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The Jacksonville Contemporary Arts League:: A sounding board for developing contemporary art and culture in Jacksonville, Florida.

Updated: 2018-03-06T14:47:01.913-05:00




Folks the time has arrived. I'm been working on how to take JaxCAL to the next level, and well I think I'm there now. I thank everyone for their input on this little Blogger site. JaxCAL has grown up now and is now using Wordpress. Anything you want to do we can now do.

The new url is now

This site will now be suspended. All contributors please go over to the new site and register by clicking here. Super easy. Once registered you'll be able to add posts and use the Events Calendar. Read the About page as it has a some instructions if you need them. It's really easy though. No worries.

You add an event to the Events Calendar the same way you write a post but at the bottom you'll see an option that says Event Editor. Set the time and date, and click publish.

Also there's a little chat feature that I think I would like folks to use. Really anything you want to do we can now do it on the new platform.

I also have a page at the top called Shows. I'm hoping it will turn into an Art Show Reviews section. Anyone who'd like to review shows please shoot fell free to. Shoot any reviews to

Long live JaxCAL. Thanks everyone for turning this blog into a living breathing arts community.

2007 Soho Art Parade



photo by N!fer

This is why I love Flickr. Great set of art parade pics here



and here



Do you want your Art in Public Places??--Public Art Workshop A FREE workshop describing the public art process will be held at the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum on September 8 from 1-3pm. The workshop is for artists as well as those interested in learning more about the public art field. The artist Susan Cooper will specifically address the unique concerns of public art.Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum Braided with PUBLIC Art A new public artwork entitled LaVilla Braid has been installed at the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum at 829 North Davis Street, as part of Jacksonville’s Art in Public Places Program. LaVilla Braid will be dedicated on Saturday, September 8 at 7pm. The Colorado-based artist, Susan Cooper will lead a nighttime tour showcasing the complete installation. LaVilla Braid is Cooper’s visual interpretation of LaVilla’s history and culture in a multi-media art installation. The work is composed of three separate “braids” named for their locations at the site: the pedestrian braid, the motorist braid, and the community braid. Eight colorful, aluminum, wall-mounted sculptures, are the “pedestrian braids” (pictured). They represent film, music, art, the St. John’s River (from left to right), and will flank the entrance at the northwest corner of the facility. The motorist braid, a sculpture made from woven, colored LED light tubes, will wrap around the southwest corner of the building (pictured). The community braid, an installation of crisscrossed lights, will be projected onto the top level of the building, displaying a braided pattern of lights viewable from a considerable distance (pictured). For LaVilla Braid, Cooper was inspired by MaVynee Betsch, better known as the “Beach Lady,” who worked for over 30 years to preserve American Beach, the community founded by her great-grandfather, A.L. Lewis. Like Betsch’s complex braided hairstyle, Cooper weaves metal, color, and light to reflect the Beach Lady’s intertwining of history, culture, and philosophy. To learn more about Susan Cooper’s work, visit Jacksonville’s Art in Public Places Program (APPP) uses designated funds from city construction and renovation projects to purchase works of public art to display in the community. The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville administers the APPP on behalf of the City of Jacksonville. For more information, contact Allison Graff at 904.358.3600.[...]

Vestal Show 9/7!!!


(image) Some entertainment for Friday night, the Vestal art and music show. Over 50 artists, a bunch of bands, drink specials, I think the last show generated of 1500 people, so be one of them!

Call for Shows


Hi there, most of you know that I work here at the local art mag, Arbus. Well, we are begining to put together our annual "Holiday to-do" List, and I'd like to feature some art-related, if anyone has anything exciting planned for me at


Art Group Calendar


Hey artists. I've just created an art calendar using Google Calendars, something I just stumbled across. I know I know, pathetically slow to keep up with generation Y (or is it generation zzz). Once I started fooling around with the features of the calendar, it just seemed like a great way for the JaxCAL group to share events like art openings or face-to-face meetings all in one place. Recently, I found myself searching through archived blog entries trying to find that specific one where somebody mentioned a show coming up and that seems unnecessary.

I don't even think you have to join anything new (not sure). But I think by being on Blogger you're already able to use Google's calendar and I think I have it set so everyone can view, edit, and post events.

So if you guys are into it you can view it here Art Calendar and join here Subscribe.

The only event on there to see how it works is on November 9th, my own show the only event I knew of. So check it out, post an event, or even just let me know the links worked.



