An Exhibition of Hands

The Amiro Gallery on Aviles Street is showing photographs of Lenny Foster, but also exhibited similar photos produced by students of the Youth Academy. First Coast TV got a chance to speak with Joseph Marx, who explained the project and guided these young men through it, to produce wonderful photographic results.

SOTA Awards Given

When someone buys or renews a “State-of-the-Arts” license plate in St. Johns County, they are supporting the State of the Arts (SOTA) Grant Program of the St Johns Cultural Council.  This year’s grantees represent a diverse range of cultural activities serving diverse populations. Young people at the St. Johns County Youth Academy are given an opportunity to take piano lessons.  At-risk students can learn art as an incentive to complete homework. Senior citizens can learn the art of storytelling.  And a church can offer after school enrichment programs by using professional artists to teach children. “These are small grants, up to $500, that have big impact.

To celebrate the grants that were awarded, the St. Johns Cultural Council hosted a reception on Monday, November 7, 2016, 5:30-6:30pm at the Crisp – Ellert Art Museum, Flagler College for the grant recipients and the community. This lively gathering was free and open to the public. 

Fall SOTA grants were given for the following cultural programs:

  • St. Augustine Community School of the Performing Arts
  • St. Augustine Ballet
  • Limelight Theatre
  • Florida Literary Arts Coalition
  •  Artist Cultural Education (ACE)/Nancy Christensen
  •  Compassionate St. Augustine
  •  Cyprian Center for Expressive Arts
  • St. Johns Technical High School
  • Switzerland Point Middle School
  • Southeast Branch Public Library


We Are One and teZa Lord

Local artist and writer teZa Lord was at Amiro Lost and Found on Art Walk Friday at 9c Aviles Street, to sign copies of her newly published coffee-table book of meditative thought-seeds titled We Are One. First Coast.TV got a chance to speak briefly with teZa Lord at the signing.

Lightner After Hours Meets Sing Out Loud Festival

The Lightner After Hours event will be held the last Thursday of every month. The event started last month, this month of August the cocktail hour played host to a “Sing Out Loud Festival” preview performance by Sam Pacetti, a finger-style guitarist and song writer. Guests also had an opportunity to view the America’s Parks exhibition after hours. First Coast.TV got a chance to speak with Jennifer Jordan of the Lightner Museum and Ryan Murphy of the Sing Out Loud Festival.

Moliere DiManche Exhibition Brings Crowds

For eight and a half years, former inmate Moliere DiManche had too much time on his hands. As he went through several institutions of the Florida Department of Corrections, he began to reflect his experience through a series of pencil sketches. Every line on the back of canteen order forms and D.R. sheets represented a scenario DiManche watched unfold from his place behind bars. “Most of my art reflects my prison time and the events leading up to it,” he said. DiManche was released in April and, with the help of local artist and prison-reform activist Wendy Tatter, he’s using the illustrations to visualize chapters in his upcoming book.  His artwork was on display this last Sunday, Aug. 14 at DOS Coffee and Wine in St. Augustine to a packed house.

Steampunk and R2D2 in St Augustine

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. So now there is a store that had its grand opening on Saturday in downtown St Augustine. Aunt Matilda’s is your place if Steampunk fashion and gadgets are your thing. First Coast.TV was there and so was R2D2, and we got to speak to Aunt Matilda.

Pecha Kucha Volume 9

Pecha Kucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. Pecha Kucha evenings are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps — just about anything, really — in the Pecha Kucha 20×20 format. First Coast.TV got a chance to speak to Amy Robb and get the story behind Pecha Kucha. This is the 9th meeting, referred to as Volume 9.

Impressions of Provence in St Augustine

Sally Paulson is exhibiting original works from her “Impressions of Provence” series in the St. Johns Cultural Council’s Art in Public Places exhibit. The show is being held in the Rotunda Gallery at the St. Johns County Administration Building (located at 500 San Sebastian View off of US1 North) from June 21 through July 22, 2016. The public is invited and encouraged to attend what promises to be a very special exhibition.

 About the Artist

Sally Paulson grew up in Pennsylvania, but has spent most of her life at the Beaches in Florida.  She was given her first camera by her grandmother, an artist and a teacher, who encouraged her to have fun taking photos, and also helped her explore many different forms of visual art. Since 2003, Sally has spent considerable time every summer in the south of France, which has inspired her to look at everyday life and to share her impressions through her photography.  She is an Artist Member of The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach.

About the Exhibition

This exhibition features 38 photographic works taken in many of the beautiful small villages and surrounding areas in the south of France.  These show such everyday life as the vegetable markets, the cafés, the interesting doors and windows, and especially the lavender and sunflower fields – all seen in summer.  The photos have been slightly manipulated digitally, adding layers and texture to create a “painterly” look.

Find Your Park Plein Air Awards Announced

To celebrate the National Park Centennial, the National Park Service and St. Johns Cultural Council teamed up to coordinate Find Your Park Plein Air, which was a nine-day event where artists created art “in the open air” at the Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas National Monument.

At the end of the nine-day event, participating artists submitted up to two pieces of artwork created during Find Your Park Plein Air to be part of a juried show at the Lightner Museum. A total of 56 works were submitted, and 18 works were selected to be part of the upcoming exhibition. Of the 18 works, five were selected to receive awards:

Lyn Asselta, St Augustine, $1,000 Best of Show

Gail Beveridge, Jacksonville, $500 Best of Media – Painting

William Lurcott, Flagler Beach, $500 Best of Media – Pastel

Roger Bansemer, St Augustine, $250 Honorable Mention

Claire Kendrick, St Augustine, $250 Honorable Mention

Other Juried Artists:  Ray Brilli, St Augustine; Martha Ferguson, St Augustine; Valarie Forrester, St Augustine; Linda Holmes, St Augustine; Karlene  McConnell, Ormond Beach; Denis Pellerin, St Augustine; Randy Pitts, Jacksonville; Elbert Shubert, Jacksonville; Teri Tompkins, St Augustine; Leah Wiedemer, Deland.

All 18 works selected to be part of the juried show will be on display as part of the America’s Parks exhibition from June 10 to Aug. 31, 2016, at the Lightner Museum. The America’s Parks exhibition is a traveling display of  50 original artworks that depicts parks in North America. The Find Your Park Plein Air artwork will complement the works of the America’s Parks exhibition.

Geek Out Art Show 2016

DOS Coffee and Wine on San Marcos Ave (North City) hosted the Geek Out Art Show on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, as part of the Romanza Festivale of the Arts. A combination of an art show and a mini comicon, the event featured artists and comic book lovers from all over Florida gathering to showcase their talents at this unique coffee and wine venue in St. Augustine.

In addition to the art on display, there will be live music from popular local band Jig to a Milestone and booths set up by sponsors Comic Connection and MayDay Design & Apparel offering collectibles and accessories for sale. The show is being produced by Raven Promotions and Social Media. Guests were invited to come in costume, and to bring their little Supermen, Wonder Women, Dr. Who’s, and Tank Girls along.