Though the weather forecast seemed it would doom the annual “Art in the Yard” event, volunteers pushed on. They whimsically adorned the historic wrought iron fencing that runs the perimeter of the grounds; it was strewn with colorful streamers and bright, blowing balloons to draw attention to the morning’s event. A fundraiser for The Art Association of Jacksonville, Art in the Yard is held outdoors in and around the Sculpture Garden at The David Strawn Art Gallery. Competing with an appropriately colorful radar display of approaching reds, maroons and pinks, the committee kept a close eye on the radar maps to ensure the safety of kids, friends and families in attendance. Tables designated by different colors made the “stations” of the event, where kids could make pinch pots, create spinners and design a puzzle piece that would become part of a community kids’ art project to then create one large puzzle of pieces of each young artist’s creation. Droplets of rain held off until later in the eleven o’clock hour that morning, allowing the morning to be filled with art projects and fun. As a fundraiser, Art in the Yard cost $5 per child, which gave the opportunity to create and use imaginations. Please enjoy some photos from the event. The pictures (and fun) continue on page 20 and 23-25.