I'm ready for someone to say something nasty, not critical then followed by a "but I understand" kind of thing. I'm talking mean, spit in your eye, talk about your mama, pistol whip, kind of nasty. Name names! How about a drunken artist fight? I bet I could get Morrison to be in one corner. Who wants to go toe to toe?

We're all too nice.

Scott Allen posted a critical comment about the portent show, but then he wouldn't back up his words, then he almost apologized for making them, then he said he didn't like one person's work, but the rest was good. He should have stood behind his comments. He should have explained why he didn't like that particular artist work.
If you're going to criticize a show, explain why, then stand behind it. It's fine to tell a couple of friends on the way home that you didn't like the show, but don't blog about it.
Moreover, I would like to take Steve and Mark's comments to task.
I don't apologize for the portent show. I think it was the best show in this town in a while. And I don't think we were misleading anyone with the idea of really good things to come (portent). I also happen to think that I'm a damn good artist and I challenge anyone to prove me otherwise. The same goes for Mark and Steve and the rest of the Beaver/Pedestrian crew.

The line has been drawn in the sand. Who's stepping over it?


Rick Rubin


There's a great article in the Times about Rick Rubin: is he a man doing a mysterious bearded shaman shtick, or the real thing? It's a pretty long article, might merit printing out and reading over tea or coffee.

On this holiday weekend....


another roadside bomb takes one of our dear trophy soldiers.......

While aboard the USS Denton, Petty Officer #FFCCCC got a lesson in Dan Read’s kindness. “He knew that my wife and I were broke and she couldn’t send very many care packages to me so he told his wife about it. About a month later I received two packages, one from her and one from their church,” Read wrote on a military bulletin board. “When I got them, I couldn’t believe that someone I had never met cared enough to send me something. I never thought that a bottle of shampoo could bring me to tears.” Petty Officer #FFCCCC, 21, of New York City, died at 7am EST Sep. 3rd , 2007 at Camp Tisch by a roadside bomb while entering the front gate.
Spread Awareness by posting a flyer

Portent, I said Portent !


Portent, I said Portent opening photos by yours truly.

Opening photos by CREATEJacksonville.

Thanks Brittni. Great pics.

Thanks everyone for coming to the opening. What a great turnout. This show will be up through September.



Inaugural Exhibition


"Pedestrian Projects Inc. is delighted to present its inaugural exhibition, "Portent, I Said Portent". The show features artists Byron King, James Greene, Brittni Wood, Mark Creegan, and Kurt Polkey, and will include painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, and photography.


The title of the exhibit suggests a positive sign of things to come for the visual arts in Jacksonville. The unique work on display foreshadows a new, contemporary direction for the local cultural scene, indicating we are on the cusp of something exciting and progressive."

The artists extend the metaphor further by creating work that stands as a reaction to and against the ominous "portents" we read everyday in the news. All of the artists are young, many with young families, and their work conceptually and materially reflects their ever-present anxiety about the future.

7pm Thursday, August 30th SEGD Private Designer Reception
7pm Friday, August 31st Opening Reception

1535 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207. Click for Map.

Silverstein: Retrospective


A retrospective of Brad Silverstein's work opens Thursday night at JU. I met him briefly and was extremely shocked to hear that such a young talented artist has passed away. I was really hoping to work with him on some projects locally. Really sad news. Life is truly too short. My condolences go out to his family.

Here's a link to his web site:

2007 Hipster Olympics


"Hobos are the new Unicorns" true!

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A protocol must be followed



Juried Art Exhibition protocol

It’s very important that in conducting a juried art competition that a strict protocol is adhered to. With “FLOOD”, Beaver Contemporary Art Center’s first Juried Exhibition, a protocol has been defined and set. This is done to assure that the competition is fair and unbiased. Here are the steps of protocol we are taking for “FLOOD”:

  • An out-of-town juror has been selected to jury the exhibition. This insures that the juror is unfamiliar with the artist’s of this region.
  • The artists in the Beaver committee have agreed not to enter the competition.
  • Names will be omitted from all entries. Each entry will be given a number and transferred to one or more master disks for the juror. This way the artist’s names will not appear on the disks or disk covers. The juror will only receive the numbered digital images with the matching (numbered) sheet that indicates title, medium and size.
  • There will be no communication with the juror regarding the entries. If the juror were to jury the exhibition in person, our group (if present) would be trained on being silent during the selection process. No verbal or visual signals will be allowed during the selection process. We will do everything in our power to insure that the juror’s selections will be his own.
  • All entries that are submitted within the given timeframe and meet with the requirements on the prospectus are submitted to the juror.
  • It has not been determined whether or not the juror will come to Jacksonville to judge the prize winner. If he does, a same strict protocol used in the juryng process will be enforced. If the juror cannot come to Jacksonville to judge the prize winner, he will make his selection from the digital images.

