Art Gallery Reception

Henry von Genk III

Henry von Genk III

The Waterwheel Art Gallery is happy to announce their next Artist Reception is for Henry von Genk III, on Thursday, March 11th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.

The rich marshes and rolling dunes of the southeastern landscapes as depicted by Henry von Genk have been a favorite at the Waterwheel Art Gallery for many years now and continue to be a favorite amongst our collectors.

Henry’s majestic clouds hang over lush marsh scenes while the salmon colored dunes of our shorelines welcome sunsets memories are made of. These “old master” style paintings are heirloom pieces that will be treasured for generations to come. This reception will feature the large scale panoramic views Henry is so famous for but will include smaller collectors pieces. If you’ve ever dreamed of owning one of these wonderful paintings, now is the time!

Henry von Genk III

Henry von Genk III

Henry Von Genk III was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, where he still resides. His artistic abilities became apparent as early as the age of two years. Henry’s mother, Geraldine, recognized this and inspired her son to keep developing his talents. Therefore, in his mid-forties, Henry is a self taught artist, mastering not only a realistic style, but also his own techniques in shadowing and realism.

After a long and successful career executing murals for museums and clients around the world, Henry focuses on his life-long destiny of fine art. Henry’s work has been published in such magazines as: Architectural Digest, Florida Design, The New Yorker, Palm Beach Life and local publications in Jacksonville. His works can be found in many of the prestigious galleries of the Southeast.

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Dancing with the Local Stars

Dancing with Felix

Dancing with Felix

Here is the first of several short videos dedicated to the Fifth Annual Dancing with the Local Stars held at the Amelia Island Plantation on March 6, 2010.

Local celebrities danced to raise money for the Ballroom Youth Academy that benefits kids in grades one through twelve with the experience of ballroom dance instruction. Renee Crane, Jasmine Perrett and Julia Breeland each danced with Classic Ballroom Dancing, Inc. dance director, Felix Solis.

Judges for Saturday night’s event included Abe Catalan, Tim Poynter and Milt Shirley.

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Art House Celebrates First Anniversary

Art House Celebrates First Anniversary

Art House Celebrates First Anniversary

The Art House is happy to celebrate their First Anniversary on Amelia Island. This critique free art house operates with an inspired group of artists, and their first year was great – a huge “Thank You” goes out to everyone!

Achieving Photographic Style – Each of the five weeks in this photographer’s workshop you will learn to enhance your basic skills. Taught by artist, educator and award winning photographer, Robin Childers, she will guide you through the amazing landscape of traditional and digital photography to help you discover your photographic “voice”.

Wedding Photography – Have you wanted to know how to photograph formal, documentary and bride styled weddings? This class will show you lighting techniqes and digital enhancements to help you create the perfect wedding portfolio of the first kiss, cutting the cake, group photos and more.

Beach Portraits – Everyone loves the traditional favorites in this studio staple. Learn how to achieve that professional look and reproduce your very own.

Drawing Workshops – This five week course is for anyone who can’t draw, won’t draw, but still has a desire to draw. Learn how to use the tools needed to create texture, value, perspective, proportion and much more. No previous experience is preferred.

Art After School – High impact and energetic art program with drawing, painting, clay, animation and photography.

Spring studio classes are forming now and will be held in two convenient locations. Most of the classes run for five weeks with hands on assignments, energetic discussions and motivating homework. More class information is available at www.bossarts.org, or simply call Robin at (904)705-6178 or (904)261-0116 or send her an email to robin@bossarts.org.

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Arts Academy Grows Its String Program

Arts Academy Grows Its String Program

Arts Academy Grows Its String Program

Amelia Island, FL – Amelia Arts Academy has appointed three new faculty members in order to focus on growing their string programs for children and adults. “We are excited for the new opportunities to continue to develop our string instrument program,” says Pegge Ealum, Amelia Arts Academy Executive Director. “Our new faculty members will be essential in maintaining our high quality expectations and building our programs.”

Judith Steinmeyer was appointed as head of the Amelia Arts Academy violin department. Steinmeyer began her career in 1981 as a violinist in the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. Since leaving the Air Force in 1985, she has performed with many of the world’s most famous artists from Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra to Faith Hill and Fleetwood Mac. She appeared as the featured artist with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and was personnel manager and violinist with the Washington Chamber Symphony at the Kennedy Center. “The Arts Academy has always provided the community with quality instructors and Mrs. Steinmeyer is exceptional. We are very fortunate to have a violin teacher of such caliber and a very impressive resume. I feel confidant that my son will continue to grow in his musical education,” says Georgene Thrift, who’s son, Dalton has taken violin lessons and participated in the Academy’s String Ensembles for three years.

