19th Annual Art Off The Wall Show

19th Annual Art Off The Wall ShowThe 19th annual, Island Art Association, Art Off The Wall Show will be held on Saturday, June 16th, 2012, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

Island Art Association Portrait Drawing Workshop artists will display their paintings and drawings done during the 2011 to 2012, Tuesday night work sessions. The work will be installed on walls and on easels in the Island Art Association’s Art Education Center located at 18 North Second Street in Historical Fernandina Beach.

This annual showcase of drawings and paintings of local individuals who sit for the portrait sessions is always a well attended event. Sales of the artwork will be at inexpensive, studio prices. Please plan to attend to meet and greet the artists and models and discuss the artworks. Refreshments will be available.

For more information, please contact Paul Massing at (904) 321-0738.

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Saturday, June 9th Activities in Nassau County

Saturday, June 9th Activities in Nassau CountyAre you looking for something to do this Saturday, June 9, 2012 in Nassau County, Florida? Well, we have a great variety of events that you might want to attend.

Once a month there is a community flea market at Deerwalk, just west of Amelia Island in the Dave Turner Plumbing parking lot that begins at 8:00 AM.

At 9:45 AM, join Ally at the Desk and me for an hour of Zumba Fitness at Club 14 Fitness on 14th Street (in the movie theater shopping center) in Fernandina Beach. Your first class is always free! (I figure as an author, editor and partner of SearchAmelia.com I can give myself a shameless plug now and then! LOL)

Afterwards, head over to Diva’s Day Out at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center on Amelia Island. This is a full day of activities targeted for woman. Entry is only $3.00 per person and proceeds will benefit, Girl Power 2 Cure, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for treatments and a cure for Rett Syndrome.

At 5:00 PM in the historic area of Fernandina Beach, it is time for Artrageous Artwalk. On the second Saturday of each month several downtown art galleries keep extended hours for you to see what new art is being offered by our talented art community.

At 6:00 PM, Second Amendment Outfitters (on 17 S. in Yulee) will be holding a Candidate Meet and Greet! Free shooting, free DJ, free BBQ and free drinks are being offered where you can meet a variety of political candidates and ask those questions you’ve had on your mind.

Finally, Steel Magnolias will be playing at Amelia Community Theatre on Cedar Street in historic Fernandina Beach. This delightful play starts at 8:00 PM.

If you have an upcoming event that is open to the public, be sure to send it to me, Judie@SearchAmelia.com, and I’ll likely add it to our Community Event Calendar.

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Spring Fling Exhibition and Reception

Spring Fling Exhibition and ReceptionMouth of Amelia invites you to The Spring Fling exhibition and reception presented by Plantation Artists’ Guild and Gallery on Friday, May 18, 2012, from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.

WHERE: The Plantation Artists’ Guild & Gallery, located in the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Spa & Shops at 94 Amelia Village Circle, Amelia Island, Florida.

WHAT: An open house, The Spring Fling, at the Plantation Artists’ Guild & Gallery will feature a fresh, new exhibit of art by Plantation artists. The Gallery also welcomes special artist of the month, David Marshall. Osprey Village will co-sponsor the show at the Gallery and offer wine, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres’.

WHO: David Marshall is a North Florida artist whose body of work spans sixty years and includes a range of media from pen and ink to metal sculpture. He is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in advertising and a minor in art. He is best known for his current work with assemblages and welded steel creations made with found objects. His most recent emphasis has been on folk art masks that combine traditional aboriginal themes with his own interpretation and execution.

COST: There is no charge for the exhibit and reception and the public is invited.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: The Gallery is open from Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Phone: (904) 432-1750

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Tom Weinkle Art Seminar and Workshop

Tom Weinkle Art Seminar and WorkshopWaterwheel Art Gallery and Custom Framing is planning an educational seminar and worshop with the esteemed pastel artist, Tom Weinkle. The workshop will be available as a two day function, or a single day, over May 12 and 13, 2012.

If you might be interested in attending this educational workshop, please call the Waterwheel by April 19th, as they need to have 15 people attending to secure the artist and venue.

If you have any questions about cost, registration or anything else please do not hesitate to contact the gallery either by phone at (904) 261-2535, or come in and see the new Fernandina Beach location at 819 South 8th Street, in the Pelican Palms Centre.

