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The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Presents Jim Draper: Feast of Flowers

Wed, 12/19/2012

 

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens presents Jim Draper: Feast of Flowers. The exhibition, on view from December 18, 2012 through April 7, 2013, celebrates the 500th anniversary of the first European engagement with Florida, the first named area in what is now the United States. The exhibition will include 29 original, large, multi-panel paintings and prints as well as a digital publication. The paintings and prints explain a personal relationship with the Florida ecosystem and portray flora and fauna, more specifically the hibiscus grandiflorus flower, and landscape endemic to the Florida peninsula. “The different panels reference an idea or a specific place or even an emotion,” said Draper. The digital publication serves as a cultural critique of Florida’s unique environmental and social landscape and features images, essays and videos from Draper as well as individuals of other various disciplines. Featured artists, ecologists, biologists, philosophers, historians, and writers will contribute to Draper’s unanswered, dynamic questions of this fragile state. The inclusion of the digital publication not only allows for a more dynamic experience within the Museum, but also allows audiences worldwide – including educators and students – to have access to and enjoy the rich culture and history related through the exhibition.

“The Cummer has long believed in the transformational impact landscape can have on individuals and the environment can have on the community,” said Chief Curator Holly Keris. “Jim’s work allows us to combine our passions for both art and the landscape in a single experience for our visitors. It is a perfect fit for The Cummer.”

The title, Feast of Flowers, is a translation of the Spanish “Pascua de Florida,” the name given to the land on Easter Sunday 1513. Draper’s use of this title signals his attempt to explore the idea of natural resources as consumable commodities, while embracing the conceptual history of hungry European settlers in “la Florida’s” bountiful banquet and Ponce de León’s painstaking search of the mythological Fountain of Youth. “The process for the production of this exhibition starts with expeditions into the wilds of Florida,” said Draper. “Locations are chosen through evaluating a wide range of criteria: Does the location have a specific story to tell? Are there unique geographical features in this location? Are there endemic species in this location that can’t be seen in this context anywhere else in the state? I enter these locations as an observer, having as few preconceived notions about the place as possible. By hiking, swimming, kayaking, or canoeing into these areas, I am able to move at a slower pace and observe the natural dynamic. I document and record my experience by taking photographic references, which are then used as visual inspiration for paintings.”

“Jim Draper’s Feast of Flowers marks The Cummer’s continuing interest in the art of Florida,” said Keris. “His use of art as a vehicle to explore man’s position within the environment, and as a launchpad for conversations about the ways art, ecology, history, religion, and sociology impact this fragile balance aligns perfectly with The Cummer’s position that the arts have a critical role to play in the understanding of the world in which we live. The historical examinations of the Florida landscape in The Cummer’s permanent collection, the Museum’s location on the banks of the St. Johns River, and Ninah Cummer’s personal quest for knowledge about Florida horticulture create the perfect backdrop for this important dialogue.”

Draper was born 1953 in Kosciusko, Mississippi and currently lives and works in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from high school ate age 17 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia. All throughout college, Draper worked various landscaping jobs – learning about irrigation and botany and rendering design drawings.  In 1991, Draper and his wife moved to Jacksonville. In 1995, Draper quit his day job, and spent nearly a decade teaching art classes at local colleges including Flagler College, FSCJ, JU, and UNF.  He also started painting a lot and has had his work displayed in many locations and exhibitions around town. Most recently in the past year, Draper has had a standing solo exhibition at the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art.  His work, which sells for about $8,000 a piece, has been obtained by companies such as Baptist Medical Center South, CNB National Bank, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, and many more.  Draper has helped to define and shape art and artists in Jacksonville for decades and is one of a few artists honored with a one-man exhibition at The Cummer.

Exhibition Sponsors: Agility Press, Inc.; Christopher and Lyssa Ball; City of Jacksonville; Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc.; The Director’s Circle at The Cummer; John and Gina Donahoo; Elkins Constructors, Inc.; Florida Humanities Council through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities; FOCUS Cummer, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management; Jim and Joan Van Vleck; and Wingard Creative. 

