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Florida Humanities Council Partnership Grant

From 2010-2012, this series of talks, exhibits, events and educational materials uses the living classroom of St. Augustine to explore our artistic and historic ties to Spain. This grant project underscores Florida's Quincentennial as well as the events leading up to St. Augustine's 450th Anniversary.

Year One focued on two-dimensional works by painters. Year Two highlights the built environment of St. Augustine, including its Spanish architecture, historic town maps and archaeology artifacts from Drake's 16th century raid on the Spanish colony. Complimentary materials includes art lessons, restoration of a Lost Colony portrait, bi-lingual walking tour map and interpretive archaeology museum exhibit.

YEAR TWO 2011-2012: Art Around Us: Historic Streets and Structures

November 3 2011: Spanish Architecture in Colonial St. Augustine
Presenter: Herschel Shepard, FAIA Emeritus Architect
An insightful examination of the Spanish and European influences on the architecture, building materials and urban planning of early Colonial St. Augustine. The talk used images to explore design styles within the historical context of the oldest city.

Feb 23 2012: The Compass Rose: St. Augustine Cartography
Presenter: Elizabeth Gessner, Art Historian & Spanish Translator
Gessner charted a vivid course of St. Augustine history through the art of map-making.

June 7 2012: ART-i-Facts: The Archaeology of Drake's Raid
Presenter: Carl Halbirt, City Archaeologist

YEAR ONE 2010-2011: Brush with Spain: How Painters Capture History

Councilman Roman Alvarez (third from right)
with community leaders.

Art Colonies of the Sister Cities - Joaquin Sorolla in Aviles, Spain
Presenter: Roman Alvarez, City Council Member, Aviles, Spain

This richly illustrated lecture examined the popular 19th century Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla during his time spent near the art colony of Aviles, Spain, where the light and people of the coastal region inspired his famous paintings. An enjoyable virtual visit to the Sorolla Museo in Madrid, along with a special exhibit of St. Augustine Art Association "Lost Colony maritime artwork were featured.
September 7 2010

Hugo Ohlms: Story Painter of St. Augustine's Founding
Read more about Hugo Ohlms in the St. Augustine Record
Presenter: Elizabeth Gessner

German-born WPA mural artist Hugo Ohlms decorated landmark buildings across the U.S. with vivid paintings that tell the story of historical events and people. His murals in the Basilica Cathedral of St. Augustine depict the city's dramatic founding by the Spanish and the ensuing struggles to settle the colony. The lecture used the murals to retrace the people and events of early St. Augustine. Original Ohlm's paintings, on loan, were also displayed.
May 19 2010

Portraits & Personalities of St. Augustine's Lost Art Colony: An Oral History and Art Exhibition. Listen to the Lost Art Colony Symposium
Moderator: Tom Rahner, Professor Emeritus, Flagler College

This symposium brought to life the people and personalities of St. Augustine's mid-century art colony. The gathering featured local artists, historians and residents whose research, recollections and first-hand knowledge shed light on the importance of this regional art movement. A figurative art exhibit with newly acquired and restored portraits complimented the discussion.
April 7 2010

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program series do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

First Friday Art Walk Opening Receptions

5 to 9pm
7pm Awards Ceremony
Refreshments served.

Join us on the First Friday of each month for the premier of new exhibits and presentation of artistic achievement awards. Free trolleys throughout downtown. Free street parking.

Gallery Hours:
Tue-Sat: Noon to 4pm
Sundays: 2-5pm
Free Admission

Artwalk: First Friday of every month 5-9pm.  Artwalk Map

22 Marine Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084


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