Friday, December 21, 2007


1253 McDuff Ave. South
Jacksonville, FL 32205

Bogda: \ bo_g – duh \ : a charming little gallery renovated from a quaint Riverside historic home that features an eclectic array of arts & crafts.

Many patrons who have visited Bogda or at least heard of the gallery often wonder what the hell Bogda means? Don’t ask, those who know will never tell – it’s classified.
The definition I have created above is the best you are gonna get.
However, the secret of Bogda isn’t in the name itself but from the gems inside the cozy shop.
Bogda prides itself in featuring a diverse spread of art, crafts, clothing, music and any other talent it can find to exhibit on the 1st Saturday of every month.
With resident artists such as Nick D’Agostine (Nicky D’), Annie Lechak, House of Crafts and more, there is plenty to see & shop for at Bogda between exhibits. However, most featured artists are presented for the entire month until another exhibit resides in its place. It all depends on what the artist agrees to. For artists, there are rental options available to showcase their work. The artist can rent out Bogda for a single night event, solo show, monthly show or they can wait to be featured in a group show (which requires a reservation about 6mths in advance).
Either way, upon approval from the gallery, just about every artist has an opportunity to display their work in a professional show setting; a luxury most starving artists rarely get the chance to experience.

In the entrance of Bogda you will always see a display of sock monsters by Annie Lechak; little stuffed toys shaped as monsters in crazy shapes and colors (the starfish with the Cyclops eye is my fav). Next to the sock monsters is House of Craft’s crocheted ski hats, bracelets (made of laminated picture buttons of pin up girls, stars, birds etc), and other jewelry. You will also see a rack of modish clothing from CLD Arts Fashion & Design and a variety of "support your local artist" magnets.
Other pieces of art you will always have the chance to view are Cycles & Iron Art by Nick D’Agostine, well known as Nicky D’. Nicky D’s art is that of metal work; mostly compiling of fish in a variety of textures. Variations of fish in rusted metal and smooth iron are presented along the back wall of the shop, while the months featured exhibits are showcased along the main walls of Bogda.
December’s show featured two Jacksonville artists; Gail Taylor and Frank Matthews.

Gail Taylor

Gail Taylor’s vibrant paintings of brilliant flowers and bohemian portraiture are her unique representation of expressing triumph and new beginnings.
Being an artist almost her entire life, Gail’s subjects generally included landscapes and buildings; a theme she was comfortable and happy with. However, an unforeseen tragedy befell Gail’s vision. In 1999 her entire house burnt down. Everything, including Gail’s cherished paintings had turned to ashes. The loss of her art and the relics of her past left Gail disillusioned and depressed. She no longer had the desire to paint, so she hung up her paintbrushes and pallet and retired from art altogether. Several years had past and what seemed to be a long and unproductive 5 years, Gail decided it was time to put her talents to good use again. Having a renewed definition of life, Gail decided to no longer illustrate the buildings and landscapes she was so accustomed to. Instead, she chose to represent things that brought beauty and life to her which were flowers, people and enriched color. Gail’s newfound expression of color and elements in her work are both spirited and refreshing; just like Gail herself. In addition to her portraits, Gail also lends her talent to local builders for commission work in restoration pieces, and is well known for her talents in stained glass, glass blowing and other glass art in the community.

Frank Matthews

Frank Matthews, a former art teacher of 10 years for the Duval County School board, now a police officer, has been comprehensively creating art for 20 years. Primarily working with acrylics on masonite and plyboard, Frank focuses on a subject and works an entire exhibit of it; alongside with other pieces he is adapting, all over the course of a month or so.

Franks paintings are mostly methodical stills of bottles, flowers vases, paintbrushes or anything he sees in his natural habitat at the time. When asked if his police work influences his art, Frank replies, "I’m not sure if the job influences my art, rather than my art is a response to it. Being a police officer, the work gives you a very clear understanding of what life is. Art should be a reflection of what you see, yet I see so many ugly things in my police work that it may take working on this very delicate, very sensitive still life – that’s really nothing more than painstaking bottles and brushes – that centers my mind right where it needs to be."

