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Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Elaine Bedell

Elaine is a native of Jacksonville and began drawing in very early childhood. As a matter of fact she can't remember a time when she didn't draw.  She began private lessons at nine years of age and then studied art at Jacksonville University and Ringling College of Art and  Design in Sarasota. 
Elaine is a member of Jacksonville Coalition for the Visual Arts and is a founding member of The Art Center.  She has shown her work at many local shows. 
She is a realist and her favorite mediums are acrylic and watercolor.  Elaine especially loves landscapes.

This exhibit is free and open to the public.  Meet Elaine at the opening Oct.7th  5:00PM - 9:PM at The Art Center's Jacksonville Landing location.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Jacksonville Landing Gives Art a Riverfront Home

It always struck me oddly when the Jacksonville Landing bubbled up as a suggestion of where to take out-of-town company. The view is picturesque, and it’s one of the most prized pieces of commercial real estate in the area, but it has never really had a cohesive cultural offering. There have always been restaurants, nightclubs, and live entertainment, but not really anything that struck me as a unique, wholly Jacksonville experience. While there’s nothing particularly wrong with a pitcher and wings at Hooters, it certainly isn’t essential on the things you have to see in Jacksonville tour. However, the tide is changing, and like most cultural currents, it’s being generated through the powerful culmination of business and the arts.
There are three new tenants, all nonprofits, at the Jacksonville Landing: CoLabJax, Jacksonville Community of Entrepreneurs (JaxCoE), and The Art Center Cooperative (TAC). CoLabJax is calling their 5,000 square foot space Maker Space, and it’s a self-described workshop with a banner that states, “Where Ideas Take Flight.” Inventors, designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs alike will be welcome to hone their vision, test and prototype products, and validate designs before releasing for profitable consumption. JaxCoE is opening what they are calling the Bunker. The space will provide an incubation program for veterans. TAC is an organization of professional and emerging artists.TAC was founded in 2005 and promotes the art of its members, holds jury exhibits for all artists, and provides workshops for adults and children. They have always called downtown Jacksonville home and currently have 26 local artists as members.
 We spoke with Annelies Dykgraaf of TAC about the expansion into the Jacksonville Landing. “We had three galleries in existence a year ago (our original gallery on Adams Street and one in the Bank of America building) and wanted to expand our current location at Hogan to include a more visible upscale show space. We viewed several locations at the Landing and Janice Lowe was willing to work with us,” she said.
Other cities have had success with similar transformations, as Dykgraaf pointed out. “The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia, attracts approximately 500,000 visitors annually with its 80+ artist studios, galleries and workshops. We hope to be a magnet like that for the City of Jacksonville and for the Landing.” This is a big win for the city that has been working so hard to create cultural relevance and showcase all that Jacksonville has to offer.
Like anything else, there is the capricious nature of business and ever-changing consumer proclivities that can bring the question of sustainability. Dykgraaf confirmed that TAC had a long-term vision for their new presence at the Jacksonville Landing. “Our board just went through its strategic planning session for 2016. We will continue to increase our presence with a great selection of workshops we have planned both for adults and children.” Some of the upcoming TAC events include From Music to Art, September 12 for kids; Intro to Linocut Block Printmaking October 10 and 24; and Fairies and Monsters for kids, October 17.
This encouraging progress carries quite a bit of promise. Hopefully, dedication by the Jacksonville Landing and the new tenants, as well as meaningful patronage and participation, will nourish this new growth and development.

Friday, September 04, 2015

THE ART CENTER CoOp. Inc., and BUZZ Magazine

The Art Center has been working with BUZZ magazine over the last two years to bring some art to the street corners of Jacksonville. Mike White, CEO of Client Focused Media, who owns BUZZ, had the idea that the collection of newspaper distribution boxes we have on some many street corners around town deserved an artistic upgrade.

He obtained nearly one hundred old Times Union newspaper distribution boxes to become canvases for Jacksonville artists. It was clear from the beginning that he would need some help, so he came to The Art Center for some help. It was a huge project. The boxes needed to be cleaned, primed and prepped for painting and area artists needed to be alerted to the opportunity.
Pretty soon truckloads of the old boxes started showing up at TAC's Hogan St. gallery and several priming and prep parties were held to get the boxes ready. In the end seventy boxes were covered with art from some of the best known artists in town.

