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By Julianna Rosano, DVI Intern

We talked with Viktor Lazarev, local artist at First Wednesday Art Walk, about his Art Walk experiences and diverse artwork.

Q: What initially drew you to display your paintings at the First Wednesday Art Walk?love 022

A: I wanted to display my artwork to people of all different walks of life. Art Walk gave me the opportunity to sell my art to create a living and support my family.

Q: What aspects of Art Walk make you keep coming back as a vendor?

A: There are a few aspects that keep me coming back, but the number one reason is my friends and new customers. The atmosphere overall is great and it’s exciting, vibrant and inviting. It’s the kind of place you want to be.

Q: At what age did you find your love for oil painting?

A: I was a young kid and there was just something about it that allowed me to sink deeply into it. From the beginning, I had a feeling, an inspiration and I knew God was behind it. It was that simple.

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A: I like to observe the world around me, even the little things can inspire me to create new artwork and there is a little piece of my soul in every painting. Mother Nature is the best inspiration for my art and being able to create something from that is a gift.


Q: What is your painting process? Do you mentally create the images first or just begin to paint and see where it leads?
A: Most of the time I think about the piece first and create a plan. Other times, it’s spontaneous and I like to create as I go.

Q: How long does it usually take you to create one of your paintings?

A: When I have a piece envisioned, it usually takes a few days to finish. But when it’s spontaneous, or as the Italians would say “a la prima,” I can finish within a few hours or so. Sometimes those pieces turn out better than the ones I try to plan.

Q: Where can people find your artwork?jax.fla.

A: Being a local, you can see me and buy my artwork at the First Wednesday Art Walk, North Beaches Art Walk, Riverside Arts Market, the Orange Park Arts Market and the Jax Beach Art Walk. You can also find my art online at or

Q: What impact do you hope to have on those who view your artwork?

A: Love. I want to impact people with love. I want to awaken love in the hearts of those who see my work, regardless of race or religion.

Q: What advice would you give to other local artists?

A: Be yourself, have good basics and constantly learn from your favorite artists. Be original and show people something they have never seen before.

Make sure to #ShareTheLove and stop by the First Wednesday Art Walk on February 1 to see more of Viktor Lazarev’s artwork.

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The following is a Downtown Vision, Inc. guest blog post as part of our sponsor series. To learn how you can become a DVI sponsor and tell your Downtown story, visit our sponsorship webpage.


All photos provided by the Macquarie Group

All photos provided by the Macquarie Group

Q. Tell us about the Macquarie Group. What are your goals? Where have you been and where are you headed?

Macquarie is a global provider of financial, advisory, investment and funds management services. We operate in more than 70 office locations in 28 countries and employ more than 14,000 people. The diversity of our operations, combined with a strong capital position and robust risk management framework, has contributed to our 46-year record of unbroken profitability.

In the Americas, we operate in 24 locations and deliver a client-centric and differentiated approach. Our deep expertise combined with innovation and capability to develop customized solutions has led to measureable growth and success.

Over the last decade, our innovative and diversified businesses have delivered steady performance for clients, even in challenging markets. This success has enabled us to significantly grow our US presence during a period when other financial services firms were shrinking.

Q. What was the reasoning behind choosing Jacksonville as the next office location?

We are extremely pleased to have selected Jacksonville as the location for a new office for some of Macquarie’s global Finance and Tax functions. Macquarie undertook a robust search for a new location.  The city of Jacksonville, its civic leadership and the business community could not have been more welcoming.  The city presents a very compelling business case, and we look forward to establishing a presence in Jacksonville to further support the growth of Macquarie’s U.S. and European businesses.

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Q. How important is it to connect to the Downtown Jacksonville community?

When Macquarie selected Jacksonville as a new site for some of our Finance and Tax functions, we did so not only because Jacksonville is a great place to do business but also because the city has such a vibrant cultural life. So partnering with Downtown Vision, Inc. to sponsor Art Walk seemed like a natural thing for us to do as we prepare to open our new office early in 2016.

Q. What are Macquarie’s plans these next few months in Jacksonville?

Macquarie is opening a Global Finance Services center in early 2016, creating a range of highly skilled financial services jobs. We are now recruiting candidates to work in a diverse, collaborative environment with modern systems and technologies. We seek candidates who have a natural tendency to problem-solve, and who continually think about improving the way things are done.

Whether you are an experienced candidate or a recent graduate, we will present you with new and challenging opportunities to help you reach your full career potential. We will be opening our office in the Riverplace Tower with state-of-the-art technology and flexible work practices.

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To learn more about our new office in Downtown Jacksonville or to apply for a role, visit

Be sure to attend the First Wednesday Art Walk on November 4 as the Macquarie Group will proudly present Salute to Service @ Art Walk from 5-9 p.m. with live music in Hemming Park by Spice and the Po Boys.






