Heading to First Friday Art Walk? Then be sure to check out these exhibits

Nautical artist Jyotika Shroff specializes in contemporary renderings of marine life. Her work will be on display at Sea Spirits Gallery and Gifts during First Friday Art Walk.

The Art Galleries of St. Augustine will host First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight. The event offers participants the opportunity to take in St. Augustine’s thriving art scene with a free, self-guided walking tour. Tour maps are available at member galleries. Old Town Trolleys and St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains offer free transportation around downtown during the event. For information, call 832-779-2781 or go to artgalleriesofstaugustine.org. Here's what you can look forward to at the event.

 

Amistad — 88 Charlotte St. 

The paintings of Ponte Vedra artist Doug Gerhart will be highlighted during an exhibit and reception at Amistad during Art Walk. Gerhart learned to paint while recovering from knee surgery in 1995, and he has never looked back. Gerhart’s new-found love led him to attend the Scottsdale Art School in Arizona, the Laguna Art School in California and the Fechin Art Institute in New Mexico. “I’m trying to capture a moment in time,” Gerhart says, “a tender innocence or simple reality that lets the viewer sense the emotion or question the thought within the silent language of the figure.” 

The Art Studio of St. Augustine Beach — 370 A1A Beach Blvd.
Dara Dodson, an award-winning artist and teacher, is the featured artist this month at The Art Studio of St. Augustine Beach. Dodson paints representational landscapes of St. Augustine and the Caribbean in acrylic and oil. Dodson lives in St. Augustine, and her work can be seen in offices, schools and homes across Florida, Kentucky, Texas and New York. 

Crisp-Ellert Art Museum — 48 Sevilla St.
Puerto Rican artist Gamaliel Rodriguez will lead a tour of his new exhibit “A Third Way to Look at You” at 4 p.m. and will be present for a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum. Rodriguez’s large-scale drawings are created with ball-point pen and colored pencil on paper, as well as acrylic inks on canvas. He is inspired by social issues, especially the current economic crisis in Puerto Rico. Rodriguez studied art at the University of Sacred Heart in Puerto Rico and at the Kent Institute of Art and Design in England. 

Lost Art Gallery — 210 St. George St.
The works of artist Irene Salley will be featured in an exhibit at downtown St. Augustine’s Lost Art Gallery. Salley was born in Guadeloupe, a small island in the French West Indies. She studied art in Paris, and was moved by the post-impressionist movement. She attempts to use her observations to discover truths about the world. Her paintings of Guadeloupe, Provence and Florida are filled with emotion and color. 

PASTA Gallery — 214 Charlotte St.
George Ellis, a watercolor artist who specializes in painting classic and vintage cars and motorcycles, will be featured at PASTA Gallery during Art Walk. Ellis spent many years building model cars and that experience has helped him develop an attention to detail that is evident in his work. Ellis maintains his studio in Lincolnville. 

Sea Spirits Gallery and Gifts — 210 St. George St.
Jyotika Shroff is inspired by the sea, and her work feels right at home at Sea Spirits Gallery and Gifts. Shroff specializes in contemporary renderings of sea creatures and other wildlife using vibrant and inviting colors. She strives to remind viewers to pause, reflect and appreciate the world around them. 

St. Augustine Art Associaion — 22 Marine St.
Graphic designer Don Trousdell died last January, but his art lives on in his “Ordinary People” exhibit at the St. Augustine Art Association. The works on display were created by Trousdell to celebrate the 450th anniversary of St. Augustine. The installation is sponsored by Joseph and Jane Boles, who bought the entire exhibit. Trousdell was an honorary Life Member of the St. Augustine Art Association, and many of his exhibitions premiered at the venue. “Don lived every day with enthusiasm, purpose and simplicity,” says Tina Trousdell, his wife. “He had an endless desire to learn and discover and to make everyone he encountered feel special.” 

Tim’s Wine Market — 128 Sea Grove Main St.
St. Augustine artist Mary Hubley will open her new exhibit “Small Works” during a reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Tim’s Wine Market. Hubley is best known for her modern contemporary landscapes. She moves between semi-abstract and impressionist styles. Hubley paints most of her work en plein air. Her work can be found at numerous galleries throughout the Southeast. 

PARTICIPATING GALLERIES

Amiro Art & Found | 9C Aviles St. | 824-8460 

Features contemporary art and vintage finds. 

Amistad | 88 Charlotte St. | 547-2446 

Features local and international fine art and hand-crafted products. The store will host a reception with Ponte Vedra Beach artist Doug Gerhart from 5 to 9 p.m. during First Friday Art Walk. 

The Art Studio of St. Augustine Beach | 370A A1A Beach Blvd. | 615-3197 

Features paintings, pottery and stained glass. The gallery will host a reception with artist Dara Dodson during Art Walk. 

Aviles Street Gallery | 11C Aviles St. | 823-8608 

Features works in oil, acrylic, photography, pastel, watercolor, ink, jewelry and wood. 

Butterfield Garage Art Gallery | 9 Aviles St. | 825-4577 

Features art from several local artists across various mediums. 

The Courtyard Gallery | 75 King St. | 599-8522 

Features works by Florida and St. Augustine artists, jewelry and antiques. 

Crisp-Ellert Museum | 48 Sevilla St. | 826-8530 

Features a variety of exhibitions throughout Flagler College’s academic year. The museum will host an artist reception with Gamaliel Rodriguez promoting his exhibition “A Third Way to Look at You” from 5 to 9 p.m. during Art Walk.

First Congregation Sons of Israel | 161 Cordova St. | 829-9532 

Features wine and cheese as well as an art exhibit from 5 to 7 p.m. 

The Gallery Group | 303C Anastasia Blvd. | 217-7344 

The Gallery Group will host its grand opening from 4 to 9 p.m. during Art Walk. The gallery features the works of Amadeo Penalver and Patricia Isabella Byron. 

Georgia Nick Gallery | 11A Aviles St. | 342-2186 

Features works by various local artists including stained glass, photography, sculpture and illustrated books.

Grace Gallery | 47 King St. | 827-1899 

Features impressionism, plein air, still lifes and Florida artists. 

Grand Bohemian Gallery | 49 King St. | 829-6880 

Features work by national and international artists. 

High Tide Gallery | 76B San Marco Ave. | 829-6831 

Features artwork from 25 local artists with coastal charm. Paintings, sea glass jewelry, stained and art glass, pottery and gifts from St. Augustine. 

Hubley Gallery and St. Augustine Framing | 804 Anastasia Blvd. | 429-9769 

Features fine art, pottery, sculptures and jewelry. Also offers custom framing and painting classes. 

Joel Bagnal Goldsmith | 11C Aviles St. | 614-4706 

Features unique jewelry designs in gold and silver. 

Lightner Museum | 75 King St. | 824-2874 

The first floor of the museum will be open during art walk with free admission. 

Lindauer Fine Art | 84 Charlotte St. | 206-6757 

Features paintings and sculptures by the artist for National Geographic TV. 

Lost Art Gallery | 210 St. George St. | 827-9800 

Features fine art, antiques and novelties from around the world. The gallery will host a reception with artist Irene Salley during First Friday Art Walk. 

Metalartz | 58 Hypolita St. | 824-6322 

Features 70 artists in metal, glass, wood, ceramic, photography and painting. 

PASTA Gallery | 214 Charlotte St. | 824-0251 | pastaartgallery.net 

Features paintings, pastels, photography, mixed media, jewelry and pottery. Watercolors of vintage and classic cars by George Ellis will be highlighted during Art Walk. 

Plum Gallery | 10 Aviles St. | 825-0069 

Contemporary art gallery featuring painting, sculpture and jewelry. 

Rembrandtz Gallery | 131 King St. 

Jewelry will be on display as well as photography. Visitors will be allowed to make their own mosaic. Beer, wine and refreshments will be served. 

Sea Spirits Gallery & Gifts | 210 St. George St. | 679-3811 

Features nautical paintings and sculptures, artisan jewelry and novelties. The gallery will feature the works of Jyotika Shroff during Art Walk. 

Simple Gestures | 4 White St. E. | 827-9997 

Features jewelry, multidimensional art, pottery, trash art and mosaics. April Partridge’s mosaics will be on display during Art Walk. ABM will provide live music and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Purple Olive. 

The Starving Artist | 28 Cuna St. | 540-3661 

Features local art from 50 up-and-coming artists and students. 

St. Augustine Art Association | 22 Marine St. | 824-2310 

Features juried exhibits in varied mediums. The association will present graphic designer Don Trousdell’s “Ordinary People” exhibit during art walk. Trousdell created the exhibit for St. Augustine’s 450th anniversary. Trousdell died last January. 

St. Augustine Art Glass | 54 St. George St. | 824-4916 

Features stained-glass items handcrafted onsite plus art glass, paintings, pottery, tiles and jewelry. 

Studio G Stained Glass Company | 137 King St. | 330-503-1262 

Features abstract stained-glass panels in assorted sizes. Wine, cheese and crackers will be served. 

Tim’s Wine Market | 128 Sea Grove Main St. | 461-0059 

Features artwork and wine. The store will host a reception with St. Augustine artist Mary Hubley from 5 to 7:30 p.m. during Art Walk. 

Tripp Harrison Gallery & Studio | 22 Cathedral Place | 824-3662 

Features Caribbean, Floridian and coastal scenes. 

 

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