For centuries, St. Augustine has drawn people from all walks of life to its shores for a glimpse of Old World European charms, inspiring the imagination of everyone from conquistadors and railroad tycoons to authors and artists. In particular, the artist community in St. Augustine is a strong one; the city has a long history of being a patron for the arts, with artists setting up studios, galleries, and shops to showcase their talents and wares.
Below, we’ve put together a short list consisting of just a few of our favorite local artists and the places where you can find their art. Read on to learn more about where to go to score unique local art finds in the beautiful seaside city of St. Augustine!
1. The Starving Artist
Showcasing local art from over fifty up and coming artists (including students from colleges around Florida), The Starving Artist is a consignment shop that displays a rotating list of exhibits alongside both visual and performance art. The gallery is housed in the historic Haas House—a fitting place, as the Haas family were well-known patrons of art and culture in St. Augustine.
2. High Tide Gallery
At High Tide Gallery, the charms of the coast are translated into sea glass jewelry, paintings, pottery, gifts, stained glass, glass art, and more from over forty local artists. Though no experience could beat seeing these works of art in person, High Tide conveniently offers online shopping—just in case you find it difficult to take these pieces home with you on your vacation.
3. Expressions Art and Gifts
Over fifty artists ranging from the local to the national level are represented at Expressions Art and Gifts, embodying the spirit of coastal living through metal art, whimsical gifts, original works, fine prints, and mosaics. It’s also a great place to pick up a souvenir to commemorate your trip to St. Augustine or find a gift for a loved one.
A family-run business that has won Best Art Gallery and Most Unique Store for many years consecutively, Rembrandtz is renowned for its attention to detail and its Mosaic Studio, where visitors can create their own works of art in the famous coastal style. Local artists display their jewelry, paintings, home décor pieces, and books here for the enjoyment of all.
5. Georgia Nick Gallery
Tucked away amidst the cobblestone streets in the heart of St. Augustine’s historic district, the Georgia Nick Gallery is a hub for serious local artists. Featuring artist demonstrations, book signing events, special shows, Aviles Street events, and a spot on the St. Augustine Artwalk, this gallery is committed to the vitality of St. Augustine’s art culture, in addition to displaying wonderful paintings and sculptures that are infused with Old World charm and New World ingenuity.
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