    Please feel free to comment on this set of protocols. We are very interested on how they may be improved upon.
    Thank you,
    Sharla T. Valeski
    Beaver Contemporary Art Center

From Jacksonville's greatest (relatively) unknown (relatively) playwright


I forewarn you that I was invited to add to this blog, so if you don't like my writing, don't blame me. I was invited to write here after I sent a cynical-bordering-on-cancerous E-mail to's blogmaster bemoaning the fact that, even though I do not create tangibly "physical" art, I think of myself as just as financially- and PR-deprived as any other artist in Jacksonville.I have been, in various capacities, a local movie critic and playwright for the past 20 years. My movie reviews, at least, found a home -- at Jacksonville Beach's twice-weekly newspaper, The Beaches Leader, for whom I've critiqued for the past ten years. (Upfront disclosure: My wife is the newspaper's editor.)By contrast, my long-awaited semi-fame for playwriting did not begin until the summer of 2005. At that time, I happened to watch a DVD of the venerably bad sci-fi cult film Plan 9 from Outer Space. When I found myself shouting corny responses to the TV screen as if I was at a Rocky Horror screening, I figured I'd better make something out of it. So I found a copy of the movie's script on-line, printed it out, and went to town satirizing it.I hated to keep to myself something into which I'd poured so much effort, so I sent my "revised" version -- titled "Plan Nine from Outer Space: The Rip-Off" -- to every theater in town. The Jacksonville-theater circuit will tell you they are starved for low-budget, high-quality entertainment that they can produce without legal hassles. Don't you believe it. The only theater in town that showed any interest was Boomtown, run by the locally infamous Stephen Dare, who basically handed the theater over to me so that I could write, direct, and co-star in my first-ever stage venture. It was a moderate hit, and I and anyone in the cast could tell you how much fun we had.Stephen called on me a year later to help resuscitate his Thursday-night program "Pulp Fiction Theatre," an excellent concept that was then being run into the ground by its wet-behind-the-ears cast. Stephen and I assembled a new cast from Plan Nine players and some other actors Stephen had worked with. Again, we had a blast. I wrote, co-acted, and co-directed three one-act playlets every Thursday night from January through April of this year. I quit only because I had a day job that didn't bode well for my Thursday-night late-night venture.Boomtown has now moved to Hendricks Avenue and is in the process of trying to get its theater venue to co-exist with its newly-formed bistro. If the merger works, I will have a new play to launch at Boomtown in October. Stephen asked for an old-style-radio play, so I've written The Fairly Big Broadcast of 1937, a take-off on Orson Welles' famed War of the Worlds broadcast of Halloween 1938. Why do I mention all of this? Because despite the fact that I am at least a semi-known quantity in Jacksonville theatre now, I can't get backing to save my life. My "advertising" consists of any free notice I can get in local entertainment publications (Folio Weekly, etc.) and any leaflets I make up and distribute and/or post around town. I will never understand why it has to be like this. I do not beg well, which is why I don't try to obtain local grants or financed ads that they wouldn't let me have anyway. I used to review local theater for Folio, so I know how in-bred the local theater process is anyway. (You'll notice that Folio doesn't even do theater reviews anymore.)I hope someone out there will notice this and take note of my admitted horn-blowing. I have tons of material that I wrote for "Pulp Fiction Theater" and never got a chance to even try out. I am more than willing to write new stuff, given the right incentive. Or would local theat[...]



