In 2007 , the art walk was created with a partnership in mind to host near brick and mortar businesses so that we could feed off each other's traffic, and it has been a successful partnership but with the social distancing guidelines in place and the half capacity in restaurants, taking our art walk into a park setting will have to be a solution for this month.
While we have 60+ local artists that showcase their work monthly at our venue, we encourage the community to discover their wares via their social media accounts and websites. Many of our vendors have available goods with online sales.
North Beaches Artwalk is a free event held the third Thursday of each month from 5 to 9 pm. Featuring many local visual artists and live performers. Artwalk is held at the Atlantic Beach & Neptune Beach Town Centers. Also at Adele Grage Cultural Center with a different featured artist every month.
With over 55 participating artists, Artwalk is a diverse art destination & shopping experience for the entire family. Local venues set the backdrop for this great monthly destination and community gathering. The overall mission of Art Walk is to expose the community to the vast number of local artists right here at the Beaches and we thank all the local shops & restaurants for making it possible! We welcome talent from all over Jacksonville to join North Beaches Art Walk. Always a great time....come see what's going on at Artwalk!
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North Beaches Art Walk Celebrates OVER 10 Years
The North Beaches Art Walk got its start in 2007. What was once a small pool of carefully selected artists has now become a bubbling ocean of art, a place where woodworkers comingle with jewelry designers and musicians play into the night. Welcoming to locals and out of towners alike, to say it’s a communal event would be putting it lightly; it’s an experience.
TRACY RAYMOND, RED DAISY
Tell me about your business:
Red Daisy has been in business for over a decade in the Courtyard at 200 First Street. We are a boutique gift shop that combines vintage items with new merchandise.
How long have your participated and why have you continued to support NBAW?
Red Daisy has participated in NBAW for every one all these years!
How does it benefit your business?
We've said it so many times it sounds like a broken record—“Wow, we had so many people in the shop tonight that had never been to a NBAW." So naturally, we love having all the new customers in our shop every month.
How do you see it benefiting the community?
Events that promote local artisans and businesses can only help. Money spent at these events goes right back into the helping the community it comes from!
As business owner, are you happy with the growth and direction the NBAW has taken in the last 10 years?
As a business owner, I love that the artists rotate their "spots" every 3 months. It gets the people actually "walking” around the Artwalk -- seeing the artists and the businesses that monetarily support the ArtWalk.
What do you want us to know about the NBAW?
ArtWalk is more than artists setting up their wares on the street; it's an organized, highly thought out event that takes hours of preparation. There are security issues, insurance issues, safety issues-- a whole myriad of things that make ArtWalk what it is. And it takes a lot of volunteers to keep it going!
Favorite artist, memory, or part of NBAW?
My favorite part of ArtWalk is that it is a juried event of extremely talented artists. So many street fairs will allow anyone to purchase a booth to sell their crafts. NBAW isn’t like that-- the diversity is what keeps the people coming. And the fact that the brick and mortar shops that are here year ‘round keeping the BTC a viable community for all makes for a well rounded and balanced event. Something for everybody—food, fun, art and shopping!
TERRY SELDEN, GEMMY JEWELRY
Tell me about your work/medium:
I am a jewelry designer, and use natural gemstones and sterling to create my pieces. I try to find the most stunning stone colors and cuts to mix and create one-of-a-kind pieces that my customers view as treasures.
How long have your participated and why have you continued to show for (almost 10 years) at NBAW?
I’ve been with the ArtWalk since its very first day. My first table was set up at the Sun Dog Diner. I was invited to show at the establishment by Curtis and Kim Winter. I still owe them a gratitude for helping me with my start. I love the sense of community that we have in Beaches Town Center. It has always been a great place for supporting the arts and improving the social experience. The Artwalk draws a large crowd each month, and everyone is in great spirits. It has been a pleasure to participate for these past ten years.
How does NBAW differ from other Art Shows you have been involved with?
North Beaches Art Walk has a very special feel to it because of its location. The Beaches Town Center is the heart of the area, and full of life all year long. The Artwalk is just an extension of that feeling and a part of the beating heart. I feel lucky to be a part of the organization for so long. I volunteer to help out in any way that I can.
As an artist, are you happy with the growth and direction the NBAW has taken in the last 10 years?
As an artist, I am very happy with the direction the North Beach Art Walk is headed. In today’s age, digital networking and marketing are all the rage and the fact that our Director makes frequent posts on Instagram and Facebook is a huge plus. As a non-profit organization, there is a very miniscule budget for advertising and most of the money brought in serves to pay the insurance for the event, and operating costs. In this way, the use of social media creates a great opportunity for inexpensive advertising. I believe it helps boost our attendance and also promote the venues that support our event. It is a win/win for all involved.
What do you want people to know about NBAW?
The NBAW is always evolving and new artists come to join all the time. I want the crowd to know that we are always trying to keep it fresh and updated. Any support for our event is always welcome. It is a volunteer based organization and we welcome help and participation from the community. We often get help from students at Fletcher, in fact. We are currently seeking business sponsors who might like to help us make this event the best it can be.
Favorite artist, memory or part of NBAW?
I think that one of my favorite things about Artwalk is that people get so creative, not just the artists, but the crowd. We have had people walking around with costumes, we’ve had acrobats, we have had dogs in costume. This is just an example of the festive spirit that the event evokes. It really brings out the best in everyone.
JAY LUBECK, LUBECK JEWELER
A little bit about your business:
In 1973, when I was just 17 years old, I opened my store in the Beaches Town Center. Next to Pete’s Bar, my store is the oldest business here. I specialize in creating custom, one-of-a-kind pieces all by hand. Nothing I make can be reproduced or created by a computer.
How long have you participated in the North Beaches Art Walk? Why do you continue to support the event?
I was an avid supporter of the North Beaches Art Walk from the get-go. My main reason for supporting was to drive traffic into our community and to help it thrive. I continue to support it in hopes that it will grow and nurture art.
How do you see it benefitting the community?
ArtWalk is great for drawing in a clientele that appreciates and supports the arts, in turn bringing more creativity to the community.
As a business owner, are you happy with the growth and direction the NBAW has taken in the last 10 years?
I appreciate with the ArtWalk is and what it has accomplished, but I do believe it has room to grow and improve. Keeping the show juried is an important part, as well as remaining selective.
Favorite artist, memory or part of NBAW?
I always got a kick out of seeing my various customers’ wears, such as Judy Pino’s paintings or Smitty and Jennie Smith’s photo coasters.
North Beaches' Art Walk • 200 First Street, Neptune Beach FL 32266 • 904.610.4878