For the past month, we have been renovating The Eunice Pitt Odom Semmes & George Wingfield Semmes Gallery of Baroque Art. This gallery, otherwise known as the “blue” gallery due to the infamous blue wall color now has a new wall color and a new hanging system. The paintings in this gallery will no longer suspend from wires hanging from the ceiling. Not only is this method of hanging artwork risky but it also tends to distract the visitor from truly viewing the painting. Due to the recent renovation of the wall surface, the artwork will now be attached to the wall in a more safe and discreet manner. In addition to these items, two columns were built at the entrance of the gallery. Along with a new layout with some paintings from storage, the new Semmes Gallery will look and feel like a new gallery space.
Come check out the gallery renovations, when it opens to the public on Tuesday, August 2nd. Also, while you’re here, a new permanent collection exhibition will open the same day. A selection of posters from the Norman Film Manufacturing Company will be on view in the Stein Gallery until October 30th. These posters are from silent films produced in the 1920’s by first coast native, Richard Norman.