in the arts

Celebrate the arts this fall on the First Coast


The Mountain Goats live at the Colonial Quarter
The St. Johns County Cultural Events Division welcomes The Mountain Goats live at the Colonial Quarter in downtown St. Augustine on Friday, Oct. 9. Tickets are on sale now at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre or Ponte Vedra Concert Hall box offices or the Colonial Quarter. Tickets are also available at, all TicketMaster outlets, or by phone at (800) 745-3000. General admission tickets are $20 for this standing room only show. The Colonial Quarter is located at 33 St. George St. in downtown St. Augustine. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show starts at 7 p.m.

‘9 to 5: The Musical’ at the Alhambra

“9 to 5: The Musical” is on stage at Alhambra Theatre & Dining through Oct. 18. The theatre is located at 1200 Beach Bvld., Jacksonville. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (904) 641-1212 or visit

Limelight Theatre’s 24th season
St. Johns County only year-round community theatre, the Limelight Theatre located in St. Augustine, kicked off their 24th season Sept. 18 with “Ring of Fire,” a musical featuring the music of Johnny Cash. “Ring of Fire” will be performed Sept. 18-Oct. 18 on the Matuza Main Stage. The rest of the season is as follows:
• “The Christians” Oct. 23-Nov. 15
• “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Dec. 11-Jan. 3
• “The Grapes of Wrath” Jan. 22-Feb. 14
• “A Facility for Living” March 4-26
• “The 39 Steps” April 15-May 8
• “Laundry & Bourbon, Lone Star” June 3-26
• “The Last Five Years” July 29-Aug. 21
Limelight Theatre is located at 11 Old Mission Ave. in St. Augustine. For more information, call (904) 825-1164 or visit

Snapshot St. Augustine exhibit
A new exhibit featuring the photographs of Kenneth M. Barrett, Jr., will be on display at the Rotunda Gallery in the St. Johns County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View in St. Augustine, from Aug. 4-Oct. 22. The exhibit, presented by the St. Johns County Cultural Council, features photographs covering a wide range of events in and around St. Augustine though a span of 40 years. For more information, visit

HipHarp for the Arts

HipHarp for the Arts, presented by The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, is Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N. in Ponte Vedra Beach. Deborah Hinson-Conant, a GRAMMY nominated recording artist, will grace the stage for her debut performance on the First Coast wielding a chrome 32-string “HipHarp” designed and invented exclusively by her.
VIP Ticket are $100 for members and $110 for non-members and include a private reception with appetizers and cocktails and premiere seating. Reserved tables of 8 are also available. A portion of the proceeds from this concert will benefit The Cultural Center’s Music Therapy Program. Tickets can be purchased by visiting .For more information, contact Toni Boudreaux at (904) 280-0614 ext. 202.

‘Threads of Silver and Gold: Women of the Panama Canal’

A Classic Theatre presents “Threads of Silver and Gold: Women of the Panama Canal,” a new play by Deborah B. Dicky. The play will be performed Oct. 22-24 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 28-30 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. at The Pioneer Barn, 259 San Marco Ave. in St. Augustine. Tickets are $20. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

‘Tour of Compassion’ sculpture exhibit
As part of the new Tour of Compassion public art project, 25 eight-foot obelisks have been decorated by professional artists and will soon become permanent, public installations around the St. Augustine region.
The project formally opened on the First Friday Art Walk, Sept. 4. The sculptures will be on display at each patron site through Jan. 31, 2016. Brochures and maps will be available at hotels, attractions and the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center. Information will also be available online during exhibition dates at
Additionally, as part of the larger project, kids have been given the chance to decorate their own pint-sized monuments. The Obelisk Art 450 Compassion through the Eyes of Children is a collection of 28, four-foot tall obelisks ornamented by elementary schoolchildren in St. Johns County. The art pieces are displayed at a variety of public and private donor locations throughout St. Augustine.

‘Project Atrium: Joelle Dietrick’ at MOCA
“Project Atrium: Joelle Dietrick” opened to the public on July 18 and continues through Oct. 25. The Museum is located at 333 N. Laura St. in Jacksonville. For more information, call (904) 366-6911 or visit

2015 Art & Antiques Show
The 2015 Art & Antiques Show featuring 50 art and antiques dealers from across America, is Dec. 3-6 at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, 1000 Water St. in Jacksonville. The show is presented by The Women’s Board to benefit Wolfson Children’s Hospital. For more information, call (904) 202-2886 or visit

50th annual St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival
The 50th annual St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival takes place Nov. 28 and 29 at Francis Field, W. Castillo Dr. in St. Augustine. The festival will feature 150 artists. For more information, visit

