St. Augustine, FL (Jan 5) - The St. Augustine Art Association celebrates the New Year with three new exhibitions opening Friday, January 8, during a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. at 22 Marine Street.
Black, White and Shades of Gray features a month-long Main Gallery juried display of dramatic works in an array of styles and subjects by local member artists. Awards will be presented at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Mythos & Fauna is an installation of new sculptures by two recent UNF BFA graduates, Diana Shepherd and Alycia Bren. Shepherd unveils a series of large and small bronze and metal works exploring figurative mythology and earthly elements. Bren presents a progressive exploration of animal horn motif sculptures tooled from varied materials.
Our Native Past: First Peoples, in the Marguerita Phillips Gallery through February 28, is a glimpse of the sphere of Native American influence in 16th-Century St. Augustine. The exhibit features original artifacts discovered by Archaeologist Carl Halbirt and his team at the St. Augustine Art Association site along with a striking backdrop of fine art tribal portraits by Theodore Morris.
"The items found last summer during our investigation show a vast network and interaction among the Native Americans and the first Europeans," said Halbirt, who will present a free lecture on his recent findings Thursday, January 21, at 7p.m. Reservations are required.
The St. Augustine Art Association gallery is open noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday and on Sundays 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (904) 824-2310 or go to www.staaa.org.