Joining Steinmeyer in the string department is Abigail Poirier. Poirier will facilitate the Academy’s Junior String Ensemble for children ages 4 to 12. Poirier began teaching violin at 14 years old and has served as the music specialist at Amelia Island Montessori since 2006. “We are pleased to have Abigail’s excitement and vision as an addition to our staff. She will be instrumental in growing one of our most beloved programs,” says Ealum.

Amelia Arts Academy also offers Academy Strings, a string ensemble for adult amateur, beginner, and professional violin, viola, and cello players. Yearly, between 15 and 25 adults participate in the program- playing with ensembles, taking master classes and performing for the community. Violist Peter Dutilly has been appointed as the Academy Strings Conductor. “The program’s founder, Patrick Smith, was a beloved conductor and poured his heart into the program,” says Ealum. “Peter exemplifies the dedication to the program and to excellence in music education that is needed to continue to build upon all of the hard work that Patrick put in to the Academy Strings.” Long time member of Academy Strings, Kate Wiest, says “Peter has shown us new dimensions in our music and has motivated us to higher levels of performance. His youthfulness and energy have added new vigor to our string group. I look forward to rehearsals because we have such fun.”

Everyone in the community is invited to join Amelia Arts Academy’s string ensembles. Academy Strings meets every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. and Academy Junior Strings meets Fridays at 4:00 in the Peck Community Center. Tuition is nominal and assistance is offered based on income.

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Artist Presentation on Amelia Island

Artist Presentation on Amelia Island

Artist Presentation on Amelia Island

The Plantation Artists Guild and Gallery is presenting Tina DeVoe, a watercolorist. Her works will be on display, “Notes from my Watercolor Journal” on Monday, March 1st at 7:00 PM.

Wintering on Amelia Island, Tina spends her summers in Maine. Come hear her describe how she combines her passion for painting and her love of writing into this FREE presentation.

The Gallery is located at 94 Village Circle at the Plantation Spa and Shops.

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Pipe Organ Reminder Amelia Arts Academy

Amelia Arts Academy

Amelia Arts Academy

Here is a quick reminder that on February 21, the Sunday Musicale, presented by the Amelia Arts Academy in Fernandina Beach, Florida, will feature Henry Vollenweider Scholarship Recipient, Morgan Waas, and Arts Academy founder, Dr. Tim McKee on the pipe organ.

Also artist Brian Barnard will be painting live while attendees witness as he creates a masterpiece inspired by the music. The art will be available for purchase after the concert at the silent auction.

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Art Exhibit and Reception on Amelia Island

 Art Exhibit and Reception on Amelia Island

Art Exhibit and Reception on Amelia Island

Waterwheel Art Gallery invites you to an art exhibit and reception called, “Nature’s Offering: Interpretive Works of Water and Botany”.

Specializing in water and vegetation, Joan Smyly Durden will be featured on Thursday, February 18th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Joan is a contemporaty artist and very popular with modern art collectors.

JOAN holds a M.F.A. and as Professor Emerita of Art at Appalachian State University, her formal elements of design combined with her fantastic interpretation of nature, bursts passionately onto the canvas in oils and acrylics.

Come see her works for yourself. For more information visit www.waterwheelgallery.com.

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Art Gallery on Amelia Island Goes Green

Art Gallery on Amelia Island Goes Green

Art Gallery on Amelia Island Goes Green

The Waterwheel Art Gallery on the south end of Amelia Island is going green with two great efforts. As more Northeast Florida residents strive to live a greener lifestyle, the need for eco-friendly alternatives is growing. By shopping for certified products and services you know you are receiving the real deal!

The Waterwheel Art Gallery and their experienced staff is the premiere custom framing location on Amelia Island. By offering Certified Forest Friendly Frames, FSC certified Artique Matboards and their new PEFC Certified Frames that are due to arrive any day, the Waterwheel Art Gallery is doing their part by making it easier for you to help us all protect Mother Earth and her natural resources.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is the fastest growing forest certification system in the world. The PEFC, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization that ensures the chain of custody from forest to final product meets sustainability standards.

