St. Augustine, FL (July 29) - During the opening reception of the 5th Annual Nature & Wildlife Exhibition, the St. Augustine Art Association presented over $5,000 in prizes to twelve artists who collectively traveled more than 5,000 miles to accept their awards.
Terry Van Loenen from Queen Creek, Arizona, won the $2,000 Bradley/Mayer Best in Show Award for his bronze sculpture of two elks, titled "Double Bull." The artist redeemed his frequent-flyer miles to pick up the award in person.
Inspired by the beauty of nature and the relationship between shape and movement, Van Loenen said his sculptures evolve from the natural shape of wood or rock he uses to form his armature. "Creating each piece is like hearing the strains of a new song in my head and wanting to build a full symphony," said Van Loenen. "But sculpture is a mute form that speaks through its symbolic physical presence."
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The Art in Public Places Program and the City of Jacksonville Office of Public Parking is accepting qualifications from artists (or artist teams) for a multi-site public art opportunity as part of Phase Two infrastructure enhancements at the city-owned Water Street parking garage in Downtown Jacksonville. It is desired that the finished artwork(s) for this project be incorporated into the building's exterior and physical site and should assist in creating an appealing, distinctive, safe, and accessible parking facility that welcomes commuters and visitors to the area night and day, 365 days a year.
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Saint Augustine Ballet is calling for experienced tap dancers, male and female, between the ages of 8 and 18 to open auditions on Saturday, August 23, 2014 for their 2014 production of The Nutcracker. Auditions will be held at Abella's School of Dance located at 1711 Lakeside Avenue, Unit #9 in Saint Augustine. Registration for tap begins at 11:00 p.m. with auditions starting at 11:30 a.m.
Auditions are open to all students regardless of dance studio affiliations. However, once cast, dancers must commit to the Saturday rehearsal schedule and the pre-performance rehearsals held the week of December 15, 2014. The Nutcracker performance dates are Saturday, December 20, and Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 2:00p.m. and 7:30p.m. in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College located at 14 Granada Street in Saint Augustine.
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