Beyond Downtown Artwalk: Duval Mercantile Pop-Up Shop for the Holidays

Beyond Downtown Artwalk: Duval Mercantile Pop-Up Shop for the Holidays

Duval Mercantile, Art Walk pop-up, Downtown Jacksonville, Emily Moody, Varick Rosete

A Jacksonville business owner is making it easier to shop local this holiday season. Emily Moody-Rosete, who operates the downtown Wolf & Cub boutique on Laura Street, is bringing a pop-up storefront to the space formerly occupied by La Cena restaurant. Located at 211 North Laura Street, Duval Mercantile will grace the historic Elks Building.

Duval Mercantile will celebrate its grand opening November 7th during Artwalk and will remain open through the month of December. As the former owner the live music venue Underbelly in the downtown core and Anomaly in the Five Points neighborhood, Emily Moody-Rosete knows how to create a buzz. She’s hoping to energize Downtown with a concept that will bring together artists and makers in a shared space and inspire shoppers to curate an interesting and eclectic list of locally produced goods this holiday season.

Vendors like Congaree and Penn and Jax Brothel will be among those to stock such items as local gourmet foods and sundries, candles, pottery, and vegan bath products. There are no plans to update the interior space with a major build out save for adding a couple coolers to refrigerate necessary items. “Because its a pop-up, we didn’t want to spend a ton of money making it real pretty,” she says. “It’s going to compliment Wolf & Cub but still have its own vibe, too.”

Bee Friends Farms, Downtown Jacksonville, Emily Moody, Varick Rosete, Beyond the Artwalk Marketplace - Duval Mercantile Sets Up Pop Shop for the Holidays
Bella Lina Bath, Downtown Jacksonville, Emily Moody, Varick Rosete, Beyond the Artwalk Marketplace - Duval Mercantile Sets Up Pop Shop for the Holidays

While the concept is designed to give local makers a dedicated space to showcase and sell their goods, Moody-Rosete is also hoping to increase Downtown’s accessibility to retailers in an area plagued by more empty storefronts than established businesses.

“Being Downtown now for a few years, I hear on a daily basis from clients coming in and people traveling through, tours actually coming through to visit the city. It’s embarrassing to hardly have any retail Downtown, so people walk in my shop and ask what else is there to do down here, and I give them a little run down. There’s lots of places to eat and drink, but there’s not a lot of retail,” says Emily Moody-Rosete.

Downtown Jacksonville, Emily Moody, Varick Rosete, Beyond the Artwalk Marketplace - Duval Mercantile Sets Up Pop Shop for the Holidays

“That’s unfortunate, but the city doesn’t really encourage the nurturing of small business. They’re more into the multi-million dollar projects, which I get too, but, at the end of the day, the small guys are the ones who are creating the culture and the feel for a district.”

“That’s unfortunate, but the city doesn’t really encourage the nurturing of small business. They’re more into the multi-million dollar projects, which I get too, but, at the end of the day, the small guys are the ones who are creating the culture and the feel for a district. That’s what I seek out. When I travel, I go to all the cool little local businesses, and that’s how I get the feel for a city. That’s where Duval Mercantile comes in.”

Macmaddies Candles, Downtown Jacksonville, Emily Moody, Varick Rosete, Beyond the Artwalk Marketplace - Duval Mercantile Sets Up Pop Shop for the Holidays
1748 Bakehouse, Downtown Jacksonville, Emily Moody, Varick Rosete, Beyond the Artwalk Marketplace - Duval Mercantile Sets Up Pop Shop for the Holidays

Emily and Varick Rosete based the model for Duval Mercantile on their early experiences with Wolf & Cub, which they initially operated at such venues as Jaxsons Night Market and Artwalk. The couple expanded the business and opened a pop-up shop in Riverside’s Brooklyn Station during the 2015 holiday season. The success of that venture led to a permanent storefront the following year. If Duval Mercantile does well, it could become a regular fixture and establish a business model to encourage more retailers to follow suit.

