Artistic and cultural entertainment

St. Johns County Cultural Council, the county’s designated local arts agency, periodically reports upcoming cultural events to local Historic City News reporters for the benefit of our readers.

The Year of Magical Thinking
Gamache-Koger Theatre in the Ringhaver Student Center / Flagler College
50 Sevilla Street, St. Augustine Phone: 904-829-5807
Event Pricing: $20 Adults, $18 Seniors, $10 Students
A Classic Theatre opens its 2011-12 season with Joan Didion’s powerful memoir of love and loss. The production features Anne Kraft in the solo role and is directed by Christine Fogarty. “Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.” These were the first words written by the author after the sudden death of her husband and the beginning of her quest to understand the meaning of her loss, and to apply “magical thinking” (assigning significance and symbolism to objects and events) in this touching memoir.
Friday, September 23, 2011 to Sunday, October 02, 2011
7:30 Fri & Sat and 2:00pm on Sundays

New Sketch Event
San Sebastian Winery
157 King St., St Augustine
Phone: 904-806-6345
Event Pricing: $10 sketchers or watchers
St. Augustine is over flowing with artists of all genres, so it’s time to get together in one space and create, interact, drink some local wine, get to know each other and add to your portfolio…or just have some fun. Let’s bring back the days of artists congregating together. And if you have always wanted to try your hand at this, you are welcome here, all peoples, all levels. It’s a happening up on the roof!
Live costumed models (this month it’s a mermaid!) and monthly themes will be available to people who enjoy sketching, or just meeting creative people. Those who attend should bring sketchbooks and materials. Drinks from the winery will be available for purchase as well. For details, call Nadia at 806-6345 or email Kathe O’Donnelly at
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
6:30-8:30 pm


Aesthetic Connections
Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach
50 Executive Way , Ponte Vedra Beach
Phone: (904) 280-0614
Event Pricing: Free
The Cultural Center is pleased to present the works of three well-known regional artists. This exhibition will feature the textural, 3-dimensional works of Pablo Rivera, beautiful representational paintings of Diane Fraser, and the bold, abstract paintings of Jean Banas.
Now to Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Open Studio Tuesdays
St. Augustine Art Association
22 Marine St, St. Augustine
Phone: 904-824-2310
Event Pricing: $10/members
NEW! Weekly studio time for artists to create, critique, collaborate! Begins in September. 1 to 4pm. ($10/members). Easels/tables provided.
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 to Tuesday, December 27, 2011 1-4pm

Monday Night Life Drawing
St. Augustine Art Association
22 Marine St, St. Augustine
Phone: 904-824-2310
Event Pricing: $10/members
Monday Night Life Drawing Weekly live model sessions. Gestures and long poses. Resumes in September. 7 to 10pm ($10/members). Easels/tables provided. Monday, September 05, 2011 to Monday, December 26, 2011 7-10pm

WALK IN PEACE art exhibit
St. Augustine Art Association
22 Marine St, St. Augustine
Phone: 904-824-2310
Event Pricing: FREE
“WALK IN PEACE” EXHIBIT & SHOE DRIVE TO HONOR 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE. The St. Augustine Art Association will launch its 88th season this September with the premier of Don Trousdell’s “Walk in Peace” exhibit. A collection of colorful paintings and interactive installations, the exhibit chronicles the history and imagery of peace, as interpreted by the internationally acclaimed artist. A shoe drive will last throughout the month of September, and the “Walk in Peace” exhibit will be on view through October 2.
Now through Sunday, October 2, 2011
Tuesday – Saturday: 12-4pm; Sunday 2-5pm

Marianne Lerbs Painting Series “Menagerie”
Taylor & Taylor
125B King Street, St. Augustine
Phone: 904.687.1630
“Menagerie” is a word used to describe animal figures other than horses, in the old carrousel figures. But make no mistake, There is no intention of making “cutesy” in these images. A collection of impressions loosely inspired by antiqued archetypical zoomorphic figures is no strange subject matter for artist Marianne Lerbs. The works are contemporary, both old and new in a fresh revision of the mythical entities.
Now through Friday, November 04, 2011
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Photography by John Sevigny
Florida School of the Arts, Palatka
5001 St. Johns Avenue, Palatka
Phone: 312-4300
Event Pricing: Free
As part of the visiting artist series, Florida School of the Arts will present a gallery exhibition for photographer John Sevigny. Sevigny’s documentary photographs focus on a variety of subjects, revealing the movement and struggle of people in search of survival in a bleak landscape of an impoverished Mexico. His portraits peel back prejudices to expose the honor and humanity of those rarely seen but who are often defined in politically-charged discourse north of the border.
Now through Friday, October 07, 2011
8:30 – 4:30

The P.A.ST.A. fine arts gallery`s featured artist for the month of September will be local artist Maricarman.
The show entitled : ” With All Colors ” will feature the artist`s work in acrylics. Born in La Mancha Spain, her work still bears a Spanish influence, but the contrast of a quiet relaxed lifestyle and bright light of St. Augustine are now her primary influence. The subject matter will consist of still life, figurative and paintings of Spanish villages.
The show will run through the month of September. The gallery is open seven days a week, Mon.- Fri. 12 to 4:00 p.m. and Sat.& Sun. 12 to 5:00 p.m. and is located at 214 Charlotte St., St. Augustine.

