Artists Needed for Leave No Trace Ordinance

AMELIA ISLAND, FL – The Nassau County Tourism Development Council (TDC) in Northeast Florida is seeking artists to submit proposals for a public art installation to complement the county’s “Leave No Trace” ordinance. Six large-scale outdoor sculptures will be created and placed at beach access points on Amelia Island, each incorporating manmade and naturally occurring debris washed ashore during Hurricane Matthew. The sculptures are intended to draw attention to the county’s Leave No Trace ordinance, which protects the safety and quality of the island’s beaches. The deadline to submit proposals is Jan. 9, 2017. Submission guidelines can be found at

“This is a creative way to emphasize the importance of preserving the natural beauty of our beaches for visitors and residents alike,” said Leigh Palmer, Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. “When completed, these sculptures will give beachgoers – and art lovers – a reason to stop and think about their individual responsibility to our local environment, while also encouraging them to read about the Leave No Trace ordinance.”

The TDC is encouraging proposals for the Seaside Sculptures project from all artists. Initial proposals are due Jan. 9, 2017, and should be for finished, large-scale outdoor sculptures with sustaining mediums incorporating a minimum of 25% repurposed beach debris. A jury of members from the Island Art Association will select up to six finalists on Jan. 20, 2017. Installations are scheduled for April 2017 and will take place at North Beach, Main Beach, Seaside Beach, Peter’s Point, Scott Road and Burney Park beach accesses.

For more information about the Seaside Sculptures project, including timeline, terms and conditions, eligibility, submission guidelines and more, visit  

Farmers and Arts Markets Scheduled to be Open October 8th

Due to Hurricane Matthew, the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market and the Fernandina Beach Arts Market will be CLOSED on Saturday, October 8, 2016.

October 8, 2016, brings back both the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market and the Arts Market to historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. Currently involved in a contest to be named “America’s Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living, a leading authority on coastal home and travel, the City of Fernandina Beach is indeed a happy place. Read more

Fashion is Art and Art is Photography

In conjunction with the second Saturday Artragious Artwork, long sponsored by the Island Art Association, Bijoux Amelia, (a boutique offering fun, funky and affordable ladies accessories), located at 317A Centre Street, will be hosting its own reception – a “Meet and Greet” with local photographer Ann Kemp. Read more

TEDxFSCJ Announces Speakers for Art (Re)Defines Us

Jacksonville, FL – TEDxFSCJ is partnering with OneVoice and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville to host a salon that addresses how the many modes of art—painting, poetry, spoken word and historic neighborhoods—contribute to the flourishing of communities. The TEDxFSCJ Salon, “Art (Re)Defines Us,” will take place Wednesday, September 14, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at MOCA Jacksonville.

The theme for this TEDxFSCJ event is to strengthen ongoing conversation about arts, community and public ideals in Jacksonville. Art exercises a tremendous influence over our personal identity and public values. Learning to understand, appreciate and strengthen that influence enriches our lives as individuals. It also helps us take greater responsibility for the character of our communities and determine whether and to what extent our public artistic and cultural spaces embody the principles we profess.

The evening will feature music by The Lyricist LIVE creator Mal Jones, an open mic street party held during the downtown Art Walk, as well as TED Talks, audience discussion and four expert panelists who have made lasting contributions to Jacksonville’s artistic community.

The panelists include:
· Tiffany Melanson
· Ebony Payne-English
· Christina Parrish Stone
· Roosevelt Watson III

The “Art (Re)Defines Us” salon is free to attend. Check-in and live music are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. For more information, or to register, please visit

September 2016 Writers by the Sea

The September “Writers by the Sea” Amelia Island meeting will be held on September 15, 2016, at the Amelia Island Museum of History, 6:00 p.m.