“We’re just trying to make it work for a few months. If it sticks, then we’ll visit maybe signing a lease there, maybe finding a different spot. Who knows. We’re just taking it day by day for now,” she says, “I’m an optimist so I hope that it is possible. Is it possible in a time frame that I feel is reasonable? Maybe not necessarily. That’s why we just kind of took things into our own hands. We don’t have time to wait around for the city to recognize us. We just have to make it happen. Hopefully it’s that ‘if you build it, they will come’ kind of thing.”

local vendors

– Saturiwa Trading
– Conagree and Penn
– CAMP Craft Cocktail
– Jax Brothel
– Macmaddies CANdles
– Cam.Lee Crafted Co.
– 1748 Bakehouse
– Bee Friends Farm
– The Bread & Board
– Bella Lina Bath
– Pawfection Bakery
– Spoonbill Pottery
– Develins Art

http://eujacksonville.com/2018/11/07/downtown-artwalk-duval-mercantile-shop-holidays/


It Starts Here: 2018 Jacksonville Film Festival Films Announced

Jacksonville Film Festival logo

The Jacksonville community will get to experience a variety of films September 14 and 15. The Film Festival will start with a red carpet event Friday, September 14 at 6:15 p.m. After the red carpet, JFF will start with the heartwarming documentary block, “HEART YOUR DOCS.” Following the short documentaries, JFF will screen the world premiere of Demetrius Wren’s feature film, Rehabilitation of the Hill. Mr. Wren will be in attendance for a Q&A following the 90 minute feature narrative about the cultural damages of gentrification.

fri14sep(sep 14)6:15 pmsat15(sep 15)7:30 pm2018 Jacksonville Film Festival6:15 pm – 7:30 pm (15) Hicks Auditorium, Jacksonville Public Library Downtown

“I’m really excited to show Jacksonville this collection of films. I think this program brings the festival back with a bang,” said Tim Driscoll, Program Director of 2018 Jacksonville Film Festival.

Saturday is packed with movies! The evening starts with an opening short film followed by a feature film. There will then be a red-carpet event followed by two short film blocks — HOME & ABROAD and UTTERLY MACABRE (viewer discretion advised.) There will be a 15 minute break in between the film blocks.

“We can’t wait to present the 2018 Jacksonville Film Festival to our beautiful city. We are excited about the direction this city is taking when it comes to art and film.” said Niki Logoreci, Festival Director of 2018 Jacksonville Film Festival.

IT STARTS HERE: The mission of the Jacksonville Film Festival is to celebrate motion pictures by discovering and showcasing new talent. We aim to rejuvenate the film industry in Jacksonville by creating an atmosphere that immerses the filmmakers with their audience and community.

“The design, in concept, is the river city combined with an camera aperture. The ripples are representative of the aperture of a camera lense, distorted by and seen through the water of river. The flow emanates from the center of the ripples, acting as it’s epicenter, setting a defined starting point, ‘It All Starts Here,’” said, Dane deRiesthal, who designed the poster.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

RED-CARPET EVENT: Starts 6:15PM

Films Start at 7:15PM

HEART YOUR DOCS

  • Peace of Heart – US – Director: Josh Hansbrough (12 minutes)

    • A non-verbal girl with Autism hasn’t communicated with her family in 18 years; but technology and society’s new perspective on her condition may change that, and the face of Autism forever.

  • Gift of Wings – US – Director: Ted Snow (8 minutes)

    • This short documentary profiles the human side of aerobatic pilots, the never-ending chase to be the best pilot you can be, and the friends you make in the process.

  • How Much I love you – US – Director: Ashley Kramer (5 minutes)

    • In a time when immigration is a highly debated topic, How Much I Love You shares the life of Polish immigrant and single mother, Diane Ostrega. Her daughter expresses how much she loves her mother by sharing her story and life lessons she instilled in her.

  • My Paintbrush Bites – US – Director: Joel Pincosy (16 minutes)

    • A man battling reclusion and a racehorse on the brink of death save each other in unexpected ways.

FEATURE FILM

  • Rehabilitation of the Hill – US – Director: Demetrius Wren (90 minutes)

    • Pittsburgh’s Historic Hill District is next in line for a full scale gentrification project. Kelly Saikaly, a local Hill District Resident and activist is ready to chain herself to the construction equipment in order to stop folks from taking away her neighborhood and kicking out the residents for new upscale condos. She meets a girl, Gwen Livingston, who she feels sees it the same as she does, as they make a bond of friendship and perhaps even love. But that’s later betrayed when learns that Gwen is the daughter of the original station that is ready to buy up everything.

