Reception will welcome in New Year for Art Association

275-OUR-NATIVE-PASTThe St. Augustine Art Association has invited Historic City News readers to help celebrate the New Year with three new exhibitions opening Friday, January 8th, during a reception being held at the gallery located at 22 Marine Street, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Black, White and Shades of Gray features a month-long Main Gallery juried display of dramatic works in an array of styles and subjects by local member artists. Awards will be presented at 7:00 p.m. on Friday.

Mythos & Fauna is an installation of new sculptures by two recent UNF BFA graduates, Diana Shepherd and Alycia Bren. Shepherd unveils a series of large and small bronze and metal works exploring figurative mythology and earthly elements. Bren presents a progressive exploration of animal horn motif sculptures tooled from varied materials.

Our Native Past: First Peoples, in the Marguerita Phillips Gallery through February 28th, is a glimpse of the sphere of Native American influence in 16th-Century St. Augustine. The exhibit features original artifacts discovered by Archaeologist Carl Halbirt and his team at the St. Augustine Art Association site along with a striking backdrop of fine art tribal portraits by Theodore Morris.

“The items found last summer during our investigation show a vast network and interaction among the Native Americans and the first Europeans,” said Halbirt, who will present a free lecture on his recent findings Thursday, January 21st, at 7:00 p.m. Reservations are required.

The St. Augustine Art Association gallery is open noon to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday and on Sundays 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.staaa.org

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