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On the Fringe in the Jax Makerspace Gallery

On the Fringe, Jax Makerspace Gallery Exhibit

On the Fringe: Blurred Lines of Florida Folk puts folk art at center stage, exploring how contemporary folk artists capture cultural identity and community values by blending traditional skills with present-day aesthetics. Featured artists include Thony Auippy, Chris Clark, Mindy Hawkins, Dima Kroma, Billie McCray, Richard McMahan, Suzanne Pickett, Dardanius Smith and Marcie Wallace. The exhibit is open during regular library hours and runs through May 19 in the Jax Makerspace, Main Library, 303 Laura St. N.



The Jax Makerspace Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Main Library in downtown Jacksonville.  Art exhibitions, which showcase the work of local artists, rotate quarterly and are free and open to all.  For more information about the Jax Makerspace Gallery email:

On the Fringe Events

Main Library
Mar 23 2019 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm

Artist @ Work: Mindy Hawkins

Gather your gourds! Artist Mindy Hawkins will facilitate a workshop inspired by her artwork. All supplies are provided, and space is limited. Visit to register.


Main Library
Mar 31 2019 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Discussion with author Bruce Horovitz

Award-winning journalist and author, Bruce Horovitz, will talk about his newly published book, Gamble Rogers: A Troubadour's Life. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


Main Library
Apr 3 2019 -
5:00pm to 8:30pm

Art Walk @ Main Library

Celebrate National Poetry month with the Jacksonville Public Library as we showcase the evolution of oral tradition. From the historical traditions of West African Griots, to contemporary hip hop, people have used storytelling for generations to pass down their culture.

• Digital Storytelling (passive)
• Poetry scramble board (passive)
• Hope at Hand (workshop)
• Ekphrastic Poetry (passive)

• 5 – 6 p.m. Griot Power Hour

Main Library
Apr 13 2019 -
11:00am to 12:00pm

Introduction to African dance with Nan Nkama

Feel the rhythm! Learn the basics of African dance with the instructors from Nan Nkama Pan-African Drum and Dance Ensemble.


Main Library
Apr 20 2019 -
11:00am to 1:00pm

Artist @ Work: Sharla Valeski

Come take your origami skills to the next level! Artist Sharla Valeski will lead participants through the process of creating their own origami sculpture. No experience necessary, and all supplies are provided. Space is limited so register at to ensure your participation.


Main Library
May 1 2019 -
5:00pm to 8:30pm

Art Walk @ Main Library

Florida knows how to folk it up! Experience performances from the Northeast Folk Network musicians in the Main Library and Hemming Park.
The Main Library performances include:
My Monster Heart
Myrna Lyn
Uncle Eddie and Robin

Hemming Park Performances will feature:
Sweet as Folk
Dan Raymond
New ST. Johns Rangers
Old Dawgs New Trixx

This program is made possible by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council.


Main Library
May 11 2019 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

The Work of Zora Neale Hurston

Journey through the Florida of Zora Neale Hurston, an accomplished anthropologist, folklorist, and author of the Great Depression. During her time with the Florida division of the Federal Writers’ Project, Hurston traveled extensively throughout the state, documenting African-American folklife.

Main Library
May 18 2019 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

The History of Folk Music in Northeast Florida

Enjoy folk songs and stories of the songwriters and performers heard at festivals, folk clubs, campfires and living rooms in North Florida, including live music and video clips. Use one of the guitars and ukuleles on site, or bring your own guitar, ukulele, banjo, harmonica, or whatever suits your fancy. You will sing songs you know, and learn some new ones too! This workshop is based on the book, “North Florida Folk Music – History and Tradition” by Ron Johnson, former President of the North Florida Folk Network.

Jacksonville Public Library