SATURDAY,  SEPTEMBER 15

FEATURE FILM WITH OPENING SHORT

  • True Justice – US – Director: Scott Lowery (4 minutes)

    • What is justice? And is there such a thing as fair justice?

    • The Dirty Kind – US – Director: Vilan Trub (84 minutes)

      • Raymond, a young private investigator specializing in divorce, gets too ambitious and takes a case that involves more than just snapping pictures of cheating couples.

HOME & ABROAD

  • Falling South – US- Director: Lorraine Portman (39 minutes)

    • Charlotte puts Rochester in the rear view as she runs away from the life she has known. She has never been on her own and doesn’t know if she’ll make it as her resources are stripped away. She meets diverse women who offer connection, insight and laughter on the road to Florida and a possible new life.

  • Mister Biscuits – United Kingdom – Director: Tom Lavinge (8 minutes)

    • John agrees to look after his friend’s house for the weekend, but is in for a surprise when he’s introduced to her beloved pet Mister Biscuits. Hilarity ensues.

  • Domestic Policy – United Kingdom – Director: Alicia McDonald (7 minutes)

    • In 1919, a tea lady eavesdrops on a top-secret government meeting called to solve the latest, gravest problem facing the British Empire… A satirical comedy which wryly suggests that today’s obsession with female appearance was borne out of one official government meeting.

  • 8328 – Canada – Director: Marc-Andre Girard (5 minutes)

    • 8328 is about an unexpected encounter between young Hugo and Raymond, to whom life has given few gifts- except a few wooden carvings.

  • 15 minute break

UTTERLY MACABRE – (viewer discretion advised)

  • We Summoned A Demon – US – Director: Chris McInroy (6 minutes)

    • They Just wanted to be cool. Instead they got a denom.

  • My Monster – US – Director: Izzy Lee (7 minutes)

    • Christmas is coming. If that’s not stressful enough, Lily has to contend with a clueless partner and an unexpected, interdimensional holiday guest who just wants two things — blood and cuddles.

  • Imitations – US – Director: Connor Dolby (5 minutes)

    • A captured man desperately needs to escape before his time runs out.

  • CELL – United Kingdom – Director: Paul Holbrook (10 minutes)

    • A cowardly deserter is captured during WWII and awakens in a strange underground cell, alongside a mysterious female prisoner. The pair are forced to take part in a cruel psychological experiment to earn their freedom, where all is not what it seems.

  • Earworm – US – Director: Tara Price

    • Oh, the things that get stuck in our heads. When a reclusive man is repeatedly woken up over the course of a night by severe headaches, accompanied by musical repetition from an unknown source, his sanity begins to swiftly unravel.

  • Lullaby – US – Director: Randy Valdes (6 minutes)
    • Gwen (Elaine del Valle) comes home after a long workday expecting to find her daughter and her mother. They’re not home but something else is and Gwen fears it has taken her daughter captive. She must fight her terrifying fear of the unknown to rescue her little girl.

  • Survivor Type – US – Director: Billy Hanson (30 minutes)

    • A disgraced surgeon stranded on a deserted island with no food and only a handful of supplies must go to great lengths to stay alive for a rescue that may never come. Based on the short story by Stephen King.

  • Great Choice – US – Director: Robin Comisar (7 minutes)

    • A woman gets trapped in a Red Lobster commercial.

For Festival Program visit: jacksonvillefilmfestival.com

TICKETS:

Friday Pass – $10

Saturday Pass – $15

For tickets please visit EventBrite.

http://eujacksonville.com/2018/09/06/2018-jacksonville-film-festival-it-starts-here-films-announced/


Drowning World at MOCA: Photographer Gideon Mendel Captures Hurricane Irma’s Aftermath in Jacksonville

MOCA Jacksonville, Drowning World, © GIDEON MENDEL, Terrence McKeen with his mother, Gloria, Black Creek, Middleburg, Florida, USA, September 2017. Photograph, 125 ¾ x 153 ¾ inches. Courtesy of the artist.
COVER IMAGE: © GIDEON MENDEL, Terrence McKeen with his mother, Gloria, Black Creek, Middleburg, Florida, USA, September 2017. Photograph, 125 ¾ x 153 ¾ inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will be hosting Drowning World from world-renowned photographer Gideon Mendel. The series features photographs he’s captured from around the world of floods and the people affected by them, including some from locals in Jacksonville and Middleburg after Hurricane Irma hit the First Coast, which he did as part of his winning the Jury Prize of the 2016 Greenpeace Photo Awards. I spoke to him to learn more about his work and his hopes for the reception of the exhibition.

