Three New "Off the Grid” Galleries Open in Downtown Jacksonville

posted February 17, 2011

Media Contacts: 
Pamela Elms, Downtown Vision, Inc. 634-0303, ext. 222
Amy Crane, Cultural Council, 358-3600

January 31, 2011


Jacksonville, Fla. – Three new Downtown galleries are opening as part of a continuing partnership between Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI), the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and artist, Jim Draper. The project, called Off the Grid, facilitates introductions between Jacksonville artists and Downtown property owners in an effort to activate vacant spaces in the core with artistic energy and provide artists with much needed work and exhibition space.

PONO Visual Expressions is located at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 W. Independent Drive, Suite 106 and displays contemporary photography of owner and artist Istvan Pono. In addition to Pono’s art work on exhibit, an on-site studio space offers an opportunity for visitors to watch artists at work. The space also  features high quality and state-of-the-art reproductive services, including an acrylic face-mounting technique used in Pono’s art work.  PONO Visual Expressions will be open daily. Hours will vary in accordance with The Jacksonville Landing’s special events. 

Studio 121 is located at 121 W. Forsyth between Laura and Hogan streets in the Atlantic National Bank Building. The gallery features working studios and gallery space for visual artists Doug Eng, Joyce Gabiou, Robert Leedy, Terese Muller, Mary St. Germain and Tony Wood. Studio 121 is open for First Wednesday Art Walks and by appointment.  Visit for contact information and more. Events and workshops will be hosted throughout the year.

Thomas Hager / Town Editions is located at 76 N. Laura Street on the ground floor of the SunTrust building directly across from The Jacksonville Landing.  Owner Thomas Hager has been creating works of art for over 20 years and uses vintage photographic processes to create the work found in the gallery. In addition to the gallery space, Hager’s Town Editions offers limited-edition art prints to young and new art collectors and the interior design industry.  Prices for prints range from $50 to $500. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Evening and weekend hours are available by appointment. 

These three new galleries and studio spaces join nine current Off the Grid gallery and working spaces:  

1. 111 E. Bay Street, 111 E. Bay St.
2. Art Center Cooperative, 31 W. Adams St.
3. Bee Gallery, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr.
4. Elemental Gallery & Studio, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 W. Independent Dr.
5. Nullspace Gallery, 108 E. Adams St.
6. Southlight Gallery, 100 N. Laura St.
7. The Adrian Pickett Gallery, The Jacksonville Landing, 2 W. Independent Dr.
8. The Next Gallery, 203 N. Laura St.
9. The Letter Shop, 228 E. Forsyth St.  

Off the Grid spaces are open for select hours during the week, and during First Wednesday Art Walk.  For more information, visit

Downtown Vision’s First Wednesday Art Walk is a self-guided walking tour of more than 40 Downtown venues including galleries, restaurants and businesses.   Art Walk is the first Wednesday of every month from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. rain or shine.  

About Downtown Vision, Inc.

Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI) is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization whose mission is to build and maintain a healthy and vibrant Downtown community and to promote Downtown as an exciting place to live, work, play, and visit. For more information, visit

Founded in 2000, DVI is dedicated to promoting the Downtown area, building a neighborhood Downtown, serving as a one-stop shop for information on Downtown and advocating the interests of local businesses and property owners. 

About The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville works to advance the appreciation and expression of art and culture by increasing community awareness of cultural activities and issues; providing arts education programs; and offering funding and technical assistance to cultural organizations and individual artists.  

Founded in 1976, the Cultural Council is the city’s official local arts agency, re-granting nearly $3 million in public funds annually. The Council also administers the city’s Art in Public Places program, arts education programs on behalf of Duval County Public Schools, and promotes area events through



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