Cummer Museum of Art Receives Awards

Press Release Jacksonville, Fla. — The Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens is honored to announce that it has received two awards in the 2017 Museums Publications Design Competition of the American Alliance of Museums. The Museum received Second Prize in the Annual Report category, as well as an Honorable Mention in the Book category for “The Chef’s Canvas.”

The Museum’s annual report is a collection of stories and descriptions of events, exhibitions, and programs hosted by the Museum over the past year. It highlights the accomplishments and the impact of the Museum on the community, from exhibitions such as LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience to education programs like Cummer in the Classroom. The Museum utilizes the report as an opportunity for transparency and to spotlight the outcomes of the work it does for its constituents. The annual report was designed by Wingard Creative and printed by Agility Press, Inc. Photography for the report was done by local photographers Ingrid Damiani and Dennis Ho.

The Chef’s Canvas is a beautifully-designed coffee table cookbook celebrating the Museum’s diverse collection of art and the abundant talent of local chefs. Each dish was inspired by a work of art each chef selected from the Museum’s collection. The artwork chosen spans a wide range of artistic styles, and the paired food dishes are just as beautifully diverse. Each recipe includes a statement from the chef about the inspiration for their dish, the work of art chosen, and a beautiful image of the finished dish. The book is a way of connecting the art and culinary worlds of Northeast Florida in a unique and compelling way. “The Chef’s Canvas” project was managed by Cari Sanchez-Potter and Emily Moody, designed by Varick Rosete, photographed by Agnes Lopez, and printed by The Hartley Press.

The American Alliance of Museums and the Award
The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to gather members, share knowledge, and provide advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. The AAM represents more than 35,000 individual museum professionals, volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving museums. The AAM’s Museum Publications Design Competition is the only national juried competition of its kind. Winners are chosen for their overall design excellence, creativity, and ability to express the institution’s personality, mission, or special features. The judges have sole authority over all decisions, including whether or not to award prizes in each of the entry categories. The Cummer Museum is honored to have won such a prestigious prize for not one but two publications.

The Craft of Writing

Press release: On November 16, 2017, “Writers by the Sea Presents… The Craft of Writing”
Fresh from the 2017 Florida Writers Association, Annual Conference, four of our Writers by the Sea authors will share insights and highlights from featured speakers: David Morrell (First Blood, Rambo); Steve Berry (2017, FL Writer of the Year); Michael Tabb (Full Sail Professor); Anne Dalton (Trademark Attorney); Mark Gottlieb (Publisher); and more. Our FWA conference participants were introduced to the craft of writing honed by these esteemed authors, agents, and publishers, and want to share the wealth with you.

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:
Writers by the Sea Panelists include Florida award winning writers: Nadine Vaughan D’Ardenne (Screenwriter), and Donna Jennings (Novelist); plus WBTS small group leader of “The Writer Within”, Marla McDaniels and 2018 WBTS Planning Committee member, Linda Guecia.

As always, we meet the third Thursday of the month, at the Amelia Island Museum of History, at 6:00pm, in Fernandina Beach, FL.

Annual Fall Book Sale 2017

Press release: The Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library’s annual Fall Book Sale kicks off Thursday, November 16th, with a special FOL members-only preview and reception from 5-7 pm at Peck Center Gym, 516 South 10th Street. If you are not a member, you are invited to join at the door or online at our website before the sale and get first choice of thousands of books, vinyl records, CDs and DVDs for sale. Memberships are $15 for students, $35 dollars for individuals, $50 for a couple or $75 for a family.

Your membership dues help to off-set the cost of the many free events sponsored by the Friends over the course of the year, from classes on various subjects to lectures to art exhibits to children’s programs.

The doors will open to all on Friday, November 17th, from 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, November 18th, from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Books are carefully organized for easy browsing in dozens of categories, including fiction, biographies, art, history, children’s books, sports, cooking, audio books and more. We also have a large selection of vinyl records, CDs and DVDs, including boxed sets, for this sale. We, of course, will once again have thousands of books for sale, with most priced at $3 or less. It is always the best book sale on the island!

All proceeds from the sale support the Fernandina Beach Library. For further information regarding this event, on joining Friends of the Library, or to donate, please visit the Friends of the Library website at www.fernandinaFOL.org.

Amelia Island Welcomes Pétanque Players and Spectators

Press Release: AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. Amelia Island’s surprising French flair will be showcased during the Pétanque Amelia Island Open (Nov. 10-12), the largest pétanque event in the Americas, where world champions join enthusiastic newcomers for competition and camaraderie. Free to spectators, the tournament draws world champions and players from across the 50 states and more than 19 countries, including Mongolia and New Zealand. The competition and related festivities unfold at the waterfront courts at Fernandina Harbor marina from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12. Highlights of the weekend’s activities can be found at http://bit.ly/petanqueamelia.

