Amanda Holloway October 8, 2019 Books, Business, Community, Feature, Lifestyle, Local Artists, Photos, Photos + Video, Shopping, Visual Art 736 Views

By the time you read this, you will have about 1 week left to order your very own copy of a ground-breaking photography book depicting the people and places we all collectively home. Local photographer and owner of Cr8Jax, Toni Smailagic, is currently running a campaign to get his very first photo book into print edition! If you haven’t noticed Smailagic peeking from behind his lens around town before, there is a grand chance you might catch a glimpse of yourself in one of his sensational images from various events around town over the last few years. His photographs convey a straightforward and accurate, yet deeply heart-warming portrait of the people of our communities, and I challenge you to find even one photograph you don’t instantly relate to and fall in love with. 



After pre-ordering my own two copies, I read more about the book on the purchasing site: “Throughout the 264 pages of the 11 x 8.5in, hard-cover book you’ll find quotes from 33 of the most influential & impactful people I met in the city within the 2016-2018 timeframe. I asked them to offer a quote or piece of advice to the next generation of movers and shakers coming up behind them. You’ll find everyone from Mal Jones and Melissa Ross, to BeBe Deluxe and Jessica Santiago.”  This hard cover, coffee table photo book has started such a buzz in our local arts scene that I just had to ask Toni for a little more info to share with our readers:   

TS: It’s hard to describe the “real” people to an outsider because we have so many different variations of who someone from Jacksonville is. Describing an artist in Riverside, a merchant in Springfield, a gas station owner in Arlington, to a firefighter in San Marco, are all so vastly different. Because the city is so large in area size, many people never encounter the majority of the city. We’re a developing melting pot. We show care for the communities we’re in, and as critical as we can be about the city, we’re quick to unite and show pride once any negative remark from the outside surfaces. We have perseverance and while everyone is still trying to carve out different identities in their pockets of the city, there’s still an overwhelming sense of southern hospitality that’s always present. 

TS: I finally hit 30 in June, so not sure if the teens I work with would consider me young, but I’ll take it lol. The motivation is that I have no other choice than to work, I just happen to actually love what I do. I LOVE meeting new people and learning about them and seeing how I can be of help to others. I love shining a light on things that don’t get a lot of recognition, and it’s become an ingrained part of me. To say I never wanted to quit and get a stable job, would be a lie. Waiting for clients to pay you or figuring out what to do during dry spells is something I don’t wish on anybody, but just know that it’s temporary. I’m always switching up my approaches to business, and always trying to expand my network to parts of the city that I don’t already have a base in. Overall, the quote “When we do what we love, that’s a passion. When our passion serves others, that’s a purpose” – sums up my relationship with photography.  

TS: I was born in Bosnia around the Bosnian War time and ended up escaping and living in a refugee camp in Denmark before moving to Germany. By age 9, we left Germany and moved to Jacksonville (which at the time had the largest Bosnian population in the U.S) and stayed here until I was a junior at UNF. I dropped out and moved to Paris to focus on fashion photography. Shortly thereafter, I started moving around and ended up living and working in the NYC, Miami, and LA markets for different designers and modeling agencies, mainly focusing on editorial work and developing new faces at agencies (new models that required test shoots to build their book). After my sister that lived in Jax at the time, moved to Germany, I had to come back to stay by my mother (which was about 3 years ago). Since my resume was a bit unorthodox, I didn’t have many choices in the workforce, so I took what I learned in fashion and photojournalism and applied it to Jacksonville. Starting with Art Walk, which led me to meet a ton of people (mainly creatives) in the city and made me fall in love with what the city truly offered; community. I spent the past three years documenting every event and creative person that I could and ended up with such a unique perspective on the development of the city, which led me to the book I launched now, which covers the 2016-2018 frame. I’m still dedicated to the city, and more-so the people and making sure I’m able to extend not just my services, but also share the network I built to the next person / artist and continue evolving the economic state of the arts here.

TS: It was time to wrap up the hundreds of thousands of images I had from the years, and gift it back to the community in a cohesive way. We get so caught up in what the next event is, that having something tangible to reflect back on and appreciate is something I personally wanted to have, and the more I discussed it with others, I saw that there might be an actual need.

