It might not feel like fall in Northeast Florida yet, but the fall arts season is in full swing. This is one busy weekend for visual arts, with several major openings.
New York painter Leslie Wayne’s exhibit of abstract art created by building layers of oil paint into 3-D compositions opens J. Johnson Gallery's season. You have never seen paintings like these. The paint is sculpted, scraped, cut and combined to create works evocative of geological and oceanographic forms.
Reception 6-8 p.m. Sept. 20, exhibit continues through Nov. 1
J. Johnson Gallery, 177 Fourth Ave. N., Jacksonville Beach
‘Abstraction Over Time: The Paintings of Michael Goldberg’
The Museum of Contemporary Arts Jacksonville mounts the first retrospective exhibit to encompass the entire span of Michael Goldberg's career. Goldberg was an abstract expressionist who discussed art and studied with Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline. Goldberg died in 2008, but his wife, the artist Lynn Umlauf, will attend the opening.
Reception 6 p.m. Sept. 20 for patrons, 7-9 p.m. for members, exhibit Sept. 21-Jan. 5, 2014
Admission: Free for members, $10 for nonmembers
‘The Human Figure: Sculptures by Enzo Torcoletti’
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens celebrates the opening of the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Community Sculpture Garden & Plaza with its inaugural exhibit. Permanent sculptures in the new space include William Zorach’s bronze “Spirit of the Dance.” The completion of the Olmsted Garden restoration is celebrated with live music, art-making activities and demonstrations.
Sculpture Garden Ponce de León Society opening and donor recognition 6-8 p.m. Sept. 20
Sculpture Garden community opening 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 21
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside
‘Through the Fire: Glass, Clay & Metal’
Jacksonville University graduates Kirin Hale and Helen Cowart focus attention on glass artists with this juried exhibit that includes "any art created with high temperatures including glass, clay, metal, soldering, welding and other art formed from fire." Finalists were chosen by Brian Frus, assistant professor of glass at Jacksonville University.
Opening reception 6-10 p.m. Sept. 21, exhibit continues through Sept. 29
CoRK Arts District’s East Gallery, 2689 Rosselle St., Riverside