Youth art show opens at Clay County Courthouse

Published on November 18, 2022 at 11:00 am

People going about their normal business in the Clay County Courthouse will experience original art from the community’s youth during the winter holidays.

As part of a public project started in January, a youth art display will line the gallery wall opposite courtrooms at the courthouse at 825 N. Orange Ave. in Green Cove Springs from now through January 3.

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Part of the Clay County Clerk of Courts’ Art in the Courthouse project, this fourth in a series of gallery presentations follows one held from July 18 to this past Friday displaying works done by members of the county’s woman’s clubs.

The art program was started by Clerk of Court and Comptroller Tara Green after working with community outreach director Mary Justino.

The idea for this program arose after Green traveled across the state as part of her duties in the Florida Clerks and Comptrollers association. Visiting state office buildings and university and college campuses, she saw public galleries set up through the 43-year-old Florida’s Art in State Buildings Program, including one in the Old Clay County Courthouse and Museum. When Green and Justino helped judge an Art Guild of Orange Park show a year ago, that sparked the idea for the permanent courthouse gallery and its first show.

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The youth art gallery is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, all visitors going through normal courthouse security before access inside.

author image Reporter, WJCT News 89.9 email Dan Scanlan is a veteran journalist with almost 40 years of experience in radio, television, and print reporting. He has worked at various stations in the Northeast and Jacksonville. Prior to joining the WJCT News team, Dan spent 34 years at The Florida Times-Union as a police and current affairs reporter.

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