A Note from the Director
This year the St. Augustine Art Association reached new heights in promoting the pursuit of artistic excellence, thanks to you!
Student, emerging and established artists shared their extraordinary works of art in a wide range of exhibitions, and remarkable experiences happened throughout the year as a result of our common love of art. Highlights are featured in this Year in Review.
We want to express our sincere gratitude for your enthusiasm and dedication. As we work to expand our programs, we look forward to your continued participation as members, volunteers, artists, sponsors and patrons.
At this time of giving, we encourage you to consider a gift to the St. Augustine Art Association. Your generosity will help light the creative spark in the new year and for generations to come.
May you and your family enjoy a happy holiday season.
STAAA’s impact on the community adds up. In 2018, 2,000 works of original art were displayed in the gallery. Volunteers clocked 7,000 hours. Artists were recognized and rewarded with $18,000 in sponsored cash prizes. Gross art sales surpassed $20,000. 10,000 local, national and international visitors passed through the gallery, which is open free to the public year-round. And STAAA’s Social Media reach exceeded 50,000 global users! Count yourself in. Become a Member and Stay Connected Online.
2018 Exhibit Highlights
New juried exhibitions in the gallery each month resulted in an impressive showing of original works by artists of all backgrounds and skill levels. Artists were recognized for their achievements with monetary awards, thanks to award sponsors 97Park Realty, Clark and Alice Alger, the Carl Steinsieck Foundation, Textile Arts Guild, Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and others. And this year, we saw a dramatic spike in art sales, a clear indication of the high quality of art at STAAA!
2nd Annual St. Augustine Plein Air Paint Out
This outdoor painting event has fast become a tradition and source of community pride for the nation’s oldest city! Last spring, 75 artists captured the natural beauty, charm and history of St. Augustine en plein air. Demos, painting contests, public gatherings, a juried exhibit and cash awards were made possible, thanks to support from the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. Next year, the 3rdAnnual Plein Air Paint Out will achieve broader recognition through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts!
ArtWell – Flagler Hospital & STAAA Art-In-Medicine Program
Research has shown that engaging in creative activities brings a wealth of holistic benefits.This year STAAA formed a new outreach partnership with Flagler Hospital to promote well being through art. It’s called ArtWell. Artist-in-Residence Teri Tompkins has been leading the hands-on art lessons for patients, families and caregivers in the hospital’s Resource Center. The students’ works of art will be displayed at STAAA in the Spring of 2019.
Summer Art Camp
For the young at art,this popular summer program served 100 students in five themed sessions. Elementary school-age children created projects inspired by Van Gogh, Lichtenstein, Diebenkorn, Medieval art and Modern masters. High School Camp Counselors earned community service hours assisting. The camp culminated in a whimsical exhibit celebrated with families and friends.
Partners Boost Performance
As a non-profit, STAAA relies on the goodwill of business and civic partners to sustain our exhibit, education and outreach programs. Thanks to these organizations for providing funding, volunteers, interns, parking, marketing, entertainment, advocacy and more: City of St. Augustine • 97Park Realty • Flagler College • Lightner Museum • Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine • Flagler Hospital • Chamber of Commerce • Textile Arts Guild • VyStar Credit Union • St. Augustine Camera Club • Gamble Rogers Folk Festival • Bank of America • EMMA • First Coast Opera • St. Johns Cultural Council • St. Augustine Historical Society • St. Johns County Schools • Art Galleries of St. Augustine (AGOSA) • Audubon Florida • Island Framers • and many more.
Diane Bradley, celebrated 10 years as President of the STAAA Board of Directors and also Festival Manager. Under her servant leadership, STAAA has made numerous upgrades to the Art Center, including the TOUCH Sculpture Garden, kitchen renovation, gallery lighting and others. Ms. Bradley also led the Board of Directors in developing a Planned Giving initiative to sustain STAAA for the future. Thank you, Ms. President!
Parade of Art
STAAA holds a Permanent Collection of nearly 500 works of art. During this 95thAnniversary season, selected pieces are being showcased in an on-going Parade of Art. Newly acquired Lost Colony mid-20th Century era paintings from the Faith and Joseph Tiberio art collection are featured, including paintings by Emmett Fritz, Carl Austen, Vogt and others. Jean Wagner Troemel, beloved artist and advocate, also bequeathed her private art collection to raise funds for STAAA. Together these art benefactors have left a lasting legacy to the art community.
Mark your calendars to celebrate our 95th Anniversary! STAAA Open House – Friday, January 18 • 6-9pm
53rd Annual St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival
We express our thanks to the many volunteers, sponsors, partners, artists and festival-goers for making the 53rd Annual St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival a success! Despite a soggy set up, the Thanksgiving weekend event brought thousands of people together to celebrate art in support of STAAA. Proceeds from the Festival benefit art enrichment programs for youth and adults and also help maintain our landmark Art Center.