Art & Culture Features

The Greatest Gift of All

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The Greatest Gift of All

Canceling The PLAYERS started a chain reaction that would keep many local workers employed while feeding thousands of needy Northeast Florida residents. When golfer and Ponte Vedra Beach resident Billy Horschel heard the tournament was canceled, he asked The PLAYERS if the food could be donated to Feeding Northeast Florida. The PGA Tour then called Susan King, president and CEO of Feeding Northeast Florida, to see if the regional food bank would accept the food. The hand off event took place on March 13th, and the next day trucks began transporting the goods. That’s when Jon Insetta, owner of Orsay, Black Sheep, and Bellwether restaurants, reached out to King and asked how he and his staff could be of service.

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From France to Florida

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From France to Florida

Marguerite Castaing was born on September 28, 1900, in Pau, a small town at the foot of the Pyrenees mountains in southwestern France. She was the youngest daughter of Joseph Castaing and Rose Picamilh. Joseph, a well-known painter and pastelist of his time, had a long career of teaching and painting commissions for churches and chateaus—often using his wife and children as models for paintings. Two of the Castaing children would follow in Joseph’s painterly footsteps: his son René-Marie and daughter Marguerite.

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RBG, Our Torchbearer by Marsha Glazière (2019)

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RBG, Our Torchbearer by Marsha Glazière (2019)

Personifying RBG as the Statue of Liberty, which depicts Libertas, the Roman goddess of liberty, made perfect sense to me as a way of honoring the essential values of integrity and liberty for all that Ruth Bader Ginsburg embodied and fought for.

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Art As Action

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Art As Action

In March, 2020, the world changed. Here in the United States, along with elsewhere across the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down businesses, schools, and even natural spaces like beaches and parks. With the exception of healthcare and other essential workers, most of us hunkered down and lived our lives moving very little and in small orbits. But, traumatic events were still unfolding as spring turned to summer, and new tragedies of racial injustice took place that sparked a surge in protests for equity. Within this swirl of inaction meeting action, artists everywhere were commenting on the times just as they have historically done.

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The Critical Importance of Philanthropic Support and Participation in the Arts as an Investment

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The Critical Importance of Philanthropic Support and Participation in the Arts as an Investment

Art museums are community anchors. They bring people together, help the community address challenges in times of crisis, and serve as beacons of light and hope that provide connection and conversation.

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens began with one woman who firmly believed that art, in all forms, provides a lasting and positive impact on society. Nearly 60 years later, the museum continues to promote Ninah Cummer’s legacy by connecting Jacksonville’s diverse community to the arts and each other.

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The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville: Vital to the Survival of the Arts During the Pandemic

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The Cultural Council of  Greater Jacksonville: Vital to the Survival of the Arts During the Pandemic

A conversation with Cultural Council Executive Director Joy Young

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Theatre Intermission

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Theatre Intermission

In March, Theatre Jacksonville hit pause on its celebratory 100th season to begin navigation of uncharted territory. Responses to their recent survey made it clear—no one wants to do anything to jeopardize the health and safety of themselves or anyone else. People are the organization’s lifeblood, no one is expendable: not the camp students, patrons, actors, sound and lighting technicians, stage hands, set and costume designers and builders, ushers, or the board members.

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Two Schools of Creative Thought

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Two Schools of Creative Thought

As Jacksonville University’s Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts celebrates its 60th year, it continues to focus on the future by creating two schools within the college. The Stein College will now contain the School of Performing Arts and the School of Art & Design. “This decision helps sustain our long and successful traditional fine arts education history and remain a relevant, contemporary and forward-looking institution,” says JU provost Dr. Chris Sapienza. “It is another step in our trajectory to also become a premier educational institution.”

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The Perfect Staycation Just Got Better

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The Perfect Staycation Just Got Better

The story of Ponte Vedra Inn & Club is the story of famed Florida – established and new, evergreen and enchanting. Opened in 1928 as a distinguished choice for outdoor recreation, reflection and dream vacation, the historic AAA Five Diamond resort has become a treasured destination for couples and families for generations.

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Life Unfolding: Art as Respite

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Life Unfolding: Art as Respite

Hillary Whitaker Gallery is highlighting two artists this fall, Christina Foard and Wyanne Thompson, whose works beckon with vibrant color and shape. While primarily abstract, the works give hints from life that add to their narrative qualities and ability to connect with viewers through their unfolding stories.

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