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Thanks to Florida Blue Volunteers!

May

02

WRITTEN BY MATTHEW CHIN, ADVANCEMENT INTERN

Thank you to the Florida Blue Volunteers who offered their support on April 24 at the Museum to ensure the success of the 2017 Very Special Arts (VSA) Festival. Florida Blue has been a loyal sponsor of the Cummer Museum for many years, underwriting Florida Blue Free Tuesdays, which provides free admission, live music, and garden and permanent collection tours each Tuesday evening. Last year, Florida Blue Free Tuesdays served a diverse array of more than 27,000 visitors. The VSA Festival is another huge way for us to give back to the community as an opportunity for students with special needs in the greater Jacksonville area to engage with art, movement, and music, as well as have the opportunity to create their own works of art. The Florida Blue Volunteers worked tirelessly in order to ensure that students attending the festival have the necessary materials to create their masterpieces and enjoy their experience at the Museum to the fullest.

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The “Leaning Virgin”, James McBey & WWI

Apr

27

WRITTEN BY CURATORIAL INTERN CHELSEA LOWERY CORNELIUS

We’ve all heard of the “Leaning Tower of Pisa”, but who has heard of the “Leaning Virgin”? The “Leaning Virgin” became a legend in Northern France during World War I. It was destroyed in April 1918, and we want to take time this April to remember it in its perplexing glory.

Sergeant John Lord (Australian, 1896 – 1951), ‘Basilica of Notre-Dame de Brebières, Albert, France’, 1916, photograph, Museums Victoria.

The Golden Virgin was a sculpture designed by Albert Roze (1861 – 1952) that sat atop the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Brebières located in the city of Albert, in the Somme region. In January 1915, the Basilica, three miles from battle, was hit by a German shell and the statue fell to an almost horizontal position. It became known as the “Leaning Virgin” to British, French, and German soldiers passing by, infatuated with how it remained attached to the rooftop for years. This peculiar “resistance” fostered many legends; the British army believed whoever made the statue fall would lose the war, while the German army actually claimed the opposite. When German troops took Albert in March 1918, British forces soon retaliated, and the Basilica was sadly destroyed. The German legend turned out to be right: the Allies, whose missiles took down the statue, won the war.

Today, you can visit Heroes & Battlefields: World War I Prints by James McBey, on display until June 25, 2017. This exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of America’s entry in World War I with McBey’s haunting etchings of the cities, people, and landscapes affected by the conflict. McBey captured the “Leaning Virgin” in a print while stationed in Albert with British forces in 1917.

James McBey (British, 1883 – 1959), ‘Albert, Somme’, 1917, drypoint, 9 15/16 x 5 7/8 in., Gift of Mrs. James McBey, AG.1961.1.73.

His rendition shows the statue looking over the decimated town as brave soldiers in the foreground make their way to the front lines. A landmark in a once lively market place, the “Leaning Virgin” seems to embody the resilience of a whole town in the midst of its physical devastation.

Although the “Leaning Virgin” and the Basilica were rebuilt to their original splendor after the war, it is important to remember how it symbolized, for many years, the war’s impact on the world.

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#5WomenArtists – Ellen Biddle Shipman

Apr

21

WRITTEN BY CURATORIAL INTERN BRITTANY BERTAZAN

Can you name 5 women artists? It turns out, most people can’t. This simple question calls attention to the inequity women artists face, inspires conversation, and brings awareness to a larger audience. As a part of the #5WomenArtists initiative through the National Museum of Women in the Arts and in celebration of Women’s History Month, we will be highlighting women artists in the Cummer Collection. Museum founder Ninah Cummer was a supporter of women artists. Each of the artists we are highlighting are from the original 60 pieces of artwork donated by Ninah Cummer that are the foundation of our collection. To learn more about women artists, follow the National Museum of Women in the Arts on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or follow #5WomenArtists. This post is the last of five published as part of our #5WomenArtists series.

When Mrs. Cummer hired Ellen Biddle Shipman in 1931 to embellish her property, she was reaching out to one of the most respected and sought-after landscape architects in the country. Shipman was part of a generation that succeeded in breaking into a largely male-dominated field, and her clients included famous American magnates such as the Fords and the Astors. Her gardens often appeared in magazines, and by 1933 House & Garden had named her the “Dean of Women Landscape Architects”. She shared her passion through many lectures and completed more than 600 projects.

Born to a prominent military family from Philadelphia that often relocated, Ellen Biddle Shipman (1896 – 1950) was introduced to horticulture in her early years while living with her grandparents in New Jersey. However, it was not until she moved to Massachusetts that she began to cultivate her landscaping skills. In 1912, she started her career as a garden designer in Cornish, New Hampshire under the mentorship of architect Charles Platt, known for his interest in Italian gardens. By 1920, she had opened an office in New York City, and she made a point of hiring graduates of the Lowthorpe School of Landscape Architecture for Women, the first of its kind to open the profession to women.