The Cummer Store

The Cummer Store will feature merchandise inspired by the exhibition, including Draper’s digital publication and his floral prints.

Artist in the Store Events

Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 5 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information, please call The Cummer Store at (904) 899-6035.

Special Events and Programs for Visitors throughout the Exhibition include:

Community Night

Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 4 to 8 p.m.

Join us for a closer look at Feast of Flowers, while enjoying live music, dynamic discussions, art making, gallery tours and so much more.

Free admission

Free Tuesdays sponsored by Florida Blue.

Talks and Tea

Wednesday, January 16 and Thursday, January 17, 2013, 1:30 p.m.

Seated gallery talks with afternoon tea and refreshments following the lecture.

Members and Non-members $6

**Seating is limited. Please call (904) 899-6038 to make required reservations by Friday, January 11, 2013.

Sponsored by The Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts, Inc.

“Discovering The Layers” Gallery Discussions with Jim Draper

Sundays, January 20, February 10, and March 24, 2013, 1 p.m.

Join us for a talk with artist Jim Draper as he explores the many layers behind his newest body of work, Feast of Flowers. Each month, he will begin with a different idea to explore and together you will discover new ways to understand Florida history, environmental aesthetics and our place within the natural order.

Members free, Non-members free with paid Museum admission

**Space is limited. Please call (904) 899-6038 to make required reservations.

“The Art of Gardening Within The Natural Order” Lecture

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7 p.m.

Join local artist Jim Draper and Director of The Cummer Hope McMath for an engaging discussion about the idea of being participant versus a possessor while tending and cultivating a garden.

Free admission

Free Tuesdays sponsored by Florida Blue.

**Seating is very limited; first come, first seated. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Excursions Into Wild Florida With Jim Draper

Explore natural Florida habitats with artist and environmentalist Jim Draper. Each excursion will highlight scenery and places that provide inspiration. Ages 13 and up.

February 9, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Little Talbot Island State Park

Members $100

Non-members $115

Active Docents $50

*Bring your own lunch.

March 9, 2013, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Willie Brown Trail

Members $100

Non-members $115

Active Docents $50

*Bring your own lunch.

February 23, 2013, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ringhaver Park

Members $100

Non-members $115

Active Docents $50

*A picnic lunch will be provided.

March 23, 2013, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Julington Durbin Creek Preserve

Members $125

Non-members $140

Active Docents $63

*Bring your own Lunch. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will follow at The Cummer.

**Space is limited. For reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Art Fundamentals: Acrylic Painting

Wednesdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30, and February 6 and 13, 2013, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Instructor Allison Watson introduces painting to beginning students and strengthens the skills of intermediate painters. Learn composition for landscape and still life, color theory, and techniques in acrylic. Ages 13 and up.

Members $170, Non-members $190, Active Docents $85

**For reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Art Fundamentals: Watercolor

Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2013, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Instructor Robert Leedy will lead a four-week session in which students will learn various techniques and will paint watercolors from a studio still life or their reference photo. Basic design skills and color theory are explored throughout the sessions. Instructor demonstrations and student work critiques will be held weekly. Ages 13 and up.

Members $150, Non-members $170, Active Docents $75

**For reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Classes for Children

Art for Two

Saturdays, January 12, February 9, and March 23, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to Noon.

Children ages 3 to 5 and their favorite adult will spend an hour together in a class that includes an infusion of art, movement, literature and music that will help channel interests into the development of new skills.

Members $10 per pair, Non-members $15 per pair

Art Adventures

Saturdays, January 19, February 16, and March 23, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to Noon.

Children ages 6 to 12 will learn about painting, printmaking, collage and construction with changing themes. Projects will be completed within one class period.

Members $10, Non-members $15

Drop-In Art

Every Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m.

