The St. Augustine Art Association is hosting two special exhibitions this month.
The first exhibition is the âFall Members Showâ. This annual exhibition is a testament to the vibrancy of the local art scene and includes works in a variety of styles, mediums and subjects.
Artists of all skill levels and backgrounds can showcase their work in the show and be recognized for their artistic achievements.
The Best in Show award went to Sharon Goldman’s painting “Siblings Summer, 1960”, a black and white illustration capturing fond memories of the artist’s past.
The first place winner, “Isolation” by Liz Monaco, is a colored pencil piece depicting the bond between a man and his dog during isolation from COVID-19.
Gerald Branch took second place for his multimedia piece “Jubilee Farm”, which confronts the gruesome past of cotton farming.
Third place went to Nicholas Gheur for a bewitching painting with metallic accents of a heron, “Black Water”.
Fourth place went to Douglas Johnson for his oil painting “Conquering COVID-19: A New Dawn of Hope,” which praises the vaccination efforts and the fighting of the pandemic.
Robert Shirk’s layered plexiglass painting of a cat called “BC” won the Algiers Most Creative Award.
A full list of winners can be viewed in the gallery and online at staaa.org.
The winners exemplified “intent and unique voice,” according to show judge Gwen Mehler.
She added that âwhile all of the nominations I selected for the awards met the aforementioned basic criteria, they also touched my artistic spirit in various ways. Some spoke of the challenges of the past year, some gave me a delighted smile, and others were just a sweet and beautiful place for my eyes to rest.
The pieces are judged and awarded thanks to the generosity of the sponsors: the Benjamin and Jean Troemel Arts Foundation, 97Park Residential and Commercial Real Estate, Alice and Clark Alger.
Art sales benefit artists and St. Augustine Art Association programs.
October is National Sensory Processing Awareness Month and the St. Augustine Art Association has partnered with the Florida DeafBlind Association for this year’s annual âTactile Art Showâ sponsored by VyStar Credit Union.
Not only is art fun to watch, but for the blind and visually impaired it is engaging and interactive. Artists push the boundaries of conventional visual art to create sculptures, reliefs, mixed media, ceramics and artistic fibers that can be enjoyed and experienced by anyone. Hand washing and disinfectant will be available and encouraged.
Based in Daytona Beach, the Florida DeafBlind Association is an organization that empowers all forms of deafblind people to reach their maximum potential through increased autonomy, productivity and inclusion in the community. This year, the Art Association has four deafblind artists exhibiting in the show.
To learn more about the FDBA, visit www.fldeafblind.org.
Both exhibitions opened at the Art Association on October 1 and will be on display until October 31. The gallery is open to the public from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. It is located at 22, rue Marine in Saint-Augustin. Entrance to the gallery is free.
View the exhibits and find additional information online at staaa.org.