Because of the labor-intensive nature of her designs, few preserved spaces have survived. Among those, however, is the Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University in North Carolina, considered to be one of the most beautiful American college campuses, with its Italianate style. The Longue Vue House & Gardens in New Orleans is still admired today for how it included the architectural design of the house itself into the gardens, cleverly blending interior and exterior spaces.

And of course, there is the Italian garden at the Cummer Museum, one of the jewels of our grounds. Mrs. Cummer’s vision and love for a landscape style she discovered while traveling with her husband in Italy still exists today for us all to enjoy.

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Cummer Amelia Garden Walk and Art Home Tour

Apr

03

WRITTEN BY SARAH JACKSON, ADVANCEMENT INTERN

Join Cummer Amelia in partnership with Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate for two exciting events: the 3rd Annual Garden Walk at Amelia Island Plantation on Friday, April 7, and an Art Home Tour on Saturday, April 8.

The Garden Walk begins with a presentation by renowned Omni Chef Daven Wardynski, held at The Sprouting Project. After the presentation, guests will enjoy a garden walk of four private gardens. Art demonstrations, live music, and refreshments will be provided along the tour route. Transportation is offered, but limited. Master Gardener volunteers from the Nassau County Extension Service will be at each of the Cummer Amelia Garden Walk venues to help answer your questions. The cost for Members is $20 and $30 for Non-Members.

Schedule:
12:30 p.m. – Check-in at The Sprouting Project, located on Sea Marsh Road on Amelia Island, at the north end of Oak Marsh Golf Driving Range, inside Amelia Island Plantation.
1 p.m. – Presentation by Omni Chef Daven Wardynski at The Sprouting Project.
1:30 to 4 p.m. – Garden Walk of four private gardens.

Artists and musicians include:

Gretchen Williams – Gretchen loves to capture the architecture, beachscapes, landscapes, flora and fauna of Amelia Island, where she resides. Her work can be seen at The Island Art Gallery in Fernandina Beach or on her website.

Charli Leniston – Charli started with a love of clay and steel before realizing that it was time to work in more manageable mediums: acrylic and mixed media. You can view her artwork on her Facebook page.

Pam Vieser – Pam moved to Amelia Island several years ago and fell in love with the beauty of the island and its coasts, as well as the natural flora and fauna. You can see her artwork at 2nd Story Gallery & Studios and PJV Photographic Visions.

Susan Sellner – Susan uses the money acquired from the commissions of her pet portraits to help homeless animals in Nassau County. Private viewings of her complete body of work can be seen in her home studio by appointment or you can also visit her website.

Jonathan Hoyle – Using a unique mix of pop, soul, R&B and Electronica, Jonathan gives an unforgettable performance. To listen to his music, and to learn more about him, you can visit his website.

Lis Krawiecki – Ten years before retiring from her previous job as a social worker, Lis took a pottery class and hasn’t been able to get her hands out of clay since. You can view some of her work at her website.

For additional information, contact Wendy Mayle at 904.899.6007 or at wmayle@cummermuseum.org or register now.

 

Guests can wrap up their weekend with a complimentary self-guided Art Home Tour on Saturday, April 8, through a variety of fabulous properties. Each location will feature artwork by local artists. Begin your tour at the Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate office to pick up your map of the properties included on the tour. The office is located at the Omni Resort Amelia Island Plantation. For further information, please contact Amelia Island Real Estate at 904.277.5980.

Special thanks to our Sponsors and Community Supporters!

Sponsors: Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate; Amelia Island Artist’s Guild and Gallery at the Spa and Shops; CBC National Bank; Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

Community Supporters: Art On Centre; Amelia Rental and Management; Amelia Styling Salon; Bijoux Amelia; Bar Zin Bistro & Wine Bar; Café Karibo; Claudia Cardinale-Watts with Coldwell Banker; 2nd Story Gallery & Studios; Crawford Jewelers, Inc.; Joseph Cutajar with Sotheby’s Realty; Island Flower and Garden; Julia Hall Interiors, Inc.; New York Nails; Quality Health; The Book Loft; The Plantation Shop; Pam and Pat Troxel with Coldwell Banker The Amelia Group; Harris Teeter; Evelyn Talman of Amelia Island

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#5WomenArtists – Augusta Savage

Mar

24

Can you name 5 women artists? It turns out, most people can’t. This simple question calls attention to the inequity women artists face, inspires conversation, and brings awareness to a larger audience. As a part of the #5WomenArtists initiative through the National Museum of Women in the Arts and in celebration of Women’s History Month, we will be highlighting women artists in the Cummer Collection. Museum founder Ninah Cummer was a supporter of women artists. Each of the artists we are highlighting this month will be from the original 60 pieces of artwork donated by Ninah Cummer, that are the foundation of our collection. To learn more about women artists, follow the National Museum of Women in the Arts on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or follow #5WomenArtists. This post is the fourth of five that will be published this month as part of our #5WomenArtists series.

