Florida Blue Free Art Walk: February

Wednesday, February 5 • 5-9 p.m.

Florida Blue Art Walk Free Wednesday

Free and open to the public:
5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Art Walk Free Wednesdays are sponsored by:

In the featured exhibition, Material Transformations, seven artists uncover symbolism in the very unconventional substances they use to construct their works of art. Angela Ellsworth, Alison Foshee, Johnston Foster, Kirsten Hassenfeld, Rune Olsen, Lucrecia Troncoso, and Paul Villinski find inspiration in the stuff of life — items we frequently encounter, use, and discard with rarely a second thought, such as aluminum cans, cleaning sponges, construction debris, corsage pins, masking tape, office supplies, and wrapping paper. All the works on the third floor address a multitude of cultural and social issues including our preoccupation with consumer goods.

In Bede Clarke: Barbara Ritzman Devereux Visiting Artist Exhibition, the artist focuses on simple, direct methods of working in clay—methods that allow compassion and humanity to be heard over the technical virtuosity of a clever hand and a trained eye. Featured in the UNF Gallery, Clarke’s work is included in public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad.

New selections from MOCA’s Permanent Collection are on display, including an impressive piece by Haitian artist Edouard Duval-Carrié — “Aizan, Velekete, and Govis” — that hasn’t been on display since his solo MOCA show in 2008. The molded and tinted resin piece’s warm glow beckons you to explore the second floor.

The Scholastic Art Exhibition in the Florida Blue Gallery on the fifth floor hosts the Gold Key portfolio winners from Northeast Florida including students from Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, St. Johns, and Volusia counties.

And don’t miss the Haskell Atrium Gallery, where Ingrid Calame’s commanding wall painting, Tarred over Cracks, resembles a mysterious constellation of sinewy silver lines jutting across the dual-toned blue background.

The Contemporaries’ Sip, Snack, and Search is back, and this “love-themed” scavenger hunt will be unlike any other (6:30-8:30 p.m.). Bring a teammate along with a cellphone (to take pictures), so you can scour downtown Jacksonville for clues. Special prizes go to those teams demonstrating superb scavenging skills. After the hunt has concluded, join The Contemporaries inside MOCA to make your own Valentine for that special someone. It’s free for for Contemporaries members and $5 for guests of members.

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