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Amelia Island a Locale for Books and Movies

Cast and Directors/Producers of Diary of Preston Plummer

Last Friday I had a Danish writer and his wife staying as my guests at the B&B. Besides being a novelist and documentary writer, he also writes travel reports and vacation books (like Fodor’s) for the European markets. He had learned about Amelia Island through reading a Tim Dorsey book that briefly mentioned Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach. This got me thinking about the exponential exposure our little island is getting through novels set here, movies filmed here and authors settling here. It is probably not news to anyone anymore that celebrity legal eagle novelist John Grisham is finalizing a home here on Fletcher Avenue, while during last February’s Amelia Island Book Festival I was amazed how many writers are actually living on our shores.

Just two week ago Judie posted an introduction to Gary Williams & Vicky Knerly who recently released their second e-novel (Three Keys to Murder, Suspense Publishing, $2.99.)  The story takes place primarily on Amelia Island where journalist, Fawn Cortez, is struggling with her father’s recent death.  When a series of grisly killings rock the island community, Fawn uncovers a startling link between her father’s quest for a legendary treasure, the serial murders, and the odd circumstances surrounding the death of Osceola, a famous Seminole Indian, in 1835.

Asked why this mortifying scenario was set on tranquil and peaceful Amelia Island, the writers retorted: “With our debut novel, Death in the Beginning, we leveraged the history and attractions of St. Augustine, Florida with suspense and action.  For Three Keys to Murder, we chose Amelia Island because of its equally fascinating history and relevant historical structures. It was not always as peaceful as it is now. A focal point of the new book is Fort Clinch, built in the mid-1800s and considered one of the finest examples of third-system masonry construction.”
“In addition to Fort Clinch, you’ll find the heroin in our story journeying to the Amelia Island Lighthouse, Amelia Island Museum, Centre Street, the Bosque Bello Cemetery, and many other historic fixtures in and around Fernandina,” Williams adds.

Research has been paramount to Williams’ and Knerly’s work and this latest novel was no exception.
“We love digging for facts, especially when we uncover bits of history that aren’t widely known,” Knerly says.  “We find that most readers, even those who love fiction, embrace learning something new in a novel.  For example, few people know that Amelia Island is the only U.S. community to have been under eight different flags during its history, and another fact, which originally seeded this story, is the bizarre history of what happened to Seminole Indian Chief Osceola’s head following his death in 1835.”

The rich history of Amelia Island captured in many formats.

Williams adds, “We try to add interesting facts into everything we write, weaving reality within the fabric of fiction.”
“Often, our research turns up jewels of information that we can incorporate into the story, such as how the Amelia Island Lighthouse was originally built on Cumberland Island, Georgia, and later moved brick-by-brick to its current location in Fernandina.  This nugget of information fit perfectly with what we were trying to do in the story when Fawn is forced into a treasure hunt,” Knerly says.
Like all novels, though, ultimately the story is fictitious.

“Of course,” Williams says, “but our job is to use enough facts and ingrain enough real history so that the story is plausible to the reader.  In the Da Vinci Code, for example, Dan Brown incorporated so much history that the line between fact and fiction became blurred for many readers.  It was a testament to his tremendous research that so many people became outraged at what was clearly a fictional story.”
Sometimes, research will uncover a fact that seems tailor made for a story.
“Each time we’ve conducted research for a manuscript, we’ve found some quirk, some connection, that we had not originally planned which fits perfectly with the story.  In Three Keys to Murder, we were pleasantly surprised to discover Fort Clinch’s namesake, Duncan Lamont Clinch, fought in the second Seminole War in Florida in the 1830s against, none other than the Seminole Indian, Osceola, whose history figures prominently in the story,” Knerly says.
“It was fun to set a story on Amelia Island,” Williams adds.  “Who knows, we may do it again in the near future.  Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia are rich with fascinating history.”

Another local novelist, Ian Murray, who resides in Oyster Bay Harbour, has also just published his second novel, the Final Doctrine, and although the story is set in a global locale, Murray also pulls a lot of his intrigue from historical facts woven into fiction. For the release a book signing/release celebration party at the Oyster Bay Yacht Club has been scheduled for April 19 at 6pm. If you’ve read Murray’s special ops semi-autobiographic action thriller “The Legends of the Black Orchid” you may want to go meet this fascinating story teller.