Products used for framing do not have to come from conservation areas, or negatively impact indigenous populations. These seals of excellent standards guarantee that the product is not harvested illegally or made from genetically modified trees. By selling and using materials that carry these third party certifications, consumers in Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island and all of Northeast Florida can now be confident that the items they are purchasing from the Waterwheel Art Galley is from a well-managed and sustainable forest.

The Waterwheel Art Gallery is also encouraging customers to sign up to receive Gallery Openings and Artist Reception invitations via their emailed newsletter. This is a green friendly alternative to the traditional postcard and also saves on postage. If you want to sign up to receive the email newsletter full of current events and upcoming announcements, please add your name to their mailing list found at www.waterwheelgallery.com.

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Vietnamese Buddhist Talismans Lecture

Vietnamese Buddhist Talismans Lecture

Vietnamese Buddhist Talismans Lecture

James Kemp will be giving a lecture on Vietnamese Buddhist Talismans at the Plantation Artists’ Guild and Gallery. This adjunt professor of Asian humanities at the Florida Community College at Jacksonville will be on Amelia Island for this educational event being held on Monday, February 8, at 7:00 PM.

Mr. Kemp has collected over 1,000 woodblock talismans from the Far East over the past 30 years. His presentation will explain the complicated symbols that were intended to be used by the dead in their journey toward rebirth. The Vietnamese consider viewing these talismans as unlucky. This is a rare treat to for those interested in wood block printing or oriental art.

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Merrillee Whren’s Latest Book is Hometown Promise

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Local author Merrillee Whren’s latest novel, Hometown Promise, is on shelves now. This is the first book in her Kellerville series. The second book, Hometown Proposal will be out in August of this year.

Her book is available at our local Wal-Mart or Kmart, but if you’d rather shop local as any of our book stores in historic Fernandina Beach to order it for you.

Hometown Promise tells the story of how: “For six years Lukas Frye has founght to regain control of his reckless life. He comes to Kellerville, Ohio, hoping to settle down and be the man his ailing grandfather can depend on. Lukas thinks he can put down roots in a place unsullied by his past–until he sees Juliane Keller.

Juliane knows the secrets that could ruin his chance of being accepted in the place he wants to call home. But she isn’t just a reminder of his past; she’s a woman with secrets of her own–and a heart capable of the forgiveness and love he needs.”

Merrillee Whren, Local Author

Merrillee Whren, Local Author

Of course you can read an excerpt of the book on her website.

If you’d rather purchase the newest works of Marrillee Whren online, here are the links.

Christian Books

Harlequin Online

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Dancing with the Local Stars

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Dancing with the Local Stars, a fundraising event for the non-profit 501(c)3 Ballroom Youth Academy will be held on March 6, 2010 from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. The Ballroom Youth Academy offers free ballroom dance classes to students from first grade through high school in Yulee and Fernandina Beach.

This annual event will be presented at the Amelia Island Plantation’s Conference Center. Tickets are $35.00 in advance and $40.00 at the door. There will also be a silent auction and if you have something to donate such as paintings, jewelry or gift certificates, sponsorships and donations are tax deductable. For more information call Felix at (9904) 707-6762 or check out their website, www.classicballroom.net.

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Tarot, Palm or Crystal Ball Psychic Readings

Tarot, Palm or Crystal Ball Psychic Readings

Tarot, Palm or Crystal Ball Psychic Readings

Linda Johns has been reading Tarot, palms and crystal balls for over 17 years. People from all walks of life seek her expertise to harness information about their business, finances, love life or health. Spiritual revelations become reminders of your past, help you understand the present and unveil clues to your future. Psychic Readings by Linda will help you unravel the mysteries in your life.

The Tarot Card is believed to have been around as early as the 1300’s, but researchers have difficulty agreeing on the true origin of this specially designed deck of cards. When the 18th century rolled around, the cards took on more of a more spiritual guidance role read by mystics trained in the art. The cards are used exclusively by one owner who keeps them carefully protected.

Palm readings are done by those trained in knowing the lines of the palm and what part of your life they represent. The lines cover life, heart, head and fate and are examined closely for clues to your past, present and future. The shape of your hand, the length of your fingers and the lines in your palm reveal a person’s character or fortune. Rooted in Indian astrology, palm reading is often associated with gypsies and carnival fortune-telling.

