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Emmett Fritz was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1917. He attended the Phoenix Art Institute in New York and graduated from the Pratt Institute of Art. Fritz began his career as a commercial artist. After serving in the Army during WWII, he became a cartoonist and caricaturist.

Fritz had the opportunity to study under the iconic American illustrator Norman Rockwell through the correspondence course “Famous Artists.” Fritz was required to submit sketches, which were reviewed and critiqued by the instructor, Rockwell.

Around 1950, Fritz moved to Saint Augustine, Florida, joined the Saint Augustine Art Association and quickly became integrated into the artist community. Fritz painted in the Impressionist style. Using acrylics and oils, his subject matter was often the historic streets and landscapes of Saint Augustine. The artist operated a studio in the Riberia House on St. George Street where he personally greeted visitors who snatched up his affordable, colorful paintings. Over his forty-five year career in Saint Augustine, Fritz amazingly produced some 10,000 paintings.

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Due to the path of Hurricane Ian, the St. Augustine Art Association will be closed Wednesday, September 28th through Sunday, October 2nd.

Monday Night Figure Drawing will STILL be happening on Monday, October 3rd, 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

ARTISTS: If you have not picked up your work from the Fall Members Show, you may do so next week.

The Receiving dates for the Tactile Show remain the same:
Tuesday, October 4 (11:30am – 5:30pm)
Wednesday, October 5 (11:30am – 5:30pm)
Installation will be on Thursday, October 6

The gallery will re-open to the public on Friday, October 7th as we debut the Tactile Art Show and St. Augustine Camera Club Members Show. Join us that evening for First Friday Art Walk, 5:00 – 8:00 PM!