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A Night of Americana – Jacksonville Old Time Jam

Jun

20

 

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The Jacksonville Old Time Jam was founded in August 2011 in order to preserve, foster, and spark a passion for Old Time music in Northeast Florida. They will be one of the three performing groups for The Cummer’s Garden Concert: A Night of Americana on June 28 from 7-9 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.). The cost is $20 for Members, $25 for Non-members, and $400 for a table of 10. Bring a blanket, chairs, and your favorite foods and beverages (alcohol is permitted), and enjoy a picnic in The Cummer Gardens with a view of the St. Johns River, while listening to the sounds of some of the most talented musicians in Jacksonville! If you don’t feel like packing a picnic, let The Café do all the work for you. Preorder your boxed dinner from The Café by calling 904.899.6022. For more information or to make your required reservation, click HERE or call 904.899.6038.

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Jacksonville Old Time Jam draws much of their influence from a musical style called old-time music. A prominent genre in North-American folk music, old-time music orginates from a diverse group of countries including Ireland, Britain, Africa, and Continental Europe. Its popularity grew alongside many popular folk dances, such as square-dancing, flatfoot dancing, buck dancing, and clogging. Old-time music is generally played using all acoustic instruments including a fiddle accompanied by other plucked string instruments like a banjo or a guitar.

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In addition to The Cummer’s Americana Concert, you can catch this phenomenal music group at Rain Dogs (1045 Park St.) or UnderBelly (113 E. Bay St.). Click HERE for concert dates and more.

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A Night of Americana – Canary in the Coalmine

Jun

19

 

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Founded in the streets of Asheville, North Carolina, Canary in the Coalmine is a Jacksonville based folk group influenced by Appalachian folk and alternative country sounds. This Americana folk band is led by songwriters Jessica Pounds and Sandy Wicker. Members include Peter Mosely on upright bass and backing vocals, Philip Pan on violin, Arvid Smith on dobro, mellobar, mandolin, and guitars, and Eric Bailey on drums/percussion.

They are just one of three groups performing at The Cummer’s Garden Concert: A Night of Americana on June 28,2014 from 7-9 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.). Bring a blanket, chairs, and your favorite foods and beverages (alcohol is permitted). Enjoy a picnic in The Cummer Gardens with a view of the St. Johns River, while listening to the sounds of some of the most talented musicians in Jacksonville! The cost is $20 for Members, $25 for Non-members, and $400 for a table of 10. If you don’t feel like packing a picnic, let The Café do all the work for you. Preorder your boxed dinner from The Café by calling 904.899.6022. For more information or to make your required reservation, click HERE or call 904.899.6038.

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Canary in the Coalmine’s musical influences include Leonard Cohen, Josh Ritter, Dolly Parton, Rufus Wainwright, Fiona Apple, Southern Gospel Music, Jeff Buckley, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Nina Simone, Nancy Sinatra, The Carter Family, and Skeeter Davis to name a few. The group has earned acclaim from EU Magazine, NPR, Folio Weekly and countless others. Jessica and Sandy form an undeniably harmonious duo that parternered with Jacksonville’s finest musicians creates an unforgettable sound experience.

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In addition to seeing Canary in the Coalmine live at The Cummer on June 28th 7-9 p.m. (doors 6 p.m.), you can check out their website for tour information, merchandise, and more by clicking HERE.

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Garden Concert: A Night of Americana – Four Families

Jun

18

 Artist Highlight: Four Families

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Four Families is a folk music group that combines a heavy orchestral sound with a unique indie twist. Their indescribable ethereal music is a sound that resonates with each of their listeners. Members include: Robin Rütenberg on vocals, guitar, mandolin, and tambourine, Naarah Strokosch on cello and keys, Quinn Mellon on bass, and Summer Wood on drums.

They are one of three groups performing at The Cummer’s Garden Concert: A Night of Americana on June 28,2014 from 7-9 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.). Bring a blanket, chairs, and your favorite foods and beverages (alcohol is permitted). Enjoy a picnic in The Cummer Gardens with a view of the St. Johns River, while listening to the sounds of some of the most talented musicians in Jacksonville! The cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members, and $400 for a table of 10. If you don’t feel like packing a picnic, let The Café do all the work for you. Preorder your boxed dinner from The Café by calling 904.899.6022.

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Shelton Hull, columnist for Arbus Magazine and Folio Weekly, says, “The sound of Four Families is at once classic and modern, soothing yet invigorating. The Florida quartet strikes a perfect sonic balance, with songwriting that puts their skills on full display.” They say that their music is inspired by themes of cultural tradition, social and historical observations, and human relationships. Their first EP, Sea Legs, was released in January of 2012 as “Robin Rütenberg & Friends” and they are currently recording their first full-length album.

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In addition to watching them perform at The Cummer on June 28th, you can also check out their recently released first ever music video at http://youtu.be/JYv2pnpJnoc. Get albums and merchandise from http://fourfamilies.bandcamp.com/. More information and tour dates can be found at http://www.fourfamiliesmusic.com/.

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Commemoration Celebration

Jun

17

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens presents a Commemoration Celebration on Tuesday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m.  In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, The Cummer will host the Gospel ensemble, The Sanders Singers featuring Mama Blue. Enjoy a special musical performance, including a rendition of Lift Every Voice and Sing, as well as inspiring words from Alton Yates about the importance of the visual arts during this unsettled period in American history.  This performance is in connection with A Commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement: Photography from the High Museum of Art, on view at The Cummer through November 2, 2014.

Image credit: Steve Schapiro (American, b. 1936), Andrew Young, Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Lewis, Selma, Alabama, 1965, gelatin silver print, High Museum of Art, purchase with funds from the H. B. and Doris Massey Charitable Trust, 2007.219.  © Steve Schapiro.

Steve Schapiro (American, b. 1936), Andrew Young, Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Lewis, Selma, Alabama, 1965, gelatin silver print, High Museum of Art, purchase with funds from the H. B. and Doris Massey Charitable Trust, 2007.219. © Steve Schapiro.

Eloquently dubbed the “Sultry Sister of Soul”, Mama Blue is captivating, grounded and real.  Her gifted voice and stage presence is uplifting, unforgettable and addictive!  Insightful lyrics and renditions, coupled with old-school sophistication will take you back to a simpler time when music was alive.  Her unique sound is reminiscent of legends such as Nina Simone, Tina Turner, Etta James and Aretha Franklin, and fuses elements of blues and jazz with hints of Motown, classical, Latin and even a bit of country. A native of Jacksonville, Mama Blue graduated from the prestigious Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and earned a talent scholarship to Jacksonville University.  Majoring in vocal performance, she has since ventured forth to live performances across the southeastern US and Europe.

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Alton W. Yates is originally from Jacksonville’s LaVilla Park Neighborhood. He earned his Master’s Degree in Urban Studies from Occidental College, Los Angeles, California, and is a Yale University/Ford Foundation Graduate National Urban Fellow. Yates received high praise while serving in the U.S. Air Force at the Aeromedical Field Laboratory. He returned to Jacksonville in 1959 to find the city in desperate need of desegregation. Yates joined the National Association for the Advanced of Colored People Youth Council and became actively involved in the civil rights movement in Jacksonville. He was with the NAACP group on the occasion known as Axe Handle Saturday in August 1960. Yates has continued his dedicated service since the 1960s, serving the city of Jacksonville as administrative assistant, the Florida Anti-Poverty Agency, and the Florida Air National Guard.  His drive for human dignity within the city of Jacksonville has given him the opportunity to contribute to its growth since the civil rights movement.

Join The Cummer for this special program honoring the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place in Hixon Auditorium. It is free to the public and no reservations are needed. For more information, please call 904.356.6857.

 This program would not be possible without the generous support of Florida Blue Free Tuesdays at the Cummer Museum.

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Collector’s Choice: Featured Collector, Maria Cox

Jun

17

Written by Caitlyn Cooney, Curatorial Intern

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A collector’s passion for art is an integral part of their personality. It affects the way they view the world around them, the way they experience life, their relationships with people, and the decisions they make every day. For Maria Cox, art has been a part of her life since birth, shaping her experiences long into adulthood. She and her husband, Donald, have collected various noteworthy artworks since the early 1970’s by revolutionary artists of the modern and contemporary era. Over the years, the Coxes have come to obtain a snippet of one of the most groundbreaking periods in American art.

Cox Two Dancing Figures

Keith Harring, Two Dancing Figures, 1990, Poly/Enamel on Aluminum

Cox grew up with an artistic way of viewing life. Both of her parents were architects, frequently exposing her to the elements of design and creative viewpoints through contemporary art and architecture. She obtained her undergraduate degree in art history, and continued her passion for contemporary art from there. Her interests were directed toward the artists that were changing the art scene, the creative fabric of their contemporary culture. She states, “When Donald and I went to galleries, we saw a lot of things—mundane things, the ‘try-hards’—but then we saw Rauschenberg, and you could just tell he was having fun. And we liked the ‘fun’ of art.”

Of the two pieces from Cox’s collection currently on view at the Cummer, Keith Harring’s Two Dancing Figures  (1990) represents this avant-garde, ”fun” interest. Contemporary art in the last few decades had been entirely focused on pushing the limits of what defined “art”, the way we viewed and interpreted art, the way we viewed our culture, and even the way we viewed ourselves. Keith Harring embodies this very movement towards the disjuncture between art and life seen since the 1960s with his graffiti-esque characters and stylized compositions. His child-like illustrations captured a nonchalance about “high art”, and shifted the definition of what art could be.

Cox January

Alex Kats, January, 1992, Color Aquatint

This passion fed every area of Cox’s life. In describing the way art affected her marriage, she states, “We fed each other.” It became a part of their relationship and daily lives. They would immerse themselves in the experience of looking for something they were passionate about, learning about the changing landscape of their contemporary art scene, sometimes visiting as many as 28 museums and galleries in a day. Cox went on to describe the way she and Donald selected pieces for their collection stating, “You’re looking for something that excites you, that you want to live with, that you want to take home. You can go and look, and be looking at different things, but sometimes your eyes meet and you realize you are looking at the same thing. And then you buy it.”

As a collector, Cox strives to capture an era that was all about change, progression, creative thinking and fun. Her passion surpasses that of her aesthetic tastes, fueled by the concepts and influences of the innovative artists represented in her collection.

 

 The exhibition Collectors’ Choice: Inside the Hearts and Minds of Regional Collectors will be on view from May 17th to September 14th, 2014.

For more information, please visit the Cummer’s website at  http://www.cummer.org/

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Donor Highlight: HEAL Foundation

Jun

16

HEAL Foundation

The HEAL Foundation, a local non-profit organization serving individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders, has been a generous sponsor of The Cummer’s annual VSA Festival since 2008 and began underwriting scholarships for children with autism to attend Camp Cummer in 2011. This past year, the VSA Festival reached over 700 children with autism, as well as their families, and ten HEAL Foundation scholarships have been underwritten for this summer’s Camp Cummer.

If you are interested in learning more about HEAL scholarships, please contact Jan Thomas at 904.355.0630 or jthomas@cummer.org

Leslie Weed, co-founder of the HEAL Foundation, said the following after last month’s VSA Festival, “A child with disabilities has many limitations with very few opportunities outside the home. Arriving at The Cummer Museum, the children are greeted with music, laughter and a host of people delighted to see them. The students enjoy a day of meandering through the Museum and Gardens, creating with different mediums of art, surrounded by masterpieces. Art plays an important role in the lives of these children, and the VSA Festival is often their first experience creating art in such a magnificent setting.”

The Cummer is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to partner with the HEAL Foundation to make a difference in our local Autism Community.

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