In the coming months, a plethora of beautiful, impactful art happenings are planned throughout Northeast Florida. Here are three that we’re jazzed on.

Long Road Projects: Imagining Flesh Through Shadows
Works by Shikeith
JU Alexander Brest Museum and Gallery | Arlington

Long Road Projects continues to host cutting-edge contemporary artists with their inventive, Jax-based residency program with the upcoming exhibit, Imagining Flesh Through Shadows. 

The exhibit features the work of Shikeith, and through portraiture, sculpture, and film explores themes of Black masculinity and identity, and their place in a society that denies them those very truths, through visual memoir and “self-making.” An opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 3rd from 5-7 p.m.; exhibit runs through October 30.Daniel A. Brown

Breach: A Solo Show
Works by Maiya Elaine
Brew 5 Points | Riverside

A new body of work from visual artist Maiya Elaine, Breach puts a positive spin on the inner turmoil and self-reflection that is inherent in the creative process, as Elaine seeks to tell stories of healing, growth, and finding new light after loss. An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 4th from 5-9 p.m.–Matthew Shaw 

Coalesce and Undefine
Works by Maria Daitch
Bold Bean | Jax Beach

A snake eating its own tail has long been a visually interesting metaphor. Jax-based artist Maria Daitch aims her brush at this construct in a new exhibition of paintings at Bold Bean’s Jax Beach location.

Among Daitch’s different strokes, voyeuristic pleasure versus repulsion, self versus the external world, and growth versus decline are applied via explorations of the female figure, as Daitch wrestles with whether she’s subverting or reinforcing “the historical trend of the male gaze and archetypes of enforced on women.” An opening reception will be held on Monday, October 7 starting at 6 p.m.–Matthew Shaw 

Other arts happenings we’re psyching on:

Through Our Eyes group show @ The Ritz Theatre and Museum
Alma Ramirez’s “By the Water” @ CAP
Jenny Hager-Vickery’s”Monumental Miniatures @ JIA
Madeleine Peck Wagner & Christine Chandler’s “Things of Flesh, Things of Spirit @ FSCJ 
Book Launch: Tim Gilmore’s Channeling Anna Fletcher @ Karpeles Manuscript Museum
Dustin Harewood’s “Warm Rain & Electricity” @ VyStar Tower

These entries originally appeared as part of a feature called “The Art We’ll Need in 2019-2020” in Void Magazine Vol. 10, Issue 6.