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I Hear Many Voices--Revised


Art Community stakeholders Jacksonville’s art community is buzzing. Because of many conversations lately, I am trying to define the term “art community” by categorizing its stakeholders. Who is included in the art community? What is the motivation of each member of the community? Who are the consumers of the art? Who are the stakeholders in our art community? Please consider producers and consumers. Individuals may often represent multiple viewpoints. Think of a person you would consider to be a member of the art community--is that person represented in the list below? Who is missing? After school programs Art commissions Artists Art professionals Art sales Art teachers Business owners Community educators Consultant Collectors College instructors College students Cultural Organizations Curators Critics Dealer/Agent Designers Donors Downtown development Event patrons Gallery (commercial) Galleries (display) Grantors K-12 students Libraries Media Members of Cultural Organizations Museums Parks and recreation Parents Patrons Program participants Public Art Programs Social service agencies Tourism Universities Vendors/Suppliers Volunteers Writers IDENTIFYING MOTIVATIONS Below you will find a list of various categories. Each is composed of multiple stakeholders or consumers. For example, Art Production assumes an artist’s primary motivation/mission is to produce or create. Supplies are also involved in art production by providing those products or services required to materialize a work of art. Once the work is produced, it is displayed or purchased (or stored). An entire web of relationships, stimulated by the production of art, begins to intertwine stakeholders. Each category is motivated by unique needs and will require separate objectives. A stakeholder may have multiple motivations--this list attempts to focus on primary purpose. Where are you on this list? Let me know your thoughts. a. artists and ART PRODUCTION · Display (galleries, museums, business environment) o Consultants · Sales (commercial galleries, corporate, collectors) o Agents/Dealer · Suppliers (material vendors, equipment, fabrication, installation) · Art Professionals (specialists to assist with all aspects of production, display, sales, etc.) · Support Personnel (marketing, non-art jobs) B. access and Appreciation (enable access to art) · Cultural Organizations · Public Art and programming · Libraries · Parks and Recreation Programs · Volunteers · Critics/Writers · Media b. History · Stewards (museums, archives, conservation, preservation) · Research · Writers c. Education (Formal, informal, higher education, community, after school, professional development) · Learners (early childhood, K-12, higher education, artists, adult (non-artist), seniors) · Teachers (classroom, higher education, instructors, mentors) · Institutions (Early Learning, DCPS, UNF, FCCJ, JU, Edward Waters, Art Institutes) d. Human Services (Hospitals, at-risk children, crime prevention) · Art Therapy · Partnerships · Social Services e. Funding · Public (city, state, federal) · Private (members, event-based fundraising) · Donors (grants, solicited) · Corporations (sponsorship, partnership) · Foundations f. Tourism and D[...]

John Cage and the masses


Here is a great video-John Cage on an old game show- the game was canceled for his performance. I love his improvising with the radios.

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And while we are on the subject of mixing popular and avant garde music:

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The Beaver Contemporary Art Center is accepting entries for their juried exhibition "Flood".The event, being held at Pedestrian Projects Gallery in Jacksonville, is open to all of Florida and Georgia residents.Installation, Video, 2D and 3D media accepted. The juror for this event is Jim Frazer. We will be accepting JPEG images on CD's.Accepted work may be either mailed or hand delivered. The schedule is as follows:September 17, 2007 - POSTMARK OF ENTRIESOctober 5, 2007 - JURORS NOTIFICATIONOctober 26, 2007 - WORK DUE TO GALLERYNovember 2, 2007 - OPENING RECEPTIONNovember 29, 2007 - EXHIBIT CLOSESNovember 29, 2007 - PACKING / SHIPPING

To download prospectus/call for entries form go to
For further information or questions regarding this event call or email us at 904 859-8281

another roadside bombing.


(image) come see portraits of PVT #000000 and all of our fallen Trophy Soldiers at the very first opening at Pedestrian Projects.

Portent, I said Portent!
7pm Friday, August 31st Opening Reception
Location:1535 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207.

City Support for Nonprofits in Jeopardy



I hope everyone is aware of the finance committee debates about Public Service Grant funding for nonprofits in Jacksonville. As a newbie to city government myself, I am still learning about the effect of Governor Christ's property tax cuts on local budgets and city services. Here is a super quick synopsis.

In July, the Florida Legislature passed a bill that will require cities throughout Florida to rollback city budgets to the 2006-7 fiscal year amount. Added to the COJ's existing deficit, this legislation will create a $65 million shortfall in Jacksonville's city budget. The Mayor proposed a budget that would cut department budgets by 10% while adding fees for trash, storm runoff, etc. Visit to see the Mayor's entire presentation. Currently, City Council is "ripping to shreds" the Mayor's proposed budget. A final budget must be past by October 1, 2007.

The finance committee meeting to discuss Public Service Grants will be held Thursday, August 23 from 9-12pm at City Hall. Over $11 million in PSG funds are in jeopardy of being lost to offset the deficit. Visit
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Poor Art House


and JaxCore... A car ran into the building that housed both of these places late last night. Apparently the man who hit the building was shooting at his wiife, who was in another car at the time that he slammed into the building. JaxCore's ceiling has collapsed and I am not sure the extent of the damage to Art House. Mia was/is having an art opening on August 31st...this sure is going to put a damper on things.

Here is the link for more info:



There are going to be times when we can't wait for somebody. Now, you're either on the bus or off the bus. If you're on the bus, and you get left behind, then you'll find it again. If you're off the bus in the first place—then it won't make a damn.