Local Galleries

MOCA Jacksonville – Downtown for the Holidays

MOCA Jacksonville has been through many changes over the last few decades, and has been in its current (and seemingly permanent) location across from  since 1999. The former Western Union Telegraph Building was built in the early 1930s, and its gorgeous Art Deco architecture was restored when the museum moved in. Together with the , the institution is a must-see downtown destination. There are still many in Jacksonville who haven’t made it to  yet, and those on the other side of the spectrum who are frequent visitors, but there’s something for everyone this holiday season. The current controversy abuzz (see …

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Keeping The Cummer Green

Gardener Extraordinaire  will be heading down from his home state of Kentucky to spend a day at the  on November 5th. He will be talking how the art and gardens co-exist. The daytime event will feature a lecture and luncheon, but if a cocktail party is more your speed, come by in the evening for a special bourbon tasting, provided by , highlighting a couple of Jon’s favorite Kentucky drinks. Pick one event or join the Museum for both! I was lucky enough to catch up with this busy man and pick his brain for tips on making more spaces …

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Paper Cutting An Art Form by Hiromi Moneyhun

Tiny cuts–-slivers taken out, piece by piece, yet the whole skeleton remains intact; the ancient Chinese practice of paper cutting is a unique art form, one that artist  has mastered. It elicits a gentle, quiet pause as we look at the beauty of each intricate piece. Hailing from , Moneyhun zeroes in on her three-dimensional pieces with a laser-like focus. Perhaps not being trained by a master of this particular art has its advantage; indeed, it must. The result of each piece cut diligently by Moneyhun is extraordinary, giving life to organic forms, such as a bonsai or volumes of …

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Modulism at J Johnson Gallery

 opens its fourteenth season with , a cross-discipline exhibition exploring the relationship between modular, geometric forms and negative space. The exhibition features the art of  and , two artists whose work reimagines simple forms, with a close attention to the details and processes used to create them. New York-based artist Andrew Zimmerman’s bold, three-dimensional paintings appear almost planar when juxtaposed with Dolf James’s large-scale metal sculptures filling the west gallery, however both echo a shared minimalist sensibility and emphasis on seriality. The impact of the combined imagery evokes the contrast of each artist’s creative energy. Since completing his B.F.A. at …

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Contemporary Realism at MOCA

On September 12th, for their patrons and members only, unveils an exhibit featuring American contemporary painters , , , , , , , and . There is a reception for patrons from 6-7pm, followed by one from 7-9 pm for museum members. The general public is invited to the exhibition on September 13 through January 4. These eight current artists present a look into the contemporary trend of the realist figurative painting movement. “My portraits are about the relationship between the person and the place, especially working-class people in my age range, who are returning from college or the military …

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MOCA’s Project Atrium: Caroline Lathan-Stiefel “Wider Than the Sky”

From pipe cleaners to reused and recognized old fabrics, Pennsylvania artist  is preparing a monumental textile sculpture that will be suspended from skylight girders and cascade down to the floor 40-feet below in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s () Haskell Atrium Gallery. Influenced early on by textural components used in everyday life, such as pipe cleaners and swatches of frayed fabric woven and sewed, Lathan-Stiefel’s work has caressed walls, gently fallen over roofs of brick buildings, even been suspended from ceilings. The patterning and translucency of textural elements spark her creativity and are paralleled with the language of the brain …

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Gainesville Artwalk

Artwalk Gainesville is a free monthly self-guided tour that combines exciting visual art, live performance, and events in downtown Gainesville, Florida.Held the last Friday of each month from 7 to 10 pm, with many local galleries, eateries and businesses participating, Artwalk is an exciting, fun way to experience the amazing wealth of creativity the Gainesville community has to offer.​​Step into Florida history at Artwalk on Friday, June 27, 2014 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Discover portraits of Florida’s early years at the Matheson Museum’s current exhibition entitled A Penny for Your Thoughts. The gallery of the Matheson Museum will …

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Blooming at The Cummer

19th annual Garden Month celebration at the Cummer For more than 100 years, the magnificent gardens at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens have been associated with some of the most nationally important and globally recognized names in landscape design and horticulture: Simonds, Shipman, Meehan, Olmsted. Rare specimens join easily-recognizable springtime flowers amid canopies of beautiful centuries’ old oak trees, to complement the Museum’s fine collections. As tradition would have it, this spring the Gardens will once again come alive during the 19th annual Garden Month celebration sponsored by Community First. “We are honored to present Community First Garden …

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Hats Off To Dr. Seuss!

Who do you think of when you see a brimmed, red-and-white striped hat that’s a million miles tall? Dr. Seuss! Theodor Seuss Geisel (American, 1904-1991), a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, created paintings and sculpture, and collected hats that were secretly stowed away for years in a hidden closet at his home. These never-before-seen hats are part of Geisel’s private collection, along with prints and sculpture from the Art of Dr. Seuss Collection. There will be 26 original hats on exhibition, and limited editions of his artwork and sculpture will be available for patrons at Avondale Artworks (3562 St. Johns Avenue, 32205). Previews …

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