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Youth art show opens at Clay County Courthouse

A recent public art show at the Clay County Courthouse.
Clay County Clerk of Courts
A recent public art show at the Clay County Courthouse.

A youth art show has opened in the Clay County Courthouse's pubic gallery, the latest in a series of free displays at the Green Cove Springs facility.

People going about their normal business in the Clay County Courthouse will experience original art from the community's youth during the winter holidays.

As part of a public project started in January, a youth art display will line the gallery wall opposite courtrooms at the courthouse at 825 N. Orange Ave. in Green Cove Springs from now through January 3.

Part of the Clay County Clerk of Courts' Art in the Courthouse project, this fourth in a series of gallery presentations follows one held from July 18 to this past Friday displaying works done by members of the county's woman's clubs.

The art program was started by Clerk of Court and Comptroller Tara Green after working with community outreach director Mary Justino.

The idea for this program arose after Green traveled across the state as part of her duties in the Florida Clerks and Comptrollers association. Visiting state office buildings and university and college campuses, she saw public galleries set up through the 43-year-old Florida's Art in State Buildings Program, including one in the Old Clay County Courthouse and Museum. When Green and Justino helped judge an Art Guild of Orange Park show a year ago, that sparked the idea for the permanent courthouse gallery and its first show.

The youth art gallery is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, all visitors going through normal courthouse security before access inside.

Dan Scanlan is a veteran journalist with almost 40 years as a radio, television and print reporter in the Jacksonville area, as well as years of broadcast work in the Northeast. You can reach Dan at, (904) 607-2770 or on Twitter at @scanlan_dan.