New Works
Crisp-Ellert Art Museum
48 Sevilla Street, St Augustine
Phone: 904.826.8530
Event Pricing: Free
The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum is pleased to present their upcoming exhibition in September featuring new work by fulltime and adjunct faculty in the Art and Design Department of Flagler College.
Now to Friday, September 30, 2011

Molting-It’s a Process
Mixed Media Painting Exhibit By Kathe O’Donnelly
Hospitality Gallery -Center For Spiritual Living
1795 Old Moultrie Rd., St. Augustine, Florida
Phone: 904-825-3600
Paintings inspired by Joseph Campbell’s Myth & Spirit plus a retrospective of past paintings. Gallery open Tuesday-Thursday 10-5. Sundays 9:15-11:30.
Now through October 30

David Ouellette Contemporary Paintings
Enamels and Oils on Canvas
Renowned artist, David Ouellette will exhibit a collection of original pieces in
the Rotunda Gallery located in the St. Johns County Administration Building.
St. Johns County Administration Building
500 San Sebastian View, St Augustine
Phone: 904.471.9980
Event Pricing: Free
Now through Friday, October 21, 2011
8:00am-5:00pm M-F

Announcing the 5th Annual EVERY WOMAN’S ARTS & CRAFTS – Fall/Holiday Handcrafted Festival at the St. Johns County Ocean Pier Pavilion Saturday November 5, 2011 ~:~ 10am-5pm Rain or shine!
Are you an artist or crafter in the northeast/central FL area? Do you paint, make ceramics, pottery, sew, crochet, embroider, candles, soaps, textiles, or handbags, do photography, build things? We’re looking for women of all ages with a hobby or passion that they’d like to show off at the Every Women’s Arts & Crafts Festival. Women of all ages are welcome. There are no juries, severe regulations, or outrageous prices; the only requirement is that the items are handmade by YOU using quality work(wo)manship! This event was founded by Marianne Campbell and Malorie Shannon over 13 years ago. It has grown from a small neighborhood summer event to an annual festival at the beach, and an annual holiday festival sprouted out of the effort, as well.
Join us for a pleasant and fun afternoon – we’ll see you at the beach!
CONTACT: LaDonna Eastman, Event Organizer | cel: 904-669-2260
Malorie Shannon and Marianne Campbell, Event Founders

Old Town Art & Craft Show
December 28-29, 2011
Francis Field ~ W. Castillo Drive ~ Saint Augustine, FL
Call for Entries! Area artists and craftsmen are cordially invited to submit their application to become an exhibitor at the upcoming Old Town Art & Craft Show. The show will be held at Francis Field in the heart of historic downtown Saint Augustine, Florida; December 28 – 29, 2011 (Wednesday & Thursday).
This is a juried show that will showcase outstanding artists and craftsmen from Florida and around the country. Categories include: painting, pottery, fiber arts, jewelry, photography, wood, glass, metal, sculpture and mixed media. All work must be of original design and produced by the exhibiting artist or a two-person collaboration.
The online application process is quick and easy using or you may print and mail the downloadable application at
Special consideration will be given to Saint Augustine area artists.
For further information please visit or call (904)794-0084.
Contact:Lynn Wettach
Show Director
Holiday Art Shows, Inc.
530 Lindsey Lane
Saint Augustine, FL 32086
(904) 794-0084

Call to Florida Artists
Broward County 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Sixth Floor, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Phone: 954-357-7457
Event Pricing:
The Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art & Design Program is seeking to commission a Florida artist or artist team to create an integrated mosaic tile artwork for the entryway to the Susan B. Katz Theater, sited within the Pembroke Pines River of Grass ArtsPark.For more information and to apply, visit:
Now to Friday, September 23, 2011