TS: My hopes are to use the profits from the book sales to purchase a new computer, a stabilizer and new sound equipment to finally start working on videos. That’s been the goal from the beginning to Cre8Jax, so finally being able to share stories via a different medium is extremely exciting to me! That will be the focus going forward.

To see more of Toni Smailagic’s work and to purchase your own copy of “Cr8Jax: Introducing Jacksonville to Jacksonville”, visit Indiegogo and be sure to give his social media accounts a follow: @tonismailagic and @cr8jax and his website at www.tonismailagic.com.

wed30octAll Daysun31mayFeaturedTimucuan Parks Foundation's 20th Anniversary Exhibitat MOSH(All Day) MOSH

Timucuan Parks Foundation is celebrating its 20th year with a special exhibit at the Museum of Science and History. “Timucuan Parks Foundation: Celebrate and Explore Our Wilderness Parks” runs Oct.

Timucuan Parks Foundation is celebrating its 20th year with a special exhibit at the Museum of Science and History. “Timucuan Parks Foundation: Celebrate and Explore Our Wilderness Parks” runs Oct. 30, 2019, through May 31, 2020. The exhibit features four new park paintings by Kathy Stark and a video including drone footage captured by Tom Schifanella and still images taken by photographer Will Dickey. The images will highlight the beauty of the area’s parks and preserves. The exhibit will also include a map of the area’s preservation parks, native animals, and animal tracks, plus information on the nonprofit organization’s history and future. Engagement activities at the MOSH will run the duration of the exhibit. For more information, visit timucuanparks.org/20th-celebration/.

thu07nov(nov 7)5:30 pmthu23jan(jan 23)7:30 pmFeaturedThe Stories WithinAn Exhibition by Tiffany Manning(november 7) 5:30 pm - (january 23) 7:30 pm

Join the Cathedral Arts Project on Thursday, November 7, for the opening reception of The Stories Within by Tiffany Manning. Tiffany Manning is a contemporary fine artist and portrait

Join the Cathedral Arts Project on Thursday, November 7, for the opening reception of The Stories Within by Tiffany Manning.

Tiffany Manning is a contemporary fine artist and portrait photographer based in Jacksonville, Florida. Her drive to create is fueled by a lifelong fascination with energy–specifically the way it moves through people to form the connective tissue that weaves our world together. Aspects of energy rooted somewhere between science and spirit are what excite her the most.

Coupled with a process heavily influenced by music and dance, Tiffany creates an environment which allows her to surrender and simply be present with the canvas. There is a palpable energetic presence coursing through her work that is deeply grounded in joy and happiness, because that is what she hopes to leave behind long after the work is done.

The exhibition runs through January 23, 2020. The Heather Moore Community Gallery is free and open to the public Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Please contact Elise Johnson at ejohnson@capkids.org  for more information.

thu14novAll Daysun01marPROJECT ATRIUMKEDGAR VOLTA'S THE FRAGILITY OF THE PROMISE(All Day) MOCA JACKSONVILLE

The Fragility of the Promise is a reactive light installation conceived and designed by regional artist Kedgar Volta. Consisting of over 1,000 LED fixtures, the installation is the artist’s inquiry

The Fragility of the Promise is a reactive light installation conceived and designed by regional artist Kedgar Volta. Consisting of over 1,000 LED fixtures, the installation is the artist’s inquiry into the fluctuating interactions between our internal narratives and the external forces of culture and commerce. The ephemeral luminescent patterns remind viewers that the external forces that compel us, though striking, are ultimately fleeting and unstable. The fragility of the connection becomes a testament to the elusive promise of prosperity. MOCA Jacksonville, mocajacksonville.unf.edu

sat16nov(nov 16)11:00 amfri20dec(dec 20)7:00 pmArt See And ShopCultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s new pop-up art and cultural engagement gallery(november 16) 11:00 am - (december 20) 7:00 pm St. Johns Town Center

Local artists and creatives are beautifully represented at the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s new pop-up art and cultural engagement gallery. One of a kind gifts, fine art, home decor,

Local artists and creatives are beautifully represented at the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s new pop-up art and cultural engagement gallery. One of a kind gifts, fine art, home decor, jewelry and more. Shop hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11:00am- 7:00pm and Sunday 12:00am – 6:00pm. Open now thru December 20th. Located at 4870-5 Big Island Dr. at The Markets at Town Center (between Kirklands and REI).

