Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Cummer Museum closed during Hurricane Matthew

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens will be closed Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7, 2016 due to Hurricane Matthew.  Re-opening will depend on a post-storm evaluation of damage.  For the safety of the art, staff, and their visitors, they will continue to evaluate conditions and open as soon as reasonably possible.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
  829 Riverside Avenue
  Jacksonville, Florida 32204
  (904) 356-6857
  Hours of Operation & Admission

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens presents Folk Couture

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is pleased to announce “Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art”, on view October 7 through December 31, 2016.  Folk Couture departs from the norm by inspiring 13 designers to create garments based on pieces from the permanent collection at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. The designers include: Chadwick Bell, Fabio Costa (NotEqual), Gary Graham, Catherine Malandrino, threeASFOUR, Creatures of the Wind, Bibhu Mohapatra, John Bartlett, Ronaldus Shamask, Michael Bastian, Yeohlee Teng, Koos van den Akker, and Jean Yu.

“The Museum is excited to be able to bring an exhibition of this nature to the Jacksonville community,” states Chief Operating Officer & Chief Curator Holly Keris. “We have been looking to host a folk art exhibition for several years now, and being able to pair this style with fashion offers the opportunity to look at the artwork in a completely original way.”

threeASFOUR designers Gabi Asfour (born 1966, Beirut, Lebanon), Angela Donhauser (born 1971, Dushanbe, Tajikistan), and Adi Gil (born 1974, Tel Aviv, Israel) found inspiration in a 19th-century Quaker quilt featuring a Friendship Star pattern.  Their dress, made from three layers of laser-cut patent leather, combines the four-pointed Christian star, the five-pointed Islamic star, and the six-pointed Jewish star to create a whole new pattern.

Fabio Costa (born 1983, Brazil), well-known for his appearance on Project Runway, also created a garment inspired by a 1796 quilt from the collection, featuring the Tree of Life pattern. Costa hand quilted and stuffed the pattern onto a silk organza capelet and a split-front skirt, and created a pair of pants quilted with Japanese silk thread.

Yeohlee Tang (born 1955, Malaysia) selected four late 20th-century animal woodcarvings and created a garment that celebrated the playful character and hand crafted qualities of the carvings. Ultimately, Tang wants “[the dress] to appeal to the child inside everyone.”

Designers from left to right ThreeASFOUR_
Catherine Malandrino_Fabio Costa_Chadwick Bell
Bibhu Mohapatra (born 1972, India) personally identified with a book containing images of 35 tattoos. He remembers filling a similar book with sketches of his own while studying economics in Utah. While flipping through the book, Mohapatra found inspiration in a particular drawing called Sailors Dream. From this image, Mohapatra created a garment that resembles the nautical theme from the drawing.

Fashion can gain inspiration from unlikely places. The pieces that the designers created definitely reflect this statement. “Folk Couture demonstrates the way in which powerful expressions in a wide variety of mediums by self-taught artists can invigorate a disparate group of thoughtful, articulate designers to create equally vivid, singular objects of couture,” says CarreƱo.

Exhibition Season Sponsors: City of Jacksonville; Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc.; Robert D. and Isabelle T. Davis Endowment at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida; The Schultz Family Endowment; State of Florida.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
  829 Riverside Avenue
  Jacksonville, Florida 32204
  (904) 356-6857
  Hours of Operation & Admission

2016 Southern Women’s Show is coming to JAX

The “Southern Women’s Show” will be in Jacksonville, Florida from Thursday October 20 to Sunday October 23, 2016.  You can enjoy over 400 vendor booths throughout the Prime Osborn Center.  There will be clothing, accessories, home decor, wine, gifts, make-up, gourmet products, crafts, live music, fashion shows, loads of freebies and “delicious foods”.

If you’ve previously attended the Southern Women’s Show, or this is your first time, you will be excited to know that special days have been designated again this year.  “Girls Night Out” will be Friday October 21 and admission is only $5 after 5 p.m.; “Teachers Day” will be on Sunday, October 23rd (the first 100 Teachers who come by the Show Office and show their School ID will receive a free Southern Women’s Show Bag); and “Mother/Daughter Day” will be held all day on Saturday Oct. 22nd.

There are also a few fine Department Stores that have created a mini venue for your shopping convenience.  If you’ve missed it before – don’t miss it again.  Get your friends, family and coworker’s together as you make a day-of-it at the 2016 Southern Women’s Show in Jacksonville, Florida.

