A Land to Remember
Artist creates stained-glass-on-glass mosaics
A flowing oak tree, Florida native species including a roseate spoonbill, manatee and sea turtle, the St. Augustine Lighthouse and a cabbage field come together to make up “A Land to Remember,” St. Augustine artist April Whitt’s four stained-glass-on-glass mosaics she created for One Spark.
“It depicts Florida through my eyes,” Whitt said. “Although the cabbage field is tucked in the background, it is the most important part of my piece. The men working the field represent people I have met personally volunteering at a local food bank [in Hastings]. I hope I can bring a little awareness of what is going on inside one of the richest counties in Florida.”
The 4-foot-by-6-foot montage of Florida scenery uses old windows as canvases.
“This piece is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while,” Whitt said. “One Spark gave me the opportunity to finally do it. One Spark has provided all of us a stage to tell our story through our medium of art, our ideas and letting us connect directly with the crowd.”
According to Whitt, events like One Spark will help revitalize downtown.
“Before moving to St. Augustine, I lived in Jacksonville for six years. I would drive through downtown almost daily, but only ventured in for jury duty, a good concert and to watch the Jaguars play,” she said. “Jacksonville, more specifically Downtown Jacksonville, needs more things like One Spark to draw the people in.”