‘BLOOM ‘at J. Johnson Gallery
A brand new group exhibition is currently on display at the J. Johnson Gallery in Jacksonville Beach. “BLOOM,” features the work of six artists hailing from New York City, Miami and Europe, showcasing art inspired by nature. An opening reception was held the evening of Sept. 11. “BLOOM” will be on display at the gallery through Nov. 5. J. Johnson Gallery is located at 177 Fourth Ave. N., Jacksonville Beach. For more information, call (904) 435-3200 or visit

Quilts for a Cause at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach
Quilts for a Cause is a special exhibition honoring the work of Jacque Huber. Jacque has generously donated a series of seventeen of his hand-made quilts to be exhibited and raffled off to raise funds for the Cultural Center’s outreach programs.
Each quilt, meticulously hand sewn, are finely crafted pieces of art that can be functional quilts or become beautiful wall art. All 17 quilts will be on display at the Cultural Center Oct. 9 to 23.
Raffle tickets will be on sale starting Sept. 14 through Dec 12, on-line at , by phone, (904) 280-0614 ext 204, or at the Cultural Center. Tickets are one for $25 or 5 for $100. Enter for a chance to win a hand-crafted quilt. Winners will be notified by Dec. 15. You do not need to be present to win. For more information, call (904) 280-0614.

‘Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise’ at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens presents “Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise,” an exhibition focusing on the works of some of America’s pioneering women artists. Showcasing work from what was one of America’s most successful art potteries of the 20th century, the exhibition will be on display Oct. 9 through Jan. 3, 2016.

Free JSO ensemble visits for children and families at SJC public libraries
The St. Johns County Public Library System will be hosting a series of free Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra ensemble visits for children and families at select branches during the month of October. Thanks to the Barbara A. Kay Foundation Grant, awarded to SJCPLS earlier this year, children will have an exclusive opportunity to interact with JSO ensemble members, learn about multiple instruments, and enjoy a mix of short musical pieces. While the programs are geared toward older preschool and Elementary-aged children, SJCPLS invites the entire family to attend. For more information, visit, or refer to the list below for performance times, dates, location, and contact information.
• Thursday, Oct. 29 – 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Bartram Trail Branch Library, 60 Davis Pond, Fruit Cove, (904) 827-6960
• Thursday, Oct. 29 – 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Southeast Branch Library, 6670 US 1 South, St. Augustine, (904) 827-6900
• Friday, Oct. 30 – 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Main Library, 1960 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd, St. Augustine, (904) 827-6940
• Friday, Oct. 30, Southwoods Elementary School (available to Southwoods Elementary School students only)

‘St. George and the Dragon’ at Christ Episcopal Church
“St. George and the Dragon, a new comedic fantasy written and directed by Jason Woods, will be performed on stage Oct. 15-25, at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Dr., Ponte Vedra Beach. Curtain is at 7 p.m. for Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances; 3 p.m. for Sunday performances. Oct. 15 tickets include admittance to the premiere party. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

‘Stone Soup’ at Limelight Theatre
Limelight Theatre presents “Stone Soup,” a one-act musical version of the old folk tale. Performances are Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. and Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. on the Matunza Main Stage. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children 12 and younger. For more information, call (904) 825-1164 or visit

Players-by-the-Sea 50th season
Players-by-the-Sea kicked off their 50th season Sept. 18 with “La Cage Aux Folles.” The play will be performed through Oct. 10. The remaining 2015-2016 season is as follows:
• “A Behanding in Spokane” Nov. 6-21
• “Godspell” Dec. 4-20
• “Cotton Alley” Jan. 15-30
• “Mother and Sons” Feb. 12-27
• “All the Way” April 22-May 7
• “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment” June 3-18
• “Memphis” July 22-Aug. 13
Players-by-the-Sea is located at theater is located at 106 Sixth St. N, Jacksonville Beach. For more information, call (904) 249-0289 or visit

Shen Yun 2016
Experience a brilliant blend of energy and grace with Shen Yun Performing Arts at Lazzara Performance Hall. Shen Yun’s one-of-a-kind performance revives stories and legends from thousands of years of Chinese culture. With the richly expressive art of classical Chinese dance, groundbreaking musical compositions and cutting-edge, interactive stage effects, Shen Yun is leaving millions around the world in awe. Two shows only — Jan. 16 and 17. Visit or call (888) 974-3698 for more.

St. Augustine Orchestra’s fall concert ‘Saxophonic’
The St. Augustine Orchestra’s fall concert, under the direction of Bob Moore, features the premiere performance of “Saxophonic,” Moore’s latest composition, a work for solo saxophone and orchestra on Friday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. at The Lightner Museum, 25 Granada St., St. Augustine.
Saxophonist Joe Yorio will play soprano, tenor, and baritone saxophones and the alto sax for Dave Brubeck’s jazz classic, “Take Five.” Other music on the program includes “Rossini’s Overture” to the” Barber of Seville,” “Brahms’s Hungarian Dance No. 5,” “Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1,” baroque music by Handel and more.
Tickets are $20 for adults; $5 for students with ID. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available in advance online at or at the door on performance night. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.