What led you to this photo series? Why did you choose flooding?

The project emerged 11 years ago at a time when I had young children, and I was trying to do a mental exercise of when they are my age, what will the world look like. I was concerned about global warming and climate change and the images used on the issue. I felt that they were very distancing. I saw a lot of images of polar bears and glaciers, but not very many of people. I set about to do something which is kind of visceral which really shows the faces, the eyes, the people who are dealing with climate disasters. I wanted to make it very in-your-face. The central narrative of Drowning World is a series I call ‘Submerged Portraits,’ people in their flooded homes and flooded communities. It’s quite disconcerting for the viewers because the images are quite conventional portraits but in a hectic and extreme environment.

MOCA Jacksonville, Drowning World, © GIDEON MENDEL, Terrence McKeen with his mother, Gloria, Black Creek, Middleburg, Florida, USA, September 2017. Photograph, 125 ¾ x 153 ¾ inches. Courtesy of the artist.
MOCA Jacksonville, Drowning World, © GIDEON MENDEL, Terrence McKeen with his mother, Gloria, Black Creek, Middleburg, Florida, USA, September 2017. Photograph, 125 ¾ x 153 ¾ inches. Courtesy of the artist.

So why did you choose Jacksonville and the aftermath of Florida in your series?

I was in Houston last year. I travelled there to photograph the impacts of Hurricane Harvey. There was a lot of fear in the media about the impending approach of Hurricane Irma. I had already an interesting connection with Caitlín Doherty who is the Director of MOCA; I did a project with her when she was the acting Director of the Broad Museum in Michigan at MSU. So when Jacksonville was being threatened by flooding, she invited me here to photograph and gave me support and connections to people who could help me. I managed to fly into Jacksonville, and I was slightly in the aftermath of the floods here, but I did a day’s work in Jacksonville, and then I spent a day photographing in Middleburg as the whole Black Creek area had been devastated. It was completely underwater.

 

How was your experience in Jacksonville and dealing with the different subjects?

People were very warm and very responsive to what I was doing. People were pretty keen to be photographed, and, in a sense, show the world what had happened to them. I had a very particular engagement with with Terrence McKeen and his mother Gloria in Middleburg. They, in a way, are kind of the centerpiece of the exhibition. Their home was underwater, and when I arrived in Middleburg I joined them [in] trying to get through the water to see what had happened to their home. I witnessed Terrence, who on the outside looks like quite a tough guy, but, I went into his home with him, and he just burst into tears. Everything he had seemed completely destroyed. It was quite a profound experience witnessing his discovery of that.

MOCA Jacksonville, Drowning World, Floodlines, © GIDEON MENDEL, From the Home of John Jackson, Toll Bar Village, South Yorkshire, UK, June 2007. Photograph. Courtesy of the artist.
© GIDEON MENDEL, From the Home of John Jackson, Toll Bar Village, South Yorkshire, UK, June 2007. Photograph. Courtesy of the artist.

Have the subjects that you photographed in Jacksonville seen the photos and what will be displayed in MOCA?

At the time, I sent everyone the photographs. We are hoping that a lot of the people who were photographed will be coming to the exhibition opening. It’s very important for me in my work to maintain a connection if possible with the people I photograph. I think the opening will be quite a profound event, particularly having Terrance and his mother coming along.

There was another family, Chuck and Mary Highhouse, who I met in that area as well. The water had receded from their home, but they had a lot of possessions. She is a former school teacher, and there was a whole team of her ex pupils and colleagues, about 30 people, laying out her photographs, drying out her possessions. It was quite amazing to see that incredible support of her community and the help she was getting from the people who knew her.

