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.

Tomorrow’s Artists Say “Please Fill Out The Survey”

Reyma, Lee and Garrison ask you please to fill the survey:

St Johns Cultural Council is conducting a community wide grassroots survey and we need your help to hear from all demographics.

We know you are busy but this survey about a cause that is important

we ask you to FORWARD this to your email list and post in your

social media.   We have got 20% of our goal but want to hear diversity in

out responders.  We are trying to get responses from 2,000 people so we

need YOUR help to spread the word.

Thank you if you already took this survey and sent it out.

You can do so as an artist OR as a community member.

Simply go to our website and take it there!  www.stjohnsculture.com

All information collected will be kept strictly confidential.

May 31st is the deadline.

Thank you!

Obelisk Finds Home at Glenmoor

Claudia Gordon’s obelisk (artist, Jeff Whipple) was donated to, and dedicated at Glenmoor Retirement Community this Friday, the 15th, at 4:00 pm.  It was installed south of the Club House.  The outdoor “ceremony” was brief because of a bit of rain– ribbon-cutting and a few words by Claudia and by Bruce Jones, Glenmoor’s CEO.  Then the attendees went into Crichton Hall  for a brief program, a few introductory words by James Vande Berg, about artist selection and assignments, also some words by Cabeth Cornelius, lastly a few words by the artist, Jeff Whipple, followed by snacks and refreshments.

 

Super Fun Easter Eggs!

First Coast.TV went to visit Carol Kazounis, to tell us all about confetti Easter Eggs. She showed us how she puts them together and gave us some samples. We tried them at the end of our video, and we can honestly say, they are lots of fun. You can get hands on them through her website www.theconfettieggs.com or at Hot Shot Bakery on 8 Granada Street.

The 2016 ROWITA Awards

The St. Johns Cultural Council held the eighth annual ROWITA Celebration Ceremony on March 13 at 5:00p.m. at the Limelight Theatre located at 11 Old Mission Avenue.

The free event was an evening of celebration and recognition of the seven women chosen to receive the 2016 Dr. Gail Pflaster ROWITA Award for their achievements and contributions to the arts in St. Johns County. The winners of the Jr. ROWITA Fellowships were also recognized (Cassia Wang). A short reception followed the program.

The 2016 honorees are Elyse Brady, Manila Clough, Caren Goldman, Jan Tomlinson Master, JoAnn Nance, Rosamond Parrish and Shirley Williams-Collins.

Joe Lemmon and His Lovely Pieces of Very Special Wood

Joe Lemmon uses wood to make beautiful pieces of furniture. He uses wood the that would otherwise end up as garbage, wood that sometimes is 100’s of years old, dipped in history, and sadly discarded from demolition sites. Once he gets a hold of it, he molds that wood into these wonderful pieces that you see here. First Coast.TV got a chance to speak to him, while opening for the first time the doors of his small showroom on 233 West King Street, St Augustine, FL. We wish him all the luck in the world.

Compassion Through the Eyes of Children / Phase II

Children gathered at the St Augustine Amphitheater to create art on the panels of a 15 foot Obelisk, these children came from different organizations, such as, Betty Griffin Center, The Players Championship Boys and Girls Club, Kids Safe Zone, St. Augustine Youth Services, St. Paul School of Excellence, The Arc of St. Johns, the Academy of Business and Leadership Education and St. Augustine Public Montessori School.

Last year’s project was a mix of work from local students (28 obelisks) and another 25 obelisks — at 8.5 feet tall — designed by area artists and later showcased at Flagler College’s Crisp-Ellert Art Museum. One of the student pieces was even chosen as the official gift of the City of St. Augustine to King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain during their September visit.

The goal of this year’s project, according to Compassionate St. Augustine, is to “engage children from diverse backgrounds and with wide-ranging aptitudes and exceptionalities in discussions about the intrinsic values of the 1812 Spanish Constitution Obelisk on St. Augustine’s public square.”

Caren Goldman, executive director of Compassionate St. Augustine, said the collaboration of children with such different backgrounds made for an impressive piece of art.

In addition to adding to the inclusiveness of the work, the other main goal for phase two was to make it a model for other cities to copy. It wouldn’t necessarily be an obelisk art project but a similar art project that fits with the history and character of that community.

The Dressing of the Palms on Vilano Beach

Vilano Beach’s Dressing of the Palms offers an unusual holiday lights display with a special St. Augustine-style quirky charm.

Artists of all kinds — residents, schools, business groups and community organizations — show off their artistic skills and imagination as they decorate the 200 palm trees that line the streets of Vilano Beach’s Town Center. The decorating period rans from October 31 until November 22, 2015. The trees will remain decorated through the end of the year 2015. First Coast.TV took photos of some these lovely palms and other photos were provided by Carol Ann Sacha Martin.

Prizes for the best decorated palms were awarded December 5th  at the first Saturday Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration.

For more info go to www.VilanoBeachFL.com

The Art & Craft Festival

More than 150 artists from around the USA were juried into this Thanksgiving Weekend art festival that took place at Francis Field behind the St. Augustine Downtown Historic Parking Facility located at 10 West Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. This premier outdoor art fair is a Thanksgiving tradition that attracted thousands of visitors, discerning art collectors and savvy holiday shoppers. The event helps support the Art Association programs, while animating the local arts scene and boosting the economy of the nation’s oldest city. The festival was sponsored by the St. Augustine Art Association and took place Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.