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ROGER DAVID is the featured artist for the month of August.  His exhibit features a variety of figurative work in watercolor, inks, oils and acrylics. Roger works goes from $250 - $2200 which makes his work affordable to whatever income bracket you are in.

👎🏽👎🏽👎🏽HEADS UP ARTISTS !!! DON'T FALL FOR IT.  I get about three of these letters every year.😡😡😡Hello,My name is _______________ from Brooklyn, New York. I was looking for some artwork online and i found your contact while searching. Will like to purchase some of your work for my wife as a surprise gift for our 20th anniversary.Please kindly send pics and prices of some of your art which are ready for immediate sale within price range $300- $3,500, i could be flexible with price. So i will hope to hear a lot more about any available piece in your inventory ready for immediate sale.Thanks and best regards,

TAC Featured Artist for May 2017

Hatcher Featured Artist for April 2017

Featured artist of the month at TAC

TAC Featured Artist
Kenneth Balser was raised the farmland of Northeast Ohio. Drawing from an early age he showed an appreciation for his surroundings. After school he drifted across the southfrom Texas to Florida. Settling in Jacksonville, he got involved in the local art scene.His mediums range from the softness of pastel to the strength of steel. Currently he is using upcycled steel to recreate items found in nature. He also has a wide array of landscapes and still-lifes in both oils and pastels.Kenneth has been entering shows since 1996. He's been a constant fixture on the Artwalk since 2004. He's shown with the St. Augustine Art Assoc., the Florida Museum of Art in Deland and numerous locations around Jacksonville. A member of the Art Center Co-op since 2006.Currently his work can be seen at the Art Center in the Jacksonville Landing. Opening night is Wednesday May 4 (Art Walk) 5:00PM-9:00PM at The Jacksonville Landing Location.

Featured Artist for February 2016

This exhibit is a collection of new and old works of art by Marsha Hatcher. Meet the artist Wednesday November 4th at The Art Center Gallery (Jacksonville Landing downtown location)

"WILDLIFE" Exhibit winners announced
The winners of TAC Wildlife Exhibit is:Travis Smith - 1st Place for his wood sculpture of a horse titled "Beau."Ted Head - 2nd Place for his "Egret at Dawn" painting.Debbie Pounder - 3rd Place for her painting of a leopard titled "Samantha Lazing in the Sun."Amber Angeloni - Honorable Mention for her painting  on driftwood of a "Humpback Mother & Baby."

Elaine BedellElaine is a native of Jacksonville and began drawing in very early childhood. As a matter of fact she can't remember a time when she didn't draw.  She began private lessons at nine years of age and then studied art at Jacksonville University and Ringling College of Art and  Design in Sarasota.  Elaine is a member of Jacksonville Coalition for the Visual Arts and is a founding member of The Art Center.  She has shown her work at many local shows.  She is a realist and her favorite mediums are acrylic and watercolor.  Elaine especially loves landscapes.This exhibit is free and open to the public.  Meet Elaine at the opening Oct.7th  5:00PM - 9:PM at The Art Center's Jacksonville Landing location.

Jacksonville Landing Gives Art a Riverfront HomeIt always struck me oddly when the Jacksonville Landing bubbled up as a suggestion of where to take out-of-town company. The view is picturesque, and it’s one of the most prized pieces of commercial real estate in the area, but it has never really had a cohesive cultural offering. There have always been restaurants, nightclubs, and live entertainment, but not really anything that struck me as a unique, wholly Jacksonville experience. While there’s nothing particularly wrong with a pitcher and wings at Hooters, it certainly isn’t essential on the things you have to see in Jacksonville tour. However, the tide is changing, and like most cultural currents, it’s being generated through the powerful culmination of business and the arts.There are three new tenants, all nonprofits, at the Jacksonville Landing: CoLabJax, Jacksonville Community of Entrepreneurs (JaxCoE), and The Art Center Cooperative (TAC). CoLabJax is calling their 5,000 square foot space Maker Space, and it’s a self-described workshop with a banner that states, “Where Ideas Take Flight.” Inventors, designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs alike will be welcome to hone their vision, test and prototype products, and validate designs before releasing for profitable consumption. JaxCoE is opening what they are calling the Bunker. The space will provide an incubation program for veterans. TAC is an organization of professional and emerging artists.TAC was founded in 2005 and promotes the art of its members, holds jury exhibits for all artists, and provides workshops for adults and children. They have always called downtown Jacksonville home and currently have 26 local artists as members. We spoke with Annelies Dykgraaf of TAC about the expansion into the Jacksonville Landing. “We had three galleries in existence a year ago (our original gallery on Adams Street and one in the Bank of America building) and wanted to expand our current location at Hogan to include a more visible upscale show space. We viewed several locations at the Landing and Janice Lowe was willing to work with us,” she said.Other cities have had success with similar transformations, as Dykgraaf pointed out. “The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia, attracts approximately 500,000 visitors annually with its 80+ artist studios, galleries and workshops. We hope to be a magnet like that for the City of Jacksonville and for the Landing.” This is a big win for the city that has been working so hard to create cultural relevance and showcase all that Jacksonville has to offer.Like anything else, there is the capricious nature of business and ever-changing consumer proclivities that can bring the question of sustainability. Dykgraaf confirmed that TAC had a long-term vision for their new presence at the Jacksonville Landing. “Our board just went through its strategic planning session for 2016. We will continue to increase our presence with a great selection of workshops we have planned both for adults and children.” Some of the upcoming TAC events include From Music to Art, September 12 for kids; Intro to Linocut Block Printmaking October 10 and 24; and Fairies and Monsters for kids, October 17.This encouraging progress carries quite a bit of promise. Hopefully, dedication by the Jacksonville Landing and the new tenants, as well as meaningful patronage and participation, will nourish this new growth and development.

THE ART CENTER CoOp. Inc., and BUZZ Magazine
The Art Center has been working with BUZZ magazine over the last two years to bring some art to the street corners of Jacksonville. Mike White, CEO of Client Focused Media, who owns BUZZ, had the idea that the collection of newspaper distribution boxes we have on some many street corners around town deserved an artistic upgrade.He obtained nearly one hundred old Times Union newspaper distribution boxes to become canvases for Jacksonville artists. It was clear from the beginning that he would need some help, so he came to The Art Center for some help. It was a huge project. The boxes needed to be cleaned, primed and prepped for painting and area artists needed to be alerted to the opportunity.Pretty soon truckloads of the old boxes started showing up at TAC's Hogan St. gallery and several priming and prep parties were held to get the boxes ready. In the end seventy boxes were covered with art from some of the best known artists in town.At the beginning of 2014 the boxes were distributed all over Jacksonville and the Beaches. The artists were also asked to create a piece of work for a special show. It's been a long time coming, but you can see the work of these talented artists at a new show, called "Artists with a BUZZ" at The Art Center's new gallery at the Landing.The show will run from September 25th through October 15th, with the opening reception on Friday, September 25, from 6-8.   


Workshop leader is Pablo Rivera. All materials supplied. 4 sessions on Wednesday nights for 2 hours in August This class will be aimed at the student who has had little or no experience carving stone. The student will be introduced to recognizing the latent image in a stone and go about "releasing" it through carving away the excess with rasps, files and varied sand papers.This method of sculpture is the very same procedure Michelangelo used to create some of his pieces. Tickets can be purchased on the link below

Michael Cenci is the featured artist for the month of August 2015.  You are welcome to come by TAC at The Landing to view the wonderful photography by Michael.  To see more of Cenci's work visit his website:

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