“Amelia Island is perfect for pétanque, a social sport with international appeal,” said Kate Harris, the Amelia Island CVB’s director of digital and international, who is producing this year’s tournament. “With our French history, harborfront historic district, and beaches, the island is not unlike the Mediterranean coast where pétanque began. During the weekend, you’ll hear dozens of languages and meet people from all over the world. It’s a true celebration of ‘joie de vivre’ on this Florida island.”

The event is free to spectators and will feature food trucks, live music at lunchtime, pop-up French lessons presented by the Alliance Francaise of Jacksonville, and artisan cocktails from Amelia Island’s own distillery, Marlin & Barrel.

The game of pétanque (pronounced pay-tonk) is growing in popularity around the world and, integrated with similar games such as bocce, is currently under consideration to be played in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Teams of players compete and throw hollow steel balls across a hard-packed dirt course, aimed at a colorful wooden ball called the pig.

The 2017 event will feature a number of world champions, including 12-time champion Phillipe Quintais; Dylan Rocher, dubbed “The Crown Prince of Pétanque;” along with world champions Damien Hureau, Julien Lamour, Marco Foyot, Claudy Weibel, and seven-time champion, Bruno Le Bouriscaud.

Camille Durand, one of the up-and-coming stars of pétanque and the winner of France’s top national women’s title, will be making her first U.S. tournament appearance on Amelia Island. On Friday, Nov. 10, the finals of the Women’s Confederation Cup will take place at the harborfront courts. World Champions will be hosting training sessions and playing friendly matches against enthusiastic amateurs. At 4 p.m., two young talents (both aged 13) and their teams of veteran players will compete in a special Panam Confederation contest.

For more information, go to ameliapetanque.com.

Todd McGrain: The Lost Bird Project at Cummer Museum

Press Release Jacksonville, Fla.— The newest exhibition at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Todd McGrain: The Lost Bird Project, opens in the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Community Sculpture Garden & Plaza on Saturday, November 4, 2017. The exhibition will feature five large-scale sculptures and will be supplemented by the presentation of preparatory drawings in the Bank of America Concourse inside the Museum.

As a chronicle of humankind’s impact on our changing world — excessive hunting and fishing, commerce, deforestation — and a record of dwindling biodiversity, The Lost Bird Project memorializes North American birds that have been driven to extinction. The Great Auk, Labrador Duck, Passenger Pigeon, Carolina Parakeet, and Heath Hen were birds that once filled unique niches in the North American landscape from the shores of Labrador and New York to the Midwestern plains. Moved by their stories, American artist Todd McGrain (b. 1961) set out to bring their vanished forms back into the world.

“Todd McGrain’s sculptures not only look majestic and beautiful,” states Cummer Museum Associate Curator Nelda Damiano, “they also prompt us to think about the role we play in protecting and preserving the world we live in.”

A bronze sculpture of each of the five birds has been permanently placed at a specific location related to their decline, from Newfoundland to Florida, Ohio to Martha’s Vineyard. The series on exhibit at the Museum is a set that is touring the country, in the hope of spreading awareness and evoking action. McGrain’s modern, elegant style captures the essence of each species, making it universal and approachable. More importantly, these sculptures ask us not to forget, and remind us of our duty to save fragile habitats and prevent further extinction.

For more than 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens, and education. A permanent collection of more than 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 165,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities. For further information, including hours, visit www.cummermuseum.org.

Creative Fusion – Ways of Weaving Poetry and Art

Writers by the Sea Presents: CREATIVE FUSION: WAYS OF WEAVING POETRY AND ART TOGETHER

DATE: October 26, 2017 (DIFFERENT DATE FOR OCTOBER ONLY)
LOCATION: Amelia Island Museum of History, 233 S. 3rd St., Fernandina Beach, FL 3203
TIME: 6:00 Announcements followed by Presentation
PRESENTERS: Nola Perez, an Award winning poet and Linda Hart Green, Seasoned Artist and Shady Ladies Gallery owner

A creative soul opens life to a multitude of possibilities. She may chose to combine forms or mix genres in new ways. This month join two exceptionally creative souls and discover ways you might create even more beauty in your life. The meeting will open with Writers by the Sea Director, Nadine Vaughan D’Ardenne, recently returned from her adventures on a remote Native American Reservation in NM. The presentation will be facilitated by our new Executive Board Member, Jimmy Weinsier.

NOLA PEREZ’s entire persona gives voice to her poetry. This prizewinning poet grew up in historic Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, and lived away from the island for forty years, seven of those years abroad in Brussels, Belgium, and Paris, France. She returned to the U. S. in 1999 where she has been a participant author/panelist, in the Amelia Island Book Festival since 2001. She is widely published in literary journals and magazines.

LINDA HART GREEN retired to Fernandina Beach with her husband Harry Green in 2012 after decades serving in various positions in Christian ministry (New Jersey and Massachusetts). Linda is an exceptional artist who uses color the way a magician uses illusion. In 2016, with 3 artist/partners she opened Shady Ladies Art Studios and Gallery Look for them on South 8th St., under the ancient Oak. Writers by the Sea – Amelia Island, is a Chapter of Florida Writers Association. Visit us on Facebook and soon, at our web page (still under construction)!

