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.
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NOW! on Earth Fest 2018
On May 19th, NFCC hosted the 2nd Annual NOW! on Earth Fest, a FREE environmentally-conscious, live music event including great food, activities, raffles, and other local organizations with an interest in protecting North Florida waters. This year’s event took place at the scenic Genung’s Fish Camp. The purpose of Now! is to bring together the like-minded organizations and businesses of the community to create awareness of the dangers plastic waste has on our environment.
The St. Augustine Ballet presented the final year’s run of Alice in Wonderland on May 12-13, 2018. The Saturday performance began at 7 p.m. at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium. Starting time for the Sunday performance was 2 p.m. According to the Ballet’s assistant director, Emily Masson, this year’s cast was nearly a third larger than last year’s cast. She said an increased number of younger kids auditioned this year, possibly after having their interest piqued after attending last year’s performances.
Eléa Woodward was cast as Alice. Woodward was supported by a superb ensemble of both new and familiar faces.
The Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts is ten days of historical, cultural, and creative events that celebrate all things St. Augustine. From May 4 – 13, 2017, the nation’s oldest city will be jam-packed with music and dance concerts, living history events and historical tours, live theater, and much more. On Sunday, May 13th the Romanza Festivale of the Arts closed with the St Augustine Community Chorus at the Ancient City Baptist Church. Here are some highlights that bring us to the final concert with the SACC.