Tell and Sell Your Story
Michael Regina, illustrator and editor, will provide an artist’s approach to: How Art and Illustration Tell and Sell Your Story. Michael Regina is an award winning film editor, painter and illustrator, largely known for his portraits and comics work: The latter have grown in popularity since his online graphic novel, From Death ’til Now, was released. Aside from developing his own projects, Michael has served as an assistant on the last two volumes of Scholastic’s popular series, Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi. Michael received a BFA in Painting and Drawing at the University of North Florida and studied under several painting masters; including portrait artist Kyle Keith. Michael’s comics work is represented by Fine Print Literary Management –

The event is Free-of-charge to all writers.

FSCJ Hosts Role Models, a Ceramic Art Exhibit

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) invites students and members of the public to attend the traveling exhibition “Role Models” in August and September.

WHAT: “Role Models” is a survey of contemporary ceramics, with each artist showing one exemplary piece. The exhibit offers a range of exciting examples in sculptural and functional clay work. Organized by the Morean Arts Center and Florida CraftArt in St. Petersburg, the exhibit features 45 ceramic works representing the exciting range of sculptural and functional clay works being created by contemporary artists in Florida and beyond.

This exhibit offers students a unique opportunity to see the lineage of prominent contemporary ceramic artists and to witness firsthand the ways in which technique and aesthetics are passed from professionals to generations of students, affecting not only the personal work of an individual but entire trends within the medium. “Role Models” recently returned from exhibition at the prestigious National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), the world’s largest all-ceramics conference.

Seventeen artists currently working in Florida were selected to participate in “Role Models.” Each artist was asked to choose one person who mentored them and another person whom they have mentored. Many of the artists have chosen craftspeople from elsewhere in the country – people they studied under in school, look to for professional advice or artists they have mentored who have moved on to successful out-of-state careers.

“Role Models” fits into a larger schedule of events and exhibits in September called “Ceramics JAX.” Organized by University of North Florida (UNF) Professor Stephen Heywood, “Ceramics JAX” will highlight the ceramic arts through a variety of exhibits, workshops and lectures. In addition to these exhibits, guest artist McKenzie Smith and others will present workshops and gallery talks throughout the month of September.

For images and more on the “Role Models” exhibition, visit

WHEN/WHERE: “Ceramics JAX” Exhibit and Event Dates

“Role Models”
Florida State College at Jacksonville-South Gallery, M1110
11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246
August 24 – September 22, 2016
Reception: September 22, 2016, 5 – 7:30 p.m.

“National Juried Exhibition”
University of North Florida-UNF Gallery
1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
September 1 – October 14, 2016
Reception: September 1, 2016

“Wood Fire Invitational”
University of North Florida-Lufrano Gallery
1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
September 1 – November 15, 2016
Reception: September 1, 2016

MOCA Jacksonville
333 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202
August 30 – November 21, 2016
Reception: September 7, 2016

Sculptural Narrative
Cathedral Arts Project (organized by Jacksonville University)
207 North Laura St. Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32202
September 7 – December 15, 2016
Reception: September 7, 2016

“Student Exhibit”
CoRK Arts District
Dates: TBA
Reception: September 16, 2016

Lecture: McKenzie Smith
University of North Florida-Ceramics Studio
1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
September 6, 2016

Workshop: McKenzie Smith
University of North Florida-Ceramics Studio
1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
September 7 – 8, 2016

Friends of the Library Presents The Art of the Japanese Print

Friends of the Library Presents The Art of the Japanese PrintFriends of the Fernandina Beach Library (FOL) invites the entire community to a Meet and Greet reception to view the new exquisite art exhibition titled “The Art of the Japanese Print” at the Fernandina Beach Branch of the Nassau County Library. The reception, which offers coffee and refreshments, will be held from 10 am to 12 pm, September 10th in the new Community Room at the Library, located at 25 North 4th Street.

Christine and Paul Meehan are graciously loaning a portion of their collection of contemporary Japanese prints to Friends of the Library for an exhibition from September 1st to December 30th as part of the Library’s new revolving quarterly community art exhibits.

The Meehan collection, initiated in 1975, was previously exhibited at the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach, Florida, and exemplifies all the major printmaking techniques in use today including woodblock, intaglio, planographic/lithography and stencil/silkscreen, providing a wonderful opportunity for residents and students in our area.

