Artist Roosevelt Watson III and his wife, educator and activist Shawana Brooks, have responded to the shutdown, social distancing, and the myriad challenges of the coronavirus pandemic with an ingenious way to remain active and engaged in the arts. And it’s been a hit.

An outdoor art space, the 6 Feet Away Gallery gets its name from an obvious place, but its physical place is less obvious, conceptually: the couple’s own yard. It’s a sunny, spacious corner plot near the corner of 15th and Fairfax, on the Northside of Jacksonville. The gallery has already played host to several events, including art exhibitions and community conversations. 

In a new short doc, Void contributor Marc Mangra takes us inside the outdoor arts space on Jacksonville’s Northside. Click play to get a stunning visual glimpse of the space and hear from the gallery’s founders. 

You can read more about the 6 Feet Away Gallery HERE.


6ft. Away Gallery from marc mangra on Vimeo.

The 6 Feet Away Gallery appears in the feature “Culture-preneurs” in the July 2020 issue of Void Magazine.