ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - To celebrate the National Park Centennial, the National Park Service and St. Johns Cultural Council teamed up to coordinate Find Your Park Plein Air, which was a nine-day event where artists created art “in the open air” at the Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas National Monument.
At the end of the nine-day event, participating artists submitted up to two pieces of artwork created during Find Your Park Plein Air to be part of a juried show at the Lightner Museum, which is the America’s Parks exhibition. A total of 56 works were submitted, and 18 works were selected to be part of the upcoming exhibition. Of the 18 works, five were selected to receive awards. The recognized artists include:
Lyn Asselta of St. Augustine – Best of Show ($1,000)
Gail Beveridge of Jacksonville – Best of Media: Painting ($500)
William Lurcott of Flagler Beach – Best of Media: Pastel ($500)
Roger Bansemer of St. Augustine – Honorable Mention ($250)
Claire Kendrick of St. Augustine – Honorable Mention ($250)
Artists selected to be part of the juried show include: Ray Brilli of Palm Coast; Martha Ferguson of St. Augustine; Valarie Forrester of St. Augustine; Linda Holmes of St. Augustine; Karlene McConnell of Ormond Beach; Denis Pellerin of St. Augustine; Randy Pitts of Jacksonville; Elbert Shubert of Jacksonville; Teri Tompkins of St. Augustine; and Leah Wiedemer of Deland. Nelda Damiano, associate curator of the Cummer Museum, served as the juror.
All 18 works selected to be part of the juried show will be on display as part of the America’s Parks exhibition from June 10 to Aug. 31, 2016, at the Lightner Museum. The America’s Parks exhibition is a traveling display of 50 original artworks of parks in North America. The Find Your Park Plein Air artwork will complement the works of the America’s Parks exhibition.
Find Your Park Plein Air was made possible through a grant from the Crisp-Ellert Fund of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. The St. Johns Tourist Development Council and St. Johns Cultural Council’s ArtReaches Program provided support for the event. The project would not have been possible without the cooperation of the National Park Service at the Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas.
Tickets for the opening reception of the America’s Parks exhibition are available through the St. Johns Cultural Council and https://celebrating100years.eventbrite.com. The event will feature “food bites” based on National Parks from many of the St. Johns County independently owned and operated restaurants, including Collage, The Black Molly Grill, The Reef, Culinary Outfitters, La Pentola and many more.
About the National Park Service
The National Park Service, www.nps.gov, cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. It cares for more than 400 national parks and helps communities preserve their historic places and open spaces. The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2016.
About the St. Johns Cultural Council
The mission of the St. Johns Cultural Council, www.stjohnsculture.com, is to promote St. Johns County as a premiere arts destination where the lives of both residents and visitors are enriched through arts and culture. The St. Johns Cultural Council was established 15 years ago and proudly provides support for youth arts programs, artists and arts organizations, and professional development workshops.
File Name: Find Your Park Plein Air Awards
Five artists received awards as part of the Find Your Park Plein Air juried show, pictured from left to right Andrew Witt, executive director of St. Johns Cultural Council; Gordon Wilson, superintendent of Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas National Monuments; Lyn Asselta, best of show award recipient; Gail Beveridge, best of media: painting award recipient; Claire Kendrick, honorable mention award recipient; William Lurcott, best of media: pastel award recipient; Amy Crane, program director at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida; and Steven Roberts, chief of interpretation and education at Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas National Monuments.