Canvas, Stage and More: A look at what’s happening in the arts locally

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A look at what’s happening in the arts locally.

Character development to be writers’ topic

Characters are the engine of a novel. They are so critical to the success of the writer’s storytelling, that if they are not well-formed, charismatic and perfect for the part they play, the novel will fall flat on it's cardboard-like face! They create and keep the plot moving forward, and they keep your readers engaged.

Learn to develop characters at the next meeting of Northeast Florida Sisters in Crime, to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Ponte Vedra Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach. Nancy Quatrano will lead the presentation.

Learn more at nefloridasistersincrime.org. The national website is SistersInCrime.org.

Van Gogh event extends stay in Jacksonville

Paquin Entertainment Group has announced additional dates for “Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience.” The event features more than 300 of the greatest works of post-impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh. It has proven very popular with local residents. Globally, it has sold more than 4 million tickets. The event will extend its stay at Immersive Art Space, 712 N. Hogan St.,
Jacksonville, through Feb. 26. Tickets are available now at vangoghjacksonville.com.

The Creative Exchange to feature locally made art and more

In an effort to combine art and commerce to benefit both creators and the community, Fogle Art Consulting has opened a retail location, The Creative Exchange (CX904), at 50 N. Laura St., Suite 175, in the Bank of America Tower in downtown Jacksonville.

CX904 will promote, sell and showcase local art, literature, jewelry, gifts and more. It opened Monday, Nov. 7. Hours for November and December will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The shop will also be open by appointment and plans to host after-hours events. Additional offerings will include corporate gifts, custom prints and framing.

Artists involved in the project include photographer Doug Eng, painter Jim Draper, woodworker Ed Malesky, ceramicists Tim Bullard and Kathy Skaggs, glass artist Brian Frus and Burnt Glassworks. Other vendors include Femme Fire Books, Catbird Coffee Roasters, Serenity Bath & Body Care and Candleleaf.

— Compiled by Shaun Ryan

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