A work of art that has an estimated worth of $2 million created by acclaimed British street artist Banksy will be on exhibit at the Jacksonville Main Library at 303 N. Laura St. from Feb. 18 to April 14 next year. The work was created by Banksy, whose identity remains a mystery, on the side of a San Francisco bed and breakfast in 2010.
A 2017 documentary, “Saving Banksy,” focused on how art collector and street art curator Brian Greif worked to conserve the piece, paying to have it removed from the San Francisco building. Greif’s plan had been to donate the work to a contemporary art museum. But that was complicated by the fact that Greif could not authenticate the piece because Banksy remain anonymous.
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Public Library, supported by a donation from VyStar Credit Union, are bringing the 7- by-7½-foot work to Jacksonville. It will be exhibited at the downtown library because of the stipulation that it has to be accessible to the public at no cost.
FRIDAY MUSICALE PRESENTS A HOLIDAY CONCERT
Friday Musicale’s first Family Holiday Concert, featuring the Don Thompson Chorale, will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free to the venue at 645 Oak St. Those attending are urged to wear ugly holiday sweaters.
SECOND SUNDAY AT STETSON’S SCHEDULED
The Stetson Kennedy Foundation will host a “Second Sunday at Stetson’s” Sunday from 1-5 p.m. at Beluthahatchee, 1523 State Road 13, St. Johns. From 1-2 p.m. and from 4-5 p.m. visitors can tour Kennedy’s home, museum and park. From 2-4 p.m. there will be a concert featuring performers from the Florida Music Food Initiative. Admission is $10. Reservations should be made by calling (904) 206-8304 or emailing Sundaysatstetsons@gmail.com.
CONCERT BY NORTH FLORIDA WOMEN’S CHORALE
The North Florida Women’s Chorale will present “Cradle Songs and Carols” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Community Presbyterian Church, 150 Sherry Drive, Atlantic Beach. The concert is free.
ARTIST GUILD OPEN HOUSE AT ANTHEM LAKES
The Jacksonville Artist Guild will hold a holiday open house from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Anthem Lakes, a senior living community located at 905 Assisi Lane near Mayport. There will be hors d’oeuvres, holiday music and a drawing for a flat screen TV. To make a reservations call (904) 601-1299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SYMPHONY’S ‘FIRST COAST NUTCRACKER’ NEXT WEEKEND
The Jacksonville Symphony, led by symphony assistant conductor Deanna Tham, will give four performances of the “First Coast Nutcracker” next weekend in the Moran Theater in The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water St. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17. Former Jeffrey Ballet dancers Yumelia Garcia and Mauro Villanueva will be the lead dancers.
Tickets, which range from $20 to $61, can be purchased at www.jaxsymphony.org or by calling (904) 354-5547.
SYMPHONY’S ‘MESSIAH’ NEXT WEEKEND
The Jacksonville Symphony, led by symphony assistant conductor Nathan Aspinall, and the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Donald McCullough, will perform Handel’s “Messiah” at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, in the Jacoby Symphony Hall in The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.
Tickets, which range from $19 to $79, can be purchased at www.jaxsymphony.org or by calling (904) 354-5547.
CHILDREN’S CHORUS WILL PERFORM SATURDAY
The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus will present its annual Cool Side of Yuletide concert at 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, 4001 Hendricks Ave. The concert will featured a performance by ChoRuss, an a capella group from St. Petersburg, Russia. Tickets, which are $21, can be purchased at ww.JaxChildrensChorus.org or by calling (904) 353-1636.
ST. AUGUSTINE ‘NUTCRACKER’ NEXT WEEKEND
The St. Augustine Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker” at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17, in the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Grenada St., St. Augustine. Tickets are $25 and $30 with discounts for anyone older than 64 or younger than 13. They can be purchased at saintaugustineballet.com or by calling (855) 222-2849.
DANU PERFORMS IN JACKSONVILLE BEACH
Danu, a traditional Irish ensemble, will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 1150 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville Beach. The concert, part of the Beaches Fine Arts Series, is free. Following the concert, there will be a reception across the street at Stormes Hall, which will feature work by local artist Elbert Shubert.
SCHOOLS CONDUCT INSTRUMENT DRIVE
Duval County Public Schools, in partnership with local nonprofits and businesses, are collecting new and lightly used musical instruments for music students throughout the county. A variety of instruments are needed and will be collected through Jan. 26. Partners include Alhambra Theatre & Dining, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 129, Florida Blue Center at the St. Johns Town Center, the Florida Theatre, Geer Services Inc., the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, the Jacksonville Public Library, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Keiser University and Riverside Fine Arts.
More than 200 instruments have been collected and the goal is to collect another 100 by Jan. 26. Donations are also needed to buy new instruments and repair used instruments. For more information visit www.duvalschools.org/arts or call (904) 739-48699, ext. 1.
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