For the Love of Gardening
Mar07

For the Love of Gardening

By Charlie  Patton According to the University of North Carolina’s Health Talk website, gardening has several “surprising health benefits.” Among them: It builds self-esteem; is good for the heart; reduces stress; makes you happy; boosts vitamin D; and leads to a healthier diet.  Some of Jacksonville’s most passionate amateur horticulturists wouldn’t be surprised to hear this news, and they share their thoughts about the...

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Flight Patterns
Mar07

Flight Patterns

Anila Quayyum Agha at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Written By Holly Keris, J. Wayne & Delores Barr Weaver Chief Curator The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is delighted to host contemporary Pakistani American artist Anila Quayyum Agha in a solo exhibition this spring that continues our tradition of sparking curiosity and facilitating magical encounters with art. Opening February 24, “Flight Patterns”...

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Jeff Whipple: Life in Art
Dec01

Jeff Whipple: Life in Art

By Madeleine Peck Wagner  Watching Jeff Whipple draw is like observing an origami crane unfold across a page: sure and inevitable, each form seems to follow the previous. It is watching the subtlest of magic.  While reading Drawn into Something, the first of three planned memoirs, his lifelong dedication to this specific thaumaturgy is palpable.  A visit to MetaCusp studios—the warehouse space he shares with artist Liz...

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Five Years of Hope
Oct14

Five Years of Hope

By Laura Riggs When Hope McMath founded the Yellow House in 2017, it was with the intention to create a space for artists to connect with the community, where empathy is inspired and civic engagement is sparked. Five years later, that mission remains very much the same, but how it has manifested has been full of surprises. Although connecting wellness and the arts has been a part of Hope’s lifelong practice, this was not necessarily...

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Beloved Beaches Fine Arts Series Turns 50
Aug26

Beloved Beaches Fine Arts Series Turns 50

Jim Johnson moved to the Jacksonville beaches from Chicago in 1967 to take the post of choirmaster and organist at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church (SPBTS). Finding a dearth of classical music in the beaches area, Johnson sought to change that. He founded the Beaches Fine Arts Series (BFAS) in 1972, offering free concerts in the church’s acoustically renowned sanctuary and built on his “belief in the power of great music to positively affect all people.”  Fifty years later, BFAS continues to offer North Florida the chance to enjoy free performance seasons featuring world-class music and dance concerts, along with visual art by regional artists. Programming includes an eclectic mix of styles from classical to contemporary, jazz to world music, and traditional to avant-garde. BFAS’s mission is to be inclusive, diverse, and artist driven. 

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Past, Present and Future: Rivers, Threads, Pockets and Bubbles 
Aug26

Past, Present and Future: Rivers, Threads, Pockets and Bubbles 

“Past, Present and Future: Rivers, Threads, Pockets and Bubbles” is a concept store opening at The Corner Gallery in celebration of Jacksonville’s bicentennial. This is the latest Moving the Margins: Artist-in-Residence project, and the store will feature photography, graphic design, drawings, and paintings by artists Dustin Harewood, Malcolm Jackson, Toni Smailagic, and Jordan Walter. While three of the four artists were born and raised in different communities of Jacksonville, each is seeking to sell their unique perspective on what the city was, is, and can be. The overall concept highlights Jacksonville as a collection of communities, cultures, places, and spaces. Contemporary creations, from remixes of historic Jacksonville photography to streetwear apparel, pay homage to local businesses and institutions, while contemporary portraits of figures from different eras feed directly into the exhibition name,”Past, Present and Future.”

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