Plantation Artists’ Guild & Gallery
Press Release
March 7, 2022

The 2020 – A Look Back, a community photo project, has just finished its last exhibition at the Fernandina Beach Library. On April 9, 2021 the exhibit opened at the Plantation Artists’ Guild and Gallery, was featured at the opening of the Amelia Island Courtyard and SpringHill Suites in May, was on display at Story & Song Bookstore and Bistro and the hallways of the Council on Aging before moving to the Fernandina Beach Library. Its permanent home will be in the halls of Nassau County office buildings.

The exhibit includes one hundred photos that showcase the story of how a community met the challenges presented by the challenges of COVID. The exhibit was created by the Amelia Island Plantation Artist’s Guild and Gallery members Karen Bowden, Barbara Hopkins, Dickie Anderson and Sarah Edwards. A video and a magazine were produced in addition. Sponsors included The Courtyard-Springhill Suites Marriott Amelia Island, the Tourist Development Council, Baptist Medical Center – Nassau, Fernandina Beach News-Leader, Florida Public Utilities, Digital Village, and Rayonier Advanced Materials.

The 2020-A Look Back project designated Arts Alive as the recipient of any revenues resulting from the project. The organization provides free or low-cost music and arts instruction for Nassau County children who have little or no access to them.

At a reception on March 25 Bowden, Anderson and Edwards presented a check for $4000 to Arts Alive. The donation will help fund the many programs that the organization provides for the children in the community.

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