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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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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Thony Aiuppy

Feb

04

Written by Nicole Gaudier

Thony Aiuppy‘s work  Reticent Slumber (an effigy) 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:

“Memory encompasses neither the entire spatial appearance of a state of affairs nor its entire temporal course…Memory’s records are full of gaps…No matter which scenes an individual remembers, they all mean something relevant to that person, though he or she might not necessarily know what they mean.’

Siegfried Kracauer, Memory Images, 1927

Thony Aiuppy, Reticent Slumber (an effigy), 2013, from the film still Ghostly Baby, Oil on panel

Thony Aiuppy, Reticent Slumber (an effigy), 2013, from the film still Ghostly Baby, Oil on panel

The collected body of work found in Our Shared Past is an archive of experiences that happened at best on an unconscious level. While I worked consciously on this project, making choices to best exemplify the experiences that I encountered and participated in, it took several months before I could even engage the materials that would represent and stand in for a memory that was my own. The use of oil paint in my piece correlates to the fluid identity that memories hold.

This work is painted over an unprescribed period of time. Each layer of oil pigment applied lays on top of the previous one, building both a presence and an essence of the figure bound to the surface of the wood panel. This allows the interlocutor to share in this elected moment of time. A sense of movement is activated by the painterly brushstrokes and the pentimenti created offers not only a sense of time passing but at the same time points to the vitality of life that is represented in a young life. Because memory can only be perceived in time outside of the occurrence of original events, whether real or imagined, it is fitting that the experiences within this catalog of work exude a similar notion.”

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 Tony Wood

Jan

31

Written by Nicole Gaudier

A statement from Tony Wood:

“My paintings always seem to gravitate towards people and a search for an emotional quality or connection. I typically work in a more naturalistic style but felt the dichotomy of thinly veiled figures holding thick dripping bouquets most illustrated my feelings when I first saw the image from the 8mm film still. Yes, I felt an immediate nostalgia and memories from my own youth but mostly I felt this idea of a fleeting moment frozen in time, ghost-like, grainy and vague. I painted these women thin and monochromatic to reinforce this feeling but I wanted the bouquets to jut out into our space, past to present, reaching across time and space and breaking through the surface of the memory plane. You can reach out and touch the past as it reaches back to touch you.”

Tony Wood, Bridesmaids and Bouquets, 2013, from the film still Brooklyn, Oil and mixed media on canvas.

Tony Wood, Bridesmaids and Bouquets, 2013, from the film still Brooklyn, Oil and mixed media on canvas.

Tony Wood’s work Bridesmaids and Bouquets, 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 form 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 (the first of each month), and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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