Lightner Museum to host free art exhibition celebrating America’s national parks


The beauty and majesty of America’s national parks will be highlighted through a free art exhibition to be presented at St. Augustine’s Lightner Museum.

“America’s Parks I Encore Exhibition” will be on display at the museum June 10-Aug. 31. In addition to featuring artistic representations of America’s diverse landscapes, the free exhibition will include 18 original works from the St. Johns Cultural Council’s recent “Find Your Park Plein Air” outdoor painting event held in conjunction with the National Park Service, the Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas.

To mark the opening of the exhibition, the St. Johns Cultural Council will host a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday June 9 at the museum. In addition to showcasing 50 original artworks inspired by nature and the wild, the event will feature live entertainment and culinary bites inspired by the national parks and created by local restaurants, including Collage, Blackfly, The Reef, La Pentola, Culinary Outfitters, O.C. White’s and more. Guests will also have an opportunity to meet and speak with artists about their work and inspiration.

Tickets for the opening reception are $50 per person ($90 per couple) and may be purchased at or through the St Johns Cultural Council at (904) 808-7330. Proceeds from the opening reception will benefit the cultural council’s ArtReaches Program, which supports individual artists and performers, emerging arts and cultural groups, and arts education.