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.


3rd Annual Painting the Region: A Plein Air Paint Out
The Beaches, From Vilano to Mayport
10036 Sawgrass Drive West, Suite 10, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Phone: (904)285-7020
Event Pricing: Free
Color the Coast From Vilano to Mayport: A Plein Air Paint-Out will host over 40 artists as they “Color the Coast” capturing the natural beauty of our coastlines, marshes and shores on canvas! Free Events All Week• A five-day juried event for landscape artists and art patrons to support land preservation efforts by North Florida Land Trust• Watch artists painting from Vilano to Mayport each day• Bring a lunch and observe artists painting our Florida Coastlines• Purchase an original painting of local landscape • Commission an artist to paint your special place• Join us Saturday evening for the final evening’s gala and artwork sale
Monday, October 03, 2011 toSaturday, October 08, 2011
10:00 am til Sunset

Artist Reception with Henry Von Genk, III to Benefit St. Johns Riverkeeper
Ponte Vedra Inn and Club
200 Ponte Vedra Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach
Phone: (904) 285-1111
Event Pricing: Free
Stellers Gallery at Ponte Vedra will exhibit the work of nationally-recognized oil painter, Henry Von Genk, III, to benefit St. Johns Riverkeeper. Von Genk donated a framed original painting, entitled “Our River of Life” to the local non-profit organization, which is to be raffled off in a drawing held during their annual Oyster Roast on Friday, November 18th. The original oil painting will be on display at the artist’s reception and raffle tickets may be purchased throughout the evening. Additionally, twenty-five limited edition giclees on canvas of “Our River of Life” will be available for purchase from Stellers Gallery with a portion of the proceeds also designated to benefit St. Johns Riverkeeper.
Friday, September 30, 2011
5:00 – 8:00 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


Creativity Without Limits Retreat
St. Augustine Art Association
22 Marine St, St. Augustine
Phone: 904-824-2310
Event Pricing: $75 includes healthy lunch
Facillitated by Valerie Carruthers, Certified Yoga Teacher, Arts Writer and Lea Atiq, Artist, Art Therapist. Awaken the artist within! This illuminating one-day retreat will unleash your creativity through soft yoga and movement, hands-on experimental art making and mindful exercises that engage your joyful self. Learn to shift from perfectionism to gloriously perfect and tap into your inner teacher. Drawing from meditation, art therapy techniques and a vast knowledge of the creative process, the instructors will inspire you to attain new levels in your artistic expression. No previous art or yoga experience necessary, yet beneficial for seasoned artists and yoga practitioners too. Indulge yourself! Safe for all including those with limited mobility.
Saturday, October 01, 2011
10am- 4pm

2nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival
The Palencia Club
600 Palencia Club Drive, St. Augustine
Saturday, October 01, 2011

First Annual Italian Festival: Feast of San Gennaro
St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion
350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine
Phone: 904-461-8449
Event Pricing: $2.00 per person, kids under 10 are free
Pizza Cook-off – People’s Choice!-Local Italian food, beer, and wine vendors-Live entertainment-Carnival rides-Games of chance; trivia; bingo; volleyball and bocce ball-Arts & crafts; novelties. This event will provide a safe, affordable, and enjoyable Italian Festival that honors the Feast of San Gennaro, promotes commerce, benefits local businesses, and generates funds for Covenant House Florida, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing shelter and other critical services to homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth in Florida – and other charities
Saturday, October 01, 2011 to Sunday, October 02, 2011
Saturday 12:00pm-10:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm


Memoirist and Fiction Writer Peter Trachtenberg
Flagler College Gamache-Koger Room
50 Sevilla St., St. Augustine
Phone: 904-819-6249
Event Pricing: Free
Nationally-renowned writer Peter Trachtenberg will visit Flagler College on Oct. 3 as the first event of the college’s 2011-2012 Writers in Residence Program. Trachtenberg is the author of “The Book of Calamities: Five Questions About Suffering and Its Meaning” (Little, Brown 2008), a book that combines reportage, memoir and moral philosophy. The work won the 2009 Phi Beta Kappa Ralph Waldo Emerson Award for works that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign language interpreters available upon request.
Monday, October 03, 2011
6:00 pm


Classical Guitarist Concert featuring Kevin Manderville
Florida School of the Arts
5001 St. Johns Avenue, Palatka
Phone: 386-312-4100
Event Pricing: $5
St. Johns River State College Foundation presents an evening of romance and renaissance with classical guitarist Kevin Manderville. Proceeds will benefit SJR State scholarships.Guest artist Kevin Manderville is active as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, and member of the Tantalus Quartet. He has appeared in major cities and festivals throughout North America and Europe including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. He holds degrees from Stetson University, where he studied with Stephen Robinson and Florida State University, where he completed the Doctor of Music degree.
Saturday, October 29, 2011 7:00 p.m.


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

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.

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