An Afternoon of Art: Lecture Series in partnership with the Fernandina Beach Branch Library

Jacksonville, Fla. — The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, in collaboration with Cummer Amelia, is pleased to present An Afternoon of Art: Lecture Series in partnership with the Fernandina Beach Branch Library. The series will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on January 29, February 26, March 26, & April 23, 2018. This series of lectures is free to the public, and registration is encouraged. Light refreshments and beverages will be served at no additional charge.

This year’s series will focus on “Women Artists from the Renaissance to Abstract Expressionism”, and will be led by Cummer Museum Director of Education Lynn Norris.

January 29: Explore the women artists who were prominent in their own time, forgotten by history, and rediscovered when the first feminist art historians began asking, “Why are there no great women artists?”

February 26: This series continues with the 18th century, when three women achieved a degree of fame, wealth, and adulation that was unparalleled – Rosalba Carriera, Angelica Kauffman, and Elizabeth Vigée-Lebrun (who was the subject of a major retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art).

March 26: In the third talk in this series, Rosa Bonheur, Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, and Cecilia Beaux were at the vanguard of a large contingent of women artists who concentrated on scenes of everyday life. Their place – still separate and not equal.

April 23: The last lecture in this series addresses the 20th century, when art education became available to women. For major artists from Georgia O’ Keeffe to Helen Frankenthaler, a new question emerged: “to be an artist or a woman artist?”

FOL Exhibits Posters from White Oak Conservation Center

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Mikahil Baryshnikov, White Oak Dance Project (1992) Photo by Annie Leibowitz

Friends of the Library is pleased to announce the new exhibition of posters from White Oak Conservation Center which will be on display from January 10th – April 30th, 2018 in the library Community Room gallery.

White Oak Conservation was created in 1982 by Howard Gillman in Nassau County, FL to help preserve some of the world’s most endangered species. It remains today as one of the premier wildlife breeding, research and training facilities in the world.

Howard Gilman (1924-1987) became Chair and CEO of the Gilman Paper Company in 1983 after the death of his father and brother and created the Howard Gilman Foundation. The Foundation gave to organizations devoted to science, medicine, education, endangered animals, social justice, and the visual and performing arts. These were Howard Gilman’s philanthropic passions.

Posters on display represent Gilman’s love for music, opera, horses, endangered animals and dance. Gilman supported Mikhail Baryshnikov and created the White Oak Dance Studio for Baryshnikov and Mark Morris to explore new choreographic development in both ballet and modern dance. Several posters show his commitment to dance and music.

Highlights of the exhibition include a poster from the White Oak Dance Project, along with images of cheetah, baby rhino and giant eland, all part of the White Oak Conservation effort.

The exhibition is open during select hours and the Library is located at 25 North 4th Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. For viewing hours call the library at 904-530-6500, Ext 1. or visit FOL’s website at www.fernandinafol.org

Educational activities associated with the exhibition will be scheduled and announced separately. For more information on White Oak Conservation visit: www.whiteoakwildlife.org.

Cummer Amelia: Cocktails and Cavases

Cocktails & Canvases Saturday Night White Canvas Chef’s Dinner
The Cocktails & Canvases White Canvas Chef’s Dinner will be hosted at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. It will be an immersive culinary event. The evening’s White Canvas menu, led by Executive Chef Daven Wardynski will tease the senses with his culinary exploration in a vibrant visual art setting featuring Amelia Island artist Casey Matthews. This one-of-a-kind experience can’t be missed!
Satuday, November 11, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Price is $150 plus vendor fee per person

Cocktails & Canvases Main Event Package
Guests will enjoy an unmatched experience with artists, mixologists, and chefs. Stay with the Cocktails & Canvases Main Event package and enjoy an immersive culinary and visual arts dinner. Sunday morning, enjoy the “Art of Breakfast” buffet in Sunrise Café, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, followed by a Local Art Festival in the Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Includes one-night hotel accommodation.
November 11th and 12th, Only $619 per package based on double occupancy

For further information or to register, visit cocktailscanvases.com. Cummer Museum Members, enter “Museum” in the discount code box when registering.

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.

