JOBA Studio

Update Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Dear newsletter art friends,

JOBA (the physical space) is moving out of its current digs at 230 Water Street in Apalachicola. It’s been a sweet ride, and we are so grateful for the experience. We’ll carry your friendship with us and will keep you posted on where we’ll be landing, and the in between.

Until then, please come see us during our moving sale and grab up a bargain or two.

Friday, Sept. 17th
Saturday, Sept. 18th
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

We produced a two part documentary as our way to thank the musicians, artists, poets, and creative supporters who continue to make our journey so special. Treat yourself; these two YouTube links will take you there:

The Road Less Traveled: Part 1:
The Road Less Traveled: Part 2

“JOBA” reflects the combined efforts of two artists and one Dave:
Jenny Odom:
Beth Appleton and David Harbaugh:,

With sincere gratitude,
Jenny, Beth and Dave

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

Some of our rich history:
Update Monday, November 9, 2020
JOBA Gallery
Showcasing the art created by Jenny Odom and Beth Appleton
Our gallery will be open the following days:
11:00 AM-5:00 PM Thursday-Saturday
230 Water Street, Apalachicola, Florida
IT’S A SIGN! We have a brand new logo to announce our new hours.
Please observe safe practices by wearing a mask and honoring social distancing while enjoying our exciting new exhibition.
Our Zoom event advertised below was so successful we hope to be featuring another artist using this platform soon. Stay tuned! You can still find Susan’s book at Downtown Books in Apalachicola or contact Dale Julian to arrange easy shipping. Dale: downtownbooks@fairpoint.netDowntown Books and Purl (850) 653-1290
Dear art friends and book lovers,
Set those calendars and sign up now!
We are excited to announce a very special virtual event and you’re invited! 
What: A Creative Exchange with Author Susan Cerulean
When: Oct 2, 2020 @ 6-7 PM
How: Since registration will be limited to the first 100 attendees, we encourage you to register as soon as possible.
To join us, just click the link below. This Zoom event is free to the public but you must register in advance.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Why? Because we love Susan Cerulean and she has written a wonderful new book! Coming October 2nd, JOBA Gallery and Downtown Books in Apalachicola will join forces to share a creative exchange with Susan Cerulean, author, I Have Been Assigned the Single Bird, a daughtermemoir.  We are looking forward to a relaxed conversation with this most personable author, discovering what touched her to write her newest book in such a metaphoric way. Expect a strong environmental message from this lyrical writer as we share life experiences and positive ways to help protect our natural spaces. 
It’s easy to purchase her book:
Stop in at Downtown Books and Purl, located in the O.E. Cone building, 67 Commerce Street in the heart of downtown Apalachicola, Florida. Treasured as a small independent local bookstore, owner Dale Julian ships books everywhere and is currently open Thursday through Saturday from 10 AM to 5:00 PM accommodating small groups, masks required. For more information, please email or call (850) 653-1290 about how you can own a copy of Ms. Cerulean’s superb book. 
About the Author, Susan Cerulean:
This writer, naturalist, and activist divides her time between Tallahassee and Indian Pass. She’s no stranger to the Apalachicola Estuary. Her book “Coming to Pass: Florida’s Coastal Islands in a Gulf of Change” reveals this environmental writer is drawn to the Gulf coast and the endangered life that defines it. She has been a familiar local voice encouraging awareness and stewardship. Hosted by the Dixie Theatre after its release, Cerulean spoke in Apalachicola about her ambitious collaborative project, UnspOILed: Writers Speak for Florida’s Coast, coedited with Janisse Ray and A. James Wohlpart. Her many books include Between Two Rivers: Stories from the Red Hills to the Gulf, coedited with Janisse Ray and Laura Newton. Tracking Desire: A Journey after Swallow-tailed Kites was named an Editors’ Choice title by Audubon magazine. More about this talented writer and her upcoming events are found on her website:
With her customary grace and lyricism, Susan Cerulean draws the reader willingly into two melancholy places, her dear father’s descent into dementia, and the drastic decline in numbers of our Gulf Coast shorebirds. She boldly explores her moments of doubt as a daughter and as a caregiver, and she is just as fearless in condemning those among us who imperil her cherished birds. What a fine book this is. – Dale Julian, Downtown Books, Apalachicola
The responsibility of Cerulean’s awareness inspires and challenges us. As an art gallery in Apalachicola, Florida, JOBA is excited to help present a creative exchange as part of our ongoing series of favorite guest artists, authors and musicians. Cerulean champions our blue spaces and singles out life forces that are familiar, fragile and most dear to our hearts. We feel her message is important as she reveals: The job I really wanted to sign up for was advocating for this world and the living things I cherished.  – Beth Appleton, JOBA Studios
Please feel free to submit questions regarding this event to
Heads Up! As an attendee, you will stay off camera but during the event you’ll have a chance to submit questions to the author. Be thinking ahead!
Newsletter, Summer Edition, 2020:

Hello Summer! Welcome! You are invited! 
Guest Artist Series, July, 9, 2020.
Robin Renee Hix: Hand Painted Photography

We are so proud to feature the creative works of artist Robin Renee Hix once again, albeit this time, virtually. Last July, Robin enjoyed a very successful exhibition at JOBA Studio; her colorful works now live in many local homes. She has been very productive since our Apalachicola showing, creating a brand new body of work.

This creative artist spends hours in her Texas studio darkroom where she develops her own black and white photographs to later meticulously hand paint. A talented colorist with a unique style, her works continue to win awards and earn respect from art patrons. Some images and the short video presented below were taken last July and some will give you a peek of new works. Though our gallery remains closed until we feel it is best to reopen, JOBA is still very much alive and on your screen now to continue our creative journey. We are very proud to announce July’s featured artist: Robin Renee Hix!
We offer two ways to view our virtual exhibition:
1. Visit the JOBA Studio page on Facebook:
2. Right here! Please enjoy this video short and the slideshow below it.


Below is a preview of Robin’s works, please scroll down for a slideshow viewing:

SLIDESHOW: Click dots to view this exciting collection:

To contact the artist about purchasing works: email
To visit Robin’s personal website:


Our gallery is temporarily closed now due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Check back soon, though; we will be hosting more virtual gallery openings on this site and you are invited! We are working now to produce a short film to present that will document the artists and musicians we have featured in the gallery for the last two plus years. Stay tuned, there’s more to come!

JOBA Art Studios, High Cotton Building, 230 Water Street, Apalachicola, Florida

Past Posts and Newsletters:

Since April, 2018, my husband David Harbaugh and I have enjoyed sharing a gallery with talented musician and artist Jenny Odom in our coastal home town of Apalachicola. Together we have brought forth all our talents to make this gallery more multi-faceted than we could accomplish on our own. Along with showcasing and creating new works to exhibit, we are proud to feature other artists as our guests for three week exhibitions. We love helping Jenny host listening room “house concert” style events and are now busy working with poets and writers to plan ongoing exciting forums. The gallery is growing as a hub for creatives and we are thrilled. Come share the fun. Visit us at 230 Water Street and add your name to our e-mailing list today by writing to stay informed. “Like” our JOBA gallery page on Facebook to get the latest:

Please find our latest newsletter of upcoming gallery events below:


Past events:

H e l l o  S u m m e r   Friday 1, 2018  5:00 – 7:00 pm

The Gallery at High Cotton is excited to present artworks by Jenny Odom and Beth Appleton. Please join us for good cheer and spirits as we celebrate summer and our colorful collaboration. Location: 230 Water Street, Apalachicola, Florida.

The Gallery at High Cotton: Home of JOBA Art Studio: Jenny Odom, Beth Appleton and David Harbaugh

Please visit The Gallery at High Cotton, 230 Water Street, Apalachicola, Florida, where original works by Beth Appleton and Jenny Odom are on permanent exhibit and available for sale. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Several of the works presented on this website are available for exhibition or for purchase.

For further information, please contact the artist:

Thank you for your visit!


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