During the reception, FOL will acknowledge a most generous contribution from the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise. The group raised funds during its Fourth Annual Wine & Food Tasting. The proceeds of which will benefit computer literacy through its strong support for the new Technology Center at the Fernandina Beach Library Branch.

For more information regarding the Friends of the Library or to make a donation, please visit

Friends of the Library Reception at Plantation Artists Guild

There is a a charity reception at Plantation Artist’s Guild & Gallery to benefit Friends of the Library on Friday, August 12, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Spa & Shops, 94 Village Circle.

A donation of $10.00 is requested at the door and this is a great opportunity to support Friends of the Library, view fine art by local artists, partake in refreshments, and possibly win a door prize!

Everyone is welcome and exhibited art works will be offered for sale.

For more information regarding Friends of the Library, membership or to donate, please visit

Make a Splash with Artist Jose Garcia

Make a Splash is the newest exhibit at the Plantation Artists’ Guild and Gallery. Amelia Island resident, Jose Garcia, features beautiful art that will be on display from August 6 through September 10, 2016, at the Plantation Artists’ Guild & Gallery.

Garcia began drawing as a young man and soon developed a love of color that he used to paint the birds, fish and animals he saw on his world travels. Comfortable with a variety of media, he favors oil on canvas to paint his abstracts and tries to express emotion with each brush stroke.

The Plantation Artists’ Guild & Gallery is located at 94 Amelia Village Circle at The Omni Shops. Gallery hours are Tuesdays 9-1; Wednesday – Friday, from 11:00 a.m until 5:00 p.m., or by appointment.

July 23rd at the Art and Farmers Markets


charlies-art-july2016July 23, 2016, is the fourth Saturday of the month and that means the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market will be joined by the fine artists and craftsmen of the Fernandina Beach Arts Market. Located on North Seventh Street, between Alachua and Centre in historic, Fernandina Beach, both markets will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.

Charlie’s Art is Artist Charlie Weisenborn who specializes in oil paintings. While she paints just about anything, at the Arts Market, she concentrates on 24 X 36 inch paintings, affordable minis with easel stands, coloring canvas packs, tees, aprons, tea towels and other reproductions of her original designs relating to farmers market items, and of course, shrimp.

Reverse Glass by Gail is painted glassware where the designs face both the interior and the exterior of the glass. This creates an unusual view that can be enjoyed from any angle. Non-toxic, permanent, dishwasher and microwave safe, these environmentally inspired works of art are original, hand painted, and make wonderful gifts.

La Soucique Studio Silversmiths is another exhibitor in the Arts Market and they take their inspiration from the sea creating pieces in the calming and vibrant hues of the sand and water. They like to use found objects (such as sea glass) and utilize hand forging techniques to create custom silver jewelry that highlights the timeless simplicity, tranquility and beauty of each piece of sea glass or gemstone.

One of the Market Place farmers’ markets weekly vendors is the Cross Creek Honey Company. Having spent over three years working with the Florida Department of Agriculture to adopt the first honey standard in the nation, they are pleased to announce they have a resupplied their Florida Everglades. This new batch of honey is very good tasting, a little sweeter, and a bit paler in color than what you have seen at their booth in the past. They have several new beeswax candle designs, too.

Weekly vendor, Percy’s Spice Pantry, is a family business operated by Percy and her daughters. They make uniquely flavored salts that can be used for cooking, rubbing, or finishing, and the salts make fantastic rimmers for your cocktail of choice.

July 23rd at the Art and Farmers MarketsTopsy Toffee’s Tucker Juan told me his fun logo represents the St. John’s River, and his family recipe for toffee is a delicious, natural product made from Florida sugar and Georgia pecans that will last for about 45 days, longer if kept in the fridge… but honestly, the toffee tastes so good it will be long gone before the end of the first week. Be sure to try his summer specialty, “S’mores of July”. Flavored with slivered almonds, graham crackers, melted chocolate, and topped with marshmallows, this is sure to be a seasonal favorite.

