Arts & Culture

Programs and Events for the St. Johns County Public Library System

Library Closing Dates in January:Monday, January 17th - Martin Luther King Jr. 

St. Johns Cultural Council Offers Tasca’s Drawing & Painting Classes

St. Johns Cultural Council announces Spring Drawing and Painting classes taught by Joan Tasca, painter and art instructor.  Joan has taught K-12, college level, adult education, and holds a B.F.A. in Painting from the University of Delaware, received certification in Art Education from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and attended Tyler School of Art.  Her drawings and paintings are natural realism, and reflect interest in a variety of topics using elements that are, at times, symbolic.  Joan’s work has won awards and is in private collections.  The SJCC is proud to present the professional level of instruction that Joan provides.

High School Students: Time to Enter Manatee Art Contest

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites high school art students across the state to participate in a contest to create a piece of manatee artwork that will be used on the 2011-2012 manatee decal.

Students in grades 9-12 in Florida should coordinate with their school’s art teacher to submit the artwork, because each school may submit no more than five entries. Home-schooled students also are eligible to enter the contest. Contest details and forms are available online at MyFWC.com/Manatee.

Auditions for Peter and the Wolf on January 15, 2011

The St. Augustine Community Ballet will be holding auditions for their Spring production of two ballets, Peter and the Wolf and Coppelia Suite on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 10:00a.m. Auditions will take place at Abella’s School of Dance located at 1765 Tree Blvd., in St. Augustine.

January 8 Re-Enactment of the Secession of Florida from the United States

The National Park Service and the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument invite you to experience your history with the Monument’s “Florida Secedes from the Union” program on January 8th, 2011. Park Service staff and volunteers will recreate the events of January 10th, 1861, when troops of the newly formed “Republic of Florida” proceeded under orders from Florida Governor Madison S. Perry to Federal Fort Marion (the Castillo de San Marcos). The Governor’s orders were to seize the ordnance and stores of Fort Marion using whatever means necessary. On Saturday, January 8th, the Monument will reenact the events of that January day, one hundred and fifty years ago, when the local State Militia faced down the Federal Ordnance Sergeant stationed there for the possession of Fort Marion. The event will be held twice, first at 11:oo AM and then again at 3:00 PM. There will also be Ranger and Volunteer interpretive programs, as well as historic weapons demonstrations throughout the day.

Special Performance of Gypsy to Fund Arts

A special performance of Gypsy will take place at the Limelight Theater at 2p.m. on March 6, 2011. This matinee performance of the musical by Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim, and Jule Styne, will be a part of the 2011 Festival of Muses which celebrates March as Women’s History Month. Tickets are $25 each and may be reserved by contacting Anne Kraft at 794-7455. All tickets will be open seating.

Joan Tasca's Drawing & Painting Classes

Joan Tasca, painter and art instructor, offers Winter classes.  She has taught K-12, college level, adult education, and holds a B.F.A. in Painting from the University of Delaware, received certification in Art Education from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and attended Tyler School of Art.  Her drawings and paintings reflect interest in a variety of topics using elements that are, at times, symbolic. Joan’s work has won awards and is in private collections.

Joan’s formal, academic training, and years of painting have prepared her to teach students to “see” as an artist sees, working mostly from actual situations.  Whether they interpret it as realism or abstraction is personal style.  She also gives private lessons.

The registration form and fee of $140 per 6-week course is due December 28, 2010. Call Joan at (904) 794-2594) for information and registration.  Class size is limited.   The location will be the St. Johns Cultural Council 370 A1A Beach Blvd.