Duncan Stewart Memorial Art Exhibit at Open Books

January and February we are excited to be hosting a memorial exhibit at Open Books for Duncan Stewart (1940 – 2013), one of Pensacola’s greatest and most influential artists and teachers.

Photo of artist Duncan Stewart (1940-2013)
Duncan Stewart in 2011, in front of his studio on Strong Street in Pensacola.

Duncan touched the lives of many students and was a mentor to many artists in the Pensacola area. He was a founding member of Art on the Tracks and Artel Gallery, and was a prolific collagist, printmaker, and painter. The Opening Reception for Duncan’s show will be on Saturday, January 9, 2016, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.  Terry Covington will be showing her sculptures during March and April. If you are an artist, have quality work ready to hang, and would like to have an exhibit at Open Books, contact Doug Craft.

We have lots of interesting and reasonably priced used titles and are open every day from noon until 5pm. Drop in, browse our stacks, and buy massive quantities of books! All proceeds from book sales at Open Books go to support the Prison Book Project that mails books to Florida inmates on request.

Open Books Bookstore and Prison Book Project is a non-profit business, but we are not currently a 501c(3) organization as determined by the IRS. Because of this status, we cannot get grants from many funding sources who require 501c(3) status for recipients. Thanks to the generosity of our community, our GoFundMe project has raised the money we need to apply for 501c(3) status. We have now started the process of filing our 501c(3) paperwork with the State of Florida and the IRS. Thank you!

Are you looking to make a difference in your community and in the lives of others? Open Books Bookstore and our Prison Book Project are always on the lookout for new volunteers.  For Open Books, you can be a part of the volunteer group that manages the bookstore every day from Noon-5 p.m. For the Prison Book Project, we pack most every Wednesday night from 6-8 p.m. If you would like to join our happy collective and volunteer at Open Books, please contact us (850-453-6774 or email us). CONTACT US so you can help us make a difference. ‪#‎OpenBooksOpenMinds          

Open Books Bookstore & Prison Book Project, 1040 N Guillemard St, Pensacola FL 32501, 850-453-6774
Photo of Open Books Bookstore in Pensacola, Florida.

We mail books on request to inmates in Florida correctional institutions, and have an open invitation Book Packing every Wednesday night at the store.  During a typical month, our volunteers pack and mail around 150 packages of books to inmates at a cost of $500 to $550. We welcome your donations of money, time, and clean used books. We always seem to need paperback dictionaries and thesauri. You can donate money to Open Books using the orange DONATE button to the right.

Open Books also hosts a wide variety of cultural events, including lectures, art openings and exhibitions, plays, musical performances, films, poetry and book readings, and neighborhood festivals. All of these activities are open to the public and many are free to the community. Contact us to discuss and schedule your event, and check our calendar for upcoming events. If you are on Facebook, drop by our profile and “Like us.”

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