Wednesday's Art Walk Features a 'Message in a Bottle'

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Byline: Charlie Patton

Among the events during Wednesday's downtown Art Walk will be the opening of Doug Eng's "Message in a Bottle: Wall of Light" in Main Street Park behind the public library.

The piece is 170 feet long, 6 feet high and consists of 15,000 plastic bottles, each containing a message written by someone in Northeast Florida or Southeast Georgia. Eng said it will remain in the park through the Memorial Day weekend.

Another highlight of Wednesday's Art Walk will take place at Southlight Gallery on the second floor of 6 East Bay St., where members of The 5 & Dime, A Theatre Company, will read autobiographies by such authors as Star Jones, David Hasselhoff and Miley Cyrus. Local artist Myra Schick, known for her ceramic leaf bowls, will be guest artist at Studio 121, 121 W. Forsyth St. The Jacksonville Maritime Heritage Center in The Jacksonville Landing will host the opening of an exhibit by four local artists called "Sails of Reformation." Admission to the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, where the exhibit ReFocus: Art of the '70s just opened, is free from 5-9 p.m.

Most downtown bars, restaurants and art galleries will be open from 5-9 p.m. or later.

VSA FEST AT CUMMER

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens will host its 17th annual VSA Festival from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.

The festival provides an opportunity for students in the public school Exceptional Education & Student Service program, their parents and their teachers to experience original works of art.

CONCERT AT THE LIBRARY

The North Florida Folk Network and Fleming Island Friends of the Library will present a concert from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Clay County Headquarters Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd.

Performing will be Al Poindexter & River Rise and Ron Johnson & Mary Mathews. The concert is free to the public.

'STONE MONKEY' AT DA

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts will present the children's play "The Stone Monkey" at 7 p. …