St. Augustine, Fla. – February 15, 2015—233 West King is proud and excited to introduce Joe Lemmon at the First Friday Art Walk, March 4, 2016 and the grand re-opening of the 233 West King Studio. The studio is located on West King Street across Hwy U.S. 1 from the downtown historic district.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Joe Lemmon moved to St. Augustine shortly after 9/11. Joe has been fortunate to work on the restoration of many historical projects including; Flagler College, Lightner Museum, Casa Monica Hotel as well as late 17th and early 18th Century homes.
This Master Carpenter stated, “I was always fascinated with how well preserved the original wood was. I considered it to be a total waste, even sacrilege to give this wood its final resting place in a dumpster. For this reason I am so passionate with repurposing these 200+ year-old timeless pieces of history—with my own hands.”
The subject of lemon art from local artists will compliment Joe’s home furnishings, and frames fashioned from the reclaimed wood. “The name Lemmon might bring to one’s mind visions of fresh lemons,” said studio proprietor Yvette Monell. “It may sound a bit corny but by marrying the subject of lemons we hope to trigger the recollection of his work and establish his name among collectors.”
233 West King is a creative space—working studio, and also the home of SAM (St Augustine Magazine). Yvette Monell, publisher of SAM is happy to be extending the borders of St. Augustine’s art community with the re-opening of 233 West King. She states, “It’s an exciting time to be back in the area. Enthusiastic young businesses are happening here like Yield, MOARC Studios, and soon to open is The Bog Brewery, a new pizza shop, and plans for the opening of a gourmet coffee shop this spring.”
SAM (St Augustine Magazine) is a resident publication focused on charity, non-profits, the arts, and culture. Targeted to an affluent readership the magazine represents Northeast Florida in the highest regard. Issue #7 is in production at the time of this release. Yvette Monell, publisher of SAM, operated 233 West King as a gallery that only featured young artist who’s work had never been displayed and/or those artist who had come out of retirement after five years or more. The policy of the studio is never to charge artists for wall space. Monell is the founding publisher of Old City Life magazine, she sold the magazine in 2013 and it remains popular today. She operated OCL from the gallery and closed the doors to 233 West King. A soft opening invitation reception will be held March 2nd and March 4, 2016 will be the re-opening celebration.