wed04dec(dec 4)1:00 amsat28(dec 28)1:00 amGINGERBREAD EXTRAVAGANZAPresented by the Jacksonville Historical Society1:00 am - 1:00 am (28) Old St. Andrews

The 17th Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza, hosted by the Jacksonville Historical Society, is sure to enthrall visitors of all ages as they experience more than four dozen gingerbread creations built by

The 17th Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza, hosted by the Jacksonville Historical Society, is sure to enthrall visitors of all ages as they experience more than four dozen gingerbread creations built by amateurs and professionals from all over Northeast Florida. The display includes decorated trees, a scavenger hunt, apple cider, a Holiday Shop and more in the 1888 Old St. Andrews! Your holiday celebrations won’t be complete without a visit December 4-28 at Old St. Andrews, 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., next to the Jacksonville Baseball Grounds. Tours of the Historic Merrill House are available during Extravaganza hours. Wed-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm. For more information, visit jaxhistory.org or call (904) 665-0064. Group tours available.

Jacksonville Historical Societyhttp://www.jaxhistory.org http://www.jaxhistory.org/rent_old_st_andrews/

fri06dec(dec 6)5:00 pmsat07(dec 7)7:00 pmHistoric Springfield Holiday Home Tour5:00 pm - 7:00 pm (7) Springfield Improvement Association and Archives

For 33 years, Springfield residents have opened their homes to the Jacksonville community to show off Jacksonville's oldest neighborhood. The event will bring Springfield's year long Sesquicentennial celebration to a

For 33 years, Springfield residents have opened their homes to the Jacksonville community to show off Jacksonville’s oldest neighborhood. The event will bring Springfield’s year long Sesquicentennial celebration to a close. We hope you will join us in honoring Springfield’s 150th anniversary and tour these beuatiful historic homes.

fri06dec7:00 pm10:00 pmTenth Avenue North Decade the Halls Christmas Concert with Plumb and Land of Color7:00 pm - 10:00 pm The Church at Argyle

Heralded as “a Christmas experience unlike any other,” the “Decade The Halls” Tour brings a whole new meaning to the timelessness of Christmas. Featuring both traditional

Heralded as “a Christmas experience unlike any other,” the “Decade The Halls” Tour brings a whole new meaning to the timelessness of Christmas. Featuring both traditional Christmas favorites and original Christmas songs, each set stylistically in a different decade, Tenth Avenue North will highlight songs from their Christmas album, Decade The Halls, while they reminisce with audiences and honor the musical genres and styles of decades like the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s, up to the present.

fri06dec(dec 6)7:00 pmsun08(dec 8)8:30 pmIsland Chamber Singers Fall ConcertChristmas Joy7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (8) Amelia Plantation Chapel

Christmas Joy will fill the air as the Island Chamber Singers perform their Christmas Concert on Friday, December 6, and Sunday, December 8, at the Amelia Plantation Chapel. The Chamber Singers

Christmas Joy will fill the air as the Island Chamber Singers perform their Christmas Concert on Friday, December 6, and Sunday, December 8, at the Amelia Plantation Chapel.

The Chamber Singers will be accompanied by an orchestra, and the concert will feature a performance by The First Coast Singers, a youth chorale sponsored by Arts Alive Nassau.

A wide range of songs, from classical pieces like Pergolesi’s “Glory to God in the Highest” and Powell’s “Christus Natus Est” to traditional favorites like “Deck the Hall,” “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,” and “The Holly and the Ivy” will be completed by the Chamber Singers’ favorite “I Wish You Christmas” by contemporary composer John Rutter.

Dr. Jane Lindberg, founder of the Island Chamber Singers, will direct the Chamber Singers and the orchestra, and Jonathan Welch will conduct The First Coast Singers.

Concerts will take place at the Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road, Amelia Island, on Friday, December 6, at 7 pm, and Sunday, December 8, at 3 pm. An opening night reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall immediately following Friday evening’s performance.

