apr 6 – may 23
First Street Gallery welcomes The Jacksonville Artists Guild for a juried exhibition of beach-related art. The Jacksonville Artists Guild is dedicated to elevating artistic awareness and participation by artists through dynamic programs and exhibitions that enhance, encourage and promote the arts.
The guild is the legacy of well-known and respected artist Christine Schmidt (1922-2009). In 2009, Carole Mehrtens and Bill Schmidt approached Jon Coffee, then rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, with the idea of creating an artists’ guild. He was immediately enthusiastic and supportive of Schmidt’s longtime wish. The first formal meeting of the Jacksonville Artists Guild was held on October 9, 2009.
The group meets monthly, often featuring workshops or guest speakers. Their community outreach includes past projects with the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, Angels for Allison, No More Homeless Pets, The Garden Club of Jacksonville and yearly exhibits with the Riverside Avondale Preservation Home Tour.
Visit jacksonvilleartistsguild.org. Reception Friday, April 7, 7–9 p.m. First Street Gallery, 216-B First St., Neptune Beach, 241-6928.