Ages 5 to 10

Members and Non-members $5 (no pre-registration required)

**Class sizes are limited. For reservations and information on children’s classes, please call (904) 355-0630.

 

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 130,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

 

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Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens presents Jim Draper: Feast of Flowers. The exhibition, on view from December 18, 2012 through April 7, 2013, celebrates the 500th anniversary of the first European engagement with Florida, the first named area in what is now the United States. The exhibition will include 29 original, large, multi-panel paintings and prints as well as a digital publication. The paintings and prints explain a personal relationship with the Florida ecosystem and portray flora and fauna, more specifically the hibiscus grandiflorus flower, and landscape endemic to the Florida peninsula. “The different panels reference an idea or a specific place or even an emotion,” said Draper. The digital publication serves as a cultural critique of Florida’s unique environmental and social landscape and features images, essays and videos from Draper as well as individuals of other various disciplines. Featured artists, ecologists, biologists, philosophers, historians, and writers will contribute to Draper’s unanswered, dynamic questions of this fragile state. The inclusion of the digital publication not only allows for a more dynamic experience within the Museum, but also allows audiences worldwide – including educators and students – to have access to and enjoy the rich culture and history related through the exhibition.

“The Cummer has long believed in the transformational impact landscape can have on individuals and the environment can have on the community,” said Chief Curator Holly Keris. “Jim’s work allows us to combine our passions for both art and the landscape in a single experience for our visitors. It is a perfect fit for The Cummer.”

The title, Feast of Flowers, is a translation of the Spanish “Pascua de Florida,” the name given to the land on Easter Sunday 1513. Draper’s use of this title signals his attempt to explore the idea of natural resources as consumable commodities, while embracing the conceptual history of hungry European settlers in “la Florida’s” bountiful banquet and Ponce de León’s painstaking search of the mythological Fountain of Youth. “The process for the production of this exhibition starts with expeditions into the wilds of Florida,” said Draper. “Locations are chosen through evaluating a wide range of criteria: Does the location have a specific story to tell? Are there unique geographical features in this location? Are there endemic species in this location that can’t be seen in this context anywhere else in the state? I enter these locations as an observer, having as few preconceived notions about the place as possible. By hiking, swimming, kayaking, or canoeing into these areas, I am able to move at a slower pace and observe the natural dynamic. I document and record my experience by taking photographic references, which are then used as visual inspiration for paintings.”

“Jim Draper’s Feast of Flowers marks The Cummer’s continuing interest in the art of Florida,” said Keris. “His use of art as a vehicle to explore man’s position within the environment, and as a launchpad for conversations about the ways art, ecology, history, religion, and sociology impact this fragile balance aligns perfectly with The Cummer’s position that the arts have a critical role to play in the understanding of the world in which we live. The historical examinations of the Florida landscape in The Cummer’s permanent collection, the Museum’s location on the banks of the St. Johns River, and Ninah Cummer’s personal quest for knowledge about Florida horticulture create the perfect backdrop for this important dialogue.”

Draper was born 1953 in Kosciusko, Mississippi and currently lives and works in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from high school ate age 17 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia. All throughout college, Draper worked various landscaping jobs – learning about irrigation and botany and rendering design drawings.  In 1991, Draper and his wife moved to Jacksonville. In 1995, Draper quit his day job, and spent nearly a decade teaching art classes at local colleges including Flagler College, FSCJ, JU, and UNF.  He also started painting a lot and has had his work displayed in many locations and exhibitions around town. Most recently in the past year, Draper has had a standing solo exhibition at the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art.  His work, which sells for about $8,000 a piece, has been obtained by companies such as Baptist Medical Center South, CNB National Bank, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, and many more.  Draper has helped to define and shape art and artists in Jacksonville for decades and is one of a few artists honored with a one-man exhibition at The Cummer.

Exhibition Sponsors: Agility Press, Inc.; Christopher and Lyssa Ball; City of Jacksonville; Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc.; The Director’s Circle at The Cummer; John and Gina Donahoo; Elkins Constructors, Inc.; Florida Humanities Council through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities; FOCUS Cummer, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management; Jim and Joan Van Vleck; and Wingard Creative. 

