Thursday, April 26, 2018

Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection at Cummer

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection, which will be on view May 25 through July 29. This presentation combines two exhibitions from one of the world’s finest collections of French art - Imaging Text: Drawings for French Book Illustration and Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century French Paintings. The 80 works of art created between the 16th and 19th centuries, range from mythological and biblical studies to more playful imagery, and vary in style, genre, and period. Captured in crisp and swift pen strokes, finely modulated chalk, or brilliant colors, these captivating compositions were produced by some of the most prominent artists of their time, such as Charles le Brun (1619 - 1690), Charles-Nicolas Cochin, the Younger (1715 - 1790), and Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732 - 1806).

“It is a great opportunity for the Cummer Museum to present such an exceptional collection of French art. Printed illustrations played a major role in 18th-century French publishing, allowing many artists to gain entry into elite artistic, literary, and social worlds,” says Associate Curator Nelda Damiano. “In addition, the selection of paintings speaks to the rigorous tradition of the French Salon and the Academy. We are excited to share with our visitors examples of both these major trends.”

Renowned for its breadth and quality, the Horvitz collection has been the focus of many national and international exhibitions and scholarly publications, and it now contains nearly 2,000 drawings, paintings, and sculptures.  The exhibition is curated by Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Curator, The Horvitz Collection and The J.E. Horvitz Consultative Curator, Department of Drawings, Division of European and American Art, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg.  An illustrated catalogue of the drawings will be available.

Storytelling will be accompanied by a schedule of engaging programs, including a Member & Community Opening Party on Thursday, May 24 from 6 to 8 p.m.  For more information on the exhibition and related programming,
Click HERE.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

   829 Riverside Avenue

   Jacksonville, Florida 32204
   (904) 356-6857

Hours of Operation & Admission

The Ritz Theatre & Museum announces new series featuring new artists

The Ritz Theatre and Museum is proud to present a new series entitled Artists You Should Know.” This on-going series will highlight rising artists in a variety of musical genres including blues, jazz, and even country, exposing Jacksonville music lovers to artists they’ll be hearing about for years to come!  Artists You Should Know will also introduce new and diverse audiences to the LaVilla neighborhood and Ritz Theatre and Museum, who might not have yet had the opportunity to experience these downtown Jacksonville cultural gems firsthand.  Beginning May 12th, the inaugural Artists You Should Know” series starts with its Summer Country Edition featuring four of today’s hottest newcomers:

CODY WEBB – Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Singer, songwriter, musician, and touring artist Cody Webb has played hundreds of dates across the East Coast, Midwest and beyond, earning thousands of fans with his expressive tenor and deft guitar work. Recently relocated to Nashville from his native South Carolina, he's finishing work on his debut EP and has assembled a team of top music business pros for his first push onto the national scene. Led by songs including the propulsive "More Than A Little" and plaintive "My My My Girl," Cody's new EP reveals something distinctive yet undeniably at home in today's country landscape.

SANDRA LYNN – Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 8 p.m.
A California girl with a Nashville heart, Sandra Lynn is one of country music’s sweetest rising voices. After releasing a pair of upbeat singles — “Afterparty” and “Bar Hoppin’” — in 2015, Lynn returns with the playful, flirty “Hey California,” which she co-wrote with producer Dave Brainard (Brandy Clark). “I feel like this song is such a strong identity piece for me,” she says. “It represents some of my earliest influences, like the Beach Boys and Sheryl Crow, and captures my love for country music and my roots as a California girl.”

CRAIG WAYNE BOYD – Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Craig Wayne Boyd has already drawn a large and loyal following as thousands thrilled to his victory in Season 7 of The Voice. But with release of his new album, Top Shelf, Boyd goes way beyond that platform to a place that even his fans might not have anticipated. Confident delivery, upbeat personality, deep country soul, and easy charisma - this is all still there. From the buoyant “Stuck In My Head” to the dirty sound of “We Sweat,” Boyd presents himself as an artist of complex dimension, never satisfied with repeating himself, but always true to his roots.

