by Max Marbut
When the Dalton Agency opened its Downtown headquarters, Jim Dalton said one of his goals was to invigorate the neighborhood and become part of the fabric of the urban core. The first step was to renovate a building at Hemming Plaza and bring more than 60 people to work Downtown.
The latest step is making the agency’s headquarters available to Fogle Fine Art & Consulting to use as an exhibit space and showroom, so there’s fine art on the walls throughout the building.
“It helps the artists get exposure and it also gets exposure for the agency. It’s like communications and art colliding and becoming a living thing,” said Dalton Executive Vice President Michael Munz.
Project Manager Lesley Hamilton said that after Fogle closed its St. Nicholas area gallery to focus on consulting with corporate clients on design, there hasn’t been a place for patrons to view works by the artists Fogle represents.
“Being at the Dalton Agency helps us maintain our ties with the community and this is the perfect location,” she said. “It’s a beautiful space and we can be part of Art Walk.”
The Fogle Gallery at the Dalton Agency is open by appointment only. Call 296-1414 for details.
Nicolas van der Does learned the art of glassblowing at Jacksonville University and is exhibiting some of his work at The Next Gallery.
Gallery owner and artist Sharla Valeski said she met van der Does and saw his work at Art After Dark at the Florida Theatre and at JU’s Senior Art Exhibition, “And I just fell in love with his work. Nicolas is very conceptual and explores new ideas like his pill bottle and his drums and his glass bonsai trees while most glass artists create functional pieces like vases. That’s what attracted me to his work.”
The Next Gallery is on Laura Street between Adams and Monroe streets in the Elks Building. It’s open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment .
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