The Cummer Store

The Cummer Store will feature merchandise inspired by the exhibition, including Draper’s digital publication and his floral prints.

Artist in the Store Events

Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 5 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information, please call The Cummer Store at (904) 899-6035.

Special Events and Programs for Visitors throughout the Exhibition include:

Community Night

Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 4 to 8 p.m.

Join us for a closer look at Feast of Flowers, while enjoying live music, dynamic discussions, art making, gallery tours and so much more.

Free admission

Free Tuesdays sponsored by Florida Blue.

Talks and Tea

Wednesday, January 16 and Thursday, January 17, 2013, 1:30 p.m.

Seated gallery talks with afternoon tea and refreshments following the lecture.

Members and Non-members $6

**Seating is limited. Please call (904) 899-6038 to make required reservations by Friday, January 11, 2013.

Sponsored by The Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts, Inc.

“Discovering The Layers” Gallery Discussions with Jim Draper

Sundays, January 20, February 10, and March 24, 2013, 1 p.m.

Join us for a talk with artist Jim Draper as he explores the many layers behind his newest body of work, Feast of Flowers. Each month, he will begin with a different idea to explore and together you will discover new ways to understand Florida history, environmental aesthetics and our place within the natural order.

Members free, Non-members free with paid Museum admission

**Space is limited. Please call (904) 899-6038 to make required reservations.

“The Art of Gardening Within The Natural Order” Lecture

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7 p.m.

Join local artist Jim Draper and Director of The Cummer Hope McMath for an engaging discussion about the idea of being participant versus a possessor while tending and cultivating a garden.

Free admission

Free Tuesdays sponsored by Florida Blue.

**Seating is very limited; first come, first seated. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Excursions Into Wild Florida With Jim Draper

Explore natural Florida habitats with artist and environmentalist Jim Draper. Each excursion will highlight scenery and places that provide inspiration. Ages 13 and up.

February 9, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Little Talbot Island State Park

Members $100

Non-members $115

Active Docents $50

*Bring your own lunch.

March 9, 2013, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Willie Brown Trail

Members $100

Non-members $115

Active Docents $50

*Bring your own lunch.

February 23, 2013, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ringhaver Park

Members $100

Non-members $115

Active Docents $50

*A picnic lunch will be provided.

March 23, 2013, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Julington Durbin Creek Preserve

Members $125

Non-members $140

Active Docents $63

*Bring your own Lunch. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will follow at The Cummer.

**Space is limited. For reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Art Fundamentals: Acrylic Painting

Wednesdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30, and February 6 and 13, 2013, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Instructor Allison Watson introduces painting to beginning students and strengthens the skills of intermediate painters. Learn composition for landscape and still life, color theory, and techniques in acrylic. Ages 13 and up.

Members $170, Non-members $190, Active Docents $85

**For reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Art Fundamentals: Watercolor

Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2013, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Instructor Robert Leedy will lead a four-week session in which students will learn various techniques and will paint watercolors from a studio still life or their reference photo. Basic design skills and color theory are explored throughout the sessions. Instructor demonstrations and student work critiques will be held weekly. Ages 13 and up.

Members $150, Non-members $170, Active Docents $75

**For reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Classes for Children

Art for Two

Saturdays, January 12, February 9, and March 23, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to Noon.

Children ages 3 to 5 and their favorite adult will spend an hour together in a class that includes an infusion of art, movement, literature and music that will help channel interests into the development of new skills.

Members $10 per pair, Non-members $15 per pair

Art Adventures

Saturdays, January 19, February 16, and March 23, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to Noon.

Children ages 6 to 12 will learn about painting, printmaking, collage and construction with changing themes. Projects will be completed within one class period.

Members $10, Non-members $15

Drop-In Art

Every Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m.

