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Fun At First Friday Art Walk In June

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Jill Cerulli was featured artist at the Art Studio.

Enjoying ART At First Friday Art Walk

Artist and art lovers alike took to the streets on Friday night for June’s First Friday Art Walk. The beach businesses are in the process of growing the art scene. Along with First Friday Art Walk, The Beach Arts Group holds a BAG Merchant Art Walk down A1A on the third Monday of every month. Businesses along the boulevard open their doors and tents are set up along the way.

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Things were really “popping” at Tim’s Wine Market.

Tim’s Wine Market at Sea Grove Center was “popping” on Friday night. Every month Tim’s Wine Market features a new artist. Along with the wine, First Friday guests are treated to a visit from authors, photographers and painters. This month the photographs of Valerie Tull were on view for all to enjoy.

The Art Studio at the SJC pier, featured painter Jill Cerulli. Cerulli is a native of Michigan and has been painting for over 30 years. This award winning artist moved to the beach and became involved with the Art Studio. “We don’t have much at the beach, most of the art galleries are downtown,” said Cerulli as she expressed the importance of art in the area. “If we didn’t have art where would we be?”

Cerulli shared paintings of her many different subject matters. Paintings of landscapes, figures and portraits filled the entryway with color and emotion. A favorite painting by Jill was a portrait she painted of a homeless man she met while in Minnesota. “This is the face of the homeless,” said Cerulli as she pointed to a painting of an elderly gentleman in uniform. “We helped him out with a room and when we gave him the key he cried,” she shared.

Also on display were the paintings Cerulli created while painting outdoors. The plein-air paintings are loose and free-form with a hint of whimsey. Cerulli was able to capture the light and the viewer could almost feel the wind blowing through the trees. Her bold use of color, design and the originality of her paint application was realized while Jill saw her subjects in their natural setting. To see more of Jill’s work visit:

Cerulli’s art will be up until the end of the month. Stop by next time you are traveling to the beach or during Wednesday Music By The Sea.

The Art Studio is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of art education and the visual arts. Offering art class, lectures, workshops and a special kids art camp to residents and visitors of St Johns County.