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By Tenley Ross, DVI Intern

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Along with “Best Place to Meet New People” and “Best Artsy Event” in Jacksonville Magazine’s Best of Jax 2012, the First Wednesday Art Walk can now add “Best Art Walk/Festival” to its honors from the magazine.

Jacksonville Magazine’s Best in Jax 2015 issue is out and Downtown Art Walk was named the best in town!

Hana Ashchi, Downtown Vision, Inc.’s Art Walk manager, leads the way for each month’s Downtown Art Walk.

“It is a great honor to know that after 12 years, Art Walk is still a Jacksonville favorite,” Ashchi said.

We’ve got a great summer planned kicking off with next month’s Art Walk. On June 3, Downtown Vision, Inc. is partnering with Bold City Brewery to host the 2nd Annual Big John’s Apricot Wheat Ale Summer Release Party.

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by Zahni Thuzar, DVI Intern

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“Space painting” and spray paint art have recently become Internet sensations, showcasing the artistic talents of individuals all over the world. The results of the process leave you in awe, trying to fathom how exactly these artists are able to create their masterpieces. But instead of going online to see these incredible outcomes, you can find one of these spray paint artists right in your backyard.

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by Zahni Thuzar, DVI intern


A six-year vendor of Downtown Jacksonville’s Art WalkLemoree remains a popular hot spot every first Wednesday. Named after her childhood imaginary friend, Meredith Arceneaux’s brand “Lemoree” was at first just a creative, fun way to make gifts for her friends and family. However, after a friend suggested she try selling her creations to the public at Art Walk, Lemoree was an instant success.

Vintage-inspired “fun and fancy” jewelry cover the tables of Arceneaux’s shop, creating a warm and rustic atmosphere to draw in the crowds. From cameos to gemstones, button earrings to hair bows, there’s sure to be something to suit anyone’s taste for any occasion or everyday wear.

Art Walk has provided Lemoree with the opportunity to grow from a hobby to a full-time business. “I’ve also made so many connections, which have enriched my business as well as my personal life,” said Arceneaux.

Over the course of her six years as an Art Walk artist, Arceneaux has seen Art Walk – and Downtown – evolve. “Seeing more people come Downtown and embrace the cultural richness our city possesses is so awesome”, she exclaims. “It makes me more proud of Jacksonville every month.”


This month, Art Walk brings a Valentine-filled event. With a beer garden ($4/beer for those of age), a hugging booth, “The Art Walk Cabaret”, and much, much more, there’s something for everyone to do Downtown. There are also many artists and vendors, as well as Lemoree, who feature great gift ideas for your special someone (or show some self-love and treat yourself).

“More than most other markets, Art Walk welcomes a great representation of our diverse community here in Jacksonville,” said Arceneaux. “I feel lucky to be able to participate in Art Walk and look forward to what this year brings.”

So do we! Be sure to check out Meredith’s shop on Wednesday, but for those of you who can’t make it to this Art Walk (boo), you can also check out her stuff on Etsy and Facebook until next month!



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Downtown is gearing up with Valentine’s Day festivities and the fun all kicks off with the First Wednesday Art Walk on Feb. 4 from 5-9 p.m. The theme, “Art from the HeART,” is all about local artists, performers, foodies, family and friends getting together in the heart of Downtown. From our first-ever drag show, “The Art Walk Cabaret,” presented by Karissa Wade, live musical performances by Chaquis Maliq, hair and makeup tutorials by the Daniel James Salon, and a hugging booth featuring a Jacksonville Sharks football player, Art Walk is sure to spread the love to singles, couples and everyone in between.

Did we mention there will be beer and delicious eats, too?



Don’t give up on your New Year’s resolution’s yet! Be sure to check out one of Downtown’s newest additions, Anytime Fitness, where instructors will set up at the corner of Laura and Forsyth streets offering free spin classes every 30 minutes from 5-8 p.m.



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Our Downtown column as printed in the January issue of EU Jacksonville:

Whatever 2014 threw your way; a new year means new possibilities. It’s a chance to start something new, to be a better you. Maybe that’s why New Year’s resolutions are so popular. According to the all-knowing Wiki, about 40% of us make them.


Whatever your ideas of self-improvement might be, Downtown Jacksonville will deliver.

“In 2015, I will support the arts.” If you hashtaged #istandwithmoca in 2014, put your resolution where your quick-typing fingers are and spend time perusing MOCA’s contemporary art, then pop over to the Spark District’s Sculpture Walk Jacksonville at Main Street Park. Take in a show at the historic Florida Theatre or at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts where you can see a Broadway show or listen to our world-class Symphony (soon to be led by the Specktator’s sexiest man in Jacksonville, Courtney Lewis). Relive the glory days when Jacksonville was Harlem of the South at the Ritz Theatre, or enjoy one of the many free concerts at Friday Musicale often held, you guessed it, on Fridays.