And last but most certainly not least, the local Amelia Island premiere of “The Diary of Preston Plummer”, which was filmed in its entirety on Amelia Island and Oyster Bay Yacht Club, is set for Saturday, April 21 at the Movie theatre on 14th Street. The movie which stars Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s daughter Rumer, received accolades and a red carpet treatment during last month’s Miami International Film Festival. Many locals played extras in the suspense movie and it is anticipated that the viewing will be for a sold out audience.

Two Upcoming Artists Workshops

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Leah Lopez

Mouth of Amelia has forwarded information about two upcoming artists workshops featuring Leah Lopez and Michael Siegel.

Still Life to Landscape with Leah Lopez

Leah Lopez is a hands-on teacher and an award-winning artist. Her paintings have been featured in a number of national and solo shows, including American Women Artists, Salon International, Oil Painter of America, Salmagundi Club and National Association of Women Artists. In her native New Mexico, where life and art are deeply interwoven, Leah drew inspiration and focused her attention on Fine Art and drawing and painting, from life, at age 23. She studied with master artists at Fechin, Scottsdale Artists School, Andreeva Portrait Academy and the Art Students League of New York. Now living in Manhattan, Leah teaches a comprehensive approach to direct painting at the New York Academy of Art and art schools around the country.

Last year, Leah Lopez’s Workshop was a “waiting list only” but this year registration has not reached the desired quota to have the class. Appropriate for advanced beginner and advanced artists, this workshop will be held from May 7 – 11, 2012. In this five day workshop students will examine the similarities between still life and landscape and practive a direct approach to achieving compelling results in both.

Working alla prima improves observation and compositional planning that’s comprised of simplified shapes, color and temperature strategy, and effective use of value and edges. Practice techniques inside while working on still life and playing with depth and atmosphere working outside, on Amelia Island.

If registration quotas are not met by next Monday (April 16th) the class will be canceled. If you think this is a class you would like to take then please call Sandra at (904) 491-8040 during business hours of 10:30 until 5:00 or at (904) 557-1195 anytime.

Old Master Oil Painting Workshop with Michael Siegel

Michael Siegel Art

Michael Siegel Art

Another wonderful opportunity for study on beautiful Amelia Island in Oil Painting is this Workshop by West Coast artist Michael Siegel. This Old Master Oil Painting Workshop will be held June 7 – 9, 2012 and is only $375.00.

Born in 1979, the youngest son to a violinist father and artist mother, Michael grew up drawing from a very early age. With an interest in becoming an animator, Michael spent his high school years in Los Angeles studying anatomy and figure drawing under leaders in the field. It was not until the age of 18, however, when Michael went to his first painting workshop, that he knew he had found his calling. Known now for his still-life, portraiture, and figure painting, Michael uses a dramatic “chiaroscuro” (or “light-and-shadow”) approach to create powerful and moving paintings. At his young age, Michael has been awarded honors at many national exhibitions, and his work has been featured numerous times in Southwest Art Magazine.

Mr. Siegel shows at galleries across the USA as well as in Amsterdam. In this class, students will learn to paint the portrait using the chiaroscuro approach of the Dutch and Flemish masters. Particular attention will be paid to light and shadow, as well as the use of value, color, edges and brushstroke in creating a painting with a visual edges and brushstroke in creating a painting with a visual concept.

Visit www.ameliaislandartistsworkshop.com for more information.

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Celebrating the Shrimp Festival with Art

Celebrating the Shrimp Festival with ArtMouth of Amelia invites you to Celebrating the Shrimp Festival, an art show presented by the Plantation Artists’ Guild and Gallery.

WHEN: April 11 through May 12, 2012

WHERE: The Plantation Artists’ Guild & Gallery, located in the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Spa & Shops at 94 Amelia Village Circle, on Amelia Island.

WHAT: Beginning April 11th, the Plantation Artists’ Guild and Gallery will present for sale a unique group of art work featuring shrimp boats and natural scenes found around our beautiful island. This is a special exhibit of art celebrating the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. The show will run from April 11, 2012 through May 12 to give Shrimp Festival fanciers an opportunity to visit the gallery.

The Gallery is open from Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Also, there is a special show offered every Saturday through April at Marché Burrette.

A Heads up! Be sure to mark your calendars, as well, for the coming open house at the Gallery on May 18th when a new show will be mounted.

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Major Changes for the Amelia Arts Academy

Major Changes for the Amelia Arts AcademyThe Board of Directors met on March 12, 2012 to begin developing a strategic plan for the Amelia Arts Academy. They decided to continue as they are until the end of the fiscal year, June 30th, 2012.

