Apalachicola History, Culture and Art Center Meeting

Past HCA Events & Exhibits

JUNE 1-JULY 2, 2021


"QUANTA": An Exhibit by Dave Levick
May 1-29

These works reveal some of the correlations unlocked by squaring the circle by equal perimeter/circumference; an insoluble problem; but for practical purposes, reconciling the irreconcilable.

Theresa Grillo Laird Exhibit "Southern Trails"
April 3-April 30, 2021

Theresa Grillo Laird, Southern Trails is an exhibition of plein air and studio paintings exploring the diverse environment and singular beauty of Gulf Islands National Seashore and the coastal panhandle of Florida.

"Portraits in Passing" A Sumi-e Exhibit by Ann Koseliski
November 3-28 2020

a Sumi-e exhibit during November. "Portraits in Passing," a Sumi-e Exhibit by Ann Kozeliski will be featured November 3-28 at the HCA building in Apalachicola. Sumi-e, also called Chinese Bamboo Brush Painting,  is more than 2000 years old. The "Portraits in Passing" exhibits are paintings of people Kozeliski sees in her daily travels.


In support of our extensive artist community, HCA has created the S.O.L.A. (Support our Local Artists) Exhibit. The year 2020 has had an incredibly negative impact in the art world, and this is our way of supporting our artists of North Florida with a “pop-up” exhibit showcasing our local and regional artists.
There will be no opening reception for this exhibit, but the gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm.

Click on the link below to view the exhibit virtually:

OCTOBER 24TH, 2020 12PM-4PM

Join HCA for the 3rd annual Apalach Chalk Art Festival at Riverfront Park downtown Apalachicola. The festival welcomes artists and enthusiasts of all ages. $5 donation will ensure a space of sidewalk and a bundle of chalk. The artwork will be judged and winners of all ages groups will receive awards. Music, food, snowcones and more will be available for participants and onlookers from 12noon until 4pm. Winners will be announced at 4pm. Please respect social distance guidelines by wearing a mask and keeping a distance from the artists and others. Artists will be spaced out around the park and spaces are limited this year. Come early, bring your family and get a spot on the sidewalk and have some outdoor fun on a hopefully beautiful day!!

Women's History Month "Celebration of Women in Arts" Exhibit March 3-19 Reception March 7th at 6pm

Local and regional female artists are celebrated in the Third Annual Women's History Month Exhibit.

Click on the video below to see the exhibit

Ladies of Liberty - Celebrating the Centennial of Suffrage and the History of Women’s Rights in America - March 7 7pm-8pm
Special Reception at 6pm

This acclaimed musical revue, featuring NYC award-winning cabaret artist,
Valerie di Lorenzo, celebrates the 2020 Centennial of how women won the right to vote and the history of women’s rights in America and; its beginnings and connections within early Civil Rights movements and bring us up-to-date to the modern Feminist legacy, #MeToo movement and female empowerment— all through exuberant, lively, sometimes humorous, and often touching songs. This LIVE 2-person performance is both enjoyable and enlightening with musical accompaniment by local musician Martha Gherardi.

Michael Ross Exhibit February 15-29, 2020

HCA's Black History Month Celebration 2020 will feature artist Michael Ross, a life-long artist who focuses on the connection of home: making it and carrying it with us through migrations both forced and chosen.

National Great Blacks in Wax Traveling Wax Exhibit February 7&8 2020
S.T.E.A.Ming  Up History with Wax Figures

Learn the connection through these wax figures in an exhibit that integrates African American history and S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering Arts, Mathematics) as a learning tool for our local students and the public on February 7&8, 2020.  This 2 day exhibit features 8 influential African American wax figures to be displayed in "S.T.E.A.M.ing Up History with Wax Figures":
Grantville T. Woods – Inventor  in Electronics, Transportation and Telecommunication Industry
George Washington Carver - Agricultural Research Genius
Norbert Rillieux - Inventor and Engineer
Mary Eliza Mahoney - First Licensed African American Nurse
Benjamin Banneker - Almanac Author, Surveyor, Farmer
Zora Neal Hurston - Author/Anthropologist
Billie Holiday - Jazz Singer
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams - Surgeon and Cardiologist
Saturday February 8th, a special reception fundraiser with special guest Dr. Martin, live music from Bernard Simmons Band, food and drinks. $20 tickets for this special event.
Youth Art Exhibit January 21-January 31, 2020
Local students of Franklin County School and Apalachicola Bay Charter School will show off their talent at the 3rd Annual art exhibit.

Youth Art Exhibit Reception Saturday, January 25th 5pm-7pm

Oyster Cook Off Paint Party January 9, 2020 5pm-7pm

Third Annual HCA Small Works Exhibit and Sale
November 29- December 21

November 16: Apalach Chalk Art Festival 2019  12pm-3pm
Second annual Apalach Chalk Art Festival will be held at Riverfront Park. $5 for chalk and a section of sidewalk for artists to create their chalk masterpieces. All ages are welcome, each age group will be judged and winners will be awarded. Music, food and fun will surround the artists and on-lookers for the second year in a row.
Each age group winners and will receive a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place award.
The age groups are (0-5) (6-10) (11-14) (15-19) (Adult)





"From Within: County Jail Expressions" 2019 September 21-28
An exhibit of the artwork by women incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail.  The work was created by the inmates over the past six months in a class led by artist Jenny Odom and Holly Brown.  All proceeds from the sale of art will go to the Franklin County Sheriff's Fund for drug rehabilitation. "Our mission is to be the resource in the Florida Panhandle to help those wanting to recover from the physical and mental illness resulting from drug abuse and other addictions," says Sheriff AJ Smith. He has set up a nonprofit to raise money to transform the prison work camp on Route 98 into the "Bay City Wellness Center."