Woodblock Talismans of Vietnam

Friends of the Library is pleased to announce the new exhibit on display in the community room of the Fernandina Beach Library. The exhibition is entitled “Dressing the Dead: Woodblock talismans of Vietnam.” The items on display are from the personal collection of James Kemp of Fernandina Beach.
 
Mr. Kemp first encountered the artwork of talismans when he was sent to Vietnam in 1967 with the US Navy at 20 years old. He returned and earned a BA degree in 1973 in Asian Studies from Florida State University. He began collecting talismans and woodblocks in 1973 when he returned to Taiwan to study from 1973-77.
 
Talismans in this exhibit are images which were carved into pieces of wood and then inked and pressed onto cloth or paper. These images are thought to be magical and can bring good luck in the afterlife to those who have died.
 
The exhibition is available for viewing now through December 31st, 2017 in the Community Room of the Fernandina Beach Library, located at 25 N. 4th Street. Special viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays with the exception of October 25th.
 
For further information regarding this exhibit, on joining Friends of the Library, or to donate, please visit the Friends of the Library website at www.fernandinaFOL.org or call the library at 904-530-6500, Extension 1.

Arts Market Open December 17, 2016, in Fernandina Beach

Have you made your list and checked it twice, and still have gifts to buy? The Saturday morning Arts Market in historic Fernandina is a great place to finish your holiday shopping and support small business owners.

No matter who is on your list this year, with over 30 vendors, you’ll find a sack full of joys for everyone.

You’ll find handmade purses, pocket books, and satchels by talented seamstresses, as well as hand crocheted scarfs, and sets with matching earrings.

Displaying an amazing array of talent are the painters: framed and unframed art in pastels, oils and watercolors, and hand painted (dishwasher and microwave oven safe) glassware, and recently a hand-blown glass work vendor has joined the Arts Market.

Our jewelry vendors offer a wide variety with pieces to fit just about any budget. Shop among the copper rings and bracelets, children’s and whimsical jewelry. You’ll see gifts made of the finest silver, gold, and gemstones are on display as well.

Don’t miss the custom designed T-shirts, tie dyed apparel, wall hangings, hand sewn aprons, and other apparel, too.

There is furniture, wood working, pottery, bird houses, bird baths, and other items of yard art. You can even pick up something for the pets on your list from Taylor’s Treats or Lucy Lou’s like leashes, collars, pet dishes, and pet treats, too.

The Fernandina Beach Arts Market is open rain or shine, every Saturday in December from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and located adjacent to the farmers market on North Seventh Street in downtown, Fernandina Beach, Florida.

The Arts Market will be open on Christmas Eve. For more information, visit www.FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com.

Submit Your Photos for the Library’s Rotating Art Show

You are invited to submit photographs for the Friends of the Library’s quarterly Rotating Art Shows. Art for both will be displayed January 2 through April 30, 2017 with the theme being “My Favorite Photo”.

Friends of the Library will be selecting art to be exhibited in the Library’s Community Room as well as the Children’s Room. Digital applications are due to mgorham@smacad.org by December 19. Artists will be notified by email of acceptance in the show. Artists will be required to bring their accepted artwork to the library on January 2, between 10 am and 12 pm. The library reserves the right to site all exhibitions.

To obtain more information and the Art Exhibit Application, please visit www.fernandinafol.org/events to download the application for artwork submission.

The Art Exhibition Application form and a digital sample (jpeg) of the artwork to be displayed should be emailed to mgorham@smacad.org by end of day December 19, 2016 to be considered for the exhibit.

Arts Market Now Open Every Saturday

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The Fernandina Beach Arts Market is home to local artists, potters, and crafters, and beginning this Saturday, they will be set up in downtown Fernandina Beach every Saturday through the end of December.

You will find hand crafted furniture, woodworking, both whimsical and fine jewelry, apparel, glass and stemware, holiday and home decor, pottery, paintings, sculptures and more.

This is the best opportunity to shop for unique and one of a kind pieces, where you can meet the artists, too. Learn what inspires them, tips of the trade, and get some fantastic decorating ideas. These small business owners LOVE to talk about their creations.

Located adjacent to the farmers market on North Seventh Street, the Arts Market is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine, and includes some amazingly talented craft persons.

