Art on Aviles Festival

April 22nd- 29th

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Florida (NSCDA-FL) will host a variety of Plein Air artists at the historic Ximenez-Fatio House Museum, 20 Aviles Street in downtown St. Augustine. Beginning on Saturday, April 22 and on Tuesday through Saturday, April 25 until April 29 from 11 am to 4 pm each day, outdoor painters will be painting in a variety of mediums at the House as part of the St. Augustine Art Association’s “St. Augustine Plein Air Paint Out”. Activities are expected to attract a multitude of local and national artists to the 10-day citywide event from April 21 through April 30. The overall effort is a partnership among the Art Association and several arts and tourism, and hospitality organizations in St. Johns County and St. Augustine. The paintings created at the Ximenez-Fatio House and other locations will culminate in a juried exhibition at the St. Augustine Art Association from May 5 until May 28.

Specifically, Plein Air art is a French expression which means painting “in the open air”. The artists follow a long tradition which began in the mid-19th century while working in natural light. Many vignettes of the House Museum are popular with the visiting artists. The historic scenery supports their work with structures and grounds built in 1798 by Andres Ximenez, a Spanish storekeeper. For example, the original portion of the Ximenez-Fatio House includes a coquina house and the detached kitchen which became a tavern, private residence and later a fine boarding house for military officers, sea captains, dignitaries and families from the north and south.

The tour fee is $10, adults; $8 student, senior and military. Children under 6 are free.

Romanza Festivale

May 6

Saturday, May 6 from 11 am until 5 pm, the Ximenez-Fatio House will again host local and national Plein Air artists at the historic location to celebrate a weekend of arts and culture during the renowned Romanza Festivale of the Arts. In conjunction with the Aviles Street Merchant’s Association, activities will be held on the oldest street in the United States to promote its history and the “Arts District” location with local galleries, shops, and museums that will also host artists and their art. Each May, the Romanza Festivale includes a celebration of art and music in the Nation’s Oldest City featuring more than 60 events and exhibits by more than 30 cultural organizations from May 5 until May 14. Admission is free to view the artists at both of the Ximenez-Fatio House events. For more information, call 904-829-3575 or email