STEPHANIE QUAYLE – Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Stephanie Quayle offers the genre a fresh sound, relatable storylines and an invigorating presence that is unmatched in today’s music scene with her new album Love the Way You See Me featuring the current single “Selfish.” Her debut single, “Drinking with Dolly,” and follow up “Winnebago,” hit Top 50 on the Billbaord Indicator radio chart with over 1 Million strems as well. Quayle made her national debuting performing “Drinking With Dolly” on “Fox & Friends” to celebrate the video hitting #1 on the CMT Music 12-Pack Countdown.

TICKETS: All tickets are available now and start at just $24 plus tax and fees.  Single show tickets are available at the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Offices located at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena or at the Ritz Theatre and Museum, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Special Offer:
Purchase two or more Artist You Should Know shows at one time and get 15% off each ticket.  Click HERE for the special, or visit the box office.

Location: The Ritz Theater
    °829 N Davis St.
ºJacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 807-2010

About the Ritz Theatre and Museum: It was constructed in 1999 on the site of the 1929 Ritz Theater movie house in Jacksonville’s historic African American community of LaVilla. During LaVilla’s height of business and entertainment activity in the 1920’s – 1960’s, LaVilla was known as the ‘Harlem of the South.’  The mission of the Ritz Theatre and Museum is to “research, record, and preserve the material and artistic culture of African American life in Northeast Florida and the African Diaspora, and present in an educational or entertaining format, the many facets that make up the historical and cultural legacy of this community.”

James Taylor and special guest Bonnie Raitt comes to JAX

James Taylor and his All-Star Band with special guest Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt and her band are coming to Veterans Memorial Arena for one intimate and memorable night.  Tickets are going fast, so you better get yours today!

As a recording and touring artist, legendary singer/songwriter James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years, while setting a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired. 
Inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the world-renowned artist has sold more than 100 million albums since he was first signed by The Beatles to their Apple Records label, and he has earned 40 gold, platinum, or multi-platinum awards.  His Greatest Hits album alone sold more than 10 million copies.

For more than forty years, Taylor has been a musical compass for his fans, articulating moments of pain and joy, and letting his listeners know that they are not alone.  In 2015, James was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  In 2016, he was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honor.

More than just a best-selling artist, respected guitarist, expressive singer, and accomplished songwriter, Bonnie Raitt has become an institution in American music.   The ten-time Grammy winner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015.

James Taylor & Bonnie Raitt Tour

DATE: Tues. May 8, 2018
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

TICKETS: $99 and $65.  All seats are reserved, and tickets are available
at Ticketmaster.Com, or at The Tom Bush Family of Dealerships box office, at Veterans Memorial Arena online, or by calling (800) 745-3000.

LOCATION: JAX Veterans Memorial Arena
300 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 630-3900

SMG Jacksonville manages seven sports, entertainment, and convention venues on behalf of the City of Jacksonville. Their beautiful venues include:
EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Florida-Georgia, the TaxSlayer Bowl and Monster Jam.  Daily’s Place, a 5,500-seat amphitheater with concert programming year-round and an indoor practice facility for the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, showplace of such entertainment greats as Kenny Chesney and Jimmy Buffett and home to the Arena Bowl XXIV Champions Jacksonville Sharks, the ABA Jacksonville Giants and the Jacksonville IceMen.  The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, home of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp and Florida vs FSU Baseball.  The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, stage to Broadway and music elite like Wicked, James Taylor and Diana Ross; and home of the FSCJ Artist Series of and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.  The Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, a historic renovated train station providing a unique venue for meetings, social events and conventions.  The Ritz Theatre and Museum, located in Jacksonville’s historic African American community of La Villa, celebrating the artistic culture of African American life in Northeast Florida and the African Diaspora with museum exhibits, concerts, films, lectures, dance and dramatic arts.  Committed to the Jacksonville community, the guests that enjoy their venues and the clients that utilize them, SMG Jacksonville provides the ultimate event experience in Northeast Florida.