At the beginning of 2014 the boxes were distributed all over Jacksonville and the Beaches. The artists were also asked to create a piece of work for a special show. It's been a long time coming, but you can see the work of these talented artists at a new show, called "Artists with a BUZZ" at The Art Center's new gallery at the Landing.
The show will run from September 25th through October 15th, with the opening reception on Friday, September 25, from 6-8.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Workshop leader is Pablo Rivera.
All materials supplied. 4 sessions on Wednesday nights for 2 hours in August
This class will be aimed at the student who has had little or no experience carving stone. The student will be introduced to recognizing the latent image in a stone and go about "releasing" it through carving away the excess with rasps, files and varied sand papers.This method of sculpture is the very same procedure Michelangelo used to create some of his pieces. Tickets can be purchased on the link below 


Friday, July 24, 2015


Michael Cenci is the featured artist for the month of August 2015.  You are welcome to come by TAC at The Landing to view the wonderful photography by Michael.  To see more of Cenci's work visit his website:  http://www.cenciphotography.com/-/cenciphotography/default.asp


The Art Center Cooperative invite you to help us celebrate the official opening of our newest location located at Suite 139 in The Jacksonville Landing.
Official Grand Opening
Friday, August 7 at 7:00pm
The Art Center at the Landing, Suite 139

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Featured Artist @ TAC.

Dallas Primavera is the featured artist for the month of July at The Art Center CoOp. Gallery on Adam St. downtown Jacksonville. Opening will begin on Wednesday July 2, 2014 at 5-9pm.
All art will be available for purchase.  All are welcome.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Featured Artist for June

Marsha Hatcher is the featured artist at The Art Center CoOp. on Adam Street downtown Jacksonville. The opening will be the 1st Wednesday of June (Art Walk)5-9PM.  This is a free event and is open to the public.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Featured Artist at The Art Center for February 2014

ANNELIES DYKGRAAF is the featured artist for the month at The Art Center CoOp.  Adam St. downtown Jacksonville.  Opening starts Feb. 5th (ArtWalk) 5-9PM.  All are welcomed.

Friday, January 17, 2014

The winners of the Celebrating Our Cultures Art Exhibit 2014 are:

1st place - Maria Valdez Dugger - Incognito I & II
2nd place - Diane Rabideau-Wise  - She Likes to Travel.
3rd place - Annelies Dykgraaf - Red Pepper Pickers
Hon Mention - Susan Gibbs Natale - Acme Redux

Featured Artists at The Art Center (Adam Street)

                                      Opening reception is Thursday Jan. 23. All are welcome


Framing workshop is this Saturday Jan 18
9:00AM - 12:00
Light refreshments included in fee

Monday, November 18, 2013

Our Feminine Side Exhibit (Winners)

The winners of The Art Center's "Our Feminine Side" Exhibit was selected by Christine Tyler- Community Education Director of the Women's Center of Jacksonville.
First Place - Deborah Reid
Second Place - Marsha Hatcher
Third Place - Annelies Dygraaf
Merit Award - Pablo Rivera

The following artists also have work represented in this exhibit: Mary Atwood, Elaine Bedell, Al Chester, Cookie Davis, Lora Davis-Henningsen, Sharon Goldman, Pamela Green, Tom Grzybala, Steve Miller, Diane Rabideau-Wise and Virgina Triplett.
A very special Thank You to the following ladies: Juliann Gaus-Graeser, Judy Johnson, Tammy Lefils, Christina Mascarella and Maureen St. John for their entries and participation.

Saturday, November 02, 2013


MICHAEL CENCI has a  photography show  at The Jewish Community Alliance, Vandroff Gallery for the month of November. If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and check it out. It's 8505 San Jose Blvd. It's open to the public 8 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. Mon. thru Thurs., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.- 6p.m. Sunday, they are closed on Saturday.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Cookie Davis featured artist for November

Cookie Davis is the featured artist
during the month of November at
The Art Center Gallery located on
Adam St. downtown Jacksonville.
Opening starts Wednesday November 6
 (Art Walk ) 5-9 PM. This is event
is free and open to the public.  All
are welcome.

Friday, October 04, 2013

TAC Call for Artists


The Art Center's "Creatures" Exhibit winners

The following artists were juried into The Art Center's "Creatures" exhibit.  The winners were announced during the opening on Thursday October 4th at The Art Center's Premier Galley located in the Bank of America downtown location.
Annelies Dykgraaf - First Place
Diane Rabideau-Wise - Second Place
Mary Atwood - Third Place
Cookie Davis - Honorable Mention
Elaine Bedell, Michael Cenci, Bronwen Chandler, Keith Doles, Leslie Kruzicki, Paco Gutierrez, Tom Grzybala, Deborah Reid, Dustin Schott, Meleese Scott, Leeland Williams and Emine Zander.

Pamela Green - Juror   www.pamgreenart.com