Ringhaver Student Center
Sevilla St., St. Augustine
Phone: 904.940.0194
Event Pricing: check web-site for ticket price
Get literary at this celebration of the authors and books that chronicle the ethnic, social, and historical heritage of theSunshine State. The festival will feature a wide array of events and activities including workshops, readings, and booksignings by popular authors. On Friday, writer’s workshops take place at the Casa Monica Hotel in historic St. Augustine,then the Literary Legends Awards Banquet takes place at theRenaissance Resort at World Golf Village from 6:30 to 10 pm. On Saturday, panel discussions take place from 10 4 p.m. and children and young adult programs will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Ringhaver Student Center at Flagler College in downtown St. Augustine. For ticket prices and more information, call 904.940.0194 or visit
Friday, September 23, 2011 to Saturday, September 24, 2011 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Ancient City Poets
Gifts for Living
215 West King Street, St. Augustine, Florida
Phone: 904.501.0043
Event Pricing: free
Ancient City Poets will host a poetry reading. The theme will be “schools, rules, and lessons learned”. The group has been gathering on the last Sunday of every month since August of 2009. A sign up sheet will be available 15 minutes before the start time for anyone who would like to read a poem or two. The gatherings are free and open to all. For more information find the group on Facebook or call Chris Bodor (904) 501.0043
Sunday, September 25, 2011 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Victor DiGenti to Speak at Southeast Library
St Johns Library Southeast Branch
6670 US 1 South, St. Augustine
Phone: 904-827-6900
Event Pricing: free
Friends of The Library Southeast will present local author Victor DiGenti who will speak about his experiences as a writer. He is best known for his fantasy writing. His new book, written under the pen name Parker Francis is a suspence novel set in St. Augustine. The book, Matanzas Bay, tells the story of private investigator Quint Mitchell and the secrets he unearths when he helps a friend with an archeolgical dig in the center of St. Augustine. Digenti has worked in broadcasting and newspaper writing as well as being an author. He should have some fascinating stories to share with us. Light refreshments will be served after his talk.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 2:00 pm


Saint Augustine Ballet Fundraiser at Cici’s Pizza
Ballet and pizza are two things you usually don’t associate with one another. Cici’s Pizza and Saint Augustine Ballet are hoping to change that way of thinking on Saturday, September 24 when Cici’s hosts a fundraiser for the non-profit dance organization.
The benefit will last from 11a.m. until closing. Whether you eat in or take out, 10% of your check will be donated to Saint Augustine Ballet when you mention you are there to support the Ballet. All money raised during the fundraiser will go towards the production of this year’s Nutcracker performances on December 16, 17, and 18, 2011 at Flagler College Auditorium. Cici’s is located in Cobblestone Village off of SR 312 and is open from 11a.m. to 10p.m. For more information about Saint Augustine Ballet or The Nutcracker visit


Lupe Fiasco with Sarah Green and Young Marqus
St. Augustine Amphitheatre
1340 AIA So., St. Augustine
Phone: 800-745-3000
Event Pricing: $50.00, $36.50 & $26.50
Lupe Fiasco is known for his rapping style, which focuses on thought provoking lyrics on controversial subjects such as politics and history. Some of his major hits include “Kick Push”, “Superstar,” a top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2007, and recently, “The Show Goes On”
Saturday, September 24, 2011
7:00 doors open show at 8:00

Lon, Lis and Rick return to The Reef
4100 Coastal Highway
St. Augustine, Fla. (904) 824-8008
Friday, September 23rd


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Limelight Theatre
11 Old Mission, St. Augustine
Phone: 904-825-1164


Event Pricing: $25 general admission
Written by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbert, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this musical first debuted on Broadway in 1962 and was an instant success. Nearly 50 years later, this hilarious show is still an audience favorite. “What a fun, festive show to launch this wonderful, year-long celebration of live theatre,” said Beth Lambert, executive director of Limelight Theatre.A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is sponsored by All American Air Charitable Foundation and the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council. Directed and Choreographed by Christina Cruz, Musical Direction by Shelli Long
Saturday, September 03, 2011 to Sunday, October 23, 2011
Thursday – Saturday at 7: 30 p.m.; Sunday Matinees at 2 p.m.

Susan Kessler
Florida School of the Arts
5001 St. Johns Avenue, Palatka
Phone: 386-312-4300
Event Pricing: $5
Florida School of the Arts presents “The Women of Lockerbie,” a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate. Written by Deborah Brevoort, the play is loosely inspired by the true story of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 and the women of Lockerbie, Scotland, determined to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victims’ families.The play, written in the structure of a Greek tragedy, will be performed on the Main Stage located on the St. Johns River State College Palatka campus. Admission is $5.The show runs September 29 through October 1 at 7:30 p.m. and October 2 at 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 to Sunday, October 02, 2011 7:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez
259 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine
Phone: 904-823-7969
Event Pricing: $10.00
Tale Tellers of St. Augustine present “THEATER OF THE MIND: “A Passel of Pirates,” assorted stories and songs highlighting ventures of the likes of Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, and Grace O’Malley. The Tale Tellers of St. Augustine, a non-profit organization of cultural and educational orientation, was founded in 1993 to promote the art and perpetuate the tradition of storytelling. Dedicated to community enrichment, the guild promotes appreciation of storytelling by providing venue for its performing members. Guests and new members are invited to monthly meetings at 7 p.m., second Mondays, except July. Guild information: 904-829-8711.
Thursday, September 22, 2011 7:30 p.m.

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