Ages 5 to 10

Members and Non-members $5 (no pre-registration required)

**Class sizes are limited. For reservations and information on children’s classes, please call (904) 355-0630.

 

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 130,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

 

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Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens presents Jim Draper: Feast of Flowers. The exhibition, on view from December 18, 2012 through April 7, 2013, celebrates the 500th anniversary of the first European engagement with Florida, the first named area in what is now the United States. The exhibition will include 29 original, large, multi-panel paintings and prints as well as a digital publication. The paintings and prints explain a personal relationship with the Florida ecosystem and portray flora and fauna, more specifically the hibiscus grandiflorus flower, and landscape endemic to the Florida peninsula. “The different panels reference an idea or a specific place or even an emotion,” said Draper. The digital publication serves as a cultural critique of Florida’s unique environmental and social landscape and features images, essays and videos from Draper as well as individuals of other various disciplines. Featured artists, ecologists, biologists, philosophers, historians, and writers will contribute to Draper’s unanswered, dynamic questions of this fragile state. The inclusion of the digital publication not only allows for a more dynamic experience within the Museum, but also allows audiences worldwide – including educators and students – to have access to and enjoy the rich culture and history related through the exhibition.

“The Cummer has long believed in the transformational impact landscape can have on individuals and the environment can have on the community,” said Chief Curator Holly Keris. “Jim’s work allows us to combine our passions for both art and the landscape in a single experience for our visitors. It is a perfect fit for The Cummer.”

The title, Feast of Flowers, is a translation of the Spanish “Pascua de Florida,” the name given to the land on Easter Sunday 1513. Draper’s use of this title signals his attempt to explore the idea of natural resources as consumable commodities, while embracing the conceptual history of hungry European settlers in “la Florida’s” bountiful banquet and Ponce de León’s painstaking search of the mythological Fountain of Youth. “The process for the production of this exhibition starts with expeditions into the wilds of Florida,” said Draper. “Locations are chosen through evaluating a wide range of criteria: Does the location have a specific story to tell? Are there unique geographical features in this location? Are there endemic species in this location that can’t be seen in this context anywhere else in the state? I enter these locations as an observer, having as few preconceived notions about the place as possible. By hiking, swimming, kayaking, or canoeing into these areas, I am able to move at a slower pace and observe the natural dynamic. I document and record my experience by taking photographic references, which are then used as visual inspiration for paintings.”

“Jim Draper’s Feast of Flowers marks The Cummer’s continuing interest in the art of Florida,” said Keris. “His use of art as a vehicle to explore man’s position within the environment, and as a launchpad for conversations about the ways art, ecology, history, religion, and sociology impact this fragile balance aligns perfectly with The Cummer’s position that the arts have a critical role to play in the understanding of the world in which we live. The historical examinations of the Florida landscape in The Cummer’s permanent collection, the Museum’s location on the banks of the St. Johns River, and Ninah Cummer’s personal quest for knowledge about Florida horticulture create the perfect backdrop for this important dialogue.”

Draper was born 1953 in Kosciusko, Mississippi and currently lives and works in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from high school ate age 17 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia. All throughout college, Draper worked various landscaping jobs – learning about irrigation and botany and rendering design drawings.  In 1991, Draper and his wife moved to Jacksonville. In 1995, Draper quit his day job, and spent nearly a decade teaching art classes at local colleges including Flagler College, FSCJ, JU, and UNF.  He also started painting a lot and has had his work displayed in many locations and exhibitions around town. Most recently in the past year, Draper has had a standing solo exhibition at the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art.  His work, which sells for about $8,000 a piece, has been obtained by companies such as Baptist Medical Center South, CNB National Bank, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, and many more.  Draper has helped to define and shape art and artists in Jacksonville for decades and is one of a few artists honored with a one-man exhibition at The Cummer.

Exhibition Sponsors: Agility Press, Inc.; Christopher and Lyssa Ball; City of Jacksonville; Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc.; The Director’s Circle at The Cummer; John and Gina Donahoo; Elkins Constructors, Inc.; Florida Humanities Council through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities; FOCUS Cummer, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management; Jim and Joan Van Vleck; and Wingard Creative. 