Florida State College at Jacksonville offers a Massage Therapy program and their students need practical hours of experience, and what better place for them to find subjects than a well attended farmers market? Stop by to learn more about the program, or to experience a supervised massage by one of their students.

Together the markets bring nearly 60 vendors to downtown Fernandina offering a delightful and unique outdoor shopping experience where friends and neighbors gather. This week’s music is provided by the toe-tapping sounds of Bruce Beville and Laid Back. For more information, please find both markets on facebook and the world wide web.

African Love Kitchen Joins Fernandina’s Farmers Market

African Love Kitchen Joins Fernandina's Farmers MarketJune 25, 2016, is the 4th Saturday of the month and that means both the Fernandina Beach Arts Market and the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers markets will be open near the corner of Centre and Eighth Streets in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach.

The farmers market is welcoming one of our newest vendors back this week, African Love Kitchen. You will be delighted with their authentic Tanzanian foods created by Chef Ibrahim. Ibrahim uses the flavors of his culture to entice your appetite, and you can taste the culture in every bite. Try sambusa filled with beef, chicken, vegetables or bison, and their piri piri wraps are fabulous. If you are a fan of curry, their sauce is a must have.

Cabbage Creek, a farm located in Nassau County, has been a weekly vendor of the market for years and this time of the year their butternut and spaghetti squash, cucumbers, fresh garlic, and mixed and sunflower cut flowers are all beautifully displayed in their popular booth.

Summer means heat, and what better way to cool off when walking through the farmers and arts markets than with a nice cool lemonade, smoothie, or an iced coffee by weekly vendor Island Juice and Java? Prepared to order, these refreshing drinks are made just the way you want them.

Kings Kountry Produce is another weekly vendor that brings seasonal vegetables to Fernandina Beach from their family farm in Starke, Florida. Harvesting this time of the year includes ample supplies of eggplants, tomatoes, Patty pan, zuchinni and golden rod squash, corn, okra, and Florida blueberries.

In addition to these fine food vendors, there will be another 30 or so vendors with displays of breads, pastries, soaps, lotions, honey, jams, jellies, eggs, beef, salmon, local shrimp, cheeses, dips, dressings, hot sauces, and more, as well as almost 20 artists and craftsmen set up with their handmade creations including jewelry, pottery, apparel, art, frames, and pictures in the adjacent Arts Market.

Our Market Sponsor this week is Bath Fitters. A representative will be available to answer your questions about remodeling your bathroom in as little as one day. Affordable and quick, their professional service offers you a wide variety of finishes and accessories, and the peace of mind knowing the job is being done right!

Both markets are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and the farmers market is open every Saturday of the year. For more information, please find either market on facebook, or stop by the management booth any Saturday.

Live Spanish Guitar Music Comes to Farmers Market This Saturday

Live Spanish Guitar Music Comes to Farmers Market This SaturdayJune 11, 2016, is the second Saturday of the month and that means the return of the Fernandina Beach Arts Market. Dozens of vendors and exhibitors, who hand-craft their unique products, will be located adjacent to the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market located on North Seventh Street (between Centre and Alachua Streets) in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach.

We have a new vendor joining us this week. Life Scents Candle Company. This is a family owned company who makes all natural soy candles that are infused with essential oils. All of their candles are handmade and hand-poured, and they are certain you will quickly find a favorite eco-friendly fragrance.

Returning to the Arts Market this week are a wide variety of artisans who specialize in pottery, jewelry, fabrics, paintings, stained glass, tie dye, sewing and other amazing displays of talent. The Market Place farmers’ market will see soap vendors, Amish Popcorn, locally grown rice, hot sauces, orchids, catering specialties, as well as the traditional seasonal produce, fresh baked breads, honey, jams and jellies booths and more.

Both markets are open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, rain or shine, and you are invited to bring the entire family out to try a Pickle on a Stick, check out Rose’s authentic Vietnamese egg rolls, or sample a gluten free treat from Dee at her booth Something Good.

This week we are setting the mood with an inaugural appearance by Dennis Fermin. (Listen by clicking HERE) Dennis plays beautiful and uplifting music on the Spanish guitar and hails from roots in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, and even further to Spain.

