For the 4th year, Jaco’s will host the Pensacola State College Advanced Photography Program “Jaco’s Sunset Contest” as part of the Art à la carte monthly featured artist series. This is the final semester for students in the program whose curriculum includes obtaining experience in exhibiting their work. Jaco’s is excited to partner with PSC again this year to give these students not only the opportunity to exhibit their work, but also to support them in their artistic aspirations. The students determine the best photographs to submit and display in the restaurant on February 1st. That evening from 5 to 8 p.m. there will be a special reception where the public is invited to meet the students, discuss their submissions, begin casting their votes, and even enjoy samples of featured wines.
Throughout the month of February, the public is encouraged to visit Jaco’s and vote for their favorite photo. Voting can also be done on Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille’s Facebook page. At the end of voting, organizers will tally all the votes where a winner and runner-up will be selected. Both will receive an award and a prize. The winner will also be one of Jaco’s Art à la carte featured artists for a future month which gives them the opportunity to have an independent exhibit of his or her work.
Come help support Pensacola State College and a future artist by joining us Wednesday, February 1st from 5-8PM
Voting Begins at 5PM, Wednesday, February 1st, in the restaurant and on our Facebook page here
A preview of this years submissions
“Konstantyn Sylin is the most famous watercolor artist in Ukraine and Russia. His watercolors were exhibited in more than 70 group exhibitions in Russia, Ukraine, Italy, Japan, and the United States along with 18 solo exhibitions in the Ukraine, Germany, Finland, and the United States.
He received many awards including the recognition as one of the top artists of the USSR and the Honored Artist of Ukraine.
Most of Sylin’s watercolors are created in impressionist European style, representing landscapes, still life, portraits, architectural and abstract compositions.
Konstantyn Sylin’s pictures are displayed in several museums in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Finland, Germany, and owned by art collectors in several European countries and in the United States.
On arrival to Pensacola in 2004 Konstntyn received the purchase award of the Artel “Cinco Banderas” exhibition. And later on he was a constant exhibitor at the Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival and many other art shows in Florida and Alabama and several solo exhibitions.”
“The most important things for me are impressions, feelings and the main thing, inspiration“.
Join us to sample our featured wines for January!
Alexander Valley Vineyards Gewurtztraminer and Lyeth Meritage
“I have always had a passion for art and a love for nature and biological science. I believe the world is a beautiful place where the smallest of creatures or splash of color makes a moment special.
I can lay in wait, surrounded by nature to simply watch a series of events take place. The sunsets in winter or a stingray basking along the shoreline. Each with its own unique meaning that contributes to the balance of all. I see vast spaces of color, noticing how each one blends into the other and capture the mixture in my mind and then transform it onto canvas.
The biologist in me is fascinated by the world and its beauty. I want to know how it is created, how it changes and how moves through life.
I love to travel, kayak and hike always mystified by what I see. New experiences and challenges help develop my art and my paintings. Moments captured in time for others to enjoy and experience.
I have always done some form of artwork, dappling in silver-smith and sculpture, but painting and photography are my two loves. I love to paint extremely large pieces and tend to work until the piece speaks at a finishing point. Color and texture depict what I see around me. My paintings tend to have distinctive flow that spread color and texture across the canvas.
My photography is bold yet captures nature in a simplistic way. I always want to take just one more step, climb one more mountain or wait patiently for hours for the perfect image or vision to transfer to my artwork.”
Join us to sample our featured wines for December!
Altos Del Plata Malbec and Chardonnay
Join us October 5th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. as we welcome this month’s featured artist and sample wine!
Loren Miller is an award winning artist living in Pensacola, Florida. His work has been featured in many local and international publications.
His work is a mixture of strict classical training and modern ideals and designs. His work strives to not only produce a likeness of the subject, but to capture the character and soul.
Loren can often be seen spending time outdoors and teaching various classes around Pensacola.
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Join us September 7th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. as we welcome this month’s featured artist and sample wine!
I spend my days pursuing my one true passion: painting. For me, creating art is a form of meditation. I paint to escape. I paint to explore. As a medically retired Gulf War Veteran, I also paint to heal. My obsession with painting began when I picked up my first paintbrush at the age of seven. I’ve tried not to limit myself to one style. Instead, I keep an open mind that allows me to embrace different subjects and mediums that speak to me. Today, my passion for art is stronger than ever and I hope it’s reflected in every piece I create.
Click here to learn more about Rick Russell.
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Join us August 3rd from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. as we welcome this month’s featured artist and sample wine!
“I am a palette knife artist local to the Pensacola, Florida area. I have been involved with art in one form or another since I was old enough to hold a pencil. Throughout the years I made a gradual transition from pencil drawings to pastels, then from watercolors to oil/acrylic. Nothing was as fulfilling to me as painting with a palette knife. Painting with a palette knife frees me from the trap of trying to be too exact, instead keeping my paintings loose.”
“I currently work as a Technical Specialist for the government. As a child, I used art as a creative outlet and, more simply, as a means of enjoyment. Today, I find that painting is not only for the sake of satisfaction, but an excellent release from the analytical side of the work I do every day. We all have hobbies, obsessions, and interests that provide a means to expression; mine happens to be art, and using palette knives to create art is my means to satisfaction.”
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Sensitivity and fine detail are the hallmarks of Heather Mitchell’s artwork. Her meticulous renderings are often mistaken for paintings or photographs. She specializes in colored pencil depictions of wildlife and domestic animals, using her own photographs for reference. Moving to Pensacola two years “post-Ivan,” Heather has enjoyed seeing this city renew and blossom. She is inspired by the coast, wetlands, and especially local wildlife.
“Nothing excites me or intimidates me more than a blank sheet of paper and a freshly sharpened pencil.”
A self-taught artist who began her career in 2010, Heather’s work has won numerous awards, and is exhibited in several galleries along the Gulf Coast, including Quayside Art Gallery here in Pensacola. She likes to lend artistic support to the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida, and will be this year’s WildFest artist. She has also published illustrated articles and artwork in several national publications. Heather gives workshops and presentations, teaches adult classes, gives private lessons, and accepts commissions.
For more information on commissions or classes, email: Heather@HeatherMitchellDraws.com or call (850) 361-7290.
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Join us Wednesday, June 1st from 5-8pm, as we welcome this months featured artist, Tobbe Byrd.
Being a Pensacola, Florida native I have access to all the treasures of the Gulf of Mexico. It has given me many subjects to transform into metal works of art. Each piece of art is created by hand; therefore no one piece is identical.
I have been diving and fishing for over 20 years and have seen my subjects in their natural environment. I use this to my advantage in trying to make each piece of aquatic art as realistic as possible.
Once I have drawn out the design I transfer the drawing to at flat sheet of stainless or plain steel and cut the shape out with a manually operated plasma cutter. After cutting out the piece of art, I de-burr and polish the piece. This process gives you the final product that you see… Enjoy!!
While you are enjoying Tobbe’s amazing pieces you can also sample this months featured wines