At that point, effective July 1, 2012, their focus will be directed toward serving a targeted group of children who have little or no access to the arts through the After School Arts Initiatives. They will no longer sponsor individual instruction under the auspices of the Academy.

Private lessons will continue through the end of the fiscal year but as of March 31, 2012 they need to be out of the Peck Center so teachers will be at different sites.

You may still pay for your lessons by sending a check to Amelia Arts Academy, PO Box 222, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035. They will also accept credit card payments until June 30, 2012.

Some of the teachers have made other arrangements and will be collecting their own fees. If you currently attend the Academy, your teacher will advise you as to what you need to do and where you need to be.

This was a hard decision to make but one they felt would be best for the future of the Arts Academy. It is their belief that narrowing their focus will make them better able to provide quality arts education to a larger group of children without major costs for administration and infrastructure.

It is sad that the Academy as we know it today will no longer exist but they have great hopes that they will still be able to make a difference in the lives of Nassau County children.

While they are appreciative of the support given from members of our community, they are sorry that the current economic climate has made this decision imperative.

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Opening for Millie Martin at Waterwheel Art Gallery

Opening for Millie Martin at Waterwheel Art Gallery

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The Waterwheel Gallery is excited to present an art show for the artist Millie Martin, a resident of Amelia Island and a fixture in the arts community on the island.

The Impressionist style of Martin is not only beautiful and pleasing to the eye, but has a soft dreamlike quality that evokes in the viewer the feeling of a memory.

The Reception Thursday evening, March 29th, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, will include a wine bar and light hors d’oeuvres in addition to the beautiful works of Martin. If you are not already familiar with the artist, this would be a fantastic occasion to meet her and see her works as well as to meet fellow art lovers, producers and collectors in the community.

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Performances of Ballet and Opera from Europe Shown at Cinema 7

Performances of Ballet and Opera from Europe Shown at Cinema 7Mouth of Amelia has sent word of live, streaming performances of ballet and opera that are being shown at our own Carmike Amelia Island Cinema 7 movie theater.

The next feature is Le Corsaire (The Bolshoi Ballet); with a encore performance on 3/20/12, at 7:00 PM.

WHEN: Please see Schedule of Events below!

WHERE: Carmike 7 Cinema, 1132 South 14th Street in Fernandina Beach, Florida

WHAT: This is in the “Who Knew” department! It is a little known fact that ballets and operas are streamed in live from La Scala, Bolshoi Theatre, Royal Opera House, etc. to our local theatre, Carmike. The showings are usually here at 11am (from Russia) or 2pm (from London). They’re recorded during streaming and shown again locally once or twice as Encores. The performances often last over three hours because, being live, they include intermissions. Usually, the intermissions show views of the event’s theatre and sometimes interviews with principals, costumers or conductors — always translated into English or with English captions. Performances always include English captions.

A loyal Mouth reader writes, “The sound system at the theatre is wonderful and with cameras streaming in the live performances from different angles, even overhead views and closeups, it’s pure eye candy! We see far more than the audience at the event could possibly see from any seat. We’ve become avid ballet fans as a result. Although we’ve always loved opera, this venue brings it up close and personal!”

We are so lucky to have this program right here on our little island since not all Carmike theatres are participating. You might subscribe to info@emergingpictures.com for “Ballet in Cinema” and “Opera in Cinema” to get notices about upcoming events, but the notices come in just a few days in advance of the event which only helps as a reminder. However, when you attend a performance, you receive a good program that provides performance details, including a synopsis, and lists upcoming events on the last page so that you can schedule for them further in advance.

My spies tell me that there are always seats available. Music lovers should patronize these showings to encourage Carmike to continue to subscribe to this series!

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OPERA
Puccini’s La Boheme (Gran Teatre del Liceu) Encore – 3/27/2012, 7:00pm

Verdi’s Rigoletto (The Royal Opera House) Live: 4/17/2012, 2:30pm; Encore – 4/24/2012, 7:00pm

BALLET
Le Corsaire (The Bolshoi Ballet) Encore performance 3/20/12, 7:00 PM.

