As you have probably heard by now, the Cummer Ball, is only a few weeks away. As a fundraising effort, the Museum commissioned nine artists to reinterpret a section of Winslow Homer’s The White Rowboat, St. Johns River. This iconic piece, purchased by Ninah herself, is a very treasured work in the the Museum’s permanent collection. The artists created a unique and inspired work and each is available for purchase through a silent auction the evening of the Ball, April 25th. The 30″ x 14″ panels are are beautiful and very thoughtfully done.
Due to the increased excitement around these incredible works, we are opening up the bidding early to allow pre-bidding before the actual event. This will also give others the opportunity to bid if they are unable to attend the night of.
Please peruse the pieces below. We are accepting bids starting at $250. Please place your bid in increments of $50. If you would like to place a bid, please contact Emily Moody at 904.899.6023 or submit your bid via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to include your full name, a contact phone number, the artist’s name, and the maximum bid you would like to place.
Happy bidding and THANK YOU to all the artists that have taken the time to participate in this project!
Crystal Floyd is a visual artist based in Jacksonville, Florida and a current resident at CoRK Arts District. Like her subject matter, Crystal’s creative output thwarts classification–darting between textiles, paint, assemblage, and plants. Her work touches on concepts of nature and fantasy, drawing from her almost obsessive desire to collect and catalog objects of inspiration; she frequently blends concepts of old and new, organic and artificial, whimsical and mundane. Crystal has co-curated shows at the Old Library Basement and 229 North Hogan Gallery in downtown Jacksonville, Florida and curated shows for CoRK Arts District. She is currently the Event Coordinator at CoRK Arts District, Vice Chair for the Elements of MOSH and Financial Manager for Riverside Avondale Preservation. Her two person show with fellow artist Eric Gillyard, entitled “Dark Nature,” won Folio’s Best of Jax award for Best Art Exhibition of 2012. She is also a recipient of an Art Ventures Individual Artist Grants from the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida in 2013.
Marisa Yow is a young visual artist and instructor from Jacksonville, Florida. Two years ago she made the decision to come back home after spending several years in Philadelphia, where she taught and received her MFA at The Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts. Currently Marisa instructs at Bartram Trial and keeps a studio practice at CoRK Arts District, in the historic Riverside area. “My intention with anything that I make is to communicate with a type of universal language. The ability to have a connection with another on a level that is further felt than something that can be verbally communicated within the seconds of a meeting. That is what I strive for in my work.”
Andre Gruber (aka LOVEDOVE) is a Jacksonville based artist and musician. He is the publisher and illustrator of the local paper “LUST/APE Magazine”. You might see Andre around town performing Old-Time music, playing traditional Jazz or Country blues on his guitar.
Karen Kurycki is a designer/illustrator in Jacksonville, FL. She admits that in her view of the world she usually sees the humorous, the quirky, the slightly off “normal”, which she tries to communicate through her design and illustration. In the past year, Karen has worked with a number of national and international clients including The Washington Post, Nike, McDonald’s, AT&T, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Emirates Airline. Karen served as president of the Jacksonville AIGA chapter from 2011-2013, and is a strong proponent of volunteerism. She currently sits on the national AIGA Chapter Advisory Council, the MOSH Elements Young Professionals board, and is the Creative Director for Rethreaded, a local non-profit that works with women coming out of the sex trade. When she’s not tirelessly working in her studio, you can find her making t-shirts for and attending every Jaguars home game (for the past 8 years) singing karaoke, or hanging out with her two rescue pups, Lucy and Walter.
Overstreet Ducasse came to the United States at the age of six. Faced with the challenges of an unfamiliar environment, a new language, and a different culture, Ducasse turned to art as a means of expression and communication. He deems art the universal language and a way to release frustrations and aggravations. The art of Ducasse goes beyond the visual. His work is captivating, direct and abundant with metaphors and meaning. As an artist, Ducasse refuses to be locked down by one particular style. “The number one rule in art is that there are no rules.” He creates on a variety of mediums: from traditional canvas to wood frame doors.n Inspired by the desire for reason and understanding, his work is the expression of his life experiences as well as his true intellect. Ducasse describes himself as a Deepressionist, a term he conceived to express both the frustrations experienced by the artist and the depth of thought and imagination an artist must exude.
Dustin Harewood grew up in New York, attended high school in Barbados and then went on to receive his MFA in Painting and Drawing from University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He headed South to Jacksonville in 2004 and has been inspiring students with his work as professor of art at FSCJ where he co-runs the Art Program. In a 2013 Folio Weekly article he is quoted saying ,”You know, I never set out to be a teacher. It kind of just happened. But now it feels like something that I was destined to do.” Dustin is a very active part of the CoRK arts community and has shown all over the Southeast, as well as in Barbados.
For over 15 years, Varick Rosete has been designing and illustrating great experiences for local heroes to worldwide clients like GE, Capital One, Wounded Warrior Project and AT&T. Varick is an avid supporter for the designer and design thinking, and is also a proud member of AIGA, the professional association for design, serving as its President of the Jacksonville Chapter from 2009 – 2011. Additionally, Varick has been integral in the development of several companies including startup fashion with Wolf & Cub, Filipino-based clothing line Tsinilas Clothing Company, interactive agency nGen Works, collaborative community hotspot CoWork Jax and co-founding the World’s Crowdfunding Festival One Spark.Driven to create something new and fresh, Varick is always learning, and having a great time doing it, especially when it involves ideas and drawing and painting.
Thony Aiuppy holds an MFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a BFA in Painting/Drawing from the University of North Florida. He is a practicing visual artist, an art educator, and a contributing writer for the blog Metro Jacksonville. He lives in the historic Springfield neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida with his wife and three children.
Christianna White is an emerging artist from Jacksonville, Florida. Although primarily self taught, she attended Governor’s School for Visual and Performing arts at The University of Richmond and is currently continuing her education at Florida State College. She currently works as a Visual and Performing Arts instructor for The Cathedral Arts Project at Cedar Hills Elementary. She enjoys teaching pre-school, homeschool, and Spiritual arts classes at The Riverside Children’s Art Center and an adult painting class at The School for Abundant Living. Christianna has worked for The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art as well as The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. 5 of Christianna’s paintings were featured this past summer as a part of See.Me in New York on prominant billboard in Times Square. She also had a digital representation of her work at Art Basel in Miami both for 2013 & 2014 as a part of SCOPE International.