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Cummer Amelia: Kickoff

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Martin Johnson Heade, American (1819 - 1904), 'Orchid with an Amethyst Hummingbird, c. 1875 - 1890, Oil on canvas, 18 1/16 x 10 1/8 in., Bequest of Ninah M.H. Cummer, C.O.112.1.

Martin Johnson Heade, American (1819 – 1904), ‘Orchid with an Amethyst Hummingbird, c. 1875 – 1890, Oil on canvas, 18 1/16 x 10 1/8 in., Bequest of Ninah M.H. Cummer, C.O.112.1.

Tuesday, October 18
5 to 7 p.m. | Members Free, Non-Members $15
Amelia Island Museum of History
233 S. Third Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

What is the “life of an object”? How do we give “life” to something that is inanimate, inert? Chief Operating Officer & Chief Curator Holly Keris will be addressing this very concept at the annual Cummer Amelia Kickoff event, which will be held at the Amelia Island Museum of History on October 18. At this year’s kickoff, you will experience the full stories behind some amazing works of art, while learning about the Museum and its relationships with artists. With food, cocktails, and remarks, this event will be an evening you do not want to miss.

Using the piece Orchid with an Amethyst Hummingbird by Martin Johnson Heade, Keris will demonstrate that art does indeed have a “life” of its own, highlighting the history of this masterpiece from its creation to its accession into the Museum’s Permanent Collection.

While experiencing the history of this piece, you will also learn a bit about the artist himself and his prominent place in American Art history. Keris will highlight many of the artist’s major works of art, including The St. Johns River, which is Cummer Amelia’s signature artwork. We hope that these remarks will demonstrate that each piece of art has its own story to tell, beyond that which is illustrated in the frame.

Join us as we celebrate art, history, and the beauty of life! Register now or contact Member Relations Officer Wendy Mayle at 904.899.6007.

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