Art Center, Art League promote opportunities for artists of all levels

Art Center, Art League promote opportunities for artists of all levels
Pablo Rivera graduated from Cooper Union Art School in New York City and has exhibited all over Northeast Florida.

It was standing room only for over 200 visitors at the Dec. 1 Open House at the Murray Hill Art Center, where recent works by students were on exhibit and instructors gave demonstrations.

The Center on Kerle Street is part of the Art League of Jacksonville and offers classes and workshops for all ages and levels of artists, with a focus on interaction, collaboration and exhibition opportunities for both professional artists and community members. 

Pottery student Celina Rohman said she has been part of the Murray Hill “mud group” for several years. Although she recently moved from the area, she drives from Melrose for classes each week. “I like the way you start out with an idea and it morphs into something else,” said Rohman, who creates what she calls “yard art – zany, whimsical characters.” 

Among others on hand for painting demonstrations were established artists and teachers Pablo Rivera, Pat Johnson, Siraj, Kevin Arthur and Cookie Davis. Members and visitors lingered to chat with the artists and admire the variety and skill of the displays.  

William McMahon, director of the Murray Hill Art Center, promotes the fellowship and creative environment of the Center. There are summer art camps for kids, home school classes, workshops and offerings in a variety of media including painting, cartooning, pottery, sculpture, printmaking and various special craft activities such as a recent silk scarf design workshop. 

The Art League of Jacksonville is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the arts for students, teachers and community members at a low cost. Check them out at artleaguejax.com. 


By Peggy Harrell Jennings
Resident Community News

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