Romeo & Juliet (The Royal Ballet) Live: 3/22/2012, 3:30pm; Encore – 4/10/2012, 7:00pm

The Bright Stream (The Bolshoi Ballet) Live: 4/29/2012, 11:00am; Encore – 4:30pm & 5/15/2012, 7:00pm

La Fille Mal Gardee (The Royal Ballet) Live: 5/16/2012, 2:30pm; Encore – 5/29/2012, 7:00pm

Raymonda (The Bolshoi Ballet) Live: 6/24/2012, 11:00am; Encore – 4:30pm & 7/10/2012, 7:00pm

Le Corsaire, from the Bolshoi Ballet

In the Bolshoi Ballet’s new staging of Le Corsaire, Petipa’s original choreography is revived and refreshed by Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka to breathe new life into this production. The ballet follows Medora, a young Greek girl, and Conrad, a dashing pirate, as they journey through a tapestry of dramatic events, culminating in a shipwreck considered to be one of ballet’s most dazzling spectacles. Starring Svetlana Lunkina, Ruslan Skvortsov, Andrei Merkuriev & Nina Kaptsova.

“The final scene has one scenic masterstroke after another. Moonlight upon the Mediterranean, then the corsairs’ ship… filling most of the stage with characters on board, trumped by thunder, lightning, storm, rising waves, and the boat splitting before our eyes: the kind of special effect that in recent decades has belonged to film alone.” – The New York Times

“…fairly bursts with dazzling ingredients… the final ocean scene is Kaminsky’s crowning glory.” – Washington Post

COST: Tickets are usually $20 for a ballet and $25 for an opera

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Carmike is not very aggressive in advertising this series. Their phone message is not updated. But you can TRY to get more information by calling 904-261-9867 or 904-261-8983.

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Henry Von Genk III at the Waterwheel Art Gallery

Henry Von Genk III at the Waterwheel Art GalleryWaterwheel Art Gallery and Framing has represented Henry Von Genk III for many years and have watched as art lovers both regionally and nationally have added this artist to their collections. To own a “Von Genk” is like owning a great bottle of wine… the price will only go up!

The epic beauty of Henry Von Genk’s Florida landscapes draws you in and captures the romantic essence of our flora and fauna. If you’ve seen these pieces in person you know the rich details in every blade of grass and every sunset that Henry is so famous for.

A 15% price increase is eminent!

Henry has not raised his prices in 10 years and plans a 15% increase in the very near future but after some negotiation, he has promised to offer these pieces to Waterwheel’s customers at their original price, but only through the end of March 2012!

Waterwheel Art Gallery is now in the Pelican Palms Shopping Center along with Current Runnings, Redbones Dog Bakery and Beadlemania

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Comcast Sponsors Micah’s Place Student Art Contest Award Ceremony

Left to right:  Abigail Coker, Fernanda Rodriguez, Cheyenne MixonLeft to right: Abigail Coker, Fernanda Rodriguez, Cheyenne Mixon

Yulee, FL – Micah’s Place recently honored student artists during the agency’s annual Student Art Contest Awards Ceremony sponsored by Comcast. The event was held on Friday, February 24th at the Florida State College, Betty P. Cook Nassau Center. Prizes for the student artists were generously provided by the Jacksonville Zoo, the Museum of Science and History, the Putt-Putt Fun Center, the Carmike Amelia Island 7 movie theatre, and Wal-Mart. Dr. John L. Ruis (Superintendent) and Andreu Powell (Coordinator of Intervention and Prevention), presented the awards along with Micah’s Place Executive Director, Shandra Riffey.

Micah’s Place would like to thank Comcast for sponsoring our Student Art Contest through their Comcast Community Investment Grant program. With these awarded funds, Micah’s Place was able to have an enjoyable event for the children with refreshments and awards for each of the winners.

The contest’s theme, Global Citizen, invited Nassau County students to create artwork that displayed what being a global citizen looks like to them through their eyes. Students were also encouraged to write a special message on their artwork on “How we can achieve Global Citizens by caring and listening to others.” Over 240 entries were submitted this year, and the following students placed in their grade categories:

Prekindergarten to Second Grade
First Place: Fernanda Rodriguez, 1st Grade, Southside Elementary School
Second Place: Abigail Coker, Kindergarten, Southside Elementary School
Third Place: Cheyenne Mixon, Kindergarten, Southside Elementary School

Kiley Vontassell, Ansley Bennett and Ha'ane Hensley, Ashley ThomasLeft to right: Kiley Vontassell, Ansley Bennett and Ha’ane Hensley, Ashley Thomas

