Arts & Culture

Mystery Author Marty Ambrose to speak at the PV Library Monday, June 20 at 6:30

The treats keep coming for mystery lovers as author Marty Ambrose  speaks about and signs copies of her new book Murder in the Mangroves at the PV Library on June 20.  Ms Ambrose lives on an island in Southwest Florida, like her heroine, reporter Mallie Monroe.  In the book, Mallie has adjusted to the Florida lifestyle, and is enjoying a playful romance with island cop Nick Billie.  But just before the annual Mango Festival, which has promised to be a pleasant distraction, that the murderer isn't the only one in town to worry about.  When she is not working on her novels, marty teaches creative writing at Edison State College in Fort Myers.  The event is free and open to the public, no reservations are required.  www.friendspvlibrary.org

“Home” Acrylics and Old Photos

“Home” Acrylics and Old Photos
Born in St. Augustine, FL, Diana Patterson is the first of four daughters born to Robert "Jack" Mier and Pearl Pringle Mier. Earlier Mier families were Catholic and through the records of the church, the family's ancestry was traced to the 1400's to the southern tip of Spain. Moving from St. Augustine in the early 1800's, Diana's great grandparents came to Palm Valley, then a small settlement nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intra-Coastal Waterway north of St. Augustine. They built the first "Mier" house just a few hundred feet from where her grandparents later built the "big house" where Diana was brought after her birth.

Whetstone Chocolates of St. Augustine Offers Chocolate Camp for Kids

Whetstone Chocolates of St. Augustine Offers Chocolate Camp for Kids

For the first time in history, Whetstone Chocolates of St. Augustine will offer kids an opportunity to become real gourmet chocolatiers through its Chocolate Camp for Kids programs. This June and July, the 7,800 square foot, air-conditioned Whetstone factory will be open to kids ages 9-12 who want to learn the sweet secrets behind Whetstone’s most beloved chocolate creations.

PVPV/Rawlings Elementary School First Graders to Perform "Americans We"

The first graders at PVPV/Rawlings are learning an important lesson about the freedoms that we cherish as Americans.  For weeks the students have met once a week to practice the famous opening words of the preamble of The United States Declaration of Independence and the thought-provoking songs that remind our youngsters of our heroic forefathers and how they built our nation.

The patriotic revue called Americans We will have three performances on May 26th and May 27th on the PVPV stage. It is through the innocence of our young musicians that we may find a renewed sense of hope. Americans We will feature the speeches of several of our first graders and songs that remind us all of what makes this country so great.

C. Ford Riley Exhibition Limited Engagement, April 8 to 11

The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach hosts a special four day exhibition featuring over 30 paintings from the collection of C. Ford Riley. Stellers Gallery of San Marco curated this show and included an array of pieces which show the subtle balance of art and nature. 

His paintings, rich in detail and dramatic in color, reflect a deeply personal relationship with the world of nature. The relationship extends far beyond the edge of the canvas as he is an ardent conservationist who rallies on behalf of Florida wildlife and habitat hard pressed by current development practices. Although he acknowledges the necessity of development, he advocates seeking a balance between the needs of man with those of nature.

Second Sunday Family Fun Series at Bird Island Park’s Storytelling Area

The St. Johns County Parks and Recreations Department and the St. Johns County Cultural Council announce the kick off for the Second Sunday Family Fun Series in Bird Island Park, located behind the Ponte Vedra Branch Library. These are free events on the second Sunday of each month that will include performances, art events, birding and nature talks, and fun family style workshops.

The first two are planned for April 10 and May 8 at 2 pm. On April 10, the Ponte Vedra High School Guitar Ensembles, under the direction of Hester Longstreet, will perform a program of classical, jazz, and contemporary music. On May 8, the Ponte Vedra High School Drama troupe, under the direction of Randall Adkison, will perform "School of Rock," a musical stage adaptation of the movie.

Jacksonville Aviation Authority Unveils New Public Art at JAX

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority and the Jacksonville International Airport Arts Commission are proud to present SKY BRIDGES, an aerial sculpture and the 13th addition to the JAA permanent art collection.

SKY BRIDGES, by artists Melanie Walker and George Peters of Airworks Studio, is now hanging from the ceiling of JAX’s newly renovated connector bridge. The aerial sculpture works with the architecture of the connector bridge to amplify the natural light in the bridge’s skylight areas. The arcs in the work relate to the air flight paths of take offs and landings and the structure is reminiscent of the many bridges which are landmarks in the Jacksonville area.  The forms literally float in the space by multiple thin suspension cables fanned toward the upper skylight beams.