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Photos contributed by The Gallery Group
Art Walk. It’s become a staple of the St. Augustine scene. For some, it kicks off the month. Galleries throughout the city and beyond often take this opportunity to introduce a new artist to their gallery, or a new collection, or something even more exciting (like the time that Jefferson Airplane/Starship founding member Marty Balin treated attendees to a free concert).
Apropos then that The Gallery Group on Anastasia Island used the March 2018 Art Walk to debut the work of 22 students from the St. Johns County Center for the Arts at Murray Middle School (SJCCA for short).
Due to a generous grant from the Art Galleries of St. Augustine (AGOSA), these talented young artists had the unique opportunity to display their work in a real gallery — something that most, who aspire to make their living creating provocative and beautiful works of art, never get the chance to do in the early stages of their career.
Members of the Murray Middle School Band performed while Art Walkers mingled with the artists and contemplated the various styles and subject matters of the works lining the walls.
Students were treated to the joys of seeing their creations appreciated by the public, and smiles abounded in the space. And the feeling was evident that this won’t be the last time that these talented students will experience that emotion.