The Cummer Store

The Cummer Store will feature merchandise inspired by the exhibition, including Draper’s digital publication and his floral prints.

Artist in the Store Events

Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 5 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information, please call The Cummer Store at (904) 899-6035.

Special Events and Programs for Visitors throughout the Exhibition include:

Community Night

Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 4 to 8 p.m.

Join us for a closer look at Feast of Flowers, while enjoying live music, dynamic discussions, art making, gallery tours and so much more.

Free admission

Free Tuesdays sponsored by Florida Blue.

Talks and Tea

Wednesday, January 16 and Thursday, January 17, 2013, 1:30 p.m.

Seated gallery talks with afternoon tea and refreshments following the lecture.

Members and Non-members $6

**Seating is limited. Please call (904) 899-6038 to make required reservations by Friday, January 11, 2013.

Sponsored by The Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts, Inc.

“Discovering The Layers” Gallery Discussions with Jim Draper

Sundays, January 20, February 10, and March 24, 2013, 1 p.m.

Join us for a talk with artist Jim Draper as he explores the many layers behind his newest body of work, Feast of Flowers. Each month, he will begin with a different idea to explore and together you will discover new ways to understand Florida history, environmental aesthetics and our place within the natural order.

Members free, Non-members free with paid Museum admission

**Space is limited. Please call (904) 899-6038 to make required reservations.

“The Art of Gardening Within The Natural Order” Lecture

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7 p.m.

Join local artist Jim Draper and Director of The Cummer Hope McMath for an engaging discussion about the idea of being participant versus a possessor while tending and cultivating a garden.

Free admission

Free Tuesdays sponsored by Florida Blue.

**Seating is very limited; first come, first seated. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Excursions Into Wild Florida With Jim Draper

Explore natural Florida habitats with artist and environmentalist Jim Draper. Each excursion will highlight scenery and places that provide inspiration. Ages 13 and up.

February 9, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Little Talbot Island State Park

Members $100

Non-members $115

Active Docents $50

*Bring your own lunch.

March 9, 2013, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Willie Brown Trail

Members $100

Non-members $115

Active Docents $50

*Bring your own lunch.

February 23, 2013, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ringhaver Park

Members $100

Non-members $115

Active Docents $50

*A picnic lunch will be provided.

March 23, 2013, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Julington Durbin Creek Preserve

Members $125

Non-members $140

Active Docents $63

*Bring your own Lunch. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will follow at The Cummer.

**Space is limited. For reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Art Fundamentals: Acrylic Painting

Wednesdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30, and February 6 and 13, 2013, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Instructor Allison Watson introduces painting to beginning students and strengthens the skills of intermediate painters. Learn composition for landscape and still life, color theory, and techniques in acrylic. Ages 13 and up.

Members $170, Non-members $190, Active Docents $85

**For reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Art Fundamentals: Watercolor

Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2013, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Instructor Robert Leedy will lead a four-week session in which students will learn various techniques and will paint watercolors from a studio still life or their reference photo. Basic design skills and color theory are explored throughout the sessions. Instructor demonstrations and student work critiques will be held weekly. Ages 13 and up.

Members $150, Non-members $170, Active Docents $75

**For reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Classes for Children

Art for Two

Saturdays, January 12, February 9, and March 23, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to Noon.

Children ages 3 to 5 and their favorite adult will spend an hour together in a class that includes an infusion of art, movement, literature and music that will help channel interests into the development of new skills.

Members $10 per pair, Non-members $15 per pair

Art Adventures

Saturdays, January 19, February 16, and March 23, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to Noon.

Children ages 6 to 12 will learn about painting, printmaking, collage and construction with changing themes. Projects will be completed within one class period.

Members $10, Non-members $15

Drop-In Art

Every Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m.