Working late hours until 3am as an officer of the law, Frank Matthews often burns the midnight oil by functioning creatively after his graveyard shift. Frank admits to winding down his late night by carefully painting to familiar music. About 80% of the time Frank paints to the music of Husker Du, preferably the cd House of Songs. Husker Du (which is Danish for Do You Remember), is a band from the mid 80’s that was one of the original independent garage bands of our time; predating Dinasour Jr. and the rise of Seattle grunge. Frank explains that the tones of the songs and the way they play drowns out everything else for him; matching the tempo to his work, helping him concentrate more on the pieces with fluidity.
This month’s exhibit at Bogda is the first show (with the exception of one Artwalk ) that Frank has contributed to in 10 years. He anticipated his next show of cityscapes and traffic lights to be demonstrated in February at the former downtown library in Jacksonville’s Artwalk.

Bogda’s diversity of art culture peaks an interest from any standpoint. There is always enough up – and - coming art to pacify an art connoisseur of any background.
Keep your eyes pealed, your mind open and watch for fresh talent being showcased at Bogda.
Past & present exhibits can been seen at or go to Bogda’s myspace for upcoming shows & events.

Bogda Calendar:
Monthly Exhibits the 1st Saturday of every month 8pm
Saturday, Dec 22nd – Crapfair 8am

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Club Tsi Art & Music Variety Mixer

(Downtown Jacksonville on Bay St next to The Dive Bar and Mark's)
Friday December 28th 2007
60 artists displaying all throughout the venue.
Live Music/Djs all night long
Beer-Wine-Champagne Specials Including Penny PBR from 9pm-11pm
Many diverse forms of art for sale and display. for directions and info.
Presented By Joe VanDyke

Artist list

Aaron Marable
Adela Devia
Ashli Morgis
Bernie Perez
Bill Dowling
Bobby Davidson
Bo Dillard
Brandon Fortuna
Brendan O’Rourke
Brian Gray
Cainnon Gregg
Casey Fletcher
Carmellia Espinosa
Chad Landenberger
Chad Roberts
Chris Kidman
Chris Wallace
Courtney Barriger
Dennis Ho
Dianna Batton
Don Nicol
Ed Dansart
Ellie Hoffman
Erin Kinmonth
Grace Bio
Grant Thornton
Ian Christian
Jay Peele
Jayme Chatterton
Jenn Mims
Jeremy Faircloth
Jerry Lambert
Jessica Senn
Joe VanDyke
John O’brien
Jon Fort
Kendi Sullinger
Leslie Loofbourow
Lindsay Lynch
Lindsey Gilbert
Logan Zawacki
Meagan O’Connor
Nicki Smith
Nicole Middleton
Patrick Carter
Rachel Kemper
Rob Aaron
Ryan Gunwitch-Black
Scott Allen
Stephen Floyd
The Dark Mark
Thomas Rabon
Thony Aiuppy
Timothy Lenoir
Tommy Armageddon
Tonsenia Yonn
Varick Rosette
Vince Robinson

12/28 bands, performing inside between 6-11pm
The Questronauts
Amber Rose

12/28 Djs:
Dj Roy spinning inside 11:30pm-2am.
Dj Handsome Van Zandt spinning outside 9pm-2am.
The Dark Mark spinning outside 6pm-9pm, inside 9pm-11:30pm, between and after bands.

Saturday, December 1, 2007


ContainerArt friends (Per la traduzione in italiano, vedi sotto):

Beauty Inside, the book that summarizes the theories and practices of Containerart will be launched at the Mattatoio di Testaccio in Rome on Sunday at 5 PM. The book introduces a new method for relating to the sensations and ideas of contemporary art. It also describes the results of experiments ContainerArt implemented in the past couple of years in cities around the world. If you took pics of ContainerArt Rome-Jerusalem, we created a group on flickr for you:

See you soon. Keep posted on

Monday, November 26, 2007

ART WALK - Downtown Jacksonville, FL

The downtown Jacksonville’s Artwalk is one of the most unified presentations of art that Jacksonville has seen in a long time. Being a FREE event with over 40 downtown venues that display not only a wide variety of visual art; the Artwalk is also incorporating an assortment of music, dance and retail vendors to accentuate the Artwalks appeal.