Mike McBryan makes beautiful and practical cedar bird houses. Made from natural wood, the cedar maintains Mother Nature’s unique texture and no two houses are alike. He also makes cedar aromatic closet pieces.

Bill and Christina, of BC Gemstones, make unique sterling silver jewelry with rough rocks that have been turned into beautiful gemstones. They will have approximately 50-60 pieces of jewelry on display including necklaces, pendants, rings and bracelets. They often bring their jewelry making equipment with them, so stop by and see how they turn the stones into gems.

Sonia Cardoos brings lovely scarves that she crochets, as well as unique cork key chains and earrings. Gail Green paints wildlife onto glasses and stemware that are dishwasher and microwave safe, and Joel Venditti has Tie Dye Threads in sizes from infants to adults.

The Arts Market has much to offer, and currently there is a waiting list to become an exhibitor, so you can expect to find a wide variety of the finest art in the area. This weekly event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com, or call Joe at (904) 557-8229.

Artists Needed for Leave No Trace Ordinance

AMELIA ISLAND, FL – The Nassau County Tourism Development Council (TDC) in Northeast Florida is seeking artists to submit proposals for a public art installation to complement the county’s “Leave No Trace” ordinance. Six large-scale outdoor sculptures will be created and placed at beach access points on Amelia Island, each incorporating manmade and naturally occurring debris washed ashore during Hurricane Matthew. The sculptures are intended to draw attention to the county’s Leave No Trace ordinance, which protects the safety and quality of the island’s beaches. The deadline to submit proposals is Jan. 9, 2017. Submission guidelines can be found at www.ameliaisland.com/sculptures.

“This is a creative way to emphasize the importance of preserving the natural beauty of our beaches for visitors and residents alike,” said Leigh Palmer, Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. “When completed, these sculptures will give beachgoers – and art lovers – a reason to stop and think about their individual responsibility to our local environment, while also encouraging them to read about the Leave No Trace ordinance.”

The TDC is encouraging proposals for the Seaside Sculptures project from all artists. Initial proposals are due Jan. 9, 2017, and should be for finished, large-scale outdoor sculptures with sustaining mediums incorporating a minimum of 25% repurposed beach debris. A jury of members from the Island Art Association will select up to six finalists on Jan. 20, 2017. Installations are scheduled for April 2017 and will take place at North Beach, Main Beach, Seaside Beach, Peter’s Point, Scott Road and Burney Park beach accesses.

For more information about the Seaside Sculptures project, including timeline, terms and conditions, eligibility, submission guidelines and more, visit www.ameliaisland.com/sculptures.  

Fashion is Art and Art is Photography

In conjunction with the second Saturday Artragious Artwork, long sponsored by the Island Art Association, Bijoux Amelia, (a boutique offering fun, funky and affordable ladies accessories), located at 317A Centre Street, will be hosting its own reception – a “Meet and Greet” with local photographer Ann Kemp. Read more

TEDxFSCJ Announces Speakers for Art (Re)Defines Us

Jacksonville, FL – TEDxFSCJ is partnering with OneVoice and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville to host a salon that addresses how the many modes of art—painting, poetry, spoken word and historic neighborhoods—contribute to the flourishing of communities. The TEDxFSCJ Salon, “Art (Re)Defines Us,” will take place Wednesday, September 14, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at MOCA Jacksonville.

The theme for this TEDxFSCJ event is to strengthen ongoing conversation about arts, community and public ideals in Jacksonville. Art exercises a tremendous influence over our personal identity and public values. Learning to understand, appreciate and strengthen that influence enriches our lives as individuals. It also helps us take greater responsibility for the character of our communities and determine whether and to what extent our public artistic and cultural spaces embody the principles we profess.

The evening will feature music by The Lyricist LIVE creator Mal Jones, an open mic street party held during the downtown Art Walk, as well as TED Talks, audience discussion and four expert panelists who have made lasting contributions to Jacksonville’s artistic community.

The panelists include:
· Tiffany Melanson
· Ebony Payne-English
· Christina Parrish Stone
· Roosevelt Watson III

The “Art (Re)Defines Us” salon is free to attend. Check-in and live music are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. For more information, or to register, please visit tedxfscj.com.

