Visual Arts in St. Augustine
St. Augustine is a vibrant blend of music, arts and culture – but few institutions stand out in our community as vividly as visual arts. In fact, from the early 1930’s to the mid 1950’s, the “Lost Colony” of St. Augustine was one of the largest visual arts communities in the South. Treat your eyes to our community’s dazzling array of painting, sculpture, photography, crafts, and more with this Visual Arts Itinerary. We’ve included suggestions for local art galleries, dining, drinking, and discovering your way through St. Augustine’s most artistic options.
MORNING | Breakfast and the Visual Arts
When it comes to local art galleries, the Butterfield Garage Art Gallery leads the charge in artist-run presentations. The former Ponce de Leon Hotel – now Flagler College – is a treasure trove of art and history from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum exhibits regional, national, and international artists, and offers a venue for fostering knowledge and a deep appreciation of contemporary visual arts.
The museum is open Monday-Friday 10am – 4pm, and is free to the public.
AFTERNOON | Lunch and Museums
The historic Lightner Museum, formerly the luxurious Alcazar Hotel of the 1800s, boasts a large collection of artwork – including Tiffany stained glass. Aviles Street is bursting with local artistic opportunity and galleries!
Formerly Henry Flagler’s Alcazar Hotel, which closed in 1932. The indoor pool, now the location of Café Alcazar, was the largest in the world in its time. At certain times, the pool was drained, and elaborate gardens were installed on the pool’s floor.
TRUE STORY: The dining area of the Cafe Alcazar is inside what was once the world’s largest indoor swimming pool where athletes would try out for the Olympics!
Discover the museum’s full range of artwork – featuring three floors of artifacts and visual art from the era of the Alcazar Hotel, including exquisite Victorian art glass, stained glass from Louis Comfort Tiffany, and paintings from around the world.
EVENING | Dinner and First Fridays
On the first Friday of every month, the St. Augustine Art Association hosts Art Walk – where local art galleries welcome visitors to browse the latest exhibits and enjoy refreshments and live entertainment at more than 30 participating galleries.
MORNING | Breakfast and Visual Arts Walking Tour
Art and Architecture Walking Tours
Led by an art historian, the 90-minute guided tour highlights iconic paintings, Spanish, Colonial, and Victorian architecture, stained glass, monuments, murals, public sculptures, local art galleries and studios, and more.
For reservations, call the St. Augustine Art Association below.
TOUCH St. Augustine Braille Trail:
Braille markers with tactile graphics, developed by the Saint Augustine Art Association, are located at numerous public statues throughout historic downtown. These markers, along with the audio guide, form the TOUCH Saint Augustine “Braille Trail.”
To download the map and audio tour, visit www.staaa.org/touch
AFTERNOON | Lunch and Exploring
VISITORS TIP: In the afternoon, take some time to explore the downtown area. From St. George Street’s eclectic shops, boutiques and museums to the waterfront, there is lots to see and do!
EVENING | Dinner
Interactive Map – Visual Arts Itinerary
Visit local art galleries, museums like the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, and historic sites like the former Ponce de Leon Hotel as you explore St. Augustine’s dynamic visual arts scene.
Video – Experience The Visual Arts of St. Augustine
From crashing waves to brick lined streets, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and The Beaches is rich in visual arts history. You’ll find artistry around every corner. Plan your trip today.