MOCA Jacksonville, Drowning World, SubPortraits, © GIDEON MENDEL, J.B. Singh, Jawahar Nagar, Srinagar, Kashmir, India, October 2014. C-print, 47 ¼ x 47 ¼ inches. Courtesy of the artist.
MOCA Jacksonville, Drowning World, SubPortraits, © GIDEON MENDEL, Vilian Sousa da Silva, Taquari District, Rio Branco, Brazil, March 2015. C-print, 47 ¼ x 47 ¼ inches. Courtesy of the artist.

When you are choosing locations for the series, does it occur to you to go to places where the consensus isn’t so progressive on combating climate change?

I don’t plan my locations in that sense. Obviously, in America for some reason, climate change has been cast as a debate. I try to avoid getting into that argument and that dialogue. For me, it isn’t a debate at all. I certainly wasn’t trying to say, ‘this is an area where a lot of people deny climate change, we’ll see how it feels when they are affected.’ There was nothing remotely like that going on for me when I chose and respond to areas.

MOCA Jacksonville, Drowning World, JacksSubmergedPorts, © GIDEON MENDEL, Victor and Hope America Igbogene, Bayelsa State, Nigeria, November 2012. C-print, 47 ¼ x 47 ¼ inches. Courtesy of the artist.
© GIDEON MENDEL, Victor and Hope America Igbogene, Bayelsa State, Nigeria, November 2012. C-print, 47 ¼ x 47 ¼ inches. Courtesy of the artist.

For many, climate change seems unfathomable. How do you think your photos help push that understanding and put it into perspective?

I think part of my mission is to set up a kind of global discussion and dialogue. Putting images from all over the world side-by-side is a part of it. What’s important to me is avoiding the conventional narrative of disaster is something that is happening far away to black or brown people, the conventional thinking of the pathetic Third World facing disaster. It’s important to me to have a mixture of people, culture, nationality and class included. I photograph people living in the poorest tin shacks in Bangladesh and people living in multi-million dollar houses in Texas. Despite the incredible differences, there is also a shared vulnerability and some kind of connection through the flood water. The newest iteration of the project which we are launching for the first time in Jacksonville is a new, multichannel video piece I’ve made called ‘Deluge’. It’s a piece which positions individual stories within a global narrative. There are different screens from across the world that are shown simultaneously. I think a lot of people respond to that very, very strongly. It’s a very hard thing to get across, and it’s quite a complex piece, and I hope it will go a little bit of the way to doing that.

I don’t necessarily feel that I want to prescribe a response or analysis. I’d like to think someone who is a climate change activist and someone who is a climate change denialist would both get a lot from the experience of seeing my exhibition. I don’t want it to be something that is purely preaching to the converted.

MOCA Jacksonville, Drowning World, Floodlines, © GIDEON MENDEL, Car Repair Workshop, Andrews, South Carolina, USA, October 2015. Photograph. Courtesy of the artist.
© GIDEON MENDEL, Car Repair Workshop, Andrews, South Carolina, USA, October 2015. Photograph. Courtesy of the artist.

Have the photos from the Jacksonville series been displayed anywhere else?

Yes, they have. Certainly the photos from Middleburg. In the series I have a kind of small roster of a-list pictures, and the portrait of Terrence McKeen and his mother Gloria has joined it. That’s already been shown in two exhibitions I’ve had in Germany, an exhibition in Kyoto, Japan, and a pending exhibition in Sweden and one in Casablanca coming up shortly.

The exhibition runs from September 1 to December 9, 2018 at MOCA in Downtown Jacksonville.

http://eujacksonville.com/2018/09/05/drowning-world-moca-photographer-gideon-mendel-captures-hurricane-irma-aftermath/


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Upcoming Events

  1. Miami/Brickell Festival of the Arts

    October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  2. Comedian Gerry Dee World Comedy Tour in Naples, Florida

    November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
  3. Ocala Balloon Glow

    November 23 @ 5:00 pm - November 25 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0
  4. 9th Annual Shopapalooza Festival, Part 2

    November 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
  5. Lake Helen Christmas Parade & Santa’s Village

    November 24 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
  6. Christmas in the Country – Lights Display, Hay Ride & Festival

    November 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
  7. Soul Beach: The Outdoor R&b / Jazz Concert & Comedy Show on the Water

    November 24 @ 7:30 pm - November 25 @ 1:00 am UTC+0
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    November 25 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm UTC+0
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  10. FL Orchestra Happy Hour Concert – Nov 28

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