Tickets are $20 for adults when purchased in advance of concert day. They can be purchased online at www.IslandChamberSingers.org; from a member of Island Chamber Singers; at the Amelia Island Visitor Center, 102 Centre Street, (800) 226-3542; at Peterbrooke Chocolatier, 1427 Sadler Road; at the AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G (at A1A and Amelia Island Parkway), (904) 261-3248; and at Harrison’s Mercantile at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Spa and Shops, (904) 432-2218. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $25. Tickets are always FREE for all students. For further information or to sing with the group, please call (904) 225-0575 on weekdays.

fri06dec(dec 6)8:00 pmsun15(dec 15)10:30 pmA Christmas Carol8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (15) Orange Park Community Theatre

John Jakes'   A Christmas Carol Tickets $15 Performances are Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm.  

sat07dec8:00 am11:00 amLight Up The House 5K & Family Day8:00 am - 11:00 am Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville

Ronald McDonald House of Jacksonville will host its Light Up The House 5K & Family Day event on Saturday, December 7 at 8 a.m. in San Marco. 

The general public is invited to join other run enthusiasts on the 5K race course, which snakes its way through the historic San Marco community and along the St. Johns River. All run registrants will receive a complimentary pair of RMH’s signature striped socks! Registration starts at $35 and supports the mission of Ronald McDonald House.

Race participants should register in advance to take advantage of a reduced registration fee. Participants are also encouraged to form a team and create their own fundraising page to raise additional funds for the mission of Ronald McDonald House of Jacksonville.

This event will also feature a free Family Day festival for both children and adults from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will be arts & crafts, games, special guest appearances and more! 

sat07dec9:00 am12:00 pmFree Pictures with SantaPictures with Santa9:00 am - 12:00 pm 121 Financial Credit Union

Mr. Santa Claus is making his first stop in Jacksonville at 121 Financial Credit Union in Argyle (6072 Youngerman Circle) on Saturday, Dec. 7.  

Mr. Santa Claus is making his first stop in Jacksonville at 121 Financial Credit Union in Argyle (6072 Youngerman Circle) on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Come tell Santa what’s on your wishlist and get your picture (all digital – emailed afterward) taken with the fat man himself (no body shaming here).

There is a $5 picture fee for non-121 FCU members, but you can open an account on the spot and we’ll put that $5 into your share account.

sat07dec10:00 am1:00 pmA December to Remember Holiday Party!10:00 am - 1:00 pm World Golf Hall of Fame

Jacksonville Business Connections invites you our free community event A December to Remember Holiday Party! at the Hall of Fame at the World Golf Village.

Also we will have between 10.am -1.pm Dec 7th during our A December to Remember Holiday Party! in the World Golf Village for a FREE Santa meet & greet!

sat07dec7:00 pm10:00 pm(Unscripted) Comedy from the CorazonA holiday improv comedy show7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Corazón Cinema & Café

The Adventure Project presents the holiday edition of (Unscripted) Comedy from the Corazon - a show that features a variety of troupes showcasing improv comedy that's smart and from the

The Adventure Project presents the holiday edition of (Unscripted) Comedy from the Corazon – a show that features a variety of troupes showcasing improv comedy that’s smart and from the heart! Our holiday edition of (Unscripted) Comedy from the Corazon includes …

Come hungry and thirsty as the Corazon Cinema & Cafe has a bar, and, a full menu – and free parking.

For more information about improv shows, events and classes in St. Augustine, please visit: www.adventure-project.com.

sat07dec8:00 pm11:00 pmFeaturedHIP HOP NUTCRACKER8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, Moran Theatre

Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening-length production is performed

Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening-length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set. Presented by the FSCJ Artist Series.

Through this remixed and reimagined version of the classic, the dynamic performers of THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER take audiences on a journey that celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season.

sat07dec10:07 pm10:07 pmJACK Men's Happy HourBiggest, friendliest gay men's event in Jax!10:07 pm - 10:07 pm Birdies

JACK is a popular monthly men's happy hour in Five Points. This pop-up donates monthly to JASMYN and is the biggest, friendliest men's event in Jax. Follow on instagram or

JACK is a popular monthly men’s happy hour in Five Points. This pop-up donates monthly to JASMYN and is the biggest, friendliest men’s event in Jax. Follow on instagram or facebook for info. Come hang out, have a beer and meet some new buds!

sun08dec7:00 pm8:45 pmCarols By Candlelightfeaturing Veritas with the Deermeadows Choir & Orchestra7:00 pm - 8:45 pm Deermeadows Church

Christmas concert featuring Christian classical-crossover vocal artists, Veritas, with the 140-member Deermeadows Choir & Orchestra. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Concert is free and all seating is general admission.

