New Year New Work

We have a show coming up at th Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach – Breath of Talent. We and the art loving community should be very excited. This is an opportunity to share the best of our current work in a beautiful venue with astute aficionados. Receiving will be Monday, January 22nd from 2-6pm and the Reception is Friday January 26th 6-8 pm (along with their always excitingJuried Artiste Member Exhibit).

Happy Busy New Year!

Wow, do we have a HUGE year on tap for our members in 2018. Shows shows and more shows abound!.

First we have a juried show at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra in February (January 26- March 3rd).

We then have the Brush with Nature event at the Arboretum in March. This combines a Paint Out with a wet and dry show.

John Kenning is trying to secure us a table at the Mandarin Arts Festival to distribute information. We will need volunteers to man the space.

Then we are possibly going back to the Zoo in April. This time we hope to have a dedicated space to hang our work for a longer period of time.

In June we will be showing at FSCJ South Campus Gallery. Beautiful venue! This is also a Juried Show. Some of the details are set and you can find those on our calendar.

In the Fall we have a show at JCA – i.e. The Jewish Community Alliance in Mandarin in September. This is a fabulous venue with lots of appreciative eyes falling on the artwork daily.

Come November we truck down to Melrose (south of OP, south of Middleburg, south of Keystone on SR 21) for a Paint Out at their First Friday Art Walk and then a show at the Mossman Hall. Melrose has a proven track record of sales. It is a very artsy place.

 

 

Unique JAX spot

I look forward to painting with fellow members at this unique spot in Jacksonville. It is like a small town in the midst of a big town/city.

FCPAP paints in Ortega Friday and Saturday, November 17th and 18th.

The area we focusing on is around Cortez Park about a block from Ortega Blvd. Lots of architecture and “small town” feel in this area, especially on Corinthian Avenue. Seminole Park is also just a block away and has waterfront views of the Ortega River. Parking is along the Street, but please be respectful of homes and businesses by not blocking driveways or taking up spaces reserved for patrons.

Directions: Ortega is in West Jacksonville. From the East, take I-95 across the Fuller Warren Bridge until it merges with I-10. Exit left onto Roosevelt Blvd (SR 17). Take Roosevelt Blvd. about 2 miles to San Juan Avenue. Turn left onto San Juan and go over the Ortega Rive via the Ortega Bridge. Once over the bridge, San Juan becomes Grand Ave. Go two blocks and Grand Avenue makes a sharp bend to the right and becomes Ortega Blvd. Travel another 5 or 6 blocks and turn right on Manitou Ave (one block past Corinthian). Manitou runs into Baltic circle and Cortez Park is within Baltic Circle. www.google.com/maps/@30.2769188,-81.7005843,16z

Upcoming Paint Out

I’m so excited by this upcoming Paint Out! The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is truly a gem in the area. It is not only one of my favorite places to go, but also one of many of our local artists favorite places to paint. If you are not already a supporter of this great place, you should be. I have literally hundreds of photos from there that are on my list of “Things to Paint”. It is an extraordinary environment. What am I saying!? There are many environments to choose from there. So so varied in their light, plants, and atmosphere.

Picnic, Party, Paint Out all in One!

What a great time we all had at our annual picnic. President Stephen Dunn and Veep Lisa Deems stepped it up a notch by providing some challenges and rewards. We had two contests: a Limited Palette (one red, blue and yellow, white and burnt umber) and a Quick Draw like the “big boys” do at other Plein Air events. Not all of us get to attend those so it was a fun adventure for us newbies. Winners in the Limited Palette were: Jessica Shippee, Lisa Deems, and Kevin Arthur. And of course, the speed demon Gary Garrett won the Quick Draw. We are very grateful, or at least raffle winner Laura Schwenn is, for the fabulous array of items that Ponte Vedra Arts and Crafts donated.