Jimmie L. Ervin
- Date: 12/05/2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
- Location: Civic Center
9221 S.E. Civic Center Place
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34952
The Port St. Lucie Civic Center is home to a 2,000-square-foot Art Gallery, a beautifully-appointed exhibition space framed with stately columns and classic woodwork. It offers local and regional artists a professional venue to advance and display their work.
A new art collection is chosen periodically to display. An Artist Reception, a free and open to the public event, honors our featured artist or group for each new display.
Jimmie L. Ervin
- Reception: Thursday, December 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Exhibition: December 6-29, 2019; 8:30 am. to 5 p.m. (except when closed for event use)
Jimmie L. Ervin was born in Baltimore, Maryland on November 25, 1946. He fell in love with art during his high school years and was privileged to have his own showing. At age 17, he joined the Navy during the Vietnam War, serving aboard the Destroyer USS Ingraham. At sea, his shipmates would ask for painted portraits of loved ones. Between painting and war, Ervin received two bronze stars and became disabled. After the war, Ervin studied at the Maryland Institute of Art and trained as a decorative artist under the instruction of Pierre Finkelstein and Donna’s Classic Faux's & Finishes.
He started a paint business and became a minister for 36 years. After 45 years of struggling with loss of memory, PTSD, seizures, cancer and the loss of a wife and son, VA psychologists encouraged Ervin to turn to art once again. With the support of his new wife and the community, Ervin is enjoying the results of his artistic therapy.