FSCJ Hosts Role Models, a Ceramic Art Exhibit

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) invites students and members of the public to attend the traveling exhibition “Role Models” in August and September.

WHAT: “Role Models” is a survey of contemporary ceramics, with each artist showing one exemplary piece. The exhibit offers a range of exciting examples in sculptural and functional clay work. Organized by the Morean Arts Center and Florida CraftArt in St. Petersburg, the exhibit features 45 ceramic works representing the exciting range of sculptural and functional clay works being created by contemporary artists in Florida and beyond.

This exhibit offers students a unique opportunity to see the lineage of prominent contemporary ceramic artists and to witness firsthand the ways in which technique and aesthetics are passed from professionals to generations of students, affecting not only the personal work of an individual but entire trends within the medium. “Role Models” recently returned from exhibition at the prestigious National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), the world’s largest all-ceramics conference.

Seventeen artists currently working in Florida were selected to participate in “Role Models.” Each artist was asked to choose one person who mentored them and another person whom they have mentored. Many of the artists have chosen craftspeople from elsewhere in the country – people they studied under in school, look to for professional advice or artists they have mentored who have moved on to successful out-of-state careers.

“Role Models” fits into a larger schedule of events and exhibits in September called “Ceramics JAX.” Organized by University of North Florida (UNF) Professor Stephen Heywood, “Ceramics JAX” will highlight the ceramic arts through a variety of exhibits, workshops and lectures. In addition to these exhibits, guest artist McKenzie Smith and others will present workshops and gallery talks throughout the month of September.

For images and more on the “Role Models” exhibition, visit rolemodelsshow.wordpress.com.

WHEN/WHERE: “Ceramics JAX” Exhibit and Event Dates

“Role Models”
Florida State College at Jacksonville-South Gallery, M1110
11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246
August 24 – September 22, 2016
Reception: September 22, 2016, 5 – 7:30 p.m.

“National Juried Exhibition”
University of North Florida-UNF Gallery
1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
September 1 – October 14, 2016
Reception: September 1, 2016

“Wood Fire Invitational”
University of North Florida-Lufrano Gallery
1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
September 1 – November 15, 2016
Reception: September 1, 2016

“Sustain”
MOCA Jacksonville
333 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202
August 30 – November 21, 2016
Reception: September 7, 2016

Sculptural Narrative
Cathedral Arts Project (organized by Jacksonville University)
207 North Laura St. Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32202
September 7 – December 15, 2016
Reception: September 7, 2016

“Student Exhibit”
CoRK Arts District
Dates: TBA
Reception: September 16, 2016

Lecture: McKenzie Smith
University of North Florida-Ceramics Studio
1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
September 6, 2016

Workshop: McKenzie Smith
University of North Florida-Ceramics Studio
1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
September 7 – 8, 2016

Friends of the Library Presents The Art of the Japanese Print

Friends of the Library Presents The Art of the Japanese PrintFriends of the Fernandina Beach Library (FOL) invites the entire community to a Meet and Greet reception to view the new exquisite art exhibition titled “The Art of the Japanese Print” at the Fernandina Beach Branch of the Nassau County Library. The reception, which offers coffee and refreshments, will be held from 10 am to 12 pm, September 10th in the new Community Room at the Library, located at 25 North 4th Street.

Christine and Paul Meehan are graciously loaning a portion of their collection of contemporary Japanese prints to Friends of the Library for an exhibition from September 1st to December 30th as part of the Library’s new revolving quarterly community art exhibits.

The Meehan collection, initiated in 1975, was previously exhibited at the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach, Florida, and exemplifies all the major printmaking techniques in use today including woodblock, intaglio, planographic/lithography and stencil/silkscreen, providing a wonderful opportunity for residents and students in our area.

During the reception, FOL will acknowledge a most generous contribution from the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise. The group raised funds during its Fourth Annual Wine & Food Tasting. The proceeds of which will benefit computer literacy through its strong support for the new Technology Center at the Fernandina Beach Library Branch.

For more information regarding the Friends of the Library or to make a donation, please visit www.FernandinaFOL.org.

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