Crystals used in divination can be traced back to the Druids in 2000 BC. This ancient art of seeing into the future has been passed down through the many generations of seers, psychics and fortune tellers. Crystal gazers or seers may not always see images inside of the crystals, often the crystal is used as a way to clear their mind leaving it open to receive psychic information.

Some of Linda’s clients are faithful to the ancient arts and other customers come in for readings out of curiosity or for entertainment purposes. Whether you are looking for spiritual guidance or are just curious about these phenomena, stop by her studio in the yellow house at 227 South 8th Street as you head towards the historic district in Fernandina Beach or give Linda a call at (904) 444-8927. Don’t bother to mention you saw her ad on SearchAmelia.com, she’ll already know!

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Human Statue of Liberty

Human Statue of Liberty

Human Statue of Liberty

This photo of the Statue of Liberty made up of 18,000 men preparing for war in a training camp in Iowa, is absolutely amazing.

According to the Urban Legends website, “This image matches one in the U.S. National Archives credited to photographers Arthur S. Mole and John D. Thomas.” Be sure to click on the link that shows the series of work these photographers have taken at military training camps.

Here is the breakdown of the creation of the Human Statue of Liberty:
Base to Shoulder: 150 feet
Right Arm: 340 feet
Widest part of arm holding torch: 12 1/2 f eet
Right thumb: 35 feet
Thickest part of body: 29 feet
Left hand length: 30 feet
Face: 60 feet
Nose: 21 feet
Longest spike of head piece: 70 feet
Torch and flame combined: 980 feet
Number of men in flame of torch: 12,000
Number of men in torch: 2,800
Number of men in right arm: 1,200
Number of men in body, head and balance of figure only: 2,000

Total men: 18,000

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Audition Now for Fernandina Little Theatre

Audition Now for Fernandina Little Theatre

Audition Now for Fernandina Little Theatre

The Fernandina Little Theatre is auditioning for two, one-act comedies this Friday, January 15th at 7:15 PM and on Saturday, January 16th at 11:15 AM inside the theatre located at 1014 Beech Street on Amelia Island.

George Bernard Shaw’s, How He Lied to her Husband, and the Mouse Trap by William Howells will be showing the last week of March. How He Lied to her Husband is casting 1 woman and 2 men in this story of a young man’s love poems that are discovered by the husband of his married mistress. The Mouse Trap is a lively discussion, regarding women being strong and deserving of the vote; that is disrupted by the sighting of a mouse in the parlor. This play requires 1 man and 6 women of varying ages.

Crew and other staff are needed as well. Co-producer, stage manager, production assistant, light crew, set design, set construction and costume coordinator are all exciting and important behind the scenes positions that require talented volunteers to put on such a magnificent production.

Rehearsals will begin in late February and are one to two nights per week and Saturdays. Please bring your calendar to the auditions. For more information visit the Fernandina Little Theater online at www.ameliaflt.org.

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Waterwheel Gallery Showing John Tassey Landscapes

Children at the Beach, By:  John Tassey

Children at the Beach, By: John Tassey

The Waterwheel Art Gallery is holding an artist reception featuring “Our Quiet Places – Beautiful Landscapes” by John Tassey. John is a local favorite and on Thursday, January 14th, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM you can see his amazing scenes of Cumberland, The Fernandina Harbor and local beaches.

This is your opportunity to join them for refreshments and meet this iconic landscape painter. The Waterwheel Gallery is located towards the south end of Amelia Island at 5047 First Coast Hwy. (Across from the Dome Healing Center)

Artist Biography
“John Tassey learned art from his father, an architect in Savannah, as well as studying at schools in England and the US. Since then, however, he has been mostly self-taught.

Path to the Beach, By: John Tassey

Path to the Beach, By: John Tassey

He loves the outdoors and has spent many, many hours in the woods or on rivers, fishing, or just enjoying looking at nature. His favorite subjects are things he can see from his canoe or on walks through the woods or along the seashore. He also enjoys doing portraits of both people and animals.

John has experimented with several different media, but now works mostly in oils on linen because of the control and soft edges he can get with oils. He tries to create an impression of reality without being photo-realistic.

John paints full time and his work is in many private collections in the Southeast. John now lives and works on beautiful Amelia Island in Florida.”

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