#ILOVEJAX … Part 2

As many of you already know: I love Jacksonville! I spend much time and energy promoting our fabulous city (for free I might add) through my website, facebook, instagram, face to face interactions with everyday folks and I even make art about our fabulous city too (check out the Dingo Loves Jax series). It seems that a while ago, Jacksonville had some pretty major problems and has since been marked by many of it’s locals as a horrible & dangerous city lacking in any arts & culture and with nothing to do. Which is so far from the truth!

I will agree, we still have several issues that need to be addressed such as: the increased violence, murders, and drug crimes that run rampant in many parts of our city making us one of the worst in the state; the ongoing issue between the need for separation between church and state at our city council level; and then there is the desperate need for better & safer pedestrian/cycling infrastructure throughout our city. This is just to name a few.

But I digress, it’s important that as a community we continue to voice our opinions and concerns, while still embracing and celebrating and not forgetting all that is awesome and good about our city. Here are just some of my latest adventures for you to continue to live vicariously through or get up and get in on the fun:

JAX 2025 is a community owned and driven initiative to envision and develop Jacksonville into the city it wants to be by 2025. Anyone can join in the conversations and meetings so be sure to check out their website, just click the the pic. I’ve been to two of their meetings already and the flow of ideas is wonderful. Definitely get in on this or pass along to a friend.

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On January 31st, One Spark held their 2nd town hall meeting at the Florida Theatrer It was so exciting to hear all the great and wonderful creative spirits that live and breathe right here in our very own city. If you don't know what One Spark is, click the link above to get in the know and get involved.

On January 31st, One Spark held their 2nd town hall meeting at the Florida Theater It was so exciting to hear all the great and wonderful creative spirits that live and breathe right here in our very own city. If you don’t know what One Spark is, click the pic above to get in the know and get involved.

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My friend and one of Jacksonville's most prolific artists, Mr. Overstreet Ducasse, did a wonderful One on One artist talk at the Ritz Museum on Jan 22nd. It's always great to hear what goes on inside the mind of an artist. To see and learn more about Overstreet, click the pic and visit his facebook page.

My friend and one of Jacksonville’s most prolific artists, Mr. Overstreet Ducasse, did a wonderful One on One artist talk at the Ritz Museum on Jan 22nd. It’s always great to hear what goes on inside the mind of an artist. To see and learn more about Overstreet, click the pic and visit his facebook page.

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Photo Jax 2013 was a 4 day event (Jan 24-27) spread across 5 venues, celebrating everything that is photography. Part of the event, which is my favorite, was the Instagram Community Response Projection (#PhotoJAX500) which allows everyday Instagram addicts like myself to showcase our goods. I had about 5 of my images selected and projected in front of MoCA during the event along with 495 other lucky participants that got selected. Pictured above, is none other than Gambit (aka the Jacksonville Dingo). Click the pic to find out more about PHOTOJAX :)

Photo Jax 2013 was a 4 day event (Jan 24-27) spread across 5 venues, celebrating everything that is photography. Part of the event, which is my favorite, was the Instagram Community Response Projection (#PhotoJAX500) which allows everyday Instagram addicts like myself to showcase our goods. I had about 5 of my images selected and projected in front of MoCA during the event along with 495 other lucky photos that got selected. Pictured above, is none other than the Jax Dingo (aka Gambit). Click the pic to find out more about PHOTOJAX 🙂

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Earlier in January, a very famous local dingo (aka Gambit) was spotted at the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens. This is one of Jacksonville's best kept little secrets. With a beautiful lake right smack in the middle of it and tons of beautiful trails all around, and as an added bonus it's totally dog friendly. Absolutely worth checking out. Click the pic for their website.

Earlier in January, a very famous local dingo (aka Gambit) was spotted at the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens. This is one of Jacksonville’s best kept little secrets. It has a beautiful lake right smack in the middle of it, tons of beautiful trails all around, and as an added bonus it’s totally dog friendly, too. You  absolutely want to check it out. Click the pic for their website.

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A few weeks ago I visited Big Talbot Island and got lost in the beauty that is Boneyard Beach. Not only are there hiking & bike trails around the area but this beach is an absolute gem! Definitely worth the drive, hike, and climb to get to it. Click the pic for a link to their website.

Then there is Big Talbot Island. I got lost in the beauty that is Boneyard Beach. Not only are there hiking & bike trails around the area but this beach is an absolute gem! Definitely worth the drive, hike, and climb to get to it. Click the pic for a link to their website.

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And last but not least, Jacksonville's spectacular sunsets! This one was caught on A1A near Hannah Park.

And last but not least, Jacksonville’s spectacular sunsets! This one was caught on A1A near Hannah Park.

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Not included but also part of my latest adventures in Jacksonville include but are not limited to Hanna Park, a Jacksonville Giants basketball game (which btw is a WINNING team 22-1), & a trip to The Museum of Science & History.

*If you would like to follow my adventures on a daily basis, be sure to follow me on instagram or facebook.

The 5 Top Reasons Why You Should Buy a 2013 YCL Art Calendar

Are you one of the many people who are waiting ’til the last minute to get your 2013 wall calendar? Or maybe you’re one of those people thinking of just going to Walmart to get one of their mass produced cheap calendars? Well, if you’re either of the aforementioned people, then you might just be setting yourself up for disappointment as you get stuck with some not so exciting generic images of flowers or cats. No bueno O_o

To prevent this sort of lack luster yearlong visual monotony in the upcoming new year with a wall calendar that you don’t really like, take a moment to consider these 5 reasons why you should invest in one (or both) of these two YCL Art calendars featuring my original art work:

Reason #5: You’ll be supporting a local business (a.k.a. a local artist) and as we all know, Going Local (GoLO) is the new black 🙂

Reason #4: After 2013 is over, you will have 12 beautiful fine art prints that can be framed & enjoyed for many years to come…or re-gifted to that somebody special 😉

Reason #3: You know and I know that technology is not always foolproof, especially when we forget to charge our cell phones more than we’d like to admit which makes having a wall calendar a much needed necessity.

Reason #2: Another failed apocalyptic scare has come and gone so you will definitely need to prepare for next year.

Reason #1: It’s almost next year already! o_O

Yup, those are indeed, 5 very good reasons to invest in your very own 2013 YCL Art calendar.

To purchase your very own YCL Art Calendar click here.

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2013 Dingo Loves Jax Calendar

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2013 YCL Art Childhood Calendar

Savannah, GA Meets Operation: Bring Art to the People

So, while on a spontaneous road trip to Savannah, GA yesterday, I decided that some unsuspecting people should be on the receiving end of some free art love with 2013 YCL Art Childhood Series Calendars. From an outlet mall off 95N to the streets of historic Savannah, GA and back to the Florida Visitor Center off 95S, art love was shared one calendar at a time. That’s 12 months of free art love in every single art drop. Not too shabby.

Sharing the love of art…it’s how I roll 🙂

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Free Art?!

That’s right, all the art you see here has been randomly dropped throughout Jacksonville and beyond, as west as Salt Lake City, UT and as north as Chattanooga, TN, in an effort to continue OPERATION: Bring Art to the People, a public art project designed to help connect random people to the power of art. As I get opportunities to travel, I will continue to set free more of my art into the open wild, until then, I will continue to do Art Drops through out Jacksonville, FL 🙂