The Art Galleries of St. Augustine (AGOSA) is still conducting its First Friday Art Walk despite some changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
From 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, galleries In St. Augustine will introduce their featured artists and new exhibits for the month, with many of the artists on hand to talk and answer questions about their work.
There are close to 30 galleries, each with its own style, in and around the downtown area and over the Bridge of Lions on Anastasia Island and St. Augustine Beach. Due to the pandemic, not all locations will be open, so check for updates on artgalleriesofstaugustine.com or the AGOSA social media channels.
For easy mobility downtown, gallery patrons and visitors can enjoy the complimentary shuttle service that runs from 6 to 9 p.m. provided by Old Town Trolleys. The company has installed Plexiglas dividers and requires riders to sanitize their hands prior to boarding.
To use this service, shuttle stickers may be picked up at any participating gallery. The shuttle may be boarded at any of the stops: on King Street in front of Butterfield Garage and ArtBox, the Lightner Museum and Aviles Street; and Cathedral Place and Hypolita Street.
Parking for Art Walk is free at the meters after 5 p.m. with additional parking available at the San Sebastian Winery and the city parking garage (which does charge a fee). Driving to the greater St. Augustine galleries, where there is onsite parking, is recommended.
Organizers ask that “for everyone’s health and safety, please sanitize your hands and wear a mask when visiting the galleries as they’re all taking extra precautions to keep you safe, too.”