Around the Bend; Mandarin Museum Art Exhibit Focuses on North Florida's History

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Byline: DAN SCANLAN

A one-man art show of works that highlight the past and present look of North Florida will open next month at the Mandarin Museum at Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964 Mandarin Road.

Twelve works of Mandarin artist James S. Freeman will be on display for the next three months during museum hours, which are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. New oil paintings will be rotated into the display, while prints will be available for purchase.

Officials at the museum, operated by the nonprofit Mandarin Museum and Historical Society, said the show is part of a plan to expand the facility's exhibits with art that showcases the history of the area. The society researches, collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits documents and items that are part of the community's history and its people.

Freeman is a graduate of The Atlanta College of Art, and has participated in exhibits at the Grand Canyon National Historical Society, Boston National Historical Park, Hilton Head Art League and the St. Augustine Art Association. He has also been honored with the Emmett Fritz Memorial Award in St. Augustine.

For more information, contact the museum at 268-0784.

-- The First Coast Honors Choir Festival holds its fourth annual concert at 3:15 p.m. today at Mandarin Presbyterian Church, 12001 Mandarin Road.

Sponsored by The Jacksonville Children's Chorus, 150 children from many of Jacksonville's neighborhoods and surrounding communities will perform a mix of music from around the world, joined by the Jacksonville Children's Chorus and led by conductor Mairee Pantzer, artistic director of the Children's Chorus of Maryland.

The event costs $5 per person.

For more information on future events and rehearsals, call the children's chorus at 346-1636.

-- The first meeting of the Motherless Daughters support group will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the South Mandarin branch library, 12125 San Jose Blvd.

The group was set up to help daughters who have lost a parent cope better with the loss. The group founders include a licensed clinical social worker. The group will also hold meetings in March and April.

For information, contact Diane Lewis at 994-1152. …