Amelia Island

Student Images From Amelia and the Southern Sea Islands

December proved to be the perfect time for a workshop based on Amelia Island. The weather was cool, but not cold. The winter light was beautiful. The marsh was still showing some green. There was a hint of fall color in the landscape. Beaches were quiet. And it was easy to find a parking space and to get into local restaurants.

We had a great group of women who gathered to explore Amelia, Big Talbot, Little Talbot and Fort George Islands—photographing natural, designed and cultural landscapes, along with seascapes and stunning skies. Here’s a peek at some of the work they created throughout the week.

Photos ©2018 Chris Wood, Betsey Henkles, Kate Kirby, Ann Leese and Sara Gray.

New Video from Amelia Island Workshop

One of the participants in my recent workshop, Amelia and the Southern Sea Islands, created this wonderful video of our time together on the islands. Many thanks to the multi-talented Sara Gray for her vision, video footage, production skills and generosity. Thanks, too, to the workshop participants for sharing a few of their images from the week for inclusion. They were a fun and talented bunch whose company I thoroughly enjoyed and whose desire to look at things in new ways through the lens of a camera was inspiring.

Video produced by Sara Gray Creative

Student Images From Amelia Island Workshop

I have just wrapped up a weeklong photography workshop based on Amelia Island along Florida's northeastern Atlantic Coast. In addition to Amelia, we explored Big Talbot Island, Little Talbot Island and Fort George Island. It was a wonderful week with a group of creative women and I wanted to share some of their work with you. Enjoy!

From Birmingham to Fernandina Beach: It's Time for Shrimpfest!

With barely time to catch up on sleep from last weekend's Magic City Art Festival in  Birmingham, I'm off again--this time to Fernandina Beach, FL, for the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. This is a special event for me, as most of the work I feature in my booth was photographed in the marshes and along the shore here on Amelia Island. 

I usually go to Fernandina Beach for a quiet retreat, but this week it will be rocking with activity. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the event, which kicks off with a parade on Thursday and a spectacular fireworks display on Friday. In addition to 300-plus exhibiting artists and craftspersons, there will be antiques, a food court featuring shrimp prepared every way you could possibly imagine, and a pirate invasion. (You'd be amazed how many pirates still live in this town.) Please note: The outdoor arts and crafts show takes place on Saturday and Sunday only.

My booth will be located on North Second Street near the Palace Saloon (Florida's Oldest Saloon), Dog Star Tavern (which actually permits dogs) and the Island Art Association building (which is shrimp colored and covered in tile mosaics). Although I have attended Shrimpfest many times, this will be my first year as an exhibitor. It's really a great event in a town that knows how to have a good time. Come join the fun!

By the way, this is a great little restaurant town. If you're looking for something other than shrimp food court, here are a few of my favorite restaurants: Karibo, Arte Pizza, 29 South and The Salty Pelican (downtown in the historic district) and Sandy Bottoms and Sliders (on the beach). And every Saturday of the year, there is a wonderful little Farmer's Market at the corner of Centre and Seventh Streets.

Art Festival Dates: May 2-3, Saturday – Sunday
Where: Centre Street, Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, FL
Hours: 9am – 7pm Friday & Saturday, 10am – 5pm Sunday
Festival Admission: Free!