Palafox Pop-Up Studio hosts gallery reception

Palafox Pop-Up Studio and the PNJ are partnering to hold a Gallery Reception on Tuesday, June 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Palafox Pop-up Studio, 412 South Palafox Street.

The Gallery Reception will feature local artists, Pensacola News Journal personalities, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, wine pairings, a preview of work from First City Art Center artists and advanced sale of MANNA Fill-a-Bowl event tickets.

original article from Pensacola News Journal and more info >


The ceramics artists of First City Art Center are proud to be offering free instruction in pottery on the wheel and sculpture to 4 high school students 9th – 12th grade in Escambia and Santa Rosa County.    This year’s program, our first, will offer a college-level experience and will begin with an orientation on April 18th and will continue on Saturday afternoons until May 23th (see schedule below). Students may apply for either pottery on the wheel or sculpture.  MORE INFO AND APPLICATION HERE >


The glass artists of First City Art Center are proud to be offering free comprehensive glassblowing instruction to 4 high school students 9th – 11th grade in Escambia and Santa Rosa County.    This year’s program, our fifth, will begin with an orientation on March 24 and will continue on Tuesdays and Fridays until May 5th (see schedule below) Application deadline is March 6th and interviews will be conducted March 9th and 13th. Selections will be announced March 16th. MORE INFO AND APPLICATION HERE >


First City Art Center was one of 10 local non-profit organizations to receive an Impact 100 Pensacola Bay Area grant of $102,500.00.  The funds will be used to expand the glass and pottery programs and upgrade the facility.  The new, improved space will allow for more programs and participants.  MORE INFO HERE >






First City Art Center has been named a 2014 IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area Finalist in the Arts & Culture focus area.  The project will be presented at the Impact 100 Pensacola Bay Area Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 19, 2014 where final voting will take place.
For more information and the list of finalists click here > 


PENSACOLA, FLA – First City Art Center (FCAC) is pleased to announce its first glass fellow, John Shoemaker. Our fellowship was designed for glass artists exploring opportunities to develop professionally in their body of work and in the area of arts education and community outreach.   This two-year residency offers a focused incubation in a community studio environment. After a nation-wide search, Shoemaker was chosen because of his glassblowing and teaching experience and skills, great attitude, collaborative spirit and self-motivation. He has a strong service ethic and desire to create educational programs with future sustainability.


Working with glass since 2005 and blowing glass since 2008, Shoemaker graduated from the Tyler School of Art in 2012.  He also studied at Penland School of Crafts and Corning Museum of Glass where he refined his glassblowing skills.  He was most recently employed at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, where he was the glass studio supervisor and technician; he also generated syllabi for and taught classes in the Continuing Education, Pre-College and Summer Institute departments.


 ”The sense of excitement and empowerment stemming from manipulating molten glass is a constant inspiration for me a as an instructor,” says Shoemaker, and “I find that teaching glassblowing starts from a very different place than many other media, in the sense that you teach someone how to become aware of their body in motion and how the material responds to the actions of their body.”  He believes that students learn how the “…fluidity and intensity of their movements greatly dictates the final outcome of their work…” and the glass object becomes a reflection or catalogue of their gestures.


In addition to his technical and teaching skills, Shoemaker, over the years, has also developed business relationships with wholesalers and suppliers as well as his acumen as a vendor for his own production lines of glass lighting, wedding flutes, restaurant serving pieces and glass awards.


Once duly installed in Pensacola toward the end of July, Shoemaker will offer the popular “Make Your Own…(glass items)” and the one day, 3 hour workshops (Beginning I & II; Intermediate I & II) on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays.  Details will follow on our website,


“The performance aspect of glass generates a tremendous amount of curiosity in visitors to any glass shop and the active participation of an audience is a great way to enrich the relationship of the community to the glass studio,” says Shoemaker.  FCAC is certainly fortunate and excited to have an artist of Shoemaker’s stature on staff.


For the application and details please visit or call 850-429-1222


First City Art Center, formerly Belmont Arts and Cultural Center, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit art organization located in Pensacola, FL since 1999, that is dedicated to providing art education, community outreach through art experiences and working studio spaces for artists. First City Art Center is the first and only public glass blowing facility in the Northwest Florida area and has fostered multiple award-winning artists over its 13-year history.


First City Art Center is Now Accepting Applications for its 4th Glassblowing Mentorship Program for High School Students

The glass artists of First City Art Center are proud to be offering FREE comprehensive glassblowing instruction to four high school students in grades 9-11 in Escambia and Santa Rosa County.  This year’s program, their fourth, will begin with an orientation on March 6, 2014 and will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays until April 22nd.

Selection Process:

Each interested student must complete the short application detailing their current interest in art and why they are interested in pursuing this opportunity in glassblowing.  Each student application must also include a written recommendation by a high school teacher.  Students may also submit photos of recent art/craft works.  Selection is at the sole discretion of the First City Art Center Glass Guild instructors. 

Details and application can be found HERE >

Applications may be emailed to  or mailed to

1060 N Guillemard St.
Pensacola FL 32501
Attn: Mentorship Program

Deadline: The deadline for consideration is February 14, 2014
Notification:  Student s will be notified on February 28, 2014 

First City Art Center To Take Part in the Second Annual Equinox Festival Sept. 21, 1-10pm

The Long Hollow Neighborhood Association, North Hill Preservation Association and Living Concert Series are proud to present the Second Annual Long Hollow Equinox Festival, a day of music and community on Saturday, September 21st, 2013, 3pm to 10pm. The free rain or shine event features performing artists, refreshments, and interactive projects for people and families of all ages and ethnicities. 

Following last year's phenomenal success, the historic Long Hollow neighborhood welcomes back the family-friendly music, community, and arts festival featuring a lineup of local music, organizations, food vendors, exhibits, raffles, and an artists village. Performances will feature a variety of genres, including rock, jazz, funk, hip-hop, folk, classical, and experimental music. Also on the schedule are raku demonstrations, the Viva Florida 500 art exhibition-Artifacts, demonstrations in innovative technologies such as 3D printing, robotics, and circuit fabrication workshops.

Equinox Festival is a collaborative effort of local community and arts organizations emerging in and around the Long Hollow Neighborhood, including the Long Hollow Neighborhood Association, North Hill Preservation Association, Open Books, Belmont Youth Band, First City Arts Center (formerly Belmont Arts Center), the Emerald Coast Community of Makers, and the Living Concert Series. The Equinox Festival will take place at 1040 N Guillemard St, Pensacola, Florida 32501

More information can be found online at or

7th Annual Glass Pumpkin Patch Show and Sale at First City Art Center set for Oct. 12

Join us on Saturday, Oct 12th from 10:00am - 2:00pm for our 7th Annual Glass Pumpkin Patch.

This is our biggest patch yet! Choose from over 1500 hand-blown glass and hand-thrown clay pumpkins.  These are unique one-of-a-kind pieces of art, just in time for your fall decor, holiday gift giving or collecting. Arrive early to get the pick of the patch!

For more information, contact 429-1222