The word is getting out about ARTSee & Shop, The Cultural Council’s second annual art and cultural engagement gallery, located at the Markets at Town Center. What most people may not know is how ARTSee & Shop started and the extent of the sponsorship from Hines, the parent company of The Markets at Town Center.
If you’ve been to the gallery, you were probably surprised to see such an impressive display of local artists and creatives in a place like the Town Center, where national chain stores are the expected retail experience. It’s a wonderful option for shoppers looking for something unique and the opportunity to shop local. And, it’s a fantastic opportunity for the Jacksonville arts community to have their work for sale in such a visible location on the Southside where local artwork can sometimes be elusive.
If you’ve driven down Arlington Expressway, recently, you probably noticed the expansive mural that now sits on the far end of the old Town and Country shopping center.
The shopping center, renamed College Park, was purchased by JWB Real Estate Capital and is part of their inspiring culture of giving back, by investing in areas that others have forgotten.
When we started our Artist Relief Fund, we expected contributions from individual donations, corporations, and local businesses. What we didn't anticipate were artists coming forward to help the cause by using their talents to support fellow artists.
Artist Nicole Holderbaum (Nico), has once again stepped up, offering to raffle an original painting that she is creating specifically for the fund. Nicole is well-known for spearheading such community impact projects as the Kid’s Mural Project and most recently the mural at the entrance of the Arlington area, now known as The Wall at College Park.
Raffle tickets can be purchased through:
1 for $5 and 5 for $20
Another artist, Jeremy Convery, of Jacksonville Beach, has personally felt the impact of the virus and wanted to do something to help the arts community.
In his unique pointillism style, made up of millions of tiny dots, he has created beach scenes that he's made into fun stickers. He is generously donating all proceeds from the stickers to the The Cultural Council of Jacksonville to be donated to local artists that have been impacted by the COVID-19 situation.
You can purchase stickers directly through the artist's venmo account:
Shark - Large $7
Shark Tooth - Large $7
Fin Design - Small $4
Beach Buggy- Small $4