The Puerto Rican History, Art, and Culture Exposition was a one day event on October 9, 2021 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL.
The exposition opened a window into the past of the island of Puerto Rico through photos, news clippings and artifacts used in everyday living, and of course art. Arlene Ortiz has been the visionary and organizer behind this wonderful event and it will return next year.
This year marked the 200th anniversary of Florida becoming a U.S. territory and the official formation of St. Johns County, and celebrations were on Saturday, July 10, 2021. East and West Florida were transferred to the United States from Spanish control two hundred years ago in 1821. Saturday’s events started at 11 a.m. at the Governor’s House Cultural Center and Museum at 48 King St. in downtown St. Augustine. “Living history interpreters were dressed as Spanish and United States Troops, dignitaries and townspeople, as they would have appeared in 1821,”. “Declarations were made from the balcony of Governor’s House, documents were signed, in the courtyard.” At 11:20 a.m., re-enactors and others walked from the Governor’s House to the St. Francis Barracks at the National Guard headquarters at 82 Marine St. The public was invited to join the procession. At 11:45 a.m., the changing of flags ceremony took place at the barracks parade field. The Spanish flag was lowered, and the U.S. flag raised. Muskets and cannons were fired. Among the officials attending were Florida’s Secretary of State Laurel Lee, Spanish Ambassador Santiago Cabanas Ansorena and Consul General of Spain Jaime Lacadena. For longer version go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiL0hk3LjwQ&t=8s
First Coast TV and Scott Grant sat down to talk about the upcoming Olympics, and previous Olympics, touching on the great Bob Hayes. Hope you enjoy the discussion as the Tokyo Olympics are about to start on July 23.
Anna Miller’s Inner Light: In a Time of Pandemic, is a celebration of the human spirit through abstraction. Filled with bright colors and energized forms, this group of paintings represents an exploration of the artist’s personal development in the midst of struggle. Inspired by the natural beauty of St. Johns County, Miller’s series interprets these surroundings through the poetic and metaphorical expression of semi-abstract imagery. Sub-tropical flowers and plants, stormy skies, and the drama and power of the ocean and sun inform the artist’s visual language consisting of geometric shapes, refracted light patterns, and dynamic lines. Exhibition July 2 to August 13, 2021 at the Lightner Museum, located at 75 King St. in historic downtown, St Augustine, FL
On May 20th Anne Kraft passed away, an artist that transformed St Augustine through theatre and much more. First Coast TV but a short video together to remember and celebrate her. She will be terribly missed.
Wendy Tatter Gallery & Studio usually brings an event or show at the end of the month, this June she will bring a short exhibit called Cuba, Cuba, Cuba, featuring author and artist Marisella Veiga. It will be lots of fun.
A new exhibit at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center features five Black women who worked to make a difference during the civil rights movement and beyond. These women are icons and role models for the future generations of strong women.
The tall ship Nao Santa María, a replica of one of the most famous ships in all of human exploration, sailed into St. Augustine Thursday, May 27, 2021 The historic ship will remain here until June 1, 2021. The Nao Santa Maria will be open for tours beginning on Thursday, May 27, 2021 and through Monday, May 31, 2021. The Santa María was one of the three Spanish vessels that made the journey of discovery, captained by Christopher Columbus, in 1492. Guests will be able to roam through all five of the ship’s decks and browse the informative panels on the history of the Santa María and imagine what it was like to be a Spanish sailor 500 years ago.