Christmas concert featuring Christian classical-crossover vocal artists, Veritas, with the 140-member Deermeadows Choir & Orchestra. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Concert is free and all seating is general admission.

fri13dec(dec 13)7:30 pmsun22(dec 22)10:00 pmA Christmas Storyat the Island Theater7:30 pm - 10:00 pm (22) The Island Theater

Regular tickets are $15 and student tickets are $10.  Buy tickets online at www.theislandtheater.com or call 904-254-1455 to make reservation to pay at the door.

sat14dec11:00 am3:00 pmChristmas For KidsChristmas For Kids11:00 am - 3:00 pm Victory Lutheran Church and Preschool

Join us for a fun Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST at Victory Lutheran Church and Preschool.  We will have crafts, snacks, singing, and other activities for children ages 4 – 10 years old.  Register online at https://giving.sharefaith.com/App/Form/8dc2ede4-b354-4e58-a64f-f14115a8d879.

The cost is $5 per child or $20 for a family of 4 or more.  We are located at 4651 Kernan Blvd S, Jacksonville FL, 32224.  Visit https://www.victorylutheran.org/ or call 904-642-8900 for more details.  Like us on Facebook!

Please come out and enjoy Bizcon: The Pop-Up Shop, hosted by Prince of Events, LLC. This is a business convention where we are

Please come out and enjoy Bizcon: The Pop-Up Shop, hosted by Prince of Events, LLC. This is a business convention where we are celebrating and supporting local businesses, non-profits, and many more. Join us as we fellowship, shop, and have a great time. There will be giveaways, vendors, prizes, and much more.

sat14dec(dec 14)7:30 pmsun15(dec 15)2:00 pmThis Christmastide ConcertThe Annual Holiday Concert by The St. Augustine Community Chorus7:30 pm - 2:00 pm (15) Cathedral Basilica

The St. Augustine Community Chorus holds its annual Holiday program on Saturday Dec 14th at 7:30 pm or Sunday Dec 15th at 2 pm in

The St. Augustine Community Chorus holds its annual Holiday program on Saturday Dec 14th at 7:30 pm or Sunday Dec 15th at 2 pm in the beautiful Cathedral Basilica. “This Christmastide” features John Rutter’s Magnificat with full chorus, chamber orchestra, organ, Anna Eschbach, soprano soloist, and the St. Augustine Youth Chorus. Also on the program is Morten Lauridsen’s ethereal O Magnum Mysterium, a piece that has quickly become a “new” classic since it was premiered in 1994. As is the tradition, they will include selections from The Messiah and traditional Christmas carols.

Join the Northeast chapter for the Bust a Clay Sporting Clay Tournament on December 16th! Benefiting local ProStart Culinary Training and

Join the Northeast chapter for the Bust a Clay Sporting Clay Tournament on December 16th! Benefiting local ProStart Culinary Training and the FRLA PAC, this event will be a great team-building event! Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., followed by a lunch and award ceremony from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. You don’t want to miss this event!

Violinist, singer, and dancer Lindsey Stirling gives a concert in our city as a part of her Warmer in the Winter 2019 Tour! Her fifth studio album "Artemis" was released

Violinist, singer, and dancer Lindsey Stirling gives a concert in our city as a part of her Warmer in the Winter 2019 Tour! Her fifth studio album “Artemis” was released in September and peaked number one in US Independent Albums Billboard chart. The album spawned singles “Underground”, “The Upside”, and “Guardian”.

Get Tickets: https://www.soundchronicle.com/tickets/Lindsey_Stirling_Jacksonville_FL_2019-12-18_20-00

We are exited to host the Holiday Bounce A Palooza December 21st from 10am-2pm at the St. Augustine Outlets Parking Lot. Event Access is Free.

We are exited to host the Holiday Bounce A Palooza December 21st from 10am-2pm at the St. Augustine Outlets Parking Lot. Event Access is Free. Bounce Zone $15 for 2 hours. BRING CASH.

We will have vendors, food, characters & Lots of Bounce Houses. If you like to be Vendor please use this application link – https://www.jacksonvillebusinessconnections.com/dec-palooza-application

4x6 200 Cute Baby Photo Album

You can Pre-Pay for Bounce Zone Access. NOTE: These tickets are sold through After Hours and Jacksonville Business Connections is not responsible for inquiries about tickets.https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-bounce-a-palozza-tickets-78373093031

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