‘Miracle on Ashley Street’ 2018 needs servers

Colleagues and friends, mark your calendar for Clara White Mission’s 24th Annual “Miracle on Ashley Street Celebrity Servers” Signature Fundraiser to be held on Friday, May 18, 2018, featuring Executive Chef William Ratley of Chartwells.  This year’s event sponsors are Citi and The Delores Barr Weaver Fund.  Richard Nunn, from WJXT-TV Channel 4 - The Local Station, will host the event from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Clara White Mission.

The Miracle on Ashley Street has become one of the mission’s most successful signature fundraisers, bringing together over 200 of Jacksonville’s high profile political, media, business and community leaders to participate as celebrity servers. They would like for you and your company to join them this year. Your participation is an important model for community leadership and the backbone of a grassroots solution to community problems such as homelessness.

Over the past 23 years, this event has raised more than $652,000 to aid in awareness and program initiatives, while providing lunch to more than 1,500 community supporters and guests at the Miracle.

The Board of Directors, Richard and JuCoby Pitman, want YOU to join them as a celebrity server at the Miracle on Ashley Street. This is an event you don’t want to miss! See who has already signed up
HERE!  You make a difference in the lives of others.

If you desire tickets for the event, have questions, or need additional information; please contact Rosa Nicholas at (904) 354-4162 or
email.  The Miracle is a Miracle!

The Clara White Mission:
24th Miracle on Ashley Street
DATE: Friday, May 18, 2018
TIME: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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

Spring ‘Drug Take-Back Day’ 2018 is this weekend

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the locations and times below.  The aim of the event is to encourage the public to remove any access to drugs that may potentially be abused by friends, family and others; or would be harmful to pets and children.

Some drugs, such as inhalers, damage the protective ozone layer.  Flushing certain medications down the commode, raises concern about trace levels of drug residues that may be found in surface water, such as rivers and lakes, and in some community drinking water supplies.  The same concern arises if we were to dispose of drugs down our kitchen, bathroom or utility sinks.  It’s a fact that people excrete low levels of medication through their urine when they use the restroom, yet flushing is still no way to get rid of unwanted meds.

Preparing medications for disposal:
Before throwing out a medicine container, scratch out all identifying information on the prescription label to make it unreadable.  This will help protect your identity and the privacy of your personal health information.

Do not give your medicine to friends.  Doctors prescribe medicines based on a person's specific symptoms and medical history.  A medicine that works for you could be dangerous for someone else.

The safest way to get rid of unwanted meds is by going to a drop-off point, but, if you are really unable to go to a drop-off site, take a look at the related video above for another alternative for disposal.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
DATE: Saturday April 28, 2018
TIMES: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

LOCATIONS:  JAX Naval Base and others
If you live in Jacksonville or anywhere in the USA, click
(HERE) with your location and click “search again” to find a drop site near you.

Get rid of those old drugs in the medicine cabinet. Don't flush 'em or give them away.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens promises flowers for May 2018

The May flowers will be in bloom as the weather is trying to warm up at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, in beautiful Jacksonville, Florida.  Come visit and see how the reconstruction is coming along.  Here are some excellent opportunities to give you an educational experience that you’ll never forget.

Florida Blue Free Tuesday - Each Tuesday Evening from 4 to 9 p.m. | Free | No registration required.  Every Tuesday, enjoy free admission to the Cummer Museum and its historic Gardens, thanks to the generous support of Florida Blue. Guests can enjoy free admission to the Galleries. Each Tuesday evening, the Cummer Café is open for Tapas Tuesday sponsored by VyStar Credit Union.

Tapas Tuesday - Tap into Tapas Tuesday sponsored by VyStar Credit Union at the Cummer Café. Every Tuesday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on the Cummer Café patio, take in the sunset while listening to local musicians with beer, wine, or artfully inspired tapas for sale at the Café. Reserve your table by calling 904.899.6022.  Reservations are recommended.

