Go Off the Grid for Local Art

9 Mar

Art transforms and personalizes our homes and offices. Owning art is a great opportunity for self-expression, but even better is the personal
connection that comes from learning about the history and inspiration directly from the artist who just happens to share your hometown.

GoLo-ers and art lovers rejoice for there is Off the Grid. This community of 14 galleries and studios spaces in the heart of Downtown is entirely run by local—and extremely talented, might we add—artists. Inspired by artist Jim Draper and made possible by a partnership between local artists, property owners, Downtown Vision, Inc. and the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Off the Grid activates vacant spaces in the urban core with artistic energy and provides artists with much needed work and exhibition space.

Spaces are open for select hours during the week, by appointment and during First Wednesday Art Walk. March marks the first anniversary for this amazing arts and revitalization initiative and the March Art Walk welcomed three new Off the Grid locations:

PONO Visual Expressions, located at The Jacksonville Landing, displays contemporary photography of owner and artist Istvan Pono. In additionto Pono’s artwork on exhibit, an on-site studio space offers an opportunity for visitors to watch artists at work. The space also features high quality, state-of-the-art reproductive services, including an acrylic face-mounting technique used in Pono’s artwork.

Thomas Hager / Town Editions, located in the SunTrust building, features works by owner, Thomas Hager, who has created works of art for

morethan 20 years and uses vintage photographic processes. In addition to the gallery space, Hager’s Town Editions offers limited-edition art prints to young and new art collectors and the interior design industry.  Prices for prints range from $50 to $500.

VAULT Gallery, located in the underground bank vaults of the Atlantic National Bank Building, VAULT features works by Ke Francis, Patrick Golden, David Kaminsky, Casey Matthews, Julia Morrisroe, and Steve Williams. The featured museum quality works range in size, medium, and thematic content.

“As a participating artist, I have been inspired by the energy of Art Walk. The whole concept of Off The Grid program is absolutely incredible and I believe it is revitalizing downtown!” said gallery owner, Thomas Hager.

Find the full list of galleries and studios and their hours, here.

If you are an artist interested in becoming a part of the Off the Grid community, download the application here.



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