Sept. 4-18: Compassionate St. Augustine & Obelisk Art 450 exhibit at Flagler College

Artist Pablo Hugo Rozada Vena (from Aviles, Spain, St. Augusitne's sister city) works on an obelisk that is part of the Compassionate St. Augustine 450 art project. Contributed image

Artist Pablo Hugo Rozada Vena (from Aviles, Spain, St. Augusitne’s sister city) works on an obelisk that is part of the Compassionate St. Augustine 450 art project. Contributed image

The September exhibit will be the only opportunity for viewers to see all artist and student created obelisks in one location before the art pieces are displayed at a variety of public and private donor locations throughout St. Augustine.

From Compassionate St. Augustine

St. Augustine, FL — Compassionate St. Augustine, the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, Flagler College, and The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida will present Obelisk Art 450 commemorating the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine.

The Obelisk Art 450 Tour of Compassion public art project will formally open from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 4 during First Friday Art Walk at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, 48 Sevilla St., in historic downtown St. Augustine on the Flagler College campus.

The exhibit will remain on display through Friday, Sept. 18. The public is invited to attend and admission is FREE.

The Obelisk Art 450 Tour of Compassion is a collection of 25 eight-foot tall obelisks embellished by professional artists and completed for a public art exhibition scheduled for the permanent installations in September.

The Obelisk Art 450 Compassion through the Eyes of Children is a collection of 28 four-foot tall obelisks ornamented by elementary school children in St. Johns County.

The September exhibit will be the only opportunity for viewers to see all artist and student created obelisks in one location before the art pieces are displayed at a variety of public and private donor locations throughout St. Augustine.

On Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 through January 31, 2016, the obelisks will be on view at each patron site with some sites to have limited viewing hours.

Brochures and maps will be available at hotels, attractions and the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center.
Information will also be available online during exhibition dates at www.CompassionStAugustine.org.

The obelisks are replicas of the 30-foot Monumento de la Constitucion obelisk in St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitucion.

The professional artists and schoolchildren have been encouraged to interpret the four foundational values of the monument, originally dedicated in 1813 to uphold the values of freedom, democracy, human rights, and compassion.

The 25 professional artists selected to participate in the Obelisk Art 450 Tour of Compassion are Cecilia Lueza, Debi James, Don Martin, Don Trousdell, Dustin Harewood, Heather Blanton and Xavier Brunet, Hiromi Moneyhun, Jahni Moore, Jan T. Master, Jeff Whipple, Jim Benedict, Joe Segal, Julia Morrisroe, Kevin Curry, Leslie M. Robison, Liz Gibson, Lucy Clark, Pablo Hugo Rozada Vena, Roxanne Horvath and Peter Rumpel, Sydney McKenna, Sylvi Herrick, Thomas Farrell, Warren Clark, Wendy McDaniel, and Yarn Bomb Jax.

Many of the artists selected through an extensive Call to Artists process have significant exhibition experience to include local, national and international museum and gallery shows. For additional information, visit the website at www.compassionstaugustine.org/artists.html.

The initial and title sponsor is The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida which provided a $30,000 Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert grant. Each Legacy Sponsor donated $15,000 to the project and will receive a completed obelisk.

Legacy Sponsors include: Fraser Family Heritage and Oldest Wooden School House, Glenmoor Resort Retirement Community, Mrs. Claudia Gordon, Herbie Wiles Insurance, Allen and Delores Lastinger, Leonard’s, Ray and Linda Matuza, Old Town Trolley Tours, Petros Estate and Retirement Planning, Ring Power Corporation, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! And Red Train Tours, St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park, St. Francis Inn, and the Compassionate St. Augustine advisory board. Sponsorships are still available.

IF YOU GO

Obelisk Art 450 Tour of Compassion

  • When: Sept. 4-18
  • Where: Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, 48 Sevilla St., Flagler College
  • FREE admission
  • On view: 25 eight-foot tall obelisks embellished by professional artists; 28 four-foot tall obelisks ornamented by elementary school children in St. Johns County

More about Obelisk Art 450

Obelisk Art 450 (OA450) is a privately funded international public art project produced by Compassionate St. Augustine, a Florida 501(c)(3) and Florida’s first official Compassionate City, to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine, Florida, the nation’s oldest city.

Pablo Hugo Rozada Vena, a professional artist from Aviles, Spain visits St. Augustine, Fla. July 7 through 21, to complete an obelisk for the Obelisk Art 450 Tour of Compassion. Jan Master, an artist from St. Augustine participated in Aviles’ version of Obelisk Art 450 during La Noche Blanca, a public art celebration in Aviles, on April 17 courtesy of Compassionate St. Augustine.

Compassionate St. Augustine and Compassionate Aviles are the first Compassionate Sister Cities worldwide.

The mission of Compassionate St. Augustine is to influence and inspire a culture of compassion through advocacy, awareness and action.

www.compassionstaugustine.org

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