Ages 5 to 10

Members and Non-members $5 (no pre-registration required)

**Class sizes are limited. For reservations and information on children’s classes, please call (904) 355-0630.

 

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 130,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

 

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Wed, 12/19/2012

 

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens presents Jim Draper: Feast of Flowers. The exhibition, on view from December 18, 2012 through April 7, 2013, celebrates the 500th anniversary of the first European engagement with Florida, the first named area in what is now the United States. The exhibition will include 29 original, large, multi-panel paintings and prints as well as a digital publication. The paintings and prints explain a personal relationship with the Florida ecosystem and portray flora and fauna, more specifically the hibiscus grandiflorus flower, and landscape endemic to the Florida peninsula. “The different panels reference an idea or a specific place or even an emotion,” said Draper. The digital publication serves as a cultural critique of Florida’s unique environmental and social landscape and features images, essays and videos from Draper as well as individuals of other various disciplines. Featured artists, ecologists, biologists, philosophers, historians, and writers will contribute to Draper’s unanswered, dynamic questions of this fragile state. The inclusion of the digital publication not only allows for a more dynamic experience within the Museum, but also allows audiences worldwide – including educators and students – to have access to and enjoy the rich culture and history related through the exhibition.

“The Cummer has long believed in the transformational impact landscape can have on individuals and the environment can have on the community,” said Chief Curator Holly Keris. “Jim’s work allows us to combine our passions for both art and the landscape in a single experience for our visitors. It is a perfect fit for The Cummer.”

The title, Feast of Flowers, is a translation of the Spanish “Pascua de Florida,” the name given to the land on Easter Sunday 1513. Draper’s use of this title signals his attempt to explore the idea of natural resources as consumable commodities, while embracing the conceptual history of hungry European settlers in “la Florida’s” bountiful banquet and Ponce de León’s painstaking search of the mythological Fountain of Youth. “The process for the production of this exhibition starts with expeditions into the wilds of Florida,” said Draper. “Locations are chosen through evaluating a wide range of criteria: Does the location have a specific story to tell? Are there unique geographical features in this location? Are there endemic species in this location that can’t be seen in this context anywhere else in the state? I enter these locations as an observer, having as few preconceived notions about the place as possible. By hiking, swimming, kayaking, or canoeing into these areas, I am able to move at a slower pace and observe the natural dynamic. I document and record my experience by taking photographic references, which are then used as visual inspiration for paintings.”

“Jim Draper’s Feast of Flowers marks The Cummer’s continuing interest in the art of Florida,” said Keris. “His use of art as a vehicle to explore man’s position within the environment, and as a launchpad for conversations about the ways art, ecology, history, religion, and sociology impact this fragile balance aligns perfectly with The Cummer’s position that the arts have a critical role to play in the understanding of the world in which we live. The historical examinations of the Florida landscape in The Cummer’s permanent collection, the Museum’s location on the banks of the St. Johns River, and Ninah Cummer’s personal quest for knowledge about Florida horticulture create the perfect backdrop for this important dialogue.”

Draper was born 1953 in Kosciusko, Mississippi and currently lives and works in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from high school ate age 17 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia. All throughout college, Draper worked various landscaping jobs – learning about irrigation and botany and rendering design drawings.  In 1991, Draper and his wife moved to Jacksonville. In 1995, Draper quit his day job, and spent nearly a decade teaching art classes at local colleges including Flagler College, FSCJ, JU, and UNF.  He also started painting a lot and has had his work displayed in many locations and exhibitions around town. Most recently in the past year, Draper has had a standing solo exhibition at the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art.  His work, which sells for about $8,000 a piece, has been obtained by companies such as Baptist Medical Center South, CNB National Bank, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, and many more.  Draper has helped to define and shape art and artists in Jacksonville for decades and is one of a few artists honored with a one-man exhibition at The Cummer.

Exhibition Sponsors: Agility Press, Inc.; Christopher and Lyssa Ball; City of Jacksonville; Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc.; The Director’s Circle at The Cummer; John and Gina Donahoo; Elkins Constructors, Inc.; Florida Humanities Council through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities; FOCUS Cummer, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management; Jim and Joan Van Vleck; and Wingard Creative. 