Story and Song, Indie Bookstore, Opening in Fernandina

You’ll find the new bookstore located in the heart of the island at 1430 Park Avenue in Amelia Park’s commercial district (former home of Artistic Florist, and before that, KP’s Restaurant.)

A general interest indie bookstore, “Story & Song” will offer nearly 10,000 new books for all ages with a variety of interests, the best selection of unique greeting cards in Nassau County, fun toys, and gifts for the reading lifestyle.

You’ll discover books, music, art, wine, coffee, and fresh food in a lively, friendly space – making Story & Song a favorite destination for friends and neighbors, especially those who understand the importance of supporting locally-owned businesses.

The peaceful neighborhood setting offers a relaxing, refreshing escape from ‘screen fatigue’ and the busyness of our lives.

Upstairs, “The Second Story for Arts & Creativity” will showcase art books and art by local creators and will be a place to come for programs and performances, story time and discussions. Area book groups and non-profit community groups will now have a mid-island gathering space.

Find them on facebook for the latest details.

Amelia Island Named Top 10 U.S. Island by Condé Nast Traveler Readers

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. – Northeast Florida’s Amelia Island has placed among the Top 10 U.S. Islands in the 2017 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.  Amelia Island finished in the #3 spot and was the only Florida island included in a list comprised of destinations such as Maui, Nantucket and Oahu in the 30th annual competition.

“Amelia Island continues to enchant visitors, resulting in an ever-growing list of accolades and recognitions,” said Gil Langley, president and CEO of the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Readers have voted our island paradise into this elite group of global destinations eight of the last nine years. It’s a true testament to Amelia’s enduring appeal, and an invaluable endorsement from discerning travelers.”

Three of Amelia Island’s award-winning accommodators also placed among the Top 25 in the Resorts in Florida category – Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, a 25-room beachfront Inn (#12); the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, a 446-room beachfront resort (#22); and the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, a 404-room beachfront resort (#23).

Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards on October 17, ranking the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, and cruise lines in the world. More than 300,000 dedicated readers took part in the 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey submitting millions of ratings and more than 100,000 comments, voting on a record-breaking thousands of hotels and resorts, hundreds of cities, islands, and cruise ships, and dozens of airlines and airports. The result? Condé Nast Traveler’s largest-ever list of Readers’ Choice Award winners, ranking the best travel experiences in the world.

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” Under Editor in Chief Pilar Guzmán, the Readers’ Choice Awards have become more selective and specific to the passions that inspire today’s travelers.

The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide on October 24, 2017. The full list is published exclusively online, at www.CNTraveler.com/rca.

About Condé Nast Traveler
As the most discerning, up-to-the-minute voice in all things travel, Condé Nast Traveler is the global citizen’s bible and muse, offering both inspiration and vital intel. Condé Nast Traveler is the most trusted and celebrated name in travel with six National Magazine Award wins and 26 nominations in its 28-year history. Advertising Age named Pilar Guzmán Editor of the Year in 2014 and CNTraveler.com attained four Webby Awards since 2015. www.cntraveler.com
 
 

Home Sites at Amelia Island’s Crane Island Development Going Fast

AMELIA ISLAND, FL – The master planned community of Crane Island, located on Florida’s Amelia Island, has confirmed reservations for 27 lots, which is more than half of the available inventory in Phase I. Sales for the 169-acre community – with approximately 100 acres set aside for preservation – began Jan. 11. Phase I includes 48 lots, with a total of 110 home sites in all, starting from $300,000.
 
“In less than 40 days, we’ve seen incredible interest and intent for this community,” stated Crane Island Developer Jack B. Healan, Jr. “The location, access to resort-like amenities, exceptional homebuilder offerings and our dedication to preserving this natural setting have made Crane Island a highly sought after home site in Northeast Florida.”
 
The first new development on Amelia Island with deep-water access to the Intracoastal Waterway in 15 years, Crane Island is also the island’s last waterfront land available for new home construction with boat access.
 
Developed by long-time Amelia Island resident Jack B. Healan, Jr., Crane Island is designed as a low-impact development with minimal disturbance to the natural environment. The developers aim to create a small, but vibrant neighborhood that is surrounded by an extensive waterfront park.  The development will also include a private clubhouse, day dock, pool and walking paths. In addition, residents will have the opportunity for exclusive membership at Amelia Island Club, which includes privileges at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation for world class golf, spa, dining, tennis, beach service and more.  Builders for the development include Rutenberg Homes, Pineapple Corporation and Lendy Homes. 
 
The Crane Island Sales Team expects to break ground this summer on Phase I. For more information about Crane Island, visit the Sales Office Gallery (960185 Gateway Blvd., Suite 109, Fernandina Beach, FL), online at www.CraneIsland.com or call 904-432-8390.

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