“Wisdom” , a 25 ft bronze owl sculpture overlooks Hemming Plaza from its perch on the corner of the Jacksonville Downtown Library. Created by Washington-based artist Larry Kirkland and installed in March 2005, the sculpture is part of Jacksonville’s Art in Public Places.
This fountain is located outside the St. Augustine Visitor Center near the Old Spanish Trail marker featured in last week’s Foto Friday.
Did you know that St. Augustine has a sister city in Spain? It is Aviles, the birthplace of Pedro Menendez, founder of St. Augustine in 1565. Throughout the twentieth century, the two cities have maintained close ties and exchanged gifts. The masks on this fountain were presented to St. Augustine in 2005 by the City of Aviles. They are reproductions of the 6 faces that serve as water spouts for the municipal fountain in the San Francisco neighborhood of Aviles.
As many times as I have been to St. Augustine , last weekend was the first time I noticed this historic marker, located just outside the Visitor Center.
Here is the inscription:
Old Spanish Trail Zero Milestone
St. Augustine, Fla to San Diego, Calif
Erected and dedicated by The Exchange Club of St. Augustine A.D. 1928
Just 5 more days to see Picasso Art & Arena at the newly renovated St. Augustine Visitor Center. The collection is on display for the first time in the United States and consists of graphic art, illustrated books and ceramics by Pablo Picasso.
Picasso had an answer for those who find modern art difficult to understand: “The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I take pictures that do?”
Another of his quotes: “It took me four months to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”
Much of this exhibit centers on the theme of bullfighting, one of Picasso’s favorite sports. The displays are beautifully arranged and suitable for families as well as for the art connoisseur. What a wonderful opportunity to see the works of one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century!
If you go: The St. Augustine Visitor Center is located at 10 W. Castillo Drive. Exhibition hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm through Sunday, August 11, 2013. There is a small entrance fee. For more information, call 904.825.1000.
A big yellow duck has come to Hemming Park for One Spark Jacksonville!
The Cummer Museum is a place of beauty, a place that restores the soul. The Cummer was established in 1961 when art collector and garden enthusiast Ninah Cummer donated her riverfront home and art collection to the city of Jacksonville to be used as a museum. Since that time, the Cummer has expanded its original collection of 60 pieces to almost 5,000 works of art.
There are many ways to experience the Museum and Gardens. Take a docent led tour, hear music in the historic gardens, attend a lecture, or take an art class. Strolling through the various rooms, you will find world class art spanning from 2100 B.C. through the 21st century.
One popular event is the annual Garden Month, coming in March and offering outdoor concerts and community events. Also popular is the classical concert series held in the intimate Cummer Auditorium. Spaces fill quickly for these, so make your reservations early.
Information about the Museum as well as a calendar of events may be found at the Cummer website. See you at the Cummer!
Downtown Jacksonville comes alive each month at the popular First Wednesday Art Walk. The event, held rain or shine from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, spans a 15 block radius in the core downtown area. Over 30 galleries, museums and other cultural venues, restaurants, bars and businesses participate each month.
Hemming Plaza is a good place to start. There you can pick up a map and check out the open-air artists in the plaza. And when you are tired of walking, enjoy a free concert at the comfortable Hicks Auditorium at the Main library. Programs vary, many featuring outstanding local musicians, and usually begin at 7:00 pm.
Best of all, the event and library performances are FREE!
Main Street at the First Wednesday Art Walk