Let Down Reflex, 2023, video still. Commissioned by Wellcome Collection for “Milk” Exhibition.

ARTS PICKS | Feb. 2-4

Published on January 31, 2024 at 9:52 am

Jacksonville Today Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw shares his arts and culture picks for the weekend.

Let Down Reflex, 2023, video still. Commissioned by Wellcome Collection for “Milk” Exhibition. Courtesy of the artist.


Golden Thread 

Flagler College Museum | St. Augustine

Crisp-Ellert Art Museum and Flagler College present Golden Thread, an exhibition of works exploring “the empowering and challenging experiences of Black motherhood” by New-York-based artist Ilana Harris-Babou. The exhibit combines video and sculpture. Harris-Babou will be on hand to lead a walkthrough on Friday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. Golden Thread is on view through Feb. 21. Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, noon- 4 p.m. More info.

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Vida Guitar Quartet 

St. Paul’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church | Jacksonville Beach 

Popular classical music group Vida Guitar Quartet performs as part of the Beaches Fine Arts Series at St. Paul’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church this Friday. The group brings together four top-notch UK guitarists: Christopher Stell, Mark Eden, Amanda Cook, and Mark Ashford. Renowned singer Christine Alfano joins on vocals. In addition to the concert, works by local visual artist Hillary McCullough will be on view. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. It’s free to attend. More info.

Saturday & Sunday 

Jacksonville Dance Theatre presents SEEDED

The Florida Ballet  | Arlington

Contemporary dance company Jacksonville Dance Theatre presents its winter concert, SEEDED, a series of short, small-cast dances presented in an intimate studio setting. The all-local company will unveil two performances of SEEDED, Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Tickets and more info.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 

Works by Chike Onuorah 

Ovico Gallery | St. Augustine

Focused on artists from Africa as well as African-American artists, St. Augustine’s Ovico Gallery showcases Nigerian contemporary artist Chike Onuorah (AKA D’Artist), with an exhibition of the painter’s work on view beginning Feb. 1. Onuorah is known for his use of bold colors and paintings that often pay homage to the socio-economic contributions of women. The gallery is open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. More info.

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author image Arts & Culture Editor Matthew Shaw is a writer, editor and musician. His writing has appeared in Folio Weekly, Edible Northeast Florida, The Surfer's Journal, and SURFER Magazine, and he's reported on national stories for The New York Times. He was previously editor in chief of the Void Magazine.

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