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.

ART

– Uptown Saturday Night: The businesses of North San Marco will come together for their monthly celebration of art and culture on Nov. 26th. Browse antique book collections, galleries and more at this event.

Laura Mongiovi and Leslie Robison The Black & White Show
The St. Johns County Administration Building
500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine
Phone: 904-471-9980
Event Pricing: free
Leslie Robison and Laura Mongiovi, Professors of Art at Flagler College, will exhibit a collection of original pieces. For more information, contact the St. Johns Cultural Council at 904-471-9980. The St. Johns County Administration Building is open to the public from 8a.m. until 5p.m. Monday through Friday.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 to Thursday, February 16, 2012 8-5 M-F

Frederick Hart Retrospective Exhibition
A Cutter & Cutter Fine Art Gallery
25 King Street , St. Augustine
Phone: 904-810-0460
Event Pricing: free
Frederick Hart: A Singular and Major Force Retrospective Exhibition
Monday, November 07, 2011 to Wednesday, November 30, 2011

P.A.ST.A. Featured Artist for November-Sandra Pierce
PASTA Gallery
214 Charlotte St., , St. Augustine
Phone: 904 824-0251
Event Pricing: FREE
Sandra Pierce will be exhibiting her original oil paintings in a show entitled “Color Encounter.” Inspired by the beautiful coastal areas of St. Augustine and Palm Coast, these color vibrant multiplicity paintings depict different views, varieties, seasons, related subjects and surrounding landscapes.
Now through Thursday, December 01, 2011
Monday – Friday 12:00 – 4:00; Saturday/Sunday – 12:00 – 5:00

Flagler Welcomes top 30 Artist and Video Exhibition
The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum

48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine
Phone: 904-8268530
Event Pricing: free
Top 30, a video installation with accompanying drawings by French-­-Canadian artist Julie Lequin. The artist is known for making videos in which she weaves together semi-­-autobiographical narrative with over-­-the-­-top costumes to create humorous works that blur the line between “artist as individual” and “artist as self-­-consciously constructed persona.”
Now to Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Jacksonville Watercolor Society Exhibit
St. Augustine Art Association
22 Marine St, St. Augustine
Phone: 904-824-2310
Event Pricing: FREE
Now through Sunday, November 27, 2011
Tuesday – Saturday: 12-4pm; Sunday 2-5pm

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.
Now 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.
Now to Monday, December 26, 2011 7-10pm

DANCE

Tickets for Saint Augustine Ballet’s upcoming production of The Nutcracker are now on sale. This holiday favorite will be performed at Flagler College Auditorium on December 16 and 17 at 7:00p.m. and on Sunday, December 18th at 2:00p.m. Ticket prices are $15, $20, $25, and $30. Tickets may be purchased at Abella’s School of Dance Monday through Friday from 3:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. and again from 1:00 to 2:00p.m. Online sales are also available at www.saintaugustineballet.com.

EVENTS & FESTIVALS

Winter Wonderland: Beginning on Saturday, Nov. 26th, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with ice skating, hot chocolate and nightly snows.

Fall Art & Craft Festival

Francis Field next to Visitor’s Center, St. Augustine
Phone: 904-824-2310
Event Pricing: Gate donation is $1 and includes a raffle ticket
The St. Augustine Art Association has been hosting the St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival for decades! This premier outdoor art fair is a Thanksgiving tradition that attracts thousands of visitors, discerning art collectors and savvy holiday shoppers. The event helps support the Art Association programs, while animating the local arts scene and boosting the economy of the nation’s oldest city.
Saturday, November 26, 2011 to Sunday, November 27, 2011
Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4

Lincolnville Farmers’ Market
Eddie Vickers Park
399 Riberia St., St. Augustine
Event Pricing: free
An upscale outdoor farmers’ market located in the historic Lincolnville neighborhood, offering local and organic produce, artisan crafts, baked goods, and much more!
Open every Sunday from 11am-3pm.

LITERARY

Thanksgiving Poetry Gathering
Gifts for Living
215 West King Street, St. Augustine
Phone:904-824-9513
Event Pricing: free
The Ancient City Poets will hold a poetry reading at Gifts For Living. The group gathers on the last Sunday of each month. Coffee, snacks and books by local poets will be available. The theme is “Cold Turkey, Gratitude, and Humble Pie”. A sign-up sheet will be available 15 minutes before start time for all those who would like to share original poems or something from a favorite poet. The readings are free and all are welcome to attend. For more info go to find Ancient City Poets on Facebook or call host Chris Bodor at 904.501.0043
Sunday, November 27, 2011 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The St. Johns County Public Library System appreciates the continued support of our patrons and we would like to take this opportunity to give back to the community. The Library System will accept non-perishable food items in lieu of overdue library fines. Patrons may bring one sealed, non-expired, non-perishable food item for each $1.00 overdue fine. This waiver is for library fines only and does not include fees for printing, lost items, nor may it be used for credit against future fines.
This project will run through Thursday, December 22, 2011 and all food collected will be given to the Mental Health Food Closet for local distribution. The general public is also encouraged to drop off their contributions at any of our library branches or bookmobile stops.
For more information, visit the Library’s website, www.sjcpls.org, or contact Library Administration at 904.827.6925.

MUSEUMS & HISTORIC SITES

Los Presidiales de San Agustín
Fort Mose Historic State Park
15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine
Phone:1-877-352-4478
Event Pricing: Free
Members of Los Presidiales de San Agustín (The Presidiales of St. Augustine) will present an 18th-century, historical interpretation. Fort Mose is the site of the first, legally sanctioned free black settlement in the continental U.S., established in 1738. This heritage Event will include the celebration of a colonial Florida Thanksgiving, reflecting the rich, local traditions of Native American, Spanish, and African foodways. Children will have the opportunity to assist in the preparation of traditional Spanish flatbread.
Saturday, November 26, 2011 10am-2pm

For additional details on the cultural events reported to Historic City News by St. Johns Cultural Council, visit their website at www.stjohnsculturalcouncil.org

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