Abandoned LaVilla building becomes temporary art venue

The old Lee & Cates Glass building on Forsyth Street has become the temporary home for a series of portraits saluting iconic Jacksonville musicians.

The building, which has been vacant since a 2003 fire, sits on the edge of the LaVilla neighborhood, which was a center for Black culture during the segregation era, earning it the nickname “Harlem of the South.” The portrait project shines a spotlight on Black musicians with strong ties to the city.

The portraits, all by Jacksonville-area artist, are painted on plywood and will be on display on the exterior of the building until November, when a […]

Source: www.jacksonville.com

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