Our History

The Jacksonville Artists Guild was the legacy of well known and respected artists, Christine Schmidt (1922-2009.) In the fall of 2009 Carole Mehrtens and Bill Schmidt approached Jon Coffee, Rector of at Mark’s Episcopal Church, with the idea of creating an artists guild. He was immediately enthusiastic and supportive to fulfill Christine’s long-time desire and dream to establish an artists guild for Jacksonville to encourage and support area artists and those interested in art appreciation. The first formal meeting of the Jacksonville Artists Guild was held on October 9, 2009 at St. Mark’s Leatherbury Hall.

February 2011

Art In The Boot – a juried one day outdoor festival featuring works in a variety of mediums from our members.



November 2011

A juried exhibit at 1037 Gallery in Reddi Arts on Hendricks Avenue.



March 2012

Art On The Green – a juried one day outdoor festival featuring works in a variety of mediums from our members. This event included live music and food vendors in a family friendly atmosphere. Eileen Corse served as the juror for this event.



September 2012

Avondale Artworks – juried exhibition with 300+ attending the evening reception. Dr. Susanne Schuenke served as juror and selected 46 works from 125 entries. This was a cash award event.



December 2012

Angels for Allison – In partnership with Angels for Allison, the Guild led an art auction, raising approximately $8000, which is used to assist families in need at the time of a child’s death. Our board of directors and members have voted to take an active part again in 2013.

March 2013

Art On The Green – a juried one day outdoor festival featuring works in a variety of mediums from our members. This event included live music and food truck vendors in a family friendly atmosphere. A children’s area was also featured during festival hours. Nofa Dixon served as juror for this cash award event.



May 2013

Art In Bloom – The Jacksonville Artists Guild partnered with the Garden Club of Jacksonville for their annual fund raising event. This two day juried exhibition at the Garden Club was enhanced by a Friday evening gala with the proceeds of $4000.+ benefiting the Garden Clubs initiatives . Diane Fraser, professional juror chose 24 works from 96 submissions.



June 2013

Whiteway JAG Gallery – This will be an on-going exhibition of members works. This is an effort to encourage emerging artists to participate by exhibiting in a public venue. This exhibit rotates on a quarterly basis and features 4 artists each quarter.



October 2013

“The Word” in the Transition Gallery is hosted by the Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church. Juror, Robert Leedy choose 28 works from 90+ entries.



November 2013

J.A.G. has partnered with the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for their 100th Anniversary to produce 100 paintings. This is a non juried event and has the potential to raise $10,000. for the benefit of the Zoo.



September 2013

J.A.G. has partnered with the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for their 100th Anniversary to produce 100 paintings. This is a non juried event and has the potential to raise $10,000. for the benefit of the Zoo.



December 2013

Angels for Allison – raised over $10,000.

January 2014

J.A.G.’s partnership with First Coast No More Homeless Pets will feature an exhibition at Gallery 1037 in Reddi Arts. Exhibition Dates January 7, 2014 thru February 28, 2014. Artists’ Reception January 24 from 6-8 PM



April 2014

RAP Art House – 23 artists’ work was viewed over a two-day period by close to 2,000 visitors and generated $6,000 in sales.



May 2014

Lions and Tigers and Squares, Oh My – 100 pieces of art to benefit the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Potential income for the zoo is $10,000.



August 2014

“Lasting Impressions” is the fourth annual juried JAG exhibition at the Vandroft Art Gallery at the Jewish Community Alliance