Michael LeGrand’s “Faces of the 450th”

If you attended one of the many celebrations held in conjunction with St. Augustine’s 450th anniversary last summer, chances are, you may have been one of the 450 faces included in Michael LeGrand’s “Faces of the 450th” project. The project, which highlighted the diversity and individuality of St. Augustine residents and public figures through a series of headshots, is on display in the Rotunda Gallery at the St. Johns County Administration Building from February 7 through April 20, 2017. “Faces of the 450th” drew inspiration from one of photography’s most amazing portfolios, the “American West Series” by Richard Avedon, which captured subjects in various posed and non-posed moments against a white backdrop, which acted as a blank canvas, allowing the subject to stand out and be highlighted. Michael LeGrand’s pseudo-improvisational headshots were shot at different community events such as Farmers Markets, Music in The Plaza, and other locations. Just as Avedon’s American West photos captured a diverse subset of the American culture, LeGrand’s photos captured a similarly diverse subset of our St. Augustine community.

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.

United Way St. Johns County Photographic Exhibit

United Way of St. Johns County was pleased to partner with the St. Johns Cultural Council for an inspirational exhibit of photographs showcasing the work of nearly 30 non-profit organizations serving residents in St. Johns County.   The dramatic images graphically depict a range of services from disaster relief to the smiling faces of children at play.   This exhibit will run from August 2- October 20, in the Rotunda Gallery in the St. Johns County Administration Building located at 500 San Sebastian View.  

 “The face of our community is the common thread throughout this exhibit,” said Melissa Nelson, UWSJC executive director.  “We see our neighbors, our friends, our families and our co-workers, and we see how focusing on the building blocks that lead to a good quality of life – Education, Health and Income – brings us together because we all gain when children are successful in school, when families are financially stable and when people are healthy.  This exhibit truly demonstrates that commitment in our community. “

The St. Johns Cultural Council hosted an open reception for this exhibit on Tuesday, August 2, from 8:15-9:00 am, just before the Board of County Commissioner’s meeting.  The public was welcomed.  The St. Johns County Administration Building is open to the public from 8:00 until 5:00, Monday through Friday.  

4-H Youth Photo Exhibit in St Johns County

St. Johns County 4-H youth photos are being exhibited at the St Johns County Administration Building at 500 San Sebastian View, since March 1st through April 21st  2016. The St. Johns County Cultural Council hosted an opening reception for this exhibit on Tuesday, March 1st at 8:15am at the St Johns County Administration Building. The public was welcome and encouraged to attend. The 4-H Youth Development Program provides several opportunities throughout the year for youth to learn and develop skills related to photography as well as compete at the local and state level with their photos. Photo-related learning opportunities take place at 4-H summer camps, county workshops and club meetings with the guidance of 4-H volunteers, Master Gardeners and the St. Augustine Camera Club. Photos submitted for competition are judged on focus, lighting, subject matter, composition, impact, and creativity. Photo subject areas include people, animals, plant/flora, scenic, architectural elements, still life, and 4-H theme. The 4-H photography project aims to encourage 4-H members to use photography as a meaningful communication tool in their lives.