Weaver First Saturday Free For All - Sat., May 5 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Free | No registration required.  The first Saturday of each month at the Cummer Museum is FREE FOR ALL, thanks to the generous support of J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver. Guests can enjoy free admission, as well as art-making activities for all ages in the Cummer Gardens, live music, and a Docent-led tour at 2 p.m. For further information, please call 904.899.6038.

Bank Of America And Merrill Lynch Museums On Us - Sun., May 6 from Noon to 4 p.m. | Free to cardholders | No registration required.  The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens offers free admission on the first Sunday of the first full weekend of the month to all Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholders through the Museums On Us program. Each cardholder receives one free general admission to the Museum. For further information, please call 904.899.6038.

Ritz Chamber Concert - Wed, May 9 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. | Members free, Non-Members $10 | Registration required.  Enjoy a special performance by the world-class musicians of the Ritz Chamber Players, an organization that seeks to foster the appreciation of chamber music through performances and educational outreach featuring preeminent African American musicians and composers, with an emphasis on building audiences and arts inclusion that reflects our diverse society. For further information or to register, please call 904.899.6023.

Art For Tots: Creating Chaos! - Thurs., May 17 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. | $10 per pair | Registration required.  Ages 24 through 36 months with an adult.  This class will view High Tide by Richard Protovin and discuss the artist’s use of texture. In the studio children will create mixed media to create their own textured pieces. Art for Tots is funded through the generosity of the Chartrand Family Foundation. Entry is through Art Connections. Class size is limited. For further information, please
or call 904.355.0630.

Art Adventures: Japanese Printmaking! - Sat, May 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Members $10, Non-Members $15 | Registration required.  Ages 6 through 12.  Join them on the third Saturday of each month for studio classes. In this class students will look at examples of Japanese woodblock prints, a source of inspiration for artists from Degas to Van Gogh, and then create prints of their own. Projects will be completed within one class period. Class size is limited. For further information, please email or call 904.355.0630.

Storytelling: French Art From The Horvitz Collection - PDL Opening - Wed, May 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. | Free for Ponce de León Society Donors only | RSVP required.  The Board of Trustees and the Chief Operating Officer & Chief Curator of the Cummer Museum invite you to be their guest at the private viewing of Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection. Enjoy music by the Belle Fleur String Quartet and an artist demonstration by William McMahan. Please join us for a reception with cocktails, small bites, and remarks. This exclusive event is for Ponce de León Society Donors only and their guests. If you are a Member or Non-Member of the Cummer Museum, please register for the Member and Community Opening Party on Thursday, May 24, 2018. For further information or to register, please call 904.899.6027.

Storytelling: French Art From The Horvitz Collection - Member Preview. 
Thurs., May 24 from Noon to 4 p.m. | Free for Members only | No registration required.  Beat the crowds and take advantage of this members-only opportunity to experience the exhibition. Docent-led tours will be offered at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. For further information, please call 904.899.6023.

Storytelling: French Art From The Horvitz Collection - Member & Community Opening.  Thurs., May 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. | Members free, Non-Members $10 | Registration required.  Join the Museum for the opening celebration of Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection. Get a sneak peek of the exhibition before it opens to the public. The evening will include live music by Belle Fleur String Quartet, an artist demonstration by William McMahan, exciting new merchandise in the Cummer Shop, small bites, beer, and wine. There will be a 6 p.m. tour in the Mason Gallery and remarks from Associate Curator Nelda Damiano at 6:30 p.m. in the Hixon Auditorium. The exhibition will also be open from noon to 4 p.m. as a benefit to Museum Members only. No registration is required if you attend from noon to 4 p.m.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
   829 Riverside Avenue

   Jacksonville, Florida 32204
   (904) 356-6857

Hours of Operation & Admission