Explore the variety of galleries and talented artists that are proud to call St. Augustine home during First Friday Art Walk on Friday, May 7, from 5:00 to 9:00pm! The Art Galleries of St. Augustine (AGOSA) welcome visitors to browse the latest art exhibits and enjoy refreshments and live entertainment. Each of the galleries has their own style, and are located in and around the downtown area and over the Bridge of Lions on Anastasia Island and St. Augustine Beach. Due to Covid-19 concerns most, but not all, galleries will be participating in Art Walk, and not all will be open till 9:00pm. Visit artgalleriesofstaugustine.com for galleries’ Art Walk Hours.
This May, galleries around town will introduce exciting new exhibits and featured artists who are often on hand to answer questions about their work. On your way downtown, be sure to stop by Great Expectations Reality for live music and local art. They will have Luvin Oven food truck on site along with a number of local artists and vendors including St. Augustine Soap who will be demonstrating soap making at 7pm. Once you have had your fun at Great Expectations Reality be sure to stop by Butterfield Garage Gallery.
Butterfield Garage will be opening their new exhibition “To Mom with Love”, This exhibit will feature work honoring motherhood and is a great chance to celebrate Mother’s Day with those you love. This exhibit will be opening during Art Walk and will be on display through May 31.
While in the Butterfield Garage area, be sure to pay a visit next door to ArtBox, and check out Lenny Foster’s Gallery One Forty-Four. On your way to the Historic District, grab a coffee at Sweetwater Coffee Bar & Gallery and see some incredible paintings by Slone and Hannah Keats, or check out the featured artist at Ancient City Brewing.
In the Historic District, The Lightner Museum will be continuing to display the inaugural Lightner Local exhibition presenting Antwan Ramar: Contemporary Impressions. In his work, Ramar brings a contemporary vision to landscape painting while embracing historic traditions and techniques. Antwan Ramar: Contemporary Impressions will be on display until May 23, don’t miss the chance to see this breathtaking exhibition. The Lightner Museum will also be continuing to show the exhibit St. Augustine in a New Light: American Impressionism from the Collection of the Lightner Museum. This exhibit is drawn from the collection of the Lightner Museum and includes more than 20 American Impressionist paintings and works on paper from the 1880’s through the 1940s.
Down on Marine Street, the St. Augustine Art Association will be hosting three new exhibitions: The Great Outdoors, Plein Air Pop Up, and The First Coast Pastel Society Members Show. With St. Augustine’s vibrant history and lush natural surroundings it is no wonder artist’s are inspired by the great outdoors here. The Plein Air Pop Up show will feature juried work from the Plein Air Paint Out based on locations reflecting works on display in the Lightner Museum’s show St. Augustine in a New Light: American Impressionism from the Collection of the Lightner Museum. All three of these exhibitions will open during Art Walk until 7:30pm and will be on display for your viewing pleasure through May 31.
Venture through the rest of the galleries in the historic district including P.A.St.A Gallery, and Aviles Gallery who will be hosting their April Art Walk Giveaway! This month’s giveaway is a mixed media piece by the artist Sandy Harrington, to enter you can visit their Facebook page or fill out an entry during Art Walk and as always, the drawing will take place at 8pm but you do not need to be present to win. Of course, don’t forget to stop by the Georgia Nick Gallery to meet local artists and experience a variety of unique work featured there.
If you’re on the island, be sure to stop by High Tide Gallery and enjoy the sunset over the ocean at the Beach Art Studio.
For easy mobility downtown, gallery patrons and visitors can enjoy the complimentary shuttle service that runs from 6-9:00pm provided by Old Town Trolleys, who have installed Plexiglas dividers and require riders to wear masks when riding and sanitize their hands prior to boarding. To use this service, shuttle stickers may be picked up at any participating AGOSA gallery. The shuttle may be boarded at any of the following stops: in front of Butterfield Garage and ArtBox, the Lightner Museum, Aviles Street, as well as in front of Bold Art Gallery near Hypolita Street.
Parking for First Friday Art Walk is free downtown at the City of St Augustine meters and parking lots after 5:00pm, with additional parking available at the San Sebastian Winery and the City Parking Garage ($). Self-Driving to the greater St. Augustine galleries, where there is onsite parking, is recommended.
The latest map of all member galleries, with parking zones, can be downloaded from our website www.
For everyone’s health and safety, please sanitize your hands and wear a mask when visiting the galleries as they’re all taking extra precautions to keep you safe too!
The First Friday Art Walk is sponsored by The Art Galleries of St. Augustine (AGOSA), a non-profit artistic association of artists and art galleries in the area.
For more information visit our website at www.