Frosty Myers at the St Augustine Film Festival

First Coast.TV caught up with Frosty Myers to talk about his up coming film at the St Augustine Film Festival 2019. The Art and Times of Frosty Myers, documents the career of sculptor Forrest “Frosty” Myers over the past half-century. Coming to New York City from San Francisco in 1961, he entered a rapidly changing art scene. American artists were ripping away established European traditions, replacing them with Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimalism, Conceptualism, Earth Art, Hard Edge painting and sculpture, and embracing Art and Technology. The cultural changes of the social justice movements and the anti-war protests were intertwined with the daily lives of Frosty and other artists. Their camaraderie at the famed New York City bar, Max’s Kansas City, created synergies in art, music and culture. These artists pioneered living and working in abandoned lofts and led the urban renewal in what became the downtown scene in lower Manhattan, Soho and ultimately Brooklyn. Frosty’s wide-ranging works include NYC landmark artwork “The Wall” aka the Gateway to Soho, “The Moon Museum” the first art placed on the Moon, and his radical furniture that blurred the lines of art and design. Frosty has produced a body of work that pushes all boundaries. The film can be seen on Sunday, Jan.20th at 1pm at the Flagler Lewis Auditorium.

“REFRACTIONS” and Anna Miller

My vision began to worsen early on in life. However, I often would not wear my glasses and would start seeing the world differently from the position of a nearsighted person. It was a world without details but with interesting designs, fragments of light with shadows, and incomplete patterns. One of my favorite examples of fragmentation was the fluid design created by light in moving water. The movement of light through water was captivating and meditative: It always brought peace to my soul. My paintings expressed refractions of light. Refractions comes from the observation and perception of color and light patterns found in nature. During painting of these new designs based on refractions, I would get lost in meditation of color, shapes, and lines, discovering limitless possibilities and combinations. “Refractions” also brought the Ancient City Poets of St Augustine FL to be part of this exhibition by bringing two forms of abstract together in one place. Anna’s art and the poems will be available for viewing in the Rotunda of the St Johns County Administration Building during normal business hours (8am – 5pm) from January 3rd, 2019. You are cordially invited to the official opening of “Refractions” in the Rotunda at 8:15am January 15th, 2019. Exhibition will be on display till March 15, 2019.

St Augustine Ballet “The Nutcracker”

The St. Augustine Ballet performs The Nutcracker every holiday season at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium. This year, there were four performances over two days: at 1:30 and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, December 22 and 23, 2018.

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker is a traditional thing to do during the holidays, and one of the most loved Christmas stories, based on E.T. A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The St. Augustine Ballet production was directed by Artistic Director Luis Abella.

First Coast Opera Performs “The Marriage of Figaro”

First Coast.TV visited First Coast Opera during their rehearsal of The Marriage of Figaro. We got the chance to speak to artistic director Curt Tucker to give us the scoop on this event. The Marriage of Figaro will perform January 5-6, 2019 at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College on14 Granada Street, St. Augustine, FL

Hurley and the St Augustine Film Festival 2019

The SAFF will start on January 17th thru January 20th. First Coast .TV got the chance to speak with legendary car race driver Hurley Haywood about his documentary Hurley that will play at the SAFF on January 19th at 2:15pm at the Flagler Lewis Auditorium. Gregory von Hausch the CEO and director of the SAFF was also there to tell us more about the SAFF.

Venardos Circus Returns to St Augustine

The Little Circus That Could

The Venardos Circus held its first performance in 2014
at the LA County Fair.

Created by former Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Kevin Venardos, the show featured a cast of 6 artists in a kind of Broadway/Circus Musical. It was just a little Circus… but it had great BIG dreams.

In the years since, Venardos Circus has grown into a living example of the power of dreams, reinventing the American Circus tradition for a new generation, and bringing joy to people everywhere.

Back to St Augustine with a whole brand new show to amaze and delight! Dec. 19th 2018 thru Jan. 27th 2019
Go to website www.venardoscircus.com for more details.

Wreaths Across America / St Augustine

St Augustine was one of the many cemeteries in the U.S. that participated in the Wreaths Across America on December 15th 2018. Wreaths Across America is dedicated to ensuring that headstones in all America’s National Cemeteries are adorned with a live holiday wreath at Christmas. A 12 year old paper boy for the Bangor Daily News named Morrill Worcester, now owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, won a trip to Washington D.C. Arlington National Cemetery made an especially indelible impression on him. Later in life, this experience reminded him that his good fortune was due to veterans, especially by those who made the ultimate sacrifice. In 1992, the Worcester Wreath Company found themselves with a surplus of 5,000 wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season. Seeing an opportunity to honor our country’s veterans arrangements were made for the surplus wreaths to be placed at Arlington National Cemetery, which included a special ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This year there will be placed over 1.8 million wreaths at 1,640 National Cemeteries.

70 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

This year is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN on 10 December 1948. The Universal Declaration – translated into a world record 500 languages – is rooted in the principle that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. The United Church in St Augustine celebrated this event on Monday, Dec. 10 to a full house.

Crypto-Judaic Conference in St Augustine

The Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies (SCJS) and the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society (SAJHS) had this unique conference that explored the lives and challenges faced by Jews and descendants of Jews who traveled to areas of America under the thumb of the Spanish Inquisition.
Focusing on those Jews who converted to Christianity or hid their religious heritage, the conference discussed the lives of these Crypto-Jews or Conversos who settled in America in the early years of the country, specifically in the Southeast.
Presentations by scholars and historians discussed the history of Spanish and Portuguese communities in the colonial period, operation of the Inquisition in the New World and research into crypto-Judaism especially as it pertains to what today is called the Southeastern United States.
Other discussions provided opportunity to engage the speakers and exchange stories of family histories and experiences in the Southeast, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Cities for Life 2018

Cities for Life is observed on November 30th each year.  It is a worldwide movement to abolish the death penalty.  It began in Italy with the Community of Sant’ Egidio.  The Community’s Cornerstones are the Gospel, Friendship & Service to the Poor and a Commitment to Justice.  The Community of Sant’ Egidio was successful in abolishing the death penalty in Italy and have since been involved in efforts to end the death penalty in other countries.  Each year on November 30th, about 2, 000 cities in more than 80 countries celebrate the International Day of Cities for Life.  Most churches that take part do so by turning on all their lights and ringing the church bells at 7:30 pm.  Some parishes will have a holy hour or prayer service to coincide with the lights and ringing the bells. Here in St Augustine it was held The Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios on 102 San Marco Ave at 6:30pm.

The aim is also to make use of symbolic monuments and squares to hold educational and artistic events aimed at raising public awareness. All cities taking part in the initiative make their major monuments available as “living logos”, which “speak” with the help of special illuminations, thus becoming symbols of a commitment to hold a dialogue with the population aimed at achieving a world without the death penalty.