ABAM, established in November 2018, is a 5,000-square-foot creative space featuring over 90 local artists and vendors, a learning studio, and a vintage market.
ABAM offers a variety of items to fit all your buying needs, including wall art, jewelry, paintings, pottery, glass, fine art, vintage items, handmade gifts, and much more!
Where are you located?
We are located at 1805 Mayport Road in Atlantic Beach, FL, which is only one mile north of Atlantic Boulevard and only two miles west of the ocean!
You can find us about 8 miles from Ponte Vedra Beach, 16 miles from Downtown Jacksonville, and about 40 miles from St. Augustine.
See the map on the right side of this page for the precise location.
What is your return exchange policy?
All sales are final.
Can I order online or place an order to be shipped?
Click here to visit our online store for some of the items available for online purchase to be picked up in-store. If you are interested in having an item shipped or delivered, please call the store at (904) 372-7442.
Do you have any openings for vendors?
At the moment, we are at capacity but we do have a waiting list.
If you wish to get on this waiting list, please come into the store anytime Tuesday through Thursday to fill out an application, which will have all the information pertaining to store policies and pricing.
Do you offer classes?
Yes, we offer art classes in a variety of mediums, for all age ranges! Please check out this page to view our class calendar or click here to go directly to our Eventbrite page to purchase tickets.
How do I sign up for classes?
Tickets for classes must be purchased through our Eventbrite page, which is also connected to our Facebook page, or in-store. Tickets purchased by secondary parties are not guaranteed.
We ask that participants purchase their tickets prior to the day of the class, as this ensures that the instructor has enough time to acquire all the necessary supplies.
Do you offer art classes for private parties?
Yes! Just e-mail us with all the details and we will do our best to fit your art party needs! Please give us at least 4 weeks’ notice before your event to guarantee instructor availability.
Is there anything else I should know about the classes?
It is likely that things will get messy during the classes, so dress accordingly! Some classes have minor restrictions for attire due to safety, so please be sure to read each class description carefully before signing up for the classes.
Please note, that classes are limited to a maximum of 12 participants, with some classes having a smaller limit depending on each individual project.
Market, gallery, workshop and studio — the artist’s sanctuary
Jeff and Chelsea Leonard had a vision of the kind of establishment that they imagined many area creators sought to work in, to offer their creations to the public and to share their knowledge with all who were interested. And so this artists’ co-op gallery concept was born in November of 2018, for creators from all over to work, create and share labors of love with the community.
The building’s space itself covers 5,000 square feet, an area that accommodates more than 100 artists and vendors to showcase their pieces — several displays of objets d’art, curios and goods that include handmade jewelry, books of local interest, acrylic, watercolor and oil paintings, furniture lovingly distressed by Chelsea in Themes & Dreams Design, as well as Lynda Serafin Marquadt’s Serafin Angels & Drifted Ashore Beach Art, Capt. Steve Designs, featuring ceramic beach coasters, and framed acrylic paintings and prints rendered on ceramic tiles, plus handcrafted soaps and all manner of beach-influenced, nautical tchotchkes and must-have décor items.
It’s uncanny — when we visited, it seemed as if we’d fall in love with one group of works, then turn around and discover two or three more. And popping up among the spaces filled with original creations, you’ll find vintage vinyl, including 45s, plus cassettes and … wait for it … eight-track tapes! Scattered throughout that particular booth are magazines and books appropriate to the general music vibe. There’s so much to see, schedule a whole afternoon to spend there so you’ll be able to take in all the truly marvelous makings at ABAM.
You’re looking for something new, something special … something unique to give to someone who deserves only the finest, most extraordinary work of art, jewelry item, pottery piece, glass creation, astounding wall art, fine art, gifts handmade by artisans, home décor, as well as vintage and antique items that will bring back memories of good friends and good times. One display that caught our eye is an array of custom-made and original Beach Girl Coasters — just the thing to send a local surfer boy, raising twins far away up in Colorado’s Sawatch Range. Subjects range from street signs (South, Florida, North, Myra, Margaret … you know the route), as well as the iconic businesses and buildings around the beaches.
The learning studio encompasses spaces for several artists to instruct and guide others in their particular field: There’s an author’s workshop with Eileen Erikson, an acrylic painting workshop with Beth Haizlip, an earrings workshop conducted by Kira McCoy, a watercolor painting workshop led by Bonnie Williams, and Beth Haizlip conducts an acrylic painting workshop. An oil painting workshop is led by the artist Ronnie Phillips. Linda Hawkins conducts the mixed media workshop. A stackable sterling rings workshop, conducted by Claudia Caceres, features soldering and texturing. Most every Saturday you can join jewelry-making workshops — construct bangles, silver spinner rings and pendants, to bestow upon a special someone … like you!
Tim Bullard, the local artist/potter who’s been creating fabulous works for more than 35 years, holds a horsehair raku workshop. It sounds a tad unusual but, believe me, the results are fascinating, with different colors and textures in each piece.
One Kids’ Summer Art Camp is Glow Create, where kids use fluorescent paints, with artist/counselor Shannon Johnson. A Watercolor Workshop run by Roseann Egidio and a Watercolor Painting Workshop guided by Bonnie Williams are in July. Another Kids’ Camp is Art Inspired by the Sea, with Ms. Christy. The Create Around the World Art Camp is under the guidance of Gogh Create. Ms. Johnson runs the final Kids’ Summer Arts Camp, with the theme of Crazy Cardboard Contraptions.
And now, in her own words, owner and mom, gardener and creator Gloria Moore graciously answers our questionnaire so we can get the first-person viewpoint on Atlantic Beach Arts Market.
Writer Marlene Dryden