Third to Fifth Grade
First Place: Ansley Bennett and Ha’ane Hensley, 4th Grade, Emma Love Hardee Elementary School
Second Place: Kiley Vontassell, 4th Grade, Emma Love Hardee Elementary School
Third Place: Ashley Thomas, 4th Grade, Emma Love Hardee Elementary School

Sixth to Eighth Grade
First Place: Aimee Knight, 7th Grade, Hilliard Middle-Senior High School
Second Place: Chelbie Parker, 8th Grade, Yulee Middle School
Third Place (tie): Hannah MacDonald, 7th Grade, Yulee Middle School and Jordan Woolley, 7th Grade, Yulee Middle School

Left to right: Dr. John L. Ruis (Superintendent) and Michael LynchLeft to right: Dr. John L. Ruis (Superintendent) and Michael Lynch

Ninth to Twelfth Grade
First Place: Michael Lynch, 11th Grade, Hilliard Middle-Senior High School
Second Place: Moriah Rose, 11th Grade, Hilliard Middle-Senior High School
Third Place: Raegan Hodges, 10th Grade, Hilliard Middle-Senior High School

Micah’s Place is a Certified Domestic Violence Center and the only one serving Nassau County Florida. Our mission is to provide prevention and intervention services to victims of domestic violence; and to provide education within our community to effect change in behavior and attitudes relating to domestic violence. If you or someone know is being abused, please call (800) 500-1119 for more information.

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Second Printing of Sketches of Amelia Island

Second Printing of Sketches of Amelia IslandSketches of Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach, The Mark of William Maurer is now in its second printing since 2007. The first printing of 2500 copies has just about sold out. This 13 inch, beautiful hard cover coffee table book depicting the artist’s original sketches and beautiful watercolors of Amelia Island is being well received. Among those are visitors to the island, new brides for their guests to sign, realtors welcoming new comers, and art lovers as well. Unlike a photo album, this book is a collection of his past ten years of teaching sketching and original paintings throughout the island.

Unlike the lens of a camera, the work of an artist is to interpret a subject by the best light, thus developing better shades and shadows. Maurer sought out many of these subjects a few days prior to teaching them in his workshops. He always tried to find a special place that would appeal to his students with interest. On Amelia Island there are endless subjects.

Weather permitting, you’ll still see William out and about around town with either his easel painting watercolors, or possibly just a sketchbook and pencil. He takes groups out on Thursday mornings. They meet at 10 a.m. at the Amelia Island Coffee Shop.

The book is also divided into chapters of the island. One section will have the beaches, another the B & B’s, churches or the Amelia River. It is written with an interesting historical text by local historian Jan Johannes.

This book is available on his website, MaurerFineArt.com, and at local Fernandina Beach book stores. It may also be found at Eight Flags Antique Shop on Centre Street.

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Celebrations II Acrylic on Canvas

Celebrations II Acrylic on CanvasOmni Amelia Island Plantation Artists’ Guild and Gallery and Osprey Village are featuring the works of Jack Allen, Friday, February 17th from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM.

The exhibit, “Multiple Layers of Bliss,” demonstrates Jack Allen’s love of abstracts and the embodiment of how he sees the world. Mr. Allen is from Jacksonville and will also give a free informative talk at the Gallery on February 24th at 7:00pm.

All are welcome to attend both events. The Opening and Reception are free of charge and open to the public. Plantation Artists’ Guild and Gallery is located at 94 Village Circle at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation.

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On the Backs of Others at American Beach Museum

On the Backs of Others at American Beach MuseumOn the Backs of Others, presented by the American Beach Museum and Community Center is a splendid assortment of fiber artworks and quilts by local artist, Billie McCray. She has chosen many pieces that have not been viewed locally, including a quilt that was inspired by a poem by Langston Hughes. Also, her piece designed from MaVynne’s (The Beach Lady) clothes will continue to be on exhibit at the Amelia Island Museum of History as part of a program honoring four Florida women.

Billie scouts consignment stores, thrift shops and even dumpsters to find the materials for her work! She told Mouth of Amelia, “I have made so much that I can’t remember; I think creative juices have flowed through me and are filling me up. I am having so much fun!”

The FREE exibit is open to the public and will be on display at 1600 Julia Street on Amelia Island February 10-11 from 5:00 to 8:00PM; February 12 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM; and February 13-16 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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