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LIFT: GLENDIA COOPER

Jul

19

Written by: Julie Thieman, Marketing Intern

Photo by Ingrid Damiani

Photo by Ingrid Damiani

Glendia Cooper is a contributing artist for LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience which presents a modern response to Jacksonville’s African American Heritage, while using the lyrics to James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson’s Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing as inspiration.

Glendia Cooper, We Are One, mixed media (clay, basket reeds, wooden beads), 22 x 13 x 13 in.

Cooper received her Bachelor of Arts from Mississippi Valley State University and a Master of Art from Jacksonville University. She is a prolific and imaginative potter whose works reflect her own inner spirituality, love of travel, and an appreciation for African techniques.

Glendia Cooper, We Are One, mixed media (clay, basket reeds, wooden beads), 22 x 13 x 13 in. (detail)

Her intricate pieces are created using the coil and slab methods, and are inspired by her life in Mississippi, as well as her travels to Egypt, Benio, the Ivory Coast, Kenya, and Brazil. Cooper’s pieces for LIFT take us on a journey where “we will see connections with the past and hope for the future.”

To learn more about Glendia Cooper visit her website.

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DOCENT HIGHLIGHT: PAT CHIARELLI

Jul

13

Pat as Eliza Doolittle.

Pat as Eliza Doolittle

We love celebrating our Docent Corps and all of their hard work at the Museum. Meet Pat Chiarelli, another member of the Corps who dedicates countless hours at the Museum to further the mission of “Engaging and Inspiring through Arts, Gardens, and Education.” In Pat’s words:

The arts have always been a part of my life whether I was going to a Broadway show, a museum, or teaching my students. When I moved to St. Marys, Georgia, the Cummer Museum became my favorite place to be. When my full-time education job ended, my docent training began. Maybe it has been seven or eight years; I stopped counting. I love listening to the children’s reactions to the art and how much the love the Gardens. I see something new through their eyes. During the time I am not a Docent, acting and singing are my passions, when I am lucky enough to get a part in a play or just sing at church. I continue to be amazed at every new gallery that opens. And I have to thank Mary Beth for being so considerate of us docents; she is amazing – always a bright light!

 

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CAMP CUMMER 2016!

Jul

05

CAMP CUMMER 2016!

Summer Camp is underway and we have 3 weeks left! Space is still available but filling up fast!

BLUE Week 4: July 11 through 15

RED Week 5: July 18 through 22

BLUE Week 6: July 25 through 29

Camp Cummer is for children entering grades 1 through 6. You may sign up for 1 or 2 weeks of Camp. The BLUE Weeks have very similar projects, so if you sign up for 2 weeks, please make sure to sign-up for only one BLUE Week.

Each day runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $180 for Members and $200 for Non-Members. Registration is required. Extended Care is available: AM Care starts at 8 AM ($20 per week), and PM Care goes until 5 PM ($30 per week).

Click Here to Register Now!

Photo 2Campers will experiment with different art media in the studio, explore the Gardens and Galleries, and spend time in Art Connections. The Education staff creates dynamic lesson plans and art projects based on the Museum’s Permanent Collection, Gardens, and Special Exhibitions that will stimulate your children’s creativity and imagination.

 

 

Photo 3PROJECT HIGHLIGHT: “Bronze” Ceramic Self-Portrait

In Mr. Matthew’s class, campers looked at examples of bronze portraiture in the Sculpture Garden. They discussed how artists use depth and texture to render images in three dimensions before returning to the studio to create low-relief self-portraits using clay. These portraits were then painted and with shoe polish to create a patina.

Quotes from Campers:

“The camp is the most spectacular camp in the world. The activities are so interesting. We use clay, water color, ink (for printing), and a lot more materials. The Gardens are so beautiful. I have been coming here for four summers back-to-back and will come back every year in the future. It is the best thing in the world. We hope you have the best time at Camp Cummer.” –Erica

“Camp Cummer is really fun. This is my first summer. It is cool, and I learned more things about art. The teachers and volunteers are amazing, and they help me when I need it. This camp is the best camp. I’ve never been to a better camp.” –Layla

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LIFT: CHIP SOUTHWORTH

Jun

28

Written by: Katie Dietzel, Public Relations Intern

Photo by Ingrid Damiani

Chip Southworth is a contributing artist for LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience which presents a modern response to Jacksonville’s African American Heritage, while using the lyrics to James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson’s Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing as inspiration.

Chip Southworth, Tamir Rice, 2016, oil enamel on birch panel, 62 x 62 in.

Southworth has been a practicing artist for the past 25 years. He studied Fine Art at Florida State University and digital design at the Art Institute of Jacksonville. In 1991 and 1992 he served as an apprentice for Master Artist Roland Hockett. Southworth quit his design job in 2013 to pursue painting full time.

Chip Southworth, Trayvon Martin, 2016, oil enamel on birch panel, 62 x 62 in.

His large scale portraits and figurative work are both artistic and a form of advocacy. He describes his inspiration from Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing as an interpretation of our nations struggle for equality while still having “one foot firmly planted in the hate of yesteryear.” The deaths of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, and Tamir Rice are the focal point of his art for this exhibition.

Chip Southworth, Jordan Davis, oil enamel on birch panel, 62 x 62 in.

“I have always felt a sense of white guilt and burden of entitlement, so my work seeks to use my voice to sing as loudly as I can for those who have had their rights limited or taken away,” says Southworth.

To learn more about Chip Southworth visit his page at the CoRK Art District.

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DOCENT HIGHLIGHT: CAROLYN RANKIN

Jun

16

Docent of the MotnhWe love celebrating our Docent Corps and all of their hard work at the Museum. Meet Carolyn Rankin, another member of the Corps who dedicates countless hours at the Museum to further the mission of “Engaging and Inspiring through Arts, Gardens and Education

In the words of Carolyn…

“I joined the Docent program in 1995 and have been an ambassador for the Museum ever since. As a former RN, having enjoyed a part-time career both in the hospital setting and a Physician’s office, I sought a volunteer position doing something entirely different. I had always been interested in art history and travels so the Cummer Museum was a good fit both for learning and giving back. It is hard to put into words the absolute marvelous training we as docents have received through the years both from the great staff present and previous. I feel fortunate  to have met so many interesting people from whom I have learned much. The favorite part of my job is probably being able to share the entire campus with children as I feel the outdoor space too is special as well as the art.

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LIFT: Family Day

Jun

15

LIFT_genericeventheaderYou are invited to a special family day, to celebrate the opening of LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience, at not one but two Museums! This Saturday, June 18th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy free admission at both the Ritz Theatre & Museum and the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, music and art making activities, plus don’t miss a special performance by Ritz Sound & Vocal Performers at 11 a.m.

Events throughout the day include:

  • An art making activity in the Loggia with Museum Educators.
  • Plein air painting demos from Thony Aiuppy and Roosevelt Watson III
  • Community Installation – The Wishing Tree on the front lawn of the Museum
  • Museum Docents in the galleries from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Participating artists on hand to talk about their work
  • A drum circle at tje front entrance of Museum
  • Mal Jones of The Lyricist Live presents – Get on down in the garden! The literary rhyme experience with Hip Hop, Jazz, and blended beats with live Freestyle Rhyme improvisation!  In the Upper Tier Garden.
  • Mark Shine performs on the Café patio from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m
  • Donte Bowtie Palmer – spoken word every half hour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This event is free and no registration is required.

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