Southern Women’s Show
Dates:         Times:
Thurs. Oct. 20, 2016  10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 21     10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 22     10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 23     11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Prime Osborn Center
     1000 Water St.
     Jacksonville, Florida 32204

Tickets: Advanced Adults $10; Youth 6 – 12 yrs. $6
Advance Discount Tickets Available at Walgreens
    Group $8 (10 or more; Advance Only!)
    Children under 6 FREE with paying adult
    Admission at the door: $12
    ($2 off discount coupon)
    Parking $5 per car

The 2016 sponsors are: Chevrolet, Pearle Vision & Florida Lottery.

Sign up for trips, baskets filled with goodies, cooking schools, free treatments, gifts, services and much more.

Clara White Mission seeks help with Veterans Villa

The Clara White Mission is pleased to announce that they have developed the Beaver Street Veterans Villas located at 605 Beaver Street, that is scheduled to open in December.  In order to open, Clara White Mission needs 16 apartments furnished for their veterans to move in, before the holidays; and they could use your HELP with their 30 Day Challenge!

You can HELP in 3 different ways with the 30 Day Challenge by selecting to:
Adopt an apartment, and/or
Make a contribution to purchase furnishing and/or
Purchase household items from a CWM registry at “Target”

Click on the Clara White Mission website for more information to get started.  You can meet the Challenge TODAY and your name will be posted immediately on their website for your support!  Can they count on you to answer the call?  E-mail Ju’Coby Pittman and let her know that you are ALL IN!  You can also, drop your items off at the Clara White Mission, 613 W. Ashley Street.  If you need additional information call Ju’Coby at (904) 354-4162.  Help them spread the word by forwarding this post to your network of family and friend and ask them to meet the Challenge in 30 Days!

For over 112 years, Clara White Mission has offered a unique combination of housing, services, training and job placement in a cost effective approach, while addressing the urgent and critical demands for homeless veterans and low-income in the JAX community for sustainable results.  Below are the Public/Private partners that made Beaver Street Villas investment a reality for the Veterans of Jacksonville, Florida.  NOW, they could really use your HELP!  Accept the 30 Day Challenge, TODAY!

LOCATION: Clara White Mission
       Ju’Coby Pittman/CEO
      613 West Ashley St.
      Jacksonville, Florida 32202
      Office: (904) 354-4162

The Florida Theatre upcoming 2016 end of the year events

Live entertainment is always coming to Jacksonville Florida.  The Florida Theatre is one venue that has some outstanding acts for you during this 2016 Fall and Winter season.  Don’t forget that theater tickets make great Birthday gifts, Anniversary celebrations, Christmas Stocking Stuffers and ‘Just Because’ rewards.  Take a look at the selection below, and make your ticket wish list before tickets run out.

Oct. 6   George Thorogood and the Destroyers
Oct. 8   1964 The Tribute
Oct. 14  Live Original Tour 2016 with Sadie Robertson
Oct. 15  Will The Real Man Stand?
Oct. 16  Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
Oct. 18  Keb’ Mo’ Band
Oct. 22  Fear Less – The TEDx Jacksonville 2016 Conference
Oct. 25  Mary Chapin Carpenter
Oct. 27  Lindsey Stirling Brave Enough World Tour
Oct. 28  Magic Men Live!
Oct. 29  The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Nov. 4  GHOST- Popestar
Nov. 12  Odd Squad Live! (2 performance times)
Nov. 14  An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Nov. 18  Savion Glover “Classical Savion”
Nov. 19  Beach Bash (fund raiser)
Nov. 23  Steve Vai Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour
Nov. 28  Kenny G
Nov. 29  Dream Theatre The Astonishing Live
Nov. 30  Octonauts Live!
Dec. 1  Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2016 with Special Guests Jonathan Butler, Kenny Lattimore and Valerie Simpson
Dec. 2  Sara Evans
Dec. 3  Florida Theatre’s Rock & Roll Holiday featuring The Jacksonville Rock N Roll All Stars
Dec 4  Travis Tritt
Dec. 9 & 10 The 25th Anniversary Community Nutcracker (2 days/3 performance times)
Dec. 11  An Evening with Garrison Keillor
Dec. 11  Peter White Christmas 2016 featuring Peter White, Rick Braun & Euge Groove (Ritz Theatre)
Dec. 13  The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Celebration
Dec. 21  Jackie Evancho
Dec. 28  Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Dec. 30  Bret Michaels with special guest Lita Ford The New Year’s Party Starts Now Tour

“FL. Theatre Oct – Dec. 2016”
LOCATION: Florida Theatre
       128 E. Forsyth St.
       Jacksonville, FL 32202

TICKETS: Vary with each show and seat preference