, in addition to small business owners and people in other areas of sales and marketing would benefit from this fascinating lecture by Gloria Danvers as well. Get ready to become extremely motivated through self-awareness and understanding of the market.

Gloria is a hypnotherapist, motivational speaker, business owner, and artist. She has “been there done that” and is driven to pass her extensive knowledge and experience along to others. In her life, she has owned and managed several businesses and sold her art in galleries, museums, and on major art markets along the east coast of the US. As a compassionate hypnotherapist, Gloria makes it her mission to help people free themselves from self-limiting beliefs and empowers them to make fundamental changes to be able to move into a positive, enriching, and successful direction in life.

Gloria has taught this workshop for quite a few years and loves seeing the aha-moment in faces of attendees. Each seminar is slightly different than the previous one, as she adds and revises things according to current trends. Through guidance toward a greater understanding of the Self, she brings advice on how to sell art, which sales venues and markets to approach, how to price work, and how to find the perfect client. She will also impart valuable expertise on how to shape your own image and teach skills in marketing yourself.

Apart from showing how to reach a greater self-awareness, her most important message is that selling art comes down to the “intimate relationship between the artist and the buyer” … and common sense “business stuff.” Plenty of quality work, market research, and old-fashioned leg-work will eventually create a tipping point and your art business will take off. We highly encourage all to attend this exceptionally inspirational and life-changing workshop! Get ready to create your own world and start writing your own script.

Free Workshop- Sponsored by the St. Johns Cultural Council
Date: Saturday, May 26th, 2018
TIME: 10:30am-12:30
Location: The Gallery Group
Address: 303C Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, FL, 32080

Fourth Annual Haunted Masquerade Art Show 2017

Fourth Annual Haunted Masquerade Art Show was celebrated at the DoubleTree by Hilton in the St. Augustine Historic District in their Anastasia Ball Room. There was a beer and wine cash bar as well! With artists of all mediums from all over Florida.

Blue Lotus World Dance Company LLC returned for another year of beautiful exotic dance!

A Day Without Violence

Once a year, St. Johns County students participate in an art and poetry contest sponsored by Betty Griffin Center to promote “A Day Without Violence”.  This annual contest focuses on peace in the home.  Pieces of art and poems are selected for their annual calendar known as “A Day Without Violence”.

The general public will have an opportunity to enjoy some of the top entries submitted to this contest that is sponsored by the St. Johns Cultural Council. The art will be hung in the Rotunda Gallery of the St. Johns County Administration Building. The exhibit can be viewed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

There was an opening reception for this exhibit on Tuesday, October 3, from 8:15-9:00 am, just before the Board of County Commissioner’s meeting.  All were invited to enjoy refreshments, while viewing the show.

Artists at Juniper Market

On a rainy Saturday evening, Sept. 30, First Coast.TV walked into Juniper Market to find Kristen Summers and John Quick displaying their art and mingling with the crowd. I got a chance to speak with them about their art.

The Art of Susanne Schuenke in St Augustine

Susanne Schuenke was born in Dusseldorf, Germany the painter was educated in Cologne and London and earned her doctorate at the University of Cologne in 1986. Since then she has been living and working successfully in the USA while maintaining strong and lively connections with Europe.
Her fine oil paintings and watercolors resemble old-master technical quality. Her unique stylizations, with rich nuances enhance her color compositions. The panorama of Susanne’s content moves from lyric-narrative stories to philosophical themes and socio-political topics.
In the art work of Susanne Schuenke one can find fascinating connections between form and color, discover an animated dialogue or start a meditative journey into new dimensions.
Dr. Schuenke has presented her works to an international public in one-person and group exhibitions in London, Miami, New York and Germany.
Paintings of Susanne Schuenke are exhibited in public, corporate, and private collections in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, Singapore, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Lebanon and South Africa.
Now Aug. 1st through Sept 21st you will have the opportunity to see her works in St Augustine at the St Johns County Administration Building, San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, Florida.

Captain William Mayhem Portrait

Artist KC Cali met Captain William Mayhem at the Taberna del Caballo, and from a sketch to a portrait later, First Coast.TV found itself  at the Aviles Gallery on Aviles Street to see that portrait in acrylic, and talk both to artist and portrait subject.