Canvas, Stage and More: What's Happening in the Arts


Writers as researchers is meeting topic

Some writers hate research, but author Dorothy K. Fletcher loves going to libraries, historical societies, antique stores and churches where she can rummage through the lives of long-gone people to find interesting facts to use in her writing.

Fletcher will present “Making Research a Pleasant & Happy Experience,” at the FWA Ponte Vedra Writers meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.

In her presentation, she will provide writers with methods they haven’t considered for the acquisition of information.

In 2007, she retired after 35 years of teaching high school English in Jacksonville. At that time, she began her writing career in earnest. Many of her poems had already been published in literary magazines and she even had the honor of reading her poetry at an event at the Library of Congress.

She’s also written six histories about the city of Jacksonville, two novels and a children’s book.

The Ponte Vedra Writers group is part of the Florida Writers Association, a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of both aspiring and published writers. The Aug. 27 meeting is free and open to members and nonmembers alike. For information on FWA, go to

Artists to exhibit work featuring Disney, Marvel, DC, ‘Star Wars’

Gallery 725, a contemporary art space in Jacksonville, will present, in a limited engagement presentation, “Thomas Kinkade Studios: Generations.” This is a new exhibition from Thomas Kinkade Studios featuring Disney, Marvel, DC and Star Wars characters. Works will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at the gallery from Sept. 2-11.

Three not-to-be missed receptions with Patrick and Zac Kinkade are planned for noon-2 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sept. 10 as well as 1-3 p.m. Sept. 11. There will be a special fun-filled children’s event from 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 10.

This exhibition will take place at the new gallery art space located at 13475 Atlantic Blvd. Suite 6.

For more information, go to or call the gallery at 904-345-9320. To RSVP, go to and search for Kinkade.

CommUNITY Concert set for Sept. 11

8th Day at the Beach, a pre-Rosh Hashanah CommUNITY Concert, is set for Sept. 11 at the Marsh Landing Country Club. Pre-concert fun begins at 5 p.m., and the concert begins at 5:30 p.m.

The address is 25655 Marsh Landing Parkway, Ponte Vedra.

To order tickets, go to

For further information, call Dafne at 904-770-0502 or email

Gamble Rogers Gala set for Oct. 8

The inaugural Gamble Rogers Gala, featuring live music, a raffle, live and silent auctions, hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 8 at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center.

Medicine Springs will perform during the event. Band members are Lon and Liz Williamson, Scott Anderson, Gabe Valla and Christian Ward.

Admission is $25 per guest. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Gamble Rogers Music Festival.

Tickets are available at:

The agricultural center is located at 3125 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine.

For further information, call 541-914-4849.

— Compiled by Shaun Ryan


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