Arbus Magazine March/April 2016 : Page 6

publisher’s note We recently lost one of the crown jewels of Jacksonville and Five Points, Thomas E. McCleery. Tom and his wife, Gunnel Humphreys, opened Edge City nearly forty years ago in Five Points, a store that was, and is still, the epitome of cool, great taste and style. It’s not just about the store ... but rather it was the duo who gave it its cool factor. An amazing iconic couple. We are very sad to hear of Tom's passing, and send our condolences to Gunnel. May Tom rest in peace. As Valdoria Maori so eloquently wrote on the Arbus Magazine Facebook page: “May his energy be entwined in the universe mixed in artistic dance and forever joyous.” Sadly, it is also the end of an era for the J. Johnson Gallery as they prepare to close. The gallery brought an amazing international perspective, and group of artists to Jacksonville for the community to enjoy and marvel over. J. Johnson Gallery was truly a gift to our community; a gift to rival anything I’ve ever seen in the entire Southeast, if anywhere at all. This is a tremendous loss for the community … but it sure was marvelous while it lasted! I am personally grateful for their continued unwavering support of Arbus Magazine all these years. We will miss them tremendously. March is a busy month and this issue is packed full with articles and information we hope you will find of interest. Not only is it No Meat March, but it’s National Nutrition Month, and thanks to a campaign by the local nonprofit Girls Gone Green (GGG), a month marked by pledges to eskew meat for plant-based foods in the name of dietary consciousness. No Meat March is an international movement that helps those curious about vegetarian and vegan diets experience them during a finite period of time – thirty-one days. Also in honor of No Meat March, we bring you Part II of our Mindful Dining series, focusing on produce and the local farmers who grow it. Check out our 23rd annual section highlighting local women of influence: Women Who Rock! Did you know that Jacksonville is a major hub for human trafficking, and in the last several years more than one-hun-dred and fifty females, primarily adult women, have been recovered in our city? These women, girls and boys need help. Her Song is on a mission to create a safe home where survivors of sex trafficking can heal and break the cycle of abuse. On May 7th there will be an event at Catering By Liz to help raise funds for Her Song. Please read more on page 63. Lastly ... Our longtime photographer and friend, laird, won Best of Show at the Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra's recent Juried Artist Member Exhibition: Congrats, laird! Cinda Sherman, Publisher #MoreArtCulture Tiffany Manning Photography Custom Designs Custom Designs • Jewelry & Fine Gifts Sawgrass Village • Ponte Vedra Beach 285-4812 Village Jeweler

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