4/16/2013

Art, Music, Theatre, Viva Espana Party, Earth Day, and the 2013 Florida Birding and PhotoFest!

Monday through Sunday: April 15 - 21
Picasso: Art & Arena Exhibit - An exhibition featuring dozens of Picasso originals, including many that have never been seen previously in the United States. Both famous and rare, these pieces were produced in different styles, techniques and media; providing unique insights into one of Picasso's main themes: bullfighting.  The exhibition is at the Visitor Information Center,10 Castillo Dr. in St. Augustine. Admission: Adults $10; Seniors $8; Kids 6 & Under - Free; Kids 7 - 12 - $5; Family of 4 - $20; Military in Uniform - Free; Flagler College Student with ID - Free. The Picasso Exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. www.picassoartandarena.com   904-825-1000
Edwin Augustus Moore Special Exhibit at the Lightner Museum - The private collection of Edwin Augustus Moore paintings are featured as a special exhibit at The Lightner Museum through May 1. Moore was an American painter, traveler, journalist, photographer and composer who used St. Augustine for many of his landscape watercolor subjects. He visited the ancient city in 1895 along with other members of his artistic and eccentric family. The Lightner Museum, located at 75 King Street, is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is adults $10; Active military with ID $6; College students and young people 12-18 $5; Children under 12 (with adult) free; St. John's County residents are free. 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org

Spring Member Show at St. Augustine Art Association Gallery - Outstanding exhibition of Association members' art juried for awards through April 28. The gallery is located at 22 Marine St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. http://www.staaa.org 904-824-2310.

What Flows From Spain Exhibit - In recognition of Florida's quincentennial, the St. Augustine Art Association will feature a special exhibit of the works of Cuban-American artist Elio Beltran through April 28. The exhibit, titled What Flows From Spain, includes several large-scale narrative paintings emphasizing Florida's ties to Spain. Admission to the gallery is free. On April 18, a Spanish-inspired reception, "Viva Espana," will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and will feature Dennis Fermin on guitar, flamenco dancing and sangria. Admission for this event is $5. The St. Augustine Art Association is located at 22 Marine Street. I904-824-2310 http://www.staaa.org

"Deeper-New Works Art Exhibit to Benefit Rikki" - Space:Eight Gallery exhibit opens with all new works by Chip Southworth produced for benefit of Rikke Southworth to aid in her ongoing battle with breast cancer. The exhibit is at the Space Eight Gallery, 228 W. King St., St. Augustine. The show will run through May 24 with all proceeds from art sales presented to Rikki.   www.spaceeight.com  904-829-2838
Tuesday: April 16 
 Hotel Ponce de Leon 125th Anniversary Community Lecture - Dr. Jerry Dickey presents a lecture titled "Costume Balls and Cake Walk Contests: Social Dancing and Casino Entertainment in the Flagler Era." The presentation is part of the commemorative events celebrating The 125TH Anniversary of the opening of Henry Flagler's Hotel Ponce de Leon and takes place at 7 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St.. Admission is free. Info: www.ponce125.com 

Thursday through Sunday: April 18 - 21  

2013 Florida's Birding and PhotoFest- Experience northeast Florida's abundant bird life and photogenic natural beauty at more than 110 exciting birding and outdoor photography events during the 2013 Florida's Birding &  PhotoFest! In addition to the ever-popular nature tours and excursions, new discoveries for this year's event include workshops on preparing your images and composition, photographing birds in flight, selections and layer masking, flash techniques and many in field photography workshops.The festival is headquartered at the GTM Research Reserve, located 8 miles north of St. Augustine on A1A N. Discover the region's phenomenal bird life and the abundant natural habitats that sustain them with bird walks and boat and kayak trips to undisturbed areas. This Festival is guaranteed to excite nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.   Info: 904-209-4422; www.FloridasBirdingAndPhotoFest.com.

Limelight Theatre Presents 'Til Beth Do Us Part' - A comedic farce about a southern housekeeper who whips a long-married couple into shape. Performance times are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. All performances take place at the Limelight Theatre, located at 11 Old Mission Ave. in St. Augustine. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $20 for students and military. Info: 904-825-1164 or visit www.limelight-theatre.org.  
 
Thursday: April 18
Viva Espana Party!-  The St. Augustine Art Association will host an evening of Latin music and the art of Flamenco dancing featuring guitarist Dennis Fermin. Includes a hearty tapas table, Sangria bar and fiesta-themed galleria of colorful artwork. Spanish-style attire is encouraged. Please contribute to the Spanish table by bringing an appetizer dish. The party is from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5 and reservations are required. The Art Association is located at 22 Marine Street.   Info: 904-824-2310 or www.staaa.org
Saturday: April 20 
Tolomato Cemetery Guided Tour - The Tolomato Cemetery is the oldest extant planned cemetery in the State of Florida, with burials starting during the First Spanish Period (1565-1763).   Visitor access is limited to the 3rd Saturday of each month when docents provide guided tours. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. The cemetery will be open from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and is located at 16 Cordova Street in St. Augustine. Info:board@tolomatocemetery.comwww.tolomatocemetery.com

Castillo By Candlelight - Night tours by candlelight will be from 6 -9 p.m. at the Castillo de San Marcos, 1 South Castillo Drive. Revisit the events of the Second Seminole War from the eyes of a United States Army Sergeant. Admission is $8 per adult ages 15 and older; $4 per child 5 - 15; and free for children 4 and younger. Info: www.nps.gov/casa or 904-829-6506, ext. 233.

EMMA Concert Series: Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra - Viva Florida
The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra salutes Florida's 500th Anniversary at 8 p.m. in the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St. in St. Augustine. Tickets are $30.
Info: http://www.EmmaConcerts.com or 904-797-2800
Saturday & Sunday: April 20 & 21 
 PBS Artist Workshop - On Saturday and Sunday, Roger Bansemer, host of the PBS "Painting and Travel" television program, will conduct a studio painting workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the St. Augustine Art Association Gallery at 22 Marine Street. On Monday and Tuesday, he will lead morning outdoor or "plein air" painting sessions at locations throughout St. Augustine. For more information on Bansemer's instructional painting methods, go to www.bansemer.com  The cost of the Sat/Sun studio painting workshop is $275. The plein air session is $145. For more information and reservations, call 904-824-2310.

17th Annual Flower & Garden Expo - Growers, educational seminars, nurseries and artisans from around the state offer gardeners everything they need to make spring bloom. Admission is $ 5 (which is good for both days) and children under 11 are admitted free.  The Expo takes place Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center, 3125 Agricultural Center Dr., located off SR 16 in St. Augustine. Info: 904-829-3295; visit  www.epiccommunityservices.org.
                                         
Earth Day Celebration - 24th Annual Earth Day Celebration at Washington Oaks State Gardens, located at 6400 North Ocean Shore Blvd (A1A South) in Palm Coast. Each day's activities will include arts and crafts vendors, living history demonstrations, environmental and cultural booths, live entertainment, nature programs, live animals, games of chance, and a large children's environmental activity center. The event times are from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is $10 donation per vehicle (up to 8 people). Info: 386-446-6780 or www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks 
Sunday: April 21 
The Lives and Wives of Henry Flagler - Perfect for the 125th anniversary of the opening of his fabulous Hotel Ponce de Leon, this delightful dinner theatre production brings Henry Flagler and the Gilded Age to life once more. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. at the Raintree Restaurant, 102 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. Tickets are $39.95 per person, all inclusive (adult beverages served separately) and may be purchased daily from 2 p.m. at the restaurant or by calling 904-824-7211.

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