Born in Green Cove Springs, Florida, Augusta Savage (1892 – 1962) is considered one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century, and the first African American elected to the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors. Full of hope and ambition, she moved to New York in 1921 and was accepted at the Pratt Institute and the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Her talent earned her many scholarships but unfortunately some of them fell through: in 1923 she received a grant from the French government to study at the château of Fontainebleau, but when her racial identity was discovered the offer was withdrawn; in 1926 the Italian-American Society awarded Savage a scholarship to study in Rome, but she was unable to raise money for expenses abroad. Savage finally went to Paris in 1929, supported by the Julius Rosenwald Fund. During her two years in the French capital, she exhibited her work — black female nudes, portraits, and expressionistic pieces in bronze and plaster — at important venues such as the Salon d’Automne and the Colonial Exhibition of 1931.

Back in New York, she opened the Savage School of Arts and Crafts in Harlem. She soon became a central figure in what is now known as the Harlem Renaissance, a movement in which African American literature, art, and music flourished, and political debates were encouraged. Savage’s efforts to raise the status of African American art culminated in the opening of the Harlem Community Art Center in 1937, a Works Progress Administration-funded initiative (one of the many launched by President Franklin Roosevelt after the Great Depression). Throughout her career, she supported and mentored many young artists who later became nationally recognized, including Jacob Lawrence, Norman Lewis, William Artis, and Gwendolyn Knight.

One of her most important works was The Harp. The nearly 16-foot plaster sculpture celebrated James Weldon Johnson’s poem, Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing. It was exhibited at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York, where Savage was the only African American, and one of just four women to receive a commission for the event. Sadly, the funds she received for her commission did not cover the costs of casting the sculpture in bronze and the plaster sculpture was destroyed at the end of the World’s Fair. The artist was able, however, to cast a few pieces in bronze. One of those is The Diving Boy, which became a prominent feature in Mrs. Cummer’s Gardens. Originally placed at one end of a reflecting pond in Mrs. Cummer’s Italian Garden, the sculpture — now housed in the galleries — is typical of the artist’s interest in combining realistic details with moving expressiveness.

Although Augusta Savage retired from active public and artistic life in the mid-1940s, interest in her work is stronger than ever. Her sculptures are housed in prestigious collections across the United States, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Seattle Art Museum.

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#5WomenArtists – Alice Kent Stoddard

Mar

21

Can you name 5 women artists? It turns out, most people can’t. This simple question calls attention to the inequity women artists face, inspires conversation, and brings awareness to a larger audience. As a part of the #5WomenArtists initiative through the National Museum of Women in the Arts and in celebration of Women’s History Month, we will be highlighting women artists in the Cummer Collection. Museum founder Ninah Cummer was a supporter of women artists. Each of the artists we are highlighting this month will be from the original 60 pieces of artwork donated by Ninah Cummer, that are the foundation of our collection. To learn more about women artists, follow the National Museum of Women in the Arts on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or follow #5WomenArtists. This post is the third of five that will be published this month as part of our #5WomenArtists series.

BEFORE RESTORATION – The painting was examined at the Cummer Museum and transported to the ArtCare Miami Studio. Discolored varnish had become imbedded in the interstices of the impasto and was removed, after testing, with a mixture of organic solvents.

Mrs. Ninah Cummer (1875 – 1958) had her portrait painted in 1927, when she was in her early fifties. The artist, Alice Kent Stoddard (1885 – 1976), was born in Watertown, Connecticut, but left her hometown to study at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now Moore College of Art and Design), and at the renowned Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under the guidance of famous artists Thomas Eakins (1844 – 1916) and William Merritt Chase (1849 – 1916).

Kent Stoddard was commissioned by many prominent Philadelphians, and soon gained a reputation as the city’s foremost portrait painter. Artist Rockwell Kent (1882 – 1971), Stoddard’s first cousin, once said “she is the finest portrait painter this country has ever seen.”

She was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Mary Smith Prize from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1911 and 1913, and the Isidor medal from the National Academy of Design in New York City in 1917. Kent Stoddard was the first woman artist to be named in Who’s Who in American Art. Not only was she one of the most prominent women artists of the early 20th century, she also aided young, aspiring artists who could not afford an education.

This portrait of Mrs. Cummer, along with that of her husband, Mr. Arthur Cummer, by Everett Raymond Kinstler, was restored in 2016. Thanks to the generous support of donors Jim and Joan Van Vleck and Helen Lane, visitors can now appreciate the original vibrancy of both paintings.  The conservation treatment was carried out by ArtCare, in Miami.

AFTER RESTORATION

Alice Kent Stoddard (American, 1884 – 1976), Portrait of Mrs. Ninah M. H. Cummer, 1927, oil on canvas, 40 x 35 in., Bequest of Ninah M. H. Cummer, C.0.166.

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