Thursday, April 30, 2015

Important Florida Collection opens in new dedicated Cici & Hyatt Brown Museum of Art - posted by FFAB

‘Fantastic’ new Daytona art museum opens to public
By EILEEN ZAFFIRO-KEAN - Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - For centuries, painters sat on dewy tree logs in meadows and art studio stools across Florida creating what has become the collection of jewels on display for the first time at the new Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art.

The museum opened this month to the public and received rave reviews, smiles and the awestruck looks of people trying to take in the 400 works that show long-gone buildings and serene scenes of the Florida landscape capturing sunrises, birds in flight and blossoming wildflowers.

“It’s overwhelming,” Daytona resident Mae Frances Davis said as she stood in the middle of one of the museum’s seven galleries. “This is definitely something I want to do more than this one day. I want to come back and learn.”

The opening was the day Cici and Hyatt Brown had dreamed of for years. When the collection they started in the late 1990s mushroomed to the thousands, they decided they wanted to share with the public the works that cover a 200-year span of Florida dating back to the 1700s.

Working with local government leaders, they were able to put their new building on a wooded piece of land along Nova Road that the city donated. The Browns in turn donated $14 million for construction of the 50-foot-tall Florida Cracker-style structure that will be owned and run by the Museum of Arts & Sciences, and last week they announced they’ll give $2 for every $1 donated to create a $15 million operations endowment.

They also donated to the museum bearing their names more than 2,600 paintings worth tens of millions of dollars, keeping just 150 pieces in the full collection of 2,750. It will take 10 years to rotate through the full 2,600 - the most significant of which are celebrated with ornate gold frames - and put them on display.


Before the grand opening, the Browns held an invitation-only brunch at the museum and received a standing ovation from their guests, which included everyone from Daytona Mayor Derrick Henry to the project’s architects with Orlando firm RLF.

“We never imagined this would be possible when we bought our first painting,” Cici Brown told the brunch crowd as she stood at the podium placed in front of a 30-foot-wide panoramic of a Florida landscape that moves from morning mist on the left to sunset on the right.

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who was among the brunch guests, said the museum is going to “enhance the cultural landscape” and impact both Daytona Beach and the state.

“By thoughtfully selecting these works, you have given new life to them,” Detzner said in his remarks to the group and Cici and Hyatt Brown, who is a former Florida Speaker of the House. “As Florida’s chief cultural officer, I could not be more proud.”

Sec of State Ken Detzner with Cici and Hyatt Brown at ribbon cutting

Volusia County Chair Jason Davis also thanked the Browns for all they’ve done.

“This is truly a rare collection of art like no other,” Davis said. “It’s an incredible gift to the citizens of Volusia County.”

In addition to the brunch group, hundreds of other invited guests were treated to sneak peeks of the artwork at three black tie dinners at the end of last week. Cici Brown, a longtime volunteer and board member with the Museum of Arts & Sciences, said the best part for her has been seeing how excited everyone’s been as they walk into the place she had a key role in creating.

“It’s been so much fun,” said Cici Brown, who’s had a hand in everything from selection of paintings that were purchased to design of the new museum to the flowers at the black tie galas.

 Cici and Hyatt Brown

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Daytona Beach art collection valued at $100 million, includes renowned painters

New Daytona art museum opens to public

Museum website here -

The Browns have done the State of Florida a great service by building a world class art collection and museum that focuses on an underrepresented subject, the State of Florida.  For centuries artists have been coming to the sunshine state for vacation, adventure and health reasons.  While visiting many were inspired  by the light and landscapes to complete work here.  Even most of the well known blue chip Northern artists including; Martin Johnson Heade, Winslow Homer, Louis Comfort Tiffany, N.C. Wyeth, Thomas Hart Benton and John Ennis just to name a few, completed works while visiting.  However because the subject matter was Florida,  paintings by these artists at auction would only fetch a fraction of the price a painting by the same artists with northern more popular subject matter would command.  The Browns saw that as an opportunity and began buying up all the paintings with a Florida theme.  

The Brown collection grew until it became a artistic record of not just the fading landscape of yesteryear but a chronicling of the people and places that make this such a unique place.  

Never able to display the bulk of the collection at any one time the Browns began looking for an institution to partner with so the collection could be enjoyed by the public.  Many of the top cultural institutions courted the Browns but in the end the decision was made to build a brand new museum that could be dedicated to the collection and build it in an under-served part of Florida.  

Daytona and the State of Florida are enriched and forever grateful for the dedication and passion it took to build this collection.  To preserve the paintings together in a dedicated museum will serve to teach, inform and inspire Floridians for many generations to come.    GL

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Exhibition of Japanese Woodcuts at Foosaner Art Museum - posted by FFAB

Detail from a woodcut by Kitagawa Utamaro circa 1800.

Pieces from Syracuse University’s Art Collection

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology’s Foosaner Art Museum presents Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga: Japanese Woodcuts from the Syracuse University Art Collection, from March 28 through May 24.

The 40-piece exhibition highlights the designed images of over 20 influential Japanese artists from key times in the country’s cultural history: the height of color Ukiyo-e printmaking (1780-1868) through the Meiji period (1868-1912) to 20th century impressions of the Shin Hanga movement (1915-1940s).

The prints exemplify the soft, painterly style that is synonymous with the Japanese woodcut and illustrate the wide range of subjects from courtesans to Kabuki theater and the Japanese landscape.

The exhibition is curated by Andrew Saluti, assistant director of the Syracuse University Art Galleries.

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Daytona arts leader Gary Libby honored with University of Florida gallery renaming - posted by FFAB

Photo by Jessie Ward/University of Florida

Daytona arts leader Gary Libby honored with University of Florida gallery renaming 


Gary Libby remembers growing up in Fort Myers “where we didn’t have a museum.”
As a student at the University of Florida in the mid-1960s, he was vacillating between law and pre-med when he “walked into the brand new art and architecture complex and the galleries there,” Libby said. “What an eye-opener it was for me. It was transformational.”

So much so that Libby said goodbye to law and medicine and pursued a career in the arts, arts education and arts administration. Now the University of Florida’s School of Art + Art History is renaming its Focus Gallery as the Gary R. Libby Gallery.

The honor is “in recognition of the philanthropy and ongoing support” of Libby,” a UF news release said.

“The announcement was a big surprise,” said Libby, a Daytona Beach resident. “It’s a wonderful thrill. It makes you feel that everything you’ve done has been appreciated.”

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Gary has been a real champion of the arts in Florida and a strong advocate for the artwork of our State.  By shining a spotlight on the famous artists who completed work in Florida, Gary has added to the National cultural conversation and added true value to the state of Florida's identity within that conversation. Congratulations to Gary on the honor and much praise to UF for the renaming.  

Mr Libby wrote one of the definitive books on Florida art and on one of the most important Florida art collections;  Celebrating Florida: Works of Art from the Vickers Collection
Enjoy, GL

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

High meets Low: Esthetic Theory at Girls’ Club Annex Space - postedby FFAB

High meets Low: Guest exhibit Esthetic Theory explores the coalescence of contemporary art and cosmetic esthetics Esthetic Theory at Girls’ Club Annex Space

117 NE 2 Street, Fort Lauderdale
Reception: Saturday, May 30, 6-9pm during Last Saturday Artwalk
On view from May 27-30, 2015, 1-5pm and by appt

Fort Lauderdale -- Girls’ Club presents a Esthetic Theory, a guest exhibit curated by artist Rosemarie Romero, in the Girls’ Club Annex Space. 

Esthetic Theory is a group exhibition that functions like a full service salon and spa. The exhibit consists of artists whose work explores the high impact, glossy and glittery materials, forms, and processes that evoke and celebrate feminine excess, pleasure, cosmetic artifice, bodywork, sexuality, and the performativity of gender. 

'Low' culture aesthetic practices, 'high art' conventions, and spiritual signifiers are appropriated and manipulated to create hybrid works that blur the line between art commodity, fetish objects, craft, kitsch, fashion, entertainment and gendered extensions of the body. 

Artwork by local and national artists Sarah Beth Woods, Helen Maurene Cooper, Orlando Estrada, Crystal Pearl, Rosemarie Romero, and Jill Weisberg. Sarah Beth Woods creates hair braided loofah sculptures that explore gender performativity and sensuality. Helen Maurene Cooper" explores pattern and design through wallpaper instillation; with her original nail photographs (collaboration Naughty Nailz and Naillicious) as source material she has created a site specific custom nail wallpaper. Orlando Estrada creates sculpture, and works with massage and healing crystals as a method of exploration into body work and LGBTQ issues. Crystal Pearl makes video art that delves into Latina subjectivity and embodiment via fashion, pleasure, and excess. Jill Weisberg uses nail polish on vintage adult magazine pages that blurs between figuration and abstraction, repulsion and desire. 

Artist and curator Rosemarie Romero creates abstract paintings inspired by urban nail art, airbrush, ornamentation, & cosmetic geometry. She will be offering on site manicures, massage, gossip, and 'chusmeria' by her alter ego Porn Nail$. 

Pulling together artists whose work straddles high and low art, the exhibit creates an interactive experience that places creative artistic practice adjacent to the traditional feminine practices of pampering and primping. Both rely on traditional and nontraditional notions of beauty, but often diverge in legitimacy within the art world and general social perceptions. 

The exhibit will be on view Wednesday May 27 to Friday May 29, with a Saturday reception May 30 from 6-9pm featuring live performance and interactive elements. Appointments will be on a first come first serve basis and include custom nail Art by Glynnus Nail Pro, Sara Beth Woods, Nail Pop LLC, and Porn Nail$. African hair braiding by Chicago stylist Fatima Traore. 

About Girls' Club 
Founded in 2006 by artist Francie Bishop Good and her husband David Horvitz, Girls' Club is a 501(c)3 foundation and alternative space, the only private collection in the world dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art by women. Cutting edge works in painting, drawing, photography and video are presented in curated, thematic exhibitions which also include works loaned from other collectors, and from galleries and artists. 

Artists represented in the Good/Horvitz collection are a diverse body of women - and some men - representing many ethnicities and nationalities. Girls' Club's facility is a dynamic, multi-functional building created by award-winning designer Margi Nothard of Glavovic Studio in Fort Lauderdale. 

Girls' Club's mission is to educate the public, nurture the careers of female artists, and to serve as a resource for art students and scholars, curators, and practicing artists. A special commitment is made to expose the work of local artists to a broader national and international audience. Girls' Club's website features a working online artist database with biographical information and relevant web links on artists in the collection, facilitating further study on the works and careers of contemporary women artists. Web projects by artists, interviews and texts by writers and a blog extends the presence of Girls' Club onto the worldwide web. 

Girls' Club is also committed to changing the lives of individuals in Broward County, and our programming reflects the special needs of women and girls. Girls' Club offers specialized workshops and activities in a variety of media for artists of all levels and abilities, and for children and families. 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

May at Morikami - posted by FFAB

May at Morikami Welcomes Back Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks,
Mother’s Day Crafting and More

Delray Beach, Fla. – April 22, 2015Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens complements spring weather with a fully blossomed garden and an array of exciting events lined up for  May. Sushi & Stroll summer walks return with delicious food, beautiful sunsets and taiko drumming performances that are sure to be enjoyed by all. Also this month, visitors can add a Japanese flair to their Mother’s Day gift by crafting an origami card. See a full list and description of May events below.

September 30, 2014 – May 24, 2015
Japanese Design for the Senses: Beauty, Form, and Function
Japanese Design for the Senses comprises three distinct exhibitions highlighting the beauty, form, and function that is inherent to Japanese craft and design. Each component features objects designed and crafted to be both beautiful and functional. Examples include an array of exquisite works, from folding screen paintings and lacquer boxes, to handcrafted lamps, benches, and step chests, all of which are as impressive in their design as they are in their craftsmanship and functionality.
Touch of Gold: Lacquerware Boxes and the Paintings of Elaine Ehrenkranz
For over forty years, the abstract expressionist painter Elaine Ehrenkranz formed a comprehensive collection of magnificent Japanese lacquerware boxes ranging in date from the 15th to the mid-19th centuries. A large portion of her collection was donated to the Harvard University Art Museums in 1997, with the remaining masterpieces gifted to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in 2013. Touch of Gold features her remarkable gift to the Morikami.
Ma: Defining Space: Studio Furniture of Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji
A built-in storage system comprised of staggered shelves, chigai-dana first appeared inside shoin-style homes in the Kamakura era (1192 – 1333), replacing the freestanding, portable bookcases that were used to store and display scrolls, books, tea utensils and other decorative objects. A companion to the tokonoma, an alcove in which hanging scrolls and other objects of art are decoratively displayed, chigai-dana is an integral part of Japanese domestic architecture. Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji’s timeless, elegant shelving and storage systems accentuate the simple yet refined beauty of form and function that is the essence of Japanese design and furniture aesthetics. This exhibition was organized by Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Katachi: The Essence of Aesthetic Form and Function in Japanese Furniture
Katachi embodies the hallmark of Japanese aesthetics: a harmonious balance of beautiful form, fine workmanship, and practical functionality. This exhibition draws upon the Morikami’s collection of 19th and 20th-century Japanese furnishings, including decorative folding screens, storage chests, lamps, and many other examples of fine Japanese design and craftsmanship. Also on view are several pieces made by renowned furniture maker George Nakashima (1905 – 1990), a leading innovator of 20th-century furniture design and one of the founders of the American Craft Movement. 

Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Sogetsu School
4-week session: Fri., May 1, 8, 15, 22
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Class fee: $70 (members $60; advance registration required)
Flower fee: $40
Flower arrangement, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art. Students in this course learn the basic principles and styles of the contemporary Sogetsu School, creating fresh flower arrangements each week to take home and enjoy. 

Ikebana Flower Arrangement: Ikenobo School
4-week session: Tues., May 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Class fee: $70 (members $60; advance registration required)
Flower fee: $60 payable to instructor
Flower arrangement, ikebana, is a traditional Japanese art. The Ikenobo School is the oldest and most traditional. Students in this course learn the basic principles and styles of Ikenobo, creating fresh flower arrangements each week to take home and enjoy.

Sumi-e Ink Painting: Floral
4-week session: Thurs. May 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 10:30am- 12:30pm
Class fee: $60 (members $55; advance registration required)
Sumi-e, literally “charcoal drawing,” is a form of Japanese ink painting brought from China in the 12th century. Students learn to grind their own ink and execute the primary sumi-e brushstrokes to capture the beauty of flowers and bamboo.
Required materials: May be purchased at the Museum Store and are listed on

Sumi-e Ink Painting: Landscape
4-week session: Thurs. May 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm                                                           
Class fee: $60 (members $55; advance registration required)
Sumi-e, literally “charcoal drawing,” is a form of Japanese ink painting brought from China in the 12th century. Students learn to grind their own ink and execute the primary sumi-e brushstrokes to mimic sweeping landscapes.
Required materials: May be purchased at the Museum Store and are listed on

Sushi & Stroll Summer Walk Series
Day: Friday, May 8
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Cost: $8 adults, $6 children (4-10) (museum members and children 3 and under FREE); $2 for taiko performance (optional). Reservations are not required.
Summer nights in South Florida are something special, especially when they are augmented with taiko drums and a cultural backdrop that can't be beat! Add a cold drink, a breathtaking sunset and a walking path through a tranquil garden and you've got Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks! Stroll the gardens at your own pace and take advantage of our free tour of the museum and gardens for smart phones. Excite your palate with something delicious from our own Cornell Café, indulge in some shopping at the Museum Store or tantalize your senses with a drumming performance by Fushu Daiko.
Please note