Visitors will find fine art galleries throughout Saint Augustine, Florida; many of these galleries are clustered in the original artist district on Aviles Street and nearby Charlotte, St. George, and King Streets. Casa de Solana Bed and Breakfast, at 20 Aviles Street, is located in the heart of this historic art district. A wonderful variety of artists and artisans are represented in the galleries along cobblestone Aviles Street, the oldest street in the nation.
Aviles Street Art Galleries
The 11 Aviles Street Artists and Craftsmen Guide, in the historic Hamblen-Holiday Building, displays the works of 50 artisans in its first floor Galleries and in artist loft studios on the upper floors. You’ll find their works in the Professional Artists of St. Augustine Gallery, the Georgia Nick Gallery, and the Aviles Gallery. Many of the award-winning artists represented in these galleries have exhibited nationally and internationally. These artists work in media ranging from acrylics, oils, and water colors to collage, mixed media, prints, photography, textiles, and glass. There are sculptors, potters, silver and goldsmiths, leather craftsmen, wood turners and knifemakers represented as well.
Plum Contemporary Gallery, at 10 Aviles Street, displays more contemporary works created by 36 different artists in various media. In addition to painters who work in acrylics and oils, there are photographers, graphic artists and those who work in batik, encaustic and mixed media. The several sculptors work in bronze, aluminum, ceramic, and mixed media.
In addition to the galleries and studios on Aviles Street, you’ll find several on Charlotte Street and on St. George Street, plus a dozen or more on King Street.
First Friday Art Walks
Many of the art galleries throughout St. Augustine invite visitors to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine, and live entertainment during the First Friday Art Walk each month. On these evenings, galleries showcase their latest art, and artists often are present to discuss their work with visitors. These gallery receptions are held on the first Friday of every month from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm throughout St. Augustine. Many galleries in the historic art district participate, as do ones on Anastasia Island and St. Augustine Beach. There is complimentary shuttle service to most of the galleries during the First Friday Art Walks.
Casa de Solana is the perfect hotel for art lovers visiting St. Augustine at any time. Each of the inn’s ten guest rooms is elegantly furnished. Guest amenities include homemade breakfasts with a different hot entrée each day and wine socials with a variety of cheeses each afternoon. In addition to the many fine art galleries, the bed and breakfast is within easy walking distance of many popular St. Augustine destinations including restaurants, museums, Flagler College, and historic attractions. Come experience an art lover’s getaway at Casa de Solana soon!