arts & culture

E.G. Kight at historic Beaches Museum Chapel


As part of their unique chapel concerts series, the Beaches Museum will present Georgia Music Legend Award recipient E.G. Kight, performing in the historic Museum Chapel on Monday, Oct. 19 at 7:00 p.m.
“The unique, intimate, historic atmosphere of the chapel makes these concerts extremely special and this is without doubt one of the finest concert venues anywhere,” said Tim Ellis, a Ponte Vedra Beach resident and Concert Series committee member. “It is a great place to hear music.”
Nominated for a number of awards and honors, among them the Blues Music and Blues Blast awards, E.G. has headlined at venues around the world, and been involved in fundraising concerts in Germany, Japan, and Mexico.
Considered one of the few true blues vocalists, EG has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, and her songs have been featured on the Children’s Miracle Network, Nick at Nite and ABC Family.
Past performers have ranged from rock to blues to country, jazz, Americana and Celtic, and have included Grammy Award Winner Jim Lauderdale, Grateful Dead member Tom Constantin, International Fingerstyle Guitarist of the Year Tim and Myles Thompson, winner of the International Blues Challenge Selwyn Birchwood, jazz and blues legend Calvin Newborn, lead guitarist for the Muddy Waters Band, John Primer and lead guitarist for the George Thorogood Band, Jim Suhler.
Chapel Concerts are presented by the Beaches Museum as an outreach to the Beaches community. Tickets are $20 ($25 on the day of the show) and weather permitting, the Museum presents a barbeque buffet from Mojo’s Kitchen in the Museum Park before each concert ($10 donation suggested).
Future Chapel Concerts include Noel Freidline on November 14 and Celtic Christmas on December 21.
All proceeds go to support the Beaches Museum. The Beaches Museum & History Park is located at 381 Beach Blvd. in Jacksonville Beach. To purchase tickets, visit the Beaches Museum website at For more information, contact the Beaches Museum at (904) 241-5657.

Artist Karen F. Rose paints poetic vision at Concert Hall
A new artist in the Ponte Vedra Beach community, Karen F. Rose, has been invited to exhibit twelve of her original oil paintings at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in the new Cultural Center Annex Gallery.
Having lived most of her life in Michigan and Connecticut, Rose says she is inspired by the “golden hours” of dawn and twilight seen while painting plein air on the Ponte Vedra Beach or from her artist studio windows.
In her oil painting, she uses a series of transparent glazes to produce a canvas quality that has a luminosity and glow. Her use of lost and found edges help express the beauty of ephemeral light.
“My paintings are more about spirituality and mood of place than a documentation of detail,” Rose said. “I am so pleased when people share their sense of peace when they view my paintings.”
Her exhibit, Painting a Poetic Vision, is on display through Oct. 23 and during HipHarp for the Arts, Saturday evening Oct. 17 at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Tickets are still available for that event and a portion of painting sales will benefit the Center’s Music Therapy Outreach Program.
“The Cultural Center is a real gem in the community with outstanding workshops, classes, programs and cultural events,” said Rose. “I am delighted to help support their efforts and the enjoyment of the art.”
Learn more by visiting her web site

St. Augustine’s Lincolnville spotlighted at Book Talk Café
Award-winning artist and travel writer Rosamond Parrish captured one of St. Augustine’s most colorful and historic neighborhoods through her paintings and drawings. She’ll present a visual presentation of her book, Lincolnville: A Sketchbook Journal of St. Augustine’s Historic Neighborhood, at the Oct. 19 Book Talk Café program, 6:30 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Library.
The book is filled with over 100 watercolors of homes, marsh views and scenes from the historic neighborhood. Beyond the beguiling paintings and drawings, the early history of Lincolnville is captured in well-researched descriptions, from the early Indian settlement, to the Spanish encampments, the Minorcan Orange groves, the golden era of Henry Flagler’s hotels, to Martin Luther King’s stay as the Civil Rights Act became law.
Begun by freed black slaves who first called it “Africa,” Lincolnville is filled with Victorian, vernacular and bungalow homes set on wide marshes. The many masterful and sensitive illustrations bring to life the lovely gardens, streets lined with live oaks and historic Civil Rights markers. A Florida resident since 1961, Rosamond Parrish is a graduate of Auburn University, with post-graduate studies at the National University of Mexico, Mexico City, the University of Hawaii, Flagler College and the University of North Florida. She studied with legendary instructor Edgar Whitney. Parrish is a Signature Life member of the Florida Watercolor Society since 1972 , and the Founder of the Jacksonville Watercolor Society (1982) . She has served as a Board Member of the St. Augustine Art Association and the Florida Watercolor Society. Book Talk Café is sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Library, and offers refreshments as well as the opportunity to purchase the author’s book. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Editor shares lessons learned at Oct. 24 FWA meeting
The difference between a polished manuscript and one that requires more work often lies in the editing process. Too many writers rush their books into publication without the guiding hand of a professional editor. Kimberly Smith will help educate writers in her workshop, “Confessions of a Freelance Editor: Lessons I’ve Learned that Could Save You Time and Money,” on Saturday, Oct. 24, 10:30 a.m. at the Ponte Vedra Library as part of FWA’s Ponte Vedra Writers group.
According to Smith, this is “…a problem/solution-oriented workshop that educates writers on levels of editing, the editor/writer relationship, and ways to save time and money in the editing process.” She said workshop participants will learn common problems writers should look for when self-editing, along with the following:
• Differentiate multiple levels of editing service and what to expect
• Analyze the editor/writer relationship and ways to get the most benefit from the relationship with the least amount of stress
• Discover how to determine if an editor is the “right fit” for them
• Learn why writers should always insist on an editing contract
Smith began her professional freelance writing and editing career in 2009, after a successful career as a teacher and bookstore owner. Since that time, she’s won multiple writing awards, established long-standing client relationships, and helped numerous authors ready their manuscripts for traditional and self-publishing. She specializes in combining editing with coaching services that enhance a writer’s skill level.
The Ponte Vedra Writers group is part of the Florida Writers Association, a statewide, non-profit organization with over 1,400 members dedicated to the support of both aspiring and published writers in any genre. The meetings are free and open to members and non-members alike. For information on FWA please visit For more meeting information, email FWA Regional Director Vic DiGenti, at