Art Exhibitions for the Art Aficionado in Florida’s Historic Coast

Art is always in season on Florida's Historic Coast

September 20, 2021
paintings in local art gallery

Art is always in season in the Ancient City. But the Fall art scene here really brings out our true colors.

Here are some of our current and upcoming can’t miss exhibitions:

Through October 2021
First Coast Cultural Council currently features the work of its local, regional and national member artists, including paintings, photography and mixed medium pieces.

Through November 6
At the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum: Mirages brings together the work of Elizabeth Atterbury, Strauss Bourque-LaFrance, and Katy Cowan for the first time. Though geographically separated, their conversations over the last year have helped to shape the trajectory of this exhibition as each of these artists transforms materials and objects (wood, paint, images, rope, canvas, aluminum, photography) in order to reinterpret and reimagine the familiar.

Teens touching art on wall

October 1 – October 31
St. Augustine Art Association Fall Membership Show From drawings and paintings to sculptures and collages, this bi-annual exhibition features artwork in all styles and mediums. Each of the pieces on display are created by local emerging and professional member artists and all works are for sale, with proceeds benefiting the artists as well as programs of the Art Association.

October 1 – 31

Tactile Pop-up Exhibit at St. Augustine Art Association - Touch the artwork, please! October is National Sensory Processing Awareness Month, and the St. Augustine Art Association will be hosting a pop-up tactile exhibit with the Florida DeafBlind Association. This annual Art Show turns the tables on museum etiquette and creates a fun and interactive opportunity for visitors to experience art in a unique way. Visually appealing, but also engaging for the blind and visually impaired, the art in this exhibit includes sculptures, assemblages, ceramics, fiber and other media.

Large photograph fragmentary clippings artwork by Tom Schifanella

October 29, 2021 – March 7, 2022
Tom Schifanella: Faces of the Alcazar at the Lightner Museum presents a compelling glimpse of life behind-the-scenes at Henry Flagler’s Alcazar Hotel. Through large-format photographs, the exhibition documents fragmentary clippings from early-20th century motion picture magazines pasted to the walls of the Alcazar staff quarters by the immigrant staff who lived and worked at the hotel.

October 29, 2021 – September 30, 2022
Picturing a Nation is a major reinstallation of American paintings and sculpture from the Lightner Museum’s permanent collection. From America’s great vistas and natural wonders, to intimate scenes of St. Augustine, the exhibition presents a vibrant vision of America on a local and national scale through late-19th and early 20th century American art.

November 2021
The month’s featured member artist at Butterfield Garage Art Gallery is Jan Miller. Jan uses paper clay and objects like cans, vases or bottles to create her ‘Gourd Characters.’ And while she begins with an idea in mind, she says “the creative energies have their own way and the end result is usually humorous and a joy to make.” The gallery is located in a converted garage on King Street, just steps away from the Lightner Museum.

November 12 & 13
Cutter & Cutter Fine Art
and Josef Kote present Jubilee: A Collection of New Original Works. Artist Josef Kote’s work has been described as a symphony of light and color that is lyrically stunning and romantic. Meet & Greet with the artist on Friday, November 12 or Saturday, November 13 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Cutter & Cutter Fine Art Gallery is located at 25 King Street.

December 2021
The month’s featured member artist at Butterfield Garage Art Gallery is Sam Kates. Sam’s coastal scenes are reminiscent of old Florida. Sam describes his current style and techniques as "painterly realism", full of detail to document his subjects but very dependent on light and shadows. The gallery is located in a converted garage on King Street, just steps away from the Lightner Museum.

Through January 3, 2022

From River to Ocean Photography Exhibition celebrating the 200th Anniversary of St. Johns County features the work of more than two dozen local photographers whose work includes stunning images from each of the county’s five commission districts. On display in the rotunda of the County Administration Building.