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Taste of Summer: Jacksonville PResents Plenty for Arts & Culture Lovers today from 11 - 4!

Taste of Summer, chalk art made for the Britt Festival opening celebration 2013 by Cathy Gallatin

Today’s Taste of Summer Festival, the annual opening celebration of the Britt Festival’s concert season, is geared up to entertain arts & culture visitors of all ages to Jacksonville from 11 am to 4pm today!

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Cheryl D. Garcia - SO Magazine's Best Local Artist of 2013? Vote!

As the daylight retreats during a most busy time of year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what is most important in my life. The work that I do has been so fulfilling over the past 20 years and one of the reasons for that fulfillment is because of you, the fans of my work! I continue to strive to bring beauty and happiness into the world through my artwork. With each day that passes and every kind thought, word and deed, I know I am traveling the right path in life.

I sincerely want to thank all of you for your support throughout the years and to give a special THANK YOU to all who participated in The Great Metal Works 2012 photo scavenger hunt. It was a meaningful privilege for me to see you enjoying the artwork I have created through the

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Dragons and Art for Chinese New Year 2012 in Jacksonville

Chinese New Year's Parade, Jacksonville 2012

Last year I spoke with Tami Lohman, art teacher to the elementary students at St Mary’s School, about a show of her student’s work at the GoodBean. When it came down to the final preparations, she had to step aside as her kids got the gig to create dragons for this year’s parade, and Betsy Moore, who teaches the kids in grades 8-12, got the space for her St Mary’s High School art students instead. Naturally I was thrilled to see beautiful hearts galore from Betsy’s students come in to hang on the walls, and was really looking forward to seeing the dragons created and performed by Tami’s younger kids.

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