Our Market Place Sponsor, All American Gutter Protection, is a newly innovated gutter and gutter protection company that is established and manufactured in the USA. They take pride in offering the highest level of customer service and satisfaction. Specializing in seamless aluminum gutters and a stainless steel micro filter gutter guard, they only use their own employees, and never subcontract ANY work.

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Memorial Day Weekend at the Saturday Farmers Market

Memorial Day Weekend at the Saturday Farmers MarketThe farmers market on North Seventh Street in historic Fernandina Beach will be a great place to entertain your Memorial Day Weekend company. We are introducing a new vendor this week, Amish Popcorn. The Mlyniec family recently moved to Fernandina Beach and we are looking forward to seeing their different varieties of one of America’s favorite snacks.

This is the final Saturday Steephill Designs will be at the Market Place until they return in the fall with the fresh maple syrup they harvest from their Vermont home, and Island Juice and Java returns this week with their iced coffees, fresh squeezed lemonades, and flavorful smoothies.

The Fernandina Beach Arts Market will be open adjacent to the farmers market with a wide selection of local arts and crafts. Come on out and meet the artists while you peruse booths full of jewelry, apparel, wood crafting, furniture, pottery, stained glass and more.

black-frog-design-post-officeThere will be a book signing with the three artists of, “A Day on Amelia Island.” Stephan Leimberg, Dawna Moore, and Scott Moore, have put together a beautiful coffee-table style book featuring their amazing photography.

The City of Fernandina Beach will be on hand to promote the upcoming 6th Annual Boat Show and one of their vendors, Olde Town Marina, will have a boat on display to get you in the mood for some on-the-water, summer fun. Stop by their booth to learn more about this FREE event that is open to the public.

Music this week is provided by the crowd pleasing Bruce Beville and the Laid Back Band.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market is located on North Seventh Street, between Centre and Alachua Streets, in downtown, historic Fernandina Beach. The Market Place is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine, and your well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome to join you.

For more information, please find us on Facebook, or visit

Pop Up Market Place in Fernandina


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While the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market will NOT be open on North Seventh Street in historic Fernandina Beach due to the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, a few of the vendors from both the farmers and the arts market will be setting up shop at the corner of Lime and South 14th Streets on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

This sampling of both markets will include fine arts and crafts, and some artisan food vendors, too.

You can expect to see barrels of olives and pickles from Olive My Pickle, wild-caught shrimp from Chesser Seafood, Upstream Wild Alaska Seafood will have scallops, salmon, salmon burgers and dip; and homemade goat soaps will be found at Soap-Crafters… just to name a few.

So, if you are looking to avoid the chaos of Shrimp Festival, but still want to enjoy a little outdoor shopping and fresh shrimp – come on out around 9:00 a.m. Saturday only, and see what these fine exhibitors have to offer.

For more information on either market, please visit, or

Rib Cook-Off and Artwalk Both Held Saturday

The City of Fernandina Beach is holding the eventful Rib Cook-Off on March 12, 2016, at Main Beach Park. There will be live music, vendor booths, concessions, and more. Only $10.00 per plate, and a Corn Hole Tournament at $10.00/team.

With over 50 BBQ Teams competing, you can purchase a $10.00 Community plates starting at noon that will get you ribs from one of the teams, sides and tea.

If you are not into BBQ, then check out the monthly Artwalk in downtown Fernandina from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Beginning at the Island Art Association on North Second Street, there will be 48 works exhibited and judged by Jacksonville Artist Ted Head. A variety of media including sculpture, glass, wire, painting, photography, fabric is on display. This show will be in the Nouveau Art Hall until April 2, 2016.

Then take a stroll and visit some of our other local galleries:
-Blue Door Artists – 205 1/2 Centre Street (upstairs)
-SanJon Gallery – 218 Corner Ash Street and 3rd
-Gallery C – 218 Ash Street (upstairs)
-Trish’s Slightly Off Centre – 218 Ash Street
-The Guilded Dolphin – 5 South 2nd Street (upstairs)

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