A Conversation with Edgar Endress

First Coast.TV had the opportunity to talk to Edgar Endress about the exhibition “Finding Baroque” at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum in St Augustine, FL. Edgar Endress talked about history, art, his art and much more. The exhibition goes from October 2nd till November 25th, 2015.

Pedro Menendez at the Fountain of Youth

On the grounds of the Fountain of Youth a statue of Pedro Menendez de Aviles, St Augustine’s founder was unveiled, where on September 8th, 1565, 450-years earlier, the Spanish conquistador actually stood.

Sculpted by local renaissance man Chad Light, the cast bronze statue is six feet tall, weighs nearly 400 pounds and is finished in a custom French brown patina that brings out the statue’s fine details. The figure is positioned so that Menendez appears to be surveying his St. Augustine Settlement of 1565. The work of art stands atop a coquina-faced concrete pedestal with a bronze plaque detailing Menendez’s founding of America’s First Colony on the grounds of what is now the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. Surrounding the statue is a circular coquina tabby area which will host guests in afternoon shade. A semicircle of flags portraying the five major historical eras of St. Augustine curve behind the statue area. Benches will soon be installed.

 

 

 

Obelisk Art 450 Preview

A temporary, international public art initiative of Compassionate St. Augustine, Obelisk Art 450 (OA450) hopes to pay tribute to the 450th anniversary of the nation’s oldest city in 2015 and promote a legacy of compassion.

Twenty-Five renowned artists who exhibit regionally, nationally and internationally had been selected to create an artwork on the blank canvas of an 8.5-foot tall obelisk replica of the Monumento a la Constitución on the St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitucion.  Each artist had their own obelisk to work with that will eventually be placed on a historic site within downtown St. Augustine.

Artists were encouraged to imaginatively interpret the sites’ story-lines and the four foundational values to the monument originally dedicated in 1813: Freedom, Democracy, Human Rights and Compassion.

On August 20th, 2015 these finished pieces of art were preview at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum to be seen for the first time. First Coast.TV was there.

MLK Jr. Comes to the Potter’s Wax Museum

The Potter’s Wax Museum here in St. Augustine is adding another figure to its collection of wax figures. They have decided to add Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and have asked Rev. Ron Rawls of St Paul Church (A.M.E.) to be the body mold for the wax figure. First Coast.TV had a talk with Rev. Rawls before submitting his body to the artists and the cast process, and later we watched some of the process.
They already have the head done, but they will do a wax casting of his body from the neck down.
They don’t realize that this is the human being he has tried to model his ministry after. So this is a great honor for Rev. Ron Rawls and for the Potter’s Wax Museum.

The Obelisks and the Artists Behind Them / Part IV

First Coast.TV went to Jacksonville to see four more obelisks, and meet the artists behind them. Once again they were remarkable, and so they told us what they were all about.

Photographs by Kenneth Barrett, Jr. 1975-2015

The St. Johns Cultural Council presented Snapshot St. Augustine, photographs by Kenneth M. Barrett, Jr., on display in the Rotunda Gallery in the St. Johns County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View, St Augustine.

The St. Johns Cultural Council hosted an opening reception for this exhibit on Tuesday, August 4, beginning at 8:15 am, just before the Board of County Commission meeting.  The public is welcome to see these photographs, which will be on display from August 4th thru October 22nd. The St. Johns County Administration Building is open to the public from 8 am until 5 pm Monday through Friday.

The Obelisks and the Artists Behind Them / Part III

Once again First Coast.TV went to see some more obelisks in the Compassionate St Augustine Project. These obelisks (25) will eventually be put all around the City of St Augustine as part of the 450th celebration. The obelisks are still being worked on by the individual artists responsible for each of them. Each one of them are really wonders of art. In part III we talk to three more of these artists.

Enrique Mora in Ponte Vedra

Puerto Rican artist Enrique Mora is a rare talent with a natural sense for what is beauty, what is art.  Color plays a vital role in Mora’s art.  His works primarily celebrate the female form, focusing on the many roles of woman – as fighter, caretaker, and lover.

First Coast.TV caught him at Stellers Gallery, and got the chance to talk to him about his art.

Enrique Mora en Ponte Vedra

Artista puertoriqueño Enrique Mora es un talento especial, un artista nato, que entiende belleza  y arte. El color toma un rol vital en su vida. Sus obras primeramente celebran la forma femenina, dando énfasis en los papeles que desempeñan en sus vidas, como luchadoras, cuidadoras y amantes.

First Coast.TV pudo tomar unos minutos con el artista en Stellers Gallery en Ponte Vedra, FL y hablar de su arte.

The Obelisks and the Artists Behind Them / Part II

First Coast.TV went to see some more obelisks in the Compassionate St Augustine Project. These obelisks (25) will eventually be put all around the City of St Augustine as part of the 450th celebration. The obelisks are still being worked on by the individual artists responsible for each of them. Each one of them are really wonders of art. In part II we talk to three more of these artists.