My night began at Hemming Plaza; fondly known as the core of the event, where most of the entertainment is performed. Unfortunately, being a chilly evening, not much was going on in the forms of entertainment. With the exception of a clown painting the faces of children, Bongo’s echoing throughout the plaza, and the sounds of the water fountain misting in the cool November air, there seemed to be a void at the forefront of the occasion.

Perfect Scents
Home Fragrance

With only a few retail vendors nearby, I decided to stop at the Perfect Scents Home Fragrance booth. Perfect Scents is a company owned by Rodney and Sharon, a Jacksonville couple that discovered the benefits of Crystal Rock Potpourri from a friend and decided to make it a household item.
Crystal rock potpourri is a wonderfully scented sea salt produced from the salt mines of the Caribbean and Dead Sea.
You buy a jar of these fragrant salt rocks perfumed by exotic oils and then buy the imitation crystal warming lamp to invigorate the salts and provide an aromatic aura in the room. One setup on your warming lamp can last up to 3 days before the scent is gone. Typically, one jar of these scented rocks will last about a month. Once you are done using your scented rocks in the lamp, you can return it to the jar, shake it up, and the rocks will be re-scented with the excess oils in the jar.
Much more affective then a Glade plug in or a scented candle, Perfect Scents Crystal Rock is ideal for any home. You may email Rodney or Sharon at if interested in purchasing this product.

Chris Kidman

Next I stopped at artist Chris Kidman’s table who recently relocated from New York City to Jacksonville, FL. Chris’s street art is a variation of vivid colors and urban design. These "Urban Cartoon Machines" as Chris calls them, are compiled of pipe mazes, eyeballs, pinks, blues, greens and variations of cartoon chaos. Wonderfully crafted, Chris Kidman’s art will definitely keep the mind and eye busy to figure out a world only Chris can understand.

333 North Laura St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202

JU Dance Department

Leading onto the doorstep of MOCA (formerly JMOMA) I immediately noticed the massive crowd in the entrance and was barely able to get in the door. Being only 4’10" tall, I had a bit of trouble trying to find out what the commotion was all about. After darting elbows, whipping through the crowd, and trying desperately not to run into onlookers holding glasses of red wine, I was finally able to see what causing all of the fuss. It was the JU Dance Department, performing an interpretative dance piece from the show
"The Orpheus Project": a contemporary, multi- disciplinary performance that explores the myth of Orpheus’ journey to Hell to serenade Satan and recover his lost love, Eurydice. The dancers flowed about with black sheer blindfolds in a graceful, ballet – like manner. After performing one piece to the elegant music of Bill Shermer, JU music professor, they quickly changed into red jumpsuits & bounced about to a more upbeat score.
The JU Dance department is very flexible and oblivious to onlookers, according to MOCA Director of Development, Heather Sams. "They have no trouble keeping focus when people are walking down the stairs, walking by the atrium, eating in the café, etc.. It doesn’t faze them at all."
Bravo to Cari Coble, JU dance professor for orchestrating this fine piece of performance art.

MOCA 2nd Floor Exhibits
Coherent Structures: Recent Silverpoint Paintings by Carol Prusa
Sept. 14th – Jan 6th at MOCA

Carol Prusa’s paintings are a representation of microscopic cellular structures, flora and cosmological symbols. These detailed organic drawings are created in silverpoint, a medium that was utilized by Renaissance masters Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and Albrecht Durer. Prusa’s blending of powdered sulfur, titanium white, graphite and acrylic media almost bring on a connubial feel. While Prusa’s intentions were to depict her attraction to science, alchemy, organizational systems and botany – her art suggests something much more of matrimony. It reminds one of a wedding ceremony or canvassed bouquets. I couldn’t help but wonder if these pieces were a vanguard from the Grant/Brown wedding that took place in MOCA’s atrium this past July.

MOCA’s Permanent Collection

Alongside featured exhibitions, MOCA has also integrated a series of permanent collections on the 2nd floor. Pieces range from pop imagery, sculptures and photography. The vintage photo’s presented on the back wall of the 2nd floor range from dates 1926 to 1974; including "Magda, the Satiric Dancer", a photograph of a 1920’s flapper woman stretched out on a velvet loveseat in that "come hither" way, and Jerry N Uelsmann’s "untitled" photo of an uprooted tree hovering over an enchanted lake. The photographs in this permanent collection are featured in black & white film.

