I filmed and edited a video in connection with "First Things First," an art exhibition that examined the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. The show opened on January 13, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. Artists from the First Coast presented pieces that represented their interpretations of the First Amendment. I titled the video "Freedom of Assembly."
Every year the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville hosts an event called Collectors Day. The day is designed to bring together collectors and provide them with the opportunity to exhibit and discuss their collections with others. This year was the 39th year that the museum has organized and hosted the event.
"Collecting pens or spatulas isn’t much different than collecting fossils or plant specimens. Having a collection allows your scientific mind to analyze a lot of very similar objects, and you begin to see even subtle similarities and differences.
Training your scientific mind to collect, analyze, catalog, and preserve is at the root of where many of our own scientists began. Looking closely, and asking questions. And we think that’s a wonderful thing to celebrate!"
An article I penned for Folio Weekly recently posted to their blog. The article is a recap of Gabe Darling's EP release show. You can read it HERE.
This evening I attended an exhibition featuring the works of three senior students within UNF's Ceramics Guild; Tracy Tanner, Josh Scott, and Devin O'Connor. The show was held at Space 42. All three ceramists created their works using traditional wood fire kilns.
Wolf & Cub is a boutique located in the heart of downtown Jacksonville. They offer a curated selection of independently produced products, interesting goods for the home, and men's and women's apparel. Last night they hosted For the Love of Munny, a Kidrobot vinyl toy exhibit and holiday toy drive. 24 artists from the region participated in the show, altering and painting the vinyl toys to reflect their artistic ascetics.
I added a new piece to my collection as a result of the exhibit. I purchased a piece by Mark Creegan, a visual artist and arts educator who teaches at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
This Friday, the Space Gallery hosted 5 & Under, a show exhibiting over 400 pieces from artists of our region, all priced under $500. The show really hit a sweet spot for Jacksonville's art market. As a result of that, it seemed like a LOT of pieces sold during the opening reception.
Below are two of my favorite pieces from the exhibit.
CoRK Arts District hosts an annual event called Open Studios Tour. Through this event, the general public is invited inside the private studios of some of the region's most talented artists. This year approximately 80 artists participated in the event. Strategically scheduled before the holiday season, it's one of my favorite events to attend.
Nicole Holderbaum is a Jacksonville based muralist. In 2016 she received at SPARK grant from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville to fund the Jax Kid's Mural Festival. Through this participatory initiative, Holderbaum would outline large murals on panels and then invite Jacksonville's youth to paint the images as a community.
Later that same year Holderbaum received a PNC Arts Alive Grant to develop the initiative further. The result was the Jax Kids Mural Project. Building upon the principles of the original initiative, Holderbaum implemented the project inside schools within Duval County. Students work together to create and paint murals that add color to the interior and exterior walls of schools in vulnerable neighborhoods.
On Saturday, November 18, Holderbaum organized Color Me Kona: The World's Largest Coloring Book Party. The event served as a fundraiser for Jax Kids Mural Project and was held at Kona Skatepark, the world's oldest operating skatepark. Color Me Kona filled me with such a sense of pride in my community. The turnout was incredible and there were absolutely no barriers preventing anyone from participating and having fun. I applaud Holderbaum and her team of event organizers and volunteers. I consider this event to be one of the most successful initiatives I've attended since living in Jacksonville.
November's Every Single Artist Lounge was held last night at WJCT Studios in collaboration with Phase Eight Theatre Company. This is a monthly networking event I organize for artists, arts professionals, arts organizers, and art appreciators. It is held on the second Tuesday of every month. Our average attendance is 40-60 individuals, with the group growing in size every month.
Saturday, November 4 was a day of art and culture in Jacksonville, Florida. There was an event to attend in practically every area of the city, whether it was an opening reception for a visual art exhibition, a mural expo in progress, a neighborhood block party featuring live music and art vendors, home tours of mid-century modern architecture, or plays and musicals performed by community theatres.