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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Win a Pass to Disney from Amelia Arts Academy

Win a Pass to Disney from Amelia Arts Academy

Win a Pass to Disney from Amelia Arts Academy

Walt Disney World has begun the Disney’s Give a Day, Get a Day program to encourage volunteerism. The Amelia Arts Academy has signed up and you could win a pass to Disney by volunteering to help the Academy.

Two of their projects are listed on the website where you can search by zip code to find out where you would like to help out based on your own interests right here in our community.

Sign up and volunteer. In an uncertain economy cash donations are dropping off, but you can help out your favorite non-profit by volunteering to lend a hand and your donation of skills, talent and labor will still make a favorable impact here in Nassau County, Florida.

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Musicale Series by the Arts Academy

Musicale Series by the Arts Academy

Musicale Series by the Arts Academy

Amelia Arts Academy presents the second performance of its 2009-2010 Sunday Musicale Series. Sunday, January 17th, concertgoers will enjoy a toe-tapping performance of Claude Bolling’s Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio at an spectacular home on Piney Island.

The Bolling Suite for Flute & Jazz Trio spent 10 Years on the Billboard ranking, and is now brought to you by performers from Amelia Arts Academy’s Board of Directors and Staff. Claude Bolling was heralded as the first “crossover artist”. In the Bolling Suite he blends jazz with Baroque music to create a truly unique and entertaining musical piece. Performers include Pegge Ealum, Amelia Arts Academy Executive Director, on flute; Jane Lindberg, president of Amelia Arts Academy’s Board of Directors, on piano; Ernie Ealum, Academy faculty member, on bass; and special guest Darrin Ronan on percussion.

The performance is to be held at a stunning private home on Piney Island, with a reception catered by Cafe Karibo. Tickets are $40 and available at the Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach, at Amelia Arts Academy, online at MyCommunityTickets.com, or by calling (904)277-1225. Due to the intimate setting, seating is limited. Advanced ticket purchases are highly recommended. Concert address will be released to ticket holders only.

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Artist Sandra Baker-Hinton Lecture and Demonstration

Artist Sandra Baker-Hinton Lecture and Demonstration

Artist Sandra Baker-Hinton Lecture and Demonstration

There will be a lecture and demonstration, presented by The Amelia Plantation Artists’ Guild and Gallery featuring Sandra Baker-Hinton. This local artist, gallery owner and turtle lover will demonstrate her methods when creating her one-of-a-kind pieces.

Each morning during turtle nesting season, Sandra patrols the beach checking on turtle nest sites. With her camera in hand, she observes nature, be it sand patterns, shore birds or newly hatched baby turtles returning to the sea, they all inspire her paintings. Come hear her talk about these influences while she demonstrates her original techniques.

On Monday, January 4, 2010 at 7:00 PM, at 94 Village Circle in the Shops of Amelia Island Plantation you can celebrate the New Year and get your creative juices flowing! Enjoy being in the presence of a consummate artist who paints, writes, takes incredible photographs, makes jewelry and fused glass ornaments, is an authority on copper vintage jewelry, is dedicated to our sea turtles, raises orphaned birds and squirrels, and runs a gallery in Fernandina Beach!

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Waterwheel Arts Gallery Christmas Party

Waterwheel Art Gallery Christmas Party

Waterwheel Art Gallery Christmas Party

Celebrate the Holiday season with a Christmas Party at the Waterwheel Art Gallery and bring a finger food, desert or beverage. In addition to the party, there will be two guest artists, Louise Hooper and Mary O. Smith, and their own Pat Haley . Come see their watercolor and oils of landscapes, architecture, still life and figurative. This collection is on display for the rest of December on Amelia Island.

The Christmas Party and Coastal Artist show will be on December 17th, beginning at 4:00 PM. Stop by, mingle and have a good time.

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Amelia Island’s Velvet Undertow is Released

Amelia Island’s Velvet Undertow is Released

Amelia Island’s Velvet Undertow is Released

Fernandina Beach, FL/Dec 2009 – GraciousJaneMarie.com has released Jane Marie Malcolm’s “Amelia Island’s Velvet Undertow.” This is the second novel in “The Goodbye Lie‚” series. The sweeping tale drives the characters from Florida into the catastrophic 1889 Johnstown Flood, which the author’s grandmother remembered with horror.

Amelia Island’s Velvet Undertow is available at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and may be ordered through local book stores. Get personally inscribed copies at the author‚Äôs website, GraciousJaneMarie.com, and at future book signings (TBA).

Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Malcolm is a 21-year resident of Amelia Island, Florida. Her 800+-page website, GraciousJaneMarie.com, has over 50 articles and recipes that tie into “The Goodbye Lie” series. Also an artisan, Malcolm hand paints Secret Pebbles, tiny glass stones, featured in Amelia Island’s Velvet Undertow. She is the creator of Martha Bear, star of her “Rascally Readers” online program of silly short stories, which encourages family reading at MarthaBear.com. Malcolm is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Amelia Island Museum of History, and the General Duncan Lamont Clinch Historical Society, as well as an avid hand bell ringer.

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Southern Elegance at the Waterwheel Art Gallery

Waterwheel Art Gallery

Waterwheel Art Gallery

The romance of southern landscape by Serfei Orgunov is on display at the Waterwheel Art Gallery. This opening and reception, “Southern Elegance” is Thursday, November 19th, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.

New to the Waterwheel Art Gallery, Sergei Orgunov is a Russian artist whose work is not to be missed! You will fall in love with his landscapes and adore his still-life’s. These paintings must be seen in person to appreciate the detail and quality.

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