Something artsy's afoot in America's Oldest City. The first Friday of each month, St. Augustine becomes a colorful festival of art and revelry. Whether you're a serious collector or a casual browser, gallery owners welcome you to stroll the city's brick-lined streets. Enjoy live entertainment while popping in to peruse everything from fine art photography to funky gifts.
More than 20 galleries open their doors from 5 to 9 p.m. and serve up special refreshments along with a diversity of objets des artes to view or purchase. There are gallery openings and artist receptions... and it's all free. Even parking is gratis at the San Sebastian Winery on King Street. Rather not walk? Take a free ride, literally, compliments of St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolley Tours.Where art thou?
St. Augustine has not one, but five thriving art districts. Maps for the self-guided tours are available at participating galleries or can be downloaded from www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com
. Here's a preview of some of Florida's finest:Winery AreaRembrandtz American Craft Gallery
An ever-changing selection of paintings, glass, pottery, jewelry and gifts by 450 local and national artists.Butterfield Garage Art Gallery
A 1930s auto showroom and garage-turned-gallery offering affordable, original, contemporary art.Old Town AreaAbsolute Americana Art Gallery
Original artwork by significant American and international contemporary artists, including limited-edition signed lithographs from the Absolut Vodka advertising campaign by Andy Warhol and others.Georgia Nick Gallery
A showcase of paintings, stained glass and pottery by local artists.P.A.St.A Fine Arts Gallery
The oldest gallery in the oldest city, it specializes in paintings and pottery by 16 award-winning artists.The St. Augustine Art Association
Fine art exhibits by locally and nationally known artists, workshops, guided architectural walking tours and arts and crafts festivals each April and November.Uptown AreaAbbott Tract Artists
Studio/gallery with works by 35 regional artists.St. George AreaThe St. Augustine Gallery
An art emporium featuring antique paintings, sculpture, Florida Master Artists and designer jewelry.Mullett Beach Gallery
Mermaid matchboxes; music CDs; hand-painted stemware and dishes; original paintings; fine art photography.Crisp-Ellert Art Museum
Opening early 2008, this gift to Flagler College from JoAnn Crisp-Ellert will house the late artist's paintings and host traveling exhibitions.Anastasia IslandSydney McKenna Gallery & Studio
Sydney McKenna exhibits her landscapes and seascapes in oils, watercolors and charcoal; pottery by Rob Mitchell.CousArt Studios Fine Art & Photography
Original fine art and photography by Christine Cousart and others; photography services and paintings by commission.
For more information, call 1-800-653-2489.