Fourth Annual Haunted Masquerade Art Show 2017

Fourth Annual Haunted Masquerade Art Show was celebrated at the DoubleTree by Hilton in the St. Augustine Historic District in their Anastasia Ball Room. There was a beer and wine cash bar as well! With artists of all mediums from all over Florida.

Blue Lotus World Dance Company LLC returned for another year of beautiful exotic dance!

A Day Without Violence

Once a year, St. Johns County students participate in an art and poetry contest sponsored by Betty Griffin Center to promote “A Day Without Violence”.  This annual contest focuses on peace in the home.  Pieces of art and poems are selected for their annual calendar known as “A Day Without Violence”.

The general public will have an opportunity to enjoy some of the top entries submitted to this contest that is sponsored by the St. Johns Cultural Council. The art will be hung in the Rotunda Gallery of the St. Johns County Administration Building. The exhibit can be viewed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

There was an opening reception for this exhibit on Tuesday, October 3, from 8:15-9:00 am, just before the Board of County Commissioner’s meeting.  All were invited to enjoy refreshments, while viewing the show.

Artists at Juniper Market

On a rainy Saturday evening, Sept. 30, First Coast.TV walked into Juniper Market to find Kristen Summers and John Quick displaying their art and mingling with the crowd. I got a chance to speak with them about their art.

The Art of Susanne Schuenke in St Augustine

Susanne Schuenke was born in Dusseldorf, Germany the painter was educated in Cologne and London and earned her doctorate at the University of Cologne in 1986. Since then she has been living and working successfully in the USA while maintaining strong and lively connections with Europe.
Her fine oil paintings and watercolors resemble old-master technical quality. Her unique stylizations, with rich nuances enhance her color compositions. The panorama of Susanne’s content moves from lyric-narrative stories to philosophical themes and socio-political topics.
In the art work of Susanne Schuenke one can find fascinating connections between form and color, discover an animated dialogue or start a meditative journey into new dimensions.
Dr. Schuenke has presented her works to an international public in one-person and group exhibitions in London, Miami, New York and Germany.
Paintings of Susanne Schuenke are exhibited in public, corporate, and private collections in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, Singapore, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Lebanon and South Africa.
Now Aug. 1st through Sept 21st you will have the opportunity to see her works in St Augustine at the St Johns County Administration Building, San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, Florida.

Captain William Mayhem Portrait

Artist KC Cali met Captain William Mayhem at the Taberna del Caballo, and from a sketch to a portrait later, First Coast.TV found itself  at the Aviles Gallery on Aviles Street to see that portrait in acrylic, and talk both to artist and portrait subject.

Moliere DiManche Artist and Now Author

In Moliere Dimanche’s latest exhibition we not only see “prison art”, but we see an artist who is now an author, and keeps expanding his vision of art and technique, giving us fresh expressions of the world he sees and experiences everyday. His exhibition at Bistro Coffee was well attended. The audience was again impressed, whether exposed to his art for the first time or not.

Jake Longstreth at Crisp-Ellert Museum

Jake Longstreth

Pastures and Parking Lots: Outtakes and Rarities, 2003-2016

January 13 to February 25, 2017

For the past 15 years, Longstreth has drawn inspiration from the “non-place of American capitalism,” including video stores, fast casual dining establishments, big box retailers, and parking lots, along with the atmospheric Southern Californian landscape.

The works on view at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum will represent these themes, but will also emphasize Longstreth’s more visionary treatment of the landscape. These paintings offer a further subjective, inner perspective that has been an understated, yet consistent theme throughout the artists’ oeuvre. First Coast.TV got a chance to speak with him surrounded by his works.

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.