The Cummer Store

The Cummer Store will feature merchandise inspired by the exhibition, including Draper’s digital publication and his floral prints.

Artist in the Store Events

Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 5 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information, please call The Cummer Store at (904) 899-6035.

Special Events and Programs for Visitors throughout the Exhibition include:

Community Night

Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 4 to 8 p.m.

Join us for a closer look at Feast of Flowers, while enjoying live music, dynamic discussions, art making, gallery tours and so much more.

Free admission

Free Tuesdays sponsored by Florida Blue.

Talks and Tea

Wednesday, January 16 and Thursday, January 17, 2013, 1:30 p.m.

Seated gallery talks with afternoon tea and refreshments following the lecture.

Members and Non-members $6

**Seating is limited. Please call (904) 899-6038 to make required reservations by Friday, January 11, 2013.

Sponsored by The Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts, Inc.

“Discovering The Layers” Gallery Discussions with Jim Draper

Sundays, January 20, February 10, and March 24, 2013, 1 p.m.

Join us for a talk with artist Jim Draper as he explores the many layers behind his newest body of work, Feast of Flowers. Each month, he will begin with a different idea to explore and together you will discover new ways to understand Florida history, environmental aesthetics and our place within the natural order.

Members free, Non-members free with paid Museum admission

**Space is limited. Please call (904) 899-6038 to make required reservations.

“The Art of Gardening Within The Natural Order” Lecture

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7 p.m.

Join local artist Jim Draper and Director of The Cummer Hope McMath for an engaging discussion about the idea of being participant versus a possessor while tending and cultivating a garden.

Free admission

Free Tuesdays sponsored by Florida Blue.

**Seating is very limited; first come, first seated. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Excursions Into Wild Florida With Jim Draper

Explore natural Florida habitats with artist and environmentalist Jim Draper. Each excursion will highlight scenery and places that provide inspiration. Ages 13 and up.

February 9, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Little Talbot Island State Park

Members $100

Non-members $115

Active Docents $50

*Bring your own lunch.

March 9, 2013, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Willie Brown Trail

Members $100

Non-members $115

Active Docents $50

*Bring your own lunch.

February 23, 2013, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ringhaver Park

Members $100

Non-members $115

Active Docents $50

*A picnic lunch will be provided.

March 23, 2013, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Julington Durbin Creek Preserve

Members $125

Non-members $140

Active Docents $63

*Bring your own Lunch. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will follow at The Cummer.

**Space is limited. For reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Art Fundamentals: Acrylic Painting

Wednesdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30, and February 6 and 13, 2013, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Instructor Allison Watson introduces painting to beginning students and strengthens the skills of intermediate painters. Learn composition for landscape and still life, color theory, and techniques in acrylic. Ages 13 and up.

Members $170, Non-members $190, Active Docents $85

**For reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Art Fundamentals: Watercolor

Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2013, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Instructor Robert Leedy will lead a four-week session in which students will learn various techniques and will paint watercolors from a studio still life or their reference photo. Basic design skills and color theory are explored throughout the sessions. Instructor demonstrations and student work critiques will be held weekly. Ages 13 and up.

Members $150, Non-members $170, Active Docents $75

**For reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Classes for Children

Art for Two

Saturdays, January 12, February 9, and March 23, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to Noon.

Children ages 3 to 5 and their favorite adult will spend an hour together in a class that includes an infusion of art, movement, literature and music that will help channel interests into the development of new skills.

Members $10 per pair, Non-members $15 per pair

Art Adventures

Saturdays, January 19, February 16, and March 23, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to Noon.

Children ages 6 to 12 will learn about painting, printmaking, collage and construction with changing themes. Projects will be completed within one class period.

Members $10, Non-members $15

Drop-In Art

Every Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m.

Ages 5 to 10

Members and Non-members $5 (no pre-registration required)

**Class sizes are limited. For reservations and information on children’s classes, please call (904) 355-0630.

 

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 130,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

 

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