September 3rd Featured Artist

Join us this Wednesday from 5-8PM as we welcome Featured Artist Lindsey Gray


Lindsey was born on March 3rd in Long Island, NY and raised in Gulf Breeze, FL.  She graduated from Gulf Breeze High School and is currently a Bachelor of Fine Arts student at UWF.  Lindsey has always been interested in and moved by art. Lindsey’s passion for the arts is more of a craving or a need, if you will, than simply a desire. One of Lindsey’s dreams is to work at the MOMA where she can be surrounded by art all day. Art is her happiness, as she was just put into the world to create and make something out of nothing, so she says.  Ask Lindsey for more details by sending her an email at, instragram @colorgrayareas, and facebook – colorgrayareas

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August 2014 Featured Artist

Join us August 6th from 5-8pm as we welcome this months Featured Artist

Jim Sweida

His work will be on display and for sale all month but join us for this intimate in restaurant event where you can meet Jim and sample some great free wines!

 Jim Sweida • Pensacola, Florida

Is it a Photo or a Watercolor?

You may wonder if the images you are looking at are really photos or watercolors. They certainly don’t look like photographs.

The truth is, they really are photographs…with one big difference. They are not printed on traditional photo paper, but rather on watercolor paper. And therein lies the unique difference.

When printing on watercolor paper, the colors are softened, which produces a more subtle color tone and vibrancy. Plus, the watercolor paper provides a visible texture that is missing when printing the image on photo paper. The end result is an image that looks more like a painting than photography.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I headed west in the mid-’70’s to escape the snow and cold of the frozen tundra.

First stop was Phoenix, Arizona. It was there that I became interested in the history of the ancient Native American and Spanish archeological sites of the Southwest. For the next 10 years I explored and photographed the area extensively.

From there it was on to California where I spent the next 21 years continuing my interest in the history of the area. Most notable are the historic Spanish Missions and ancient sites of the American Southwest.

Now located in the Pensacola area, I capture all of the beauty and history that is the Emerald Coast of Florida.

I have been a juried member of Blue Morning Gallery in Pensacola since 2008 and have exhibited in several local art shows, including the Pensacola Museum of Art’s Art in the Park, the juried members exhibition at the Pensacola Museum of Art, and The Art Gallery at the University of West Florida.

My work is also represented and sold through several U.S. National Parks and leading retail outlets throughout the Southwest, West, Alabama & Florida.

Jim Sweida • Pensacola, Florida 32534

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July 2014 Featured Artist

Daniel Baradon

Daniel (Dan) Baradon grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, majoring in Biology with a concentration in Field Biology.  His passion for wildlife photography goes back to his undergraduate thesis, The Life History of the Yellow-billed Magpie at Rancho El Chorro, San Luis Obispo County, California, where he observed, annotated, and photographed the behavior, interaction and socialization of the Yellow-billed Magpie (Pica nuttalli) in a natural setting over a 2-year period.  The Yellow-billed Magpie is only found in the central coast of California and nowhere else in the world.  Also during this time, he pursued many artistic endeavors that ranged from Art, Landscape and Wildlife Photography, Stained Glass to lost-wax cast sculpture and jewelry.  Upon graduation in 1978, he attended a year of graduate school in Soil Science and joined the United States Air Force in 1979.  He served for over 24 years and retired in 2004.  His assignments took him overseas to Germany and Denmark where he studied Stained Glass, Marquetry with two German Meisters (Masters in their subject areas), framing and matting, and took in a lot of classical and historical artwork throughout Europe (Italy, Germany, Greece, Denmark, France and Belgium).

After a long layoff in Photography, he has come back to his roots.  With the support of his family, he has rediscovered his passion for a wide number of genres within the photographic medium.  His passion for photographing people, musical artists, wildlife, landscapes is reborn in many of his recent works.  Living in Florida and the beautiful gulf coast on and off for the last 29 years has provided him an open canvas for wildlife photography and the many of the beauties present here.

June 2014 Featured Artist

 Jeff Spade 

Jeff Grew up in Southeast Michigan, and attended Airport Community High School in
Carleton. Received a Fine Arts Scholarship to Monroe County Community College
studying both Painting and Ceramics. Later majored in Graphic Design/Illustration at
Oakland Community College, received Associates Degree of Arts and Science; also
attended Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI., for advanced design. Business
owner of ACEART since 2002.


Artist Statement:
Painting imaginative abstract formations on canvas has been my favorite subject for
many years.  Acrylics- as a primary medium using a mix of “Old World” color with a
“New World” contemporary look and feel. I am determined to work each piece a little
different with texture and color. These fundamental basics have been the balance and
break though for many of the works. Painting with more open flare and expression
seems to release new attitudes and sensations, thus allowing my sub consciousness to
take over on shapes. “Having the freedom to paint with all my devotion has made a
tremendous impact on how I do things now…with all the disciplines and traditional
restraints now broken, one gets a feeling from the work that clearly demonstrates this
display of passion and freedom”

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May 2014 Featured Artist

Mindy Sargent

Mindy Sargent grew up in Bar Harbor, Maine where she was always surrounded by the beauty of the changing seasons. She enjoyed living in Alaska and traveling the U.S and Canada before she made her home here in Pensacola, Fl.

Over the past 10 years she has found her passion in photographing nature in its entire splendor. Her images capture everything from intricate water droplets to unique insects and tell a story of the tiny puzzle pieces that make up our extraordinary world. When she isn’t behind the lens of a camera she enjoys taking life as it comes and enjoying it to its fullest.

April 2nd Art à la carte featuring Jade Miller

Join us for another special evening on the Bayfront when we bring back Jade Miller, winner of our February PSC Advanced Photography sunset photo contest, for her very own featured artist showing!

You can read more about here on her featured artist page ~ Jade Miller

And don’t forget we will be sampling wines that night from DeLoach


Speaking of wines…do you have your tickets yet for the Bayfront Wine Festival??


Get them now at

Art à la carte – March 5th, 5-8pm

We had such a response to the PSC sunset photo contest, lets keep the excitement flowing with an amazing photographic artist, David Corliss!

You can check out his bio here

March Featured Artist

A few samples of his work

And we will be sampling some great wines that night that from a company that will donate $100,000 to the USO in 2014


A very special PSC/Art à la carte


You can now vote for your favorites in the restaurant and also on Facebook

Vote Now


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Jaco’s is proud to announce a very special Art à la carte for the month of February. Each month we feature a new artist whose work is for sale and will hang on the walls of the restaurant for that month and during the meet and greet that night we have a free wine tasting of that months featured wines. The February 5th event is going be even more exciting as we have partnered with the advanced photography program at Pensacola State College and are having a sunset photo contest for their students. The students who’s photos will be on display will be there on the 5th to discuss their shots. For the month of February customers of Jacos will be able to vote for their favorite photo in the restaurant and also on our Facebook page. At the end of the month we will tally the votes and select a winner and honorable mention who will both receive awards. The winning photographer will also have the opportunity to be our featured artist for a future month. Additionally Jaco’s will make a donation to the schools program. The students have been out on the Palafox pier regularly trying to catch that perfect shot so we should have some great representations of our beautiful sunsets on the Bayfront.

Check out our featured artists page for more information

February 2014 Featured Artists