Art & Culture Features

A Little Bird in Big Trouble

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A Little Bird in Big Trouble

The Florida grasshopper sparrow is a home-grown Florida wonder. An extremely secretive bird that rarely flies very high, it never wanders far from its nest and it doesn’t migrate. It acts more like a rodent nesting on the ground and its odd trill call sounds less like a typical songbird and more like its namesake, the grasshopper.

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Remembering Jan

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Remembering Jan

Jan Sherman, Arbus Magazine editor, died May 10, 2020, leaving behind a legacy of productions and prose that illustrate her commitment to the creative sector, her exacting eye, confident poise, and straightforward wit.

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The Arts Are Needed Now More Than Ever

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The Arts Are Needed Now More Than Ever

There has been great uncertainty across the world recently, where things many have previously taken for granted — health, food, financial security — are no longer as secure as they seemed, while those who were already experiencing hardship find themselves struggling more. With all this as a backdrop, the arts might seem like a low priority. I would counter that the arts are needed now more than ever, not only to help us reflect but also to provide moments of peace and respite in this ever-changing world.

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Peace, Power and Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa

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Peace, Power and Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa

The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida is exploring the roles of metal objects in sustaining and enhancing life in African communities in the exhibition “Peace, Power and Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa.” The exhibition includes a diverse range of iron, brass, bronze, gold, copper, and silver works created by artists in sub-Saharan Africa between the 9th and 21st centuries. 

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A River Runs Through It

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A River Runs Through It

Running through the heart of what is now Gainesville, Florida, Sweetwater Branch Creek was once a six-mile-long, spring-fed stream that made its way through Paynes Prairie to the Alachua Sink and into the Floridan aquifer.

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Purifying Spirit of Local Distilleries

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Purifying Spirit of Local Distilleries

Necessity is the mother of invention, states the proverb. In the midst of this unprecedented 2020 pandemic, it is more hand sanitizer that is needed and it is distilleries that are inventing new production methods. St. Augustine Distillery was one of the first nationwide distilleries to have stepped up to the innovative challenge.

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Creative Activism

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Creative Activism

Chris Flagg’s award-winning watercolors shape a vision for our city

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The History of Riverside Avondale

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The History of  Riverside Avondale

From Dell’s Bluff to A Great American Neighborhood

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Razing Jacksonville

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Razing Jacksonville

Buildings that rose from the ashes of Jacksonville’s Great Fire of 1901 are now in danger of being destroyed.

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Building Hope for Hope Town

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Building Hope for Hope Town

Jacksonville Beach construction firm FaverGray has a thirty-year connection with Hope Town, Elbow Cay. Since the late ’80s, FaverGray co-founders James Gray and Keith Faver, along with The Bailey Group’s President and CEO, Mark Bailey, have traveled to Hope Town, creating “cherished memories with the heart and soul of the island – the people,” says Gray. The trio shares a home on the island and has built long-lasting friendships with 6th generation Bahamians. 

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