Andy Schuessler
Permanent Collection of MOCA

Probably the most interesting piece on the 2nd floor is Andy Schuessler’s Zephyrus, an electromechanical assemblage compiled from traditional household items. In Zephyrus , Schuessler manipulates a variety of materials, including objects such as light bulbs, a lampshade frame, and barstool legs, as well as wire, metal, wood, and plastic elements. The viewer activates a footswitch to start a fan moving, which in turn causes the lampshade frame to spin with increasing speed. As lights twinkle, bells ring, and motors buzz, Schuessler injects elements of humor and whimsy into an otherwise formal medium.
Gazing at the compilation of an oval mirror supporting a 1960’s aqua blue fan, an upside down rusty chandelier clutching orange Christmas light bulbs, essentially crowned with a classic crystal door knob, I found myself as intrigued as a little kid on Christmas day; holding down the petal, glaring at the lights, anxiously awaiting the motor charged surprise. This tower of vintage home décor would make any garage sale junkie want to empty out their dwindled bank account for one eccentric piece of art.

MOCA 3rd Floor Exhibits
Raddle Cross and Dowsing:
Installations by Martha Whittington
Sept 14th – Jan 6th at MOCA

This mechanism of art is a combination of kinetic sculptures and sound based installations.
Mostly arrhythmic rather than visual, Whittington’s pieces include irregular clunking & clacking of wooden discs suspended from cotton twine strings managed by two small motors in concurrence with motorized fiber glassed rods, tip tapping on circle shaped mirrors. This selection is presented top to bottom in the middle of the gallery walkways. While nothing but tightened white string is actually displayed on the gallery walls, this presentation, although interesting enough, is both meditating and droning.

By Duncan Johnson
Sept 14th –Jan 6th at MOCA

Duncan Johnson utilizes recycled wood as the primary medium for his works of art. His complex sculptures are created using thousands of custom cut wood strips in a variety of lengths and widths. Johnson works primarily with cedar, pine and hemlock, manipulating them in a way that almost seems impossible. The intricate detail of Johnson’s work in itself should be appreciated, if not for its natural beauty alone.

Essence and Materials
Works by Minoru Ohira
Sept 14th – Jan 6th at MOCA

The work of Minoru Ohira, MOCA’s featured exhibit, demonstrates the beauty of harvest in one complex and remarkable presentation.
Casting a definite fall tone to the gallery’s exhibition, Ohira’s well-designed sculptures are inspired by objects observed in nature. The rounded and curvilinear sculptures, some more than eight feet in length, range from highly polished to uneven pine comb-like textures, indicating a deep respect for the intrinsic nature of materials. In addition to its meticulous charm, what’s more fascinating is that Ohira doesn’t use power tools to construct his art. Instead, he rigorously exhausts the use of hand saws and hatchets. By far, the most intriguing of all the exhibits, Essence and Materials leaves you with the notion of surrealism. With the illusion of being surrounded by giant sized acorns, walnuts and the traditional Thanksgiving horn of plenty, you are left with the impression that you just fell down a proverbial rabbit hole. However, if you are prone to chronic allergies, make sure you take an antihistamine before coming to this exhibit. Beautiful art, bad for the allergies; I couldn’t stop sneezing.

MOCA 5th Floor Exhibit
Valuistics: The Making Of
An Installation by James Greene
Sept. 14th – Jan 6th at MOCA

James Greene utilizes the tools of familiar design and screen printing to produce a self – portrait of the choices the artist makes as a consumer.
Several walls impersonate a blueprint of the consumer’s kitchen. Pink and red illustrated versions of a sink, stove, refrigerator, and garbage can – all the essentials of a well functioning kitchen - are displayed along the walls of the 5th floor. Brand logos of products, distributors and household retail chains are represented by a collage of product logos in red ink printed on multiple pink sheets of foam insulation that are arranged in mayhem on the blueprint.
Whether or not Greene’s objective was to initiate product placement in my mind, I couldn’t resist the urge to go to Dairy Queen for a strawberry ice cream cone and a cherry on top.

* All featured exhibits mentioned in this review for MOCA may be viewed on MOCA’s website *

The Jacksonville
Bank Building
100 North Laura St. #1000
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Jacksonville Symphony Guild
Painted Violins

The Jacksonville Symphony Guild is holding a raffle for 12 beautifully painted violins, each crafted by 12 local artists, to raise funds for the Harmony Grant. The goal is to raise up to $500 to teachers in the public school district for one qualifying student to be awarded the Harmony Grant. Drawing tickets range from $5-$100 for one of the painted violins. The violins will be showcased every Wednesday at the Jacksonville Bank Building until May 2008.

Golds Gym
100 North Laura St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(In the Jacksonville Bank Building)

Fitness Ink* - Chelleby Photgraphy

Fitness Ink* is a collection of photos of members and staff of Golds Gym who are dedicated to fitness and use their bodies as their own individual canvases. From the imagination of Chelleby, a local art expressionist photographer, the walls of Golds Gym are adorned with enriched color photos of members and staff with eloquent tattoo art. These photos include Origin – staff member Crystal Starr displays her mystical back piece of Tinkerbell in a butterfly infused fairy garden, materialized in vibrant color.
Upstairs we see Sweet Jesus Kaine! – a photograph of gym member Kaine Bennett, showing off his inked up forearms and biceps outstretched over his glorious Impala, and Clownin’, a playful portrait of funny man Steve Dinkins, dangling upside down from a pipe over the St. Johns River. Chelleby has the unique ability to take any person in any situation and cultivate them into a magnificent work of art. With a keen eye for location, arrangement, props, fashion and a creative flare for make-up, Chelleby can bring out the inner model or inner freak in anyone.

Kenneth Reshard -

The walls of Golds Gym proudly parade the works of Reshards Godlike sculptures. Copper and black sculptures of various male and female torsos, seemingly chiseled to perfection, are displayed in a unique way – reminding you of Italian Renaissance art. Think iron sculpted beefcakes from Muscle magazine.

Burrito Gallery
21 East Adams St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Renee Parenteau - Untitled

The pieces by art photographer Renee Parenteau express the elegance and beauty of modern day Spanish bullfighting. Parenteau’s exquisite photographs capture the detail and vibrancy of the matador’s costume; sparkling sequins, shiny beads and vibrant colored silks and other fine textures seem to jump out at you – just like the bull itself. With vivid colors and supreme composition, Parenteau accomplishes brilliance in just a few pieces of art.

The Carlisle Group
On Adams Street
outside the restaurant Chew

The Carlisle Group is a magnificent jazz band, recently formed by band members Eric Riehm (saxophone), Travis Morton (bass), Dan Shelton (drummer) and Jeff McGloughlin (guitar). A saucy rendition of fusion jazz fills the night air with rhythmic bass, urbane drum beets, smooth guitar & sultry saxophone tunes. With onlookers crowding around in the cool air, bundled in jackets & hats, one can imagine a night back into the 1940’s. While the Carlisle Group definitely sets the mood for martini’s and make-out sessions, I reminisced on my younger flight of the imagination. Daydreams of a swanky black dress, long cigarette holder, martini in one hand, debonair gent on the other and a moonlit night on the river listening to a saucy jazz band is what I often vision my adulthood would be like. Never the less, there I stood; at the mature age of 30 clad in a hippy peasant skirt, Old Navy Fleece and sandals, I hardly emulate the role of my child hood fantasies. However, one thing remains the same; I am moved beyond measure by this bravura music just as I imagined I would be. Too bad the Carlisle Group has no website, no myspace or any recent gigs lined up to network their neo soul. You will just have to come see them at the Artwalk every month in front of the restaurant Chew at 117 W. Adams St., to be moved by this underground treasure.
*If interested in booking The Carlisle Group for a party or event – please contact Eric Riehm at 904-384-8554.*

I could stand listening to the music all evening but my toes were getting cold and my tummy was rumbly, so I settled in a booth at Chew to chow down on some Prosciutto wrapped asparagus. I then ended my night with a martini and an old friend at Twisted Martini, the official Artwalk after party. Be careful though folks, it has been advertised that one can get a free drink with an Artwalk brochure at Twisted Martini. However, I learned that offer only lasts until 9:30pm; coincidentally only half an hour after the Artwalk closes down.

DECEMBER 5, 2007 • JANUARY 2, 2008 • FEBRUARY 6, 2008 • MARCH 5, 2008

Report by Mia Carlin