Summer of Resilience Program 2019 June 17-July 31
Students in Franklin County from ages 11 to 19  participated in a new 7 week summer program with a wide variety of workshops and field trips that provided a foundation of learning that encompassed technology, art, film, music, wellness and more from professional experts and artists to create an exceptional summer program!!
June 17-21 Culinary Arts Workshop 
June 24-27 Fashion Design & Goal Setting Workshop
June 28 & 29 Youth’s Plein Air Workshop
July 1 & 2 Personal Care/SPA Workshop
July 3 Art “4th of July Celebration”
July 5-7 Folk Art Workshop
July 8-10 Collage & Mixed Media Workshop
July 12&13 Meditation & Decision Making Workshop
July 22-24 Photography Workshop
July 27 Fine art gallery Field Trip to Cummer Museum in Jacksonville, FL
July 29-31 Social Dancing Workshop

Clyde Butcher Exhibit "Landscapes of the River" May 18- June 11
Reception Saturday, June 1st 5-7pm with Special Guest Elam Stoltzfus

Forgotten Coast En Plein Air 2019 May 3-12
A 10 Day event featuring artists at work, a Quickdraw competition, exhibits, a Wetroom open to the public, workshops, lectures and opportunities to purchase original works of art.

Apalachicola Film Festival 2019
The Apalachicola Film Festival is a three-day film festival that showcases a blend of entertaining, educational
 and unique films from all levels of film making in the beautiful upstairs gallery of HCA. The festival is presented by HCA along with partners Forgotten Coast Fly Company  and Bring Me A Book Franklin.
April 25-27, 2019.
April 25th: Student Showcase 7pm
April 26th: The Fly Fishing Film Tour 7pm
April 27th: The Accountant; Oscar Gala Fundraiser with Special Guest Actor Eddie King 7pm

Apalachicola Tree City Celebration 2019
April 13th-22nd 2019

A festival of art, poetry, history, science and storytelling in appreciation of Apalachicola's beloved canopy of trees and in recognition of Apalachicola's designation by the national Arbor Foundation as a Tree City USA.

Women’s History Month Celebration Artist Exhibit 2019
March 7th-30th
 featuring local female artists, artwork celebrating women and art featuring local and/or historic women.

Betty John’s “Libby: Diary of an Alaska Pioneer”
March 23rd & March 24th
A play starring Elizabeth Ware as Libby. Directed and Adapted for the stage by David Edgecombe. Tickets are on sale now at HCA for $20. They can also be purchased at the door on both days of the play.

"Great Blacks in Wax Traveling Exhibit" & Reception
February 12 & 13, 2019

Life-size, life-like wax figures highlighting historical and contemporary personalities of African ancestry.
Join HCA for a special ticketed reception and presentation, “Being Literate, Being Free,”  for The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum’s Traveling Exhibit.

The African American Art History and Culture Association In Recognition of Black History Month Art Exhibition February 23rd - 28th 2019

"Fire & Flood & Fury" An Historical and Archaeological account of the demise of the 1837 Apalachicola Waterfront"
February 9, 2019

Youth Arts Showcase 2019
Let’s celebrate the talents, artistry, and creativity of Franklin County Youth!
January 25 - February 9, 2019
Opening Reception January 25, 2019 from 5pm - 7pm

Apalachicola Oyster Cook-Off Paint Party 2019
 January 10th 2019 5-7pm
Oyster Cook-Off Auction Preview January 18th, 2019 6-8pm
Apalachicola Oyster Cook-Off January 19th, 2019 12-5pm
Small Works Art Show Exhibit & Sale 2018
November 23rd - December 22nd 2018
Small Works Open House
Saturday, November 24th, 2018 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Apalach Chalk Art Festival 2018
November 17th, 2018 10am-2pm
Riverfront Park downtown Apalachicola.
AAA "Artists of Apalachicola Area" Annual Members Juried Show 2018
September 15th - 21st 2018 Grand Opening Night with wine, music is Saturday 5:00 pm.  Show displays Award Wining local AAA artists.
Apalachicola "Independence Eve 2018" Kids Art Fair - July 3, 2018
Artist Residency Kevin McCarey Presentation "Adventures in Filmmaking and travel Memoirs" - June 15-16, 2018
Forgotten Coast En Plein Air 2018
America's Great Paint-Out - May 5-13, 2018
"A celebration of the shotgun houses of Apalachicola" - Month of April 2018
Edgeware Productions Presents "A Woman by Design" A play about the Architect Mary Colter - March 23-24, 2018

Women's History Month Art Exhibit 2018
"A celebration to honor our local women artists" - March 20-31, 2018