Recognizing Jacksonville’s African American heritage
Artist Adrian Pickett and Carlton Lamar Robinson with Pickett’s new poster, the first in a series called “Harlem of the South.”
by Max Marbut

Staff Writer

In the first half of the 20th century, much of Jacksonville’s history was written by and about African Americans. The part of west Downtown called LaVilla was a center of culture, especially music. The late Teddy Washington grew up there with the late Ray Charles. Genovar’s Hall was a performance venue for the most well-known African American singers and musicians of the era.

Jacksonville’s African American community also has a rich history in business and entrepreneurship, said Carlton Lamar Robinson, president of the First Coast African American Chamber of Commerce and an instructor at Florida State College at Jacksonville. He was at the Adrian Pickett Gallery Thursday for the unveiling of the first in a series of prints titled “Harlem of the South,” a celebration of Jacksonville’s heritage.

“We want to promote Adrian as an artist and as an entrepreneur,” said Robinson. “He took something he’s passionate about and turned it into a business.”

Robinson and Pickett worked together to create the concept, then Pickett used his talent to transform those ideas into art.

Pickett, who has gained a reputation for his realistic pencil and charcoal drawings, said combining people with architecture, as he has in the first of the “Harlem of the South” series, was a challenge.”

“I do portraits of people and animals. It was definitely out of the box for me,” he added.

The original drawing is on exhibit at the Adrian Pickett Gallery at the Landing. Limited edition prints, signed by the artist, will be available beginning Saturday. For details call 962-2540.



Fine art on a small scale
The Art Center Cooperative’s artists have created some very small paintings, such as this landscape by Elaine Emery Bedell.

TAC members are showing their diminutive masterpieces at both of their Downtown galleries through July 6, the day before next month’s First Wednesday Art Walk.

The Art Center I at 31 W. Adams St. is open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The Art Center II at 229 N. Hogan St. is open for Art Walk and other special events and by appointment. Call 355-1757 for either gallery.


WorkSource Job Seeking Services

Main Library 10:30 a.m. Info: 630-2665

Gaming Day@Your Library

Main Library 5:30 p.m. Info: 630-2665

tuesday, june 29

Marsupial Madness

Museum of Science & History 2:30 p.m. Tickets: 396-MOSH

Zine Machine: Creative Writing and Publication for Kids

Main Library 4 p.m. Info: 630-2665

wednesday, june 30

People of the St. Johns

Museum of Science & History 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: 396-MOSH

Proposal Writing Basics for Nonprofits

Main Library 3 p.m. Info: 630-2665

thursday, july 1

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition

Museum of Science & History 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: 396-MOSH

Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African American Art

(Through Aug. 29) Museum of Contemporary Art 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets: 366-6911

Adamec Bike Night

The Landing 6 p.m. Info: 353-1188

friday, july 2

Hemming Plaza Market

Hemming Plaza 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: 634-0303

Tonca Talk

Museum of Science & History 10:30 a.m. Tickets: 396-MOSH

A1A North and Little Green Men

The Landing 5 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Info: 353-1188

saturday, july 3

Riverside Arts Market

Northbank Riverwalk Artists Square 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: www.riversideartsmarket.com

Radio 80, Navy Band Southeast VIP Ensemble and Spanky the Band

The Landing 2 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Info: 353-1188

sunday, july 4

Summer Movie Classics: “How the West Was Won”

The Florida Theatre 2 p.m. Tickets: 355-2787

All American 4th at the Landing:

Live music 2 p.m.-2 a.m.

City of Jacksonville’s fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

The Landing Info: 353-1188
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