“RED LIGHT!” in the Garden…

"RED LIGHT!" 24"x24" acrylic on canvas

It was a gorgeous morning in Jacksonville this past Saturday. The sky was a brilliant blue, the sun was shining, the flowers were in bloom and the free art was amazing. The 2nd ever JAX ART HUNT (JAH) was a huge success with the help of Arbus Magazine, Art in Strange Places, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, & of course, all  the generous artists who donated their work.

The Cummer was having a free day on Saturday and they graciously opened their gardens to us as the starting point for our hunt. The energy was awesome and we got a chance to see some very excited folks as they stumbled across some free art. I decided to hide my “RED LIGHT!” painting in the gardens, which is the sidekick to my “GREEN LIGHT!” painting. I will be strategically hiding “GREEN LIGHT!” at next month’s JAH (rumor has it, that the next JAH may be held in St. Augustine! That will be confirmed asap. )

"Red Light!" "Green Light!" 2 panel, each 24"x24" acrylic on canvas

The last piece of free art was hid in San Marco at Pulp, where  some young lacrosse players stumbled across the fabulous work donated by Brian Gray. It was an awesome moment to see the looks on their faces when they realized it was their lucky day.

I can’t wait for April’s JAH, it’s going to be fun and bigger than ever. Stay tuned for more details as we find different ways to spread the power of art to our community 🙂

 

 

If you are an artist and would like more information on how to donate go to: Art in Strange Places

To learn more about the JAX ART HUNT, visit my prior posts: ART HUNT?! WHAT IS THAT? & Operation: BRING ART TO THE PEOPLE

Be sure to pick up an Arbus Magazine to stay in the know of all the fabulous art & culture things that are going on in Jax at any given moment 🙂

And last but not least, don’t forget to help support and spread the word regarding my inspiration for the JAX ART HUNTS: Chicago artist, Patrick Skoff. He will soon be taking his art hunt on the road and he needs your support, be sure to visit his Facebook Page for more details.

 

 

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Do You Know What Artists Are Doing to Your City?!

Just this ARTwalk alone, artists are responsible for:

Many people don’t realize the amount of work, training, dedication and money that is involved in being an artist. One artist can spend hundreds to thousands of dollars just to create, frame, display, and market their art for an art show for the masses to enjoy, but the artist is often left holding the bill. As a community, we can change and empower our artists to become great, to prosper from the very gift that blesses so many, and to become successful at what they know how to do best: CREATE ART and in turn continue to generate the benefits our community receives from a thriving art scene such as:

  • enliven communities
  • inspire and enlighten people everyday
  • create & maintain jobs
  • increase tax revenue
  • stimulate tourism and growth

So the answer to the previous question: Do you know what artists are doing to your city?! is:  They are making your city a better place to live 🙂

 

Don’t miss out tomorrow, December 1st, 2010, for Downtown’s First Wednesday ARTwalk. Be sure to stop by either TAC location for our special GUESS WHO?! A fundraiser to benefit participating artists & TAC. and to raise awareness of the importance of artists in a community.

35 artists are participating in this event and over 300 entries have been submitted. All works are on paper, either  approx. 4″x6″ for $20 or approx. 8″x10″ for $50. These will make perfect unique gifts that can fit in anyone’s price range. Each piece is done anonymously & signed on the back, the identity of the artist is kept secret till the purchase is made, hence the Guess Who?! part 🙂

Works will be available for sale during December 1st WEDNESDAY ARTwalk from 5P-9p (at both locations 31 W. Adams & 229 N. Hogan) or join us for the opening reception SATURDAY, December 4th from 6P-9P at TAC II Studios located at 229 N. Hogan.

THANK YOU TO ALL THE ARTISTS WHO CONTINUE TO PUSH THROUGH  ALL THE OBSTACLES AND CONTINUE TO FIND WAYS TO CREATE AND TO ALL WHO HELP BRING AWARENESS & SUPPORT TO OUR THRIVING ART SCENE.