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.
Here are some more photos from Tonca’s 47th birthday party Saturday, July 13th at the Museum of Science and History in Jacksonville, Florida. Tonca is a snapping alligator turtle who was rescued from a drainage ditch in Mandarin in 1998, and has enjoyed living at the MOSH museum ever since.
Tonca’s Birthday Cake – for human’s only!
Tonca arrives at the party!
Looks like Tonca has fallen asleep…
Time for Tonca’s annual examination
He weighed 174 lbs!
The party’s over
Tonca is glad to return to his home in the nature pond.
Tonca is a beloved snapping alligator turtle at Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History (MOSH,) and today is his 47th birthday! Tonca has been at the museum since 1994 when he was rescued from a drainage ditch in Mandarin. Most of the time, Tonca swims happily in the natural pond at the museum, but each year on his birthday, Tonca is lifted out of the pond for his party.
Festivities last from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and include donuts from Dunkin Donuts (for the people – not Tonca who is on a strict diet!). The highlight of the day will be at 1:30 when Tonca is hoisted from the pond, is weighed and receives his physical examination.
More information is on the MOSH website. Update – Here is a picture taken today. More pictures will follow!
Tonca arrives at his Birthday party
Happy July 4th! There’s lots of activities, starting this evening. Tonight, the River City Band Satin Swing will perform an outdoor patriotic concert in the Cummer Museum Gardens. Bring a chair or blanket. Admission is $10 for members; $20 non-members. To make a reservation (required), call 904-899-6004.
This Saturday from 10-4, enjoy free Cummer admission, compliments of the Weaver family. While you’re there, take a moment to walk next door to the Riverside Arts Market, or check out Community First Saturday downtown.
Family-friendly activities begin downtown at 4:00 July 4th at at Jacksonville Landing and continue along the Northbank and Southbank Riverwalks. At 9:45 a spectacular fireworks show will light up downtown. For more information, visit the City of Jacksonville website.
Fireworks also return to the beach! Stars and Stripes at the Seawalk feature fireworks and a free concert by Craig Campbell. For more information, visit JacksonvilleBeach.org.
Yikes! Dinosaurs have also returned to the Museum of Science & History. Travel back in time 65 million years in this interactive Be the Dinosaur:Life in the Cretaceous exhibit. State of the art video game technology takes you back 65 million years in time and even allows you to take control of your very own dinosaur.
There are other dino-centered activities, including family dino day, a dino-tastic camp, lectures and more. And while you’re there, don’t forget to check out the Planetarium, where the current show is Sea Monsters. More information at www.themosh.org.
Dinosaurs have returned to the Jacksonville Zoo. See 21 life-size, life-like dinosaurs and experience the prehistoric world like you’ve never seen it before. Nestled in trees along a winding dirt trail, these creatures move and roar. You’ll think you’ve come to Jurassic Park!
Dino-Trek will be at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens through June 30th. There is a small fee in addition to Zoo admission. For more information visit dinotrekjaxzoo.org.
The 35th annual Spring Home and Garden Tour, organized by the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council will take place this weekend, June 1-2. Springfield was established in 1869 and is one of three federally designated historic districts in Jacksonville. This year’s tour features five turn-of-the-century homes, three gardens, a historic home now a family business, and St. Mary’s Chapel, built in 1912.
Hours are from 1-5 and tickets may be purchased at the door for $15. Check in at City Kidz Cafe, 1303 N. Main Street. For more information or to purchase advance tickets visit www.sparcouncil.org or call (904) 353-7727.
A big yellow duck has come to Hemming Park for One Spark Jacksonville!
Sculpture on display in Hemming Park at One Spark Jacksonville
For 5 days, April 17-21, One Spark lights up downtown Jacksonville. One Spark gives creators, artists , entrepreneurs and innovators a venue to showcase their work. And there’s $250,000 to be distributed based on public vote.
You’ll enjoy speakers, food, music and entertainment. So come downtown and join the festivities!