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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Christina Foard

Feb

25

Written by Nicole Gaudier

 Statement from the Artist:

“Although my background training focused on classic and gestural figurative work, I have remained most curious and engaged by painting imagined worlds through abstract forms. I see patterns in land, in people, in spaces which motivate me to respond to my surroundings. My emotional stirrings are reflected in my paintings as well: sensations of falling, flying, floating, sinking, dangling, being trapped, or completely still.

Painting has been a pathway to open and react to memories; and when necessary, reframe and resolve them. Every decision and mark on the canvas changes the entire structure, and I enter into a new puzzle to solve. Therefore, I vacillate between analytical assessment and intuitive response. Letting go of controlled outcomes is a repeated theme in my life philosophy and painting evolution. Taking risks with my materials allows for surprising results and unplanned spaces, and over time a specific language of symbols emerges– affording me a liberated freedom to create my stories without words.”

Christina Foard, The Stacked Wait, 2013, from the film still Picnic in the Trees, Oil on canvas

Christina Foard, The Stacked Wait, 2013, from the film still Picnic in the Trees, Oil on canvas

Christina Foard‘s work  The Stacked Wait will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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2014 Community First Garden Month at The Cummer

Feb

19

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With the success of last year’s Garden Month, Community First Credit Union and The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens proudly present its annual celebration, Garden Month at The Cummer! The Cummer will be celebrating its historical gardens with events, programs, classes for adults and children, and Docent led tours throughout the month of March.

To kick off this year’s Garden Month on March 1, The Cummer, with a special thanks to Weaver First Saturday Free for All, will open its doors at 10 AM with free admission for everyone. Before the museum opens, there will be a Plant Sale on the front lawn starting at 9 a.m.  Rain barrels from The St. Johns Riverkeeper will also be sold from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. near the Art Connectins entrance.

During Community Day, there will be live music performed by Tammerlin, studio activities, demonstrations by local CoRK artist Crystal Floyd from 12 PM to 2 PM, and many other activities. The Ixia Chapter of the North Florida Native Plant Society will also be available to answer questions about the gardens as well as provide information on how to care for native plants in your home gardens. With free admission and activities for all, Community Day is an event not to be missed!

Listed below is the schedule of events during Community First Garden Month at The Cummer. Be sure to mark these exciting events in your calendars!

  • March 1st Community Day from 10 AM-4PM (entire museum and gardens), Plant Sale from 9 AM-2 PM (front lawn), & St. John’s Riverkeeper Rain Barrel Sale from 10 AM- 12 PM.
  • March 4th St. John’s Riverkeeper Lecture from 630 PM- 730 PM.
  • March 8th Art for Two: Ages 3-5, Beautiful Blooms! from 1030 AM to 12 PM.
  • March 9th Terrarium Making Workshop with Crystal Floyd from 2 PM-4 PM.
  • March 12th & March 13th Talks & Tea: Celebrating The Cummer Gardens at 130 PM.
  • March 14th Garden Concert: A Night of Motown Music with KTG from 7PM-9PM (Cummer Gardens weather permitting).
  • March 15th Art Adventures: Ages 6-12, Botanical Paintings! from 1030 AM-1230 PM.
  • March 19th An Evening with Doug Tallamy “Bringing Nature Home” from 630 PM- 830PM.
  • March 23rd The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program from 12PM-4 PM.
  • March 31st Garden to Table Dinner from 6 PM-9 PM.

More information for these events and programs can be found on our website.

2014 Garden Month Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Community First Credit Union

St. Johns River Level

 Mrs. C. Kirby Alexander

 Mr. & Mrs. David M. Hicks

 Mrs. Edward W. Lane, Jr.

 Mr. and Mrs. Russell B. Newton, Jr.

 Joan & Jim Van Vleck

Azalea Level

 Vicky & Charlie Commander

 Suzanne Hinckley

 Councilman Jim and Robin Love

 Kenyon V. Merritt

Wisteria Level

 Barbara Arnold

 Mr. and Mrs. James I. Vance Berry, Jr.

 Candace & Erie Bridgewater

 Mr. Ryan A. Schwartz 

Community Partners

Chef’s Garden Catering & Events

Jim Draper

Ixia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society

Harbringer Sign

 Pam & Jake Ingram

Mark Grandin Events

St. Johns Riverkeeper

Sunscapes Landscape Design, Inc.

ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance

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Floral Arranging Class at The Cummer Museum

Feb

17

As part of this year’s Community First Garden Month at The Cummer, visitors will have the opportunity to participate in a range of new and engaging programming.  On Sunday March the 16th The Cummer will host a Floral Arranging workshop with instructor Ann Evans.

Evans is the brain behind Cypress Creative Floral Design, a local company offering several services related to creative floral design, including flower deliveries, flowers for weddings and special events, and custom arrangements.  Cypress will even suggest lighting and linens to compliment the flower selections for your event. 

Ann Evans first came to event planning during her time in New York and later became interested in custom floral design while living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Using carefully selected flowers to create unique arrangements, Evans discovered a connection to the events industry she is passionate about.

This workshop will include all arrangement supplies, discussions on selecting the right flowers, proper stem cutting, as well as handy tricks and expert advice.  Each student will take home the masterpiece they create.  The workshop runs from 1:00 PM  –  2:30 PM.

Members $110, Non-members $125

For further information please call 904.355.0630.

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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Sara Pedigo

Feb

14

Written by Nicole Gaudier

Sara Pedigo ‘s works  Swimmer and In the Night Kitchen will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

 A statement from the artist:

“Three quotes taken from Siri Hustvedt’s Mysteries of the Rectangle: Essays on Painting:

Sara Pedigo, In the Night Kitchen, 2013, from the film stills What’s For Dinner, Oil on canvas

Sara Pedigo, In the Night Kitchen, 2013, from the film stills What’s For Dinner, Oil on canvas

‘The longer I live the more I would like to put the world in suspension and grip the present before it’s eaten by the next second and becomes the past. A painting creates an illusion of an eternal present, a place where my eyes can rest as if the clock has magically stopped ticking.’

‘Real photographs always evoke loss. Looking at a snapshot, even when I am unfamiliar with the people, the room, or the landscape it captures, I feel that I am holding a trace of what has disappeared. Ordinary families document these losses regularly and with nostalgia for babies now grown up, young women turned into grandmothers, the youthful former self and, most importantly, the dead. As Roland Barthes wrote in Camera Lucida: ‘Painting can feign reality without having seen it.’ The lens, unlike the painter, must have something out there to record.’

‘I have often thought of paintings as ghosts, the specters of a living body, because in them we feel and see not only the rigors of thought, but the marks left by a person’s

Sara Pedigo, Swimmer, 2013, from the film stills Floating, Oil on canvas

Sara Pedigo, Swimmer, 2013, from the film stills Floating, Oil on canvas

physical gestures-strokes, dabs, smudges. In effect, painting is the still memory of that human motion, and our individual responses to it depend on who we are, on our character, which underlines the simple truth that no person leaves himself behind in order to look at a painting.”

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Jonathan Shepard

Feb

11

Written by Nicole Gaudier

Jonathan Shepard‘s Mixed media installation  Particles will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

A statement from the artist:

“What has always drawn me to photographs, moving or still, is the encapsulation of so many simultaneous events, emotions, and the engagement of all my the senses in one crystalized flicker of light.  From my earliest memory, my father proudly presented slide shows on the wall of our dining room, surrounded by adult guests whom I would never remember later, enjoying cups of coffee and my mom’s swedish tea ring pastry.  Today when I recall those memories, I can smell the pastry in my mind. My recollection of those shared experiences has almost nothing to do with the subjects in the photos, but my own nostalgia is formed by the experience of a collection of people connecting to each other’s stories through the shared observation of a moment.  I believe we are all connected by these particles of light, experience and memory in an effort to preserve our own stories if only as they are reflected by those of someone else.”

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

 

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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Mark Creegan

Feb

07

Written by Nicole Gaudier

Mark Creegan ‘s 32 minute loop, SD video Too Sensitive,  will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

Mark Creegan, Too Sensitive, 2013, from all the film stills, 32 minute loop, SD video

Mark Creegan, Too Sensitive, 2013, from all the film stills, 32 minute loop, SD video

A statement from the artist:

“I took the title of the exhibition Our Shared Past quite literally. The video is comprised of still images of every image Jef provided. Each image has been cropped to show some hidden detail. I edited the video to show each image in eleven second increments. The added audio is a recording from 1980 of a psychic reading of my mother. This recording is one of the only documents I have of her life. In combining these, I want to make a very specious, odd take on my family’s past overlapped with similar elements from Jef’s. So much of our recollection of our past is fragmentary and inaccurate. A cropped, pixelated image from a still image of family movie is a fitting illustration of our own mental recollection. And a random interpretation of a life by a psychic can be just as telling as our own self-stories. “

 

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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