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Through the Years
The ancient city of St. Augustine has an art history dating back to the Flagler era of the late 1800s, when oil tycoon Henry Flagler enticed New York and New England artists to town to enhance the cultural experience for wealthy visitors. Interest in the arts ebbed and flowed over the years as renowned American artists passed through the area each time the art scene reached a heyday, some to return and make their permanent homes in St. Augustine.
The St. Augustine Art Association emerged as part of local art history in 1924 when a young woman editor of The St. Augustine Record gathered dedicated artists and writers together to form a group, first calling itself "The Galleon Club." Through several fits and starts and a small series of name changes, the club ultimately identified itself as the St. Augustine Art Association.
The wider St. Augustine area is now home to a vast number of artists ranging from amateurs and students to top professionals. The Art Association, holding a permanent collection and with a constantly growing membership, serves as the premier art center among scores of local artists.
Portraits & Personalities of St. Augustine's Lost Art Colony: An Oral History and Art Exhibition.
Moderator: Tom Rahner, Professor Emeritus, Flagler College
Listen to the Symposium
This symposium brought to life the people and personalities of St. Augustine's mid-century art colony. The gathering featured local artists, historians and residents whose research, recollections and first-hand knowledge that shed light on the importance of this regional art movement. A figurative art exhibit with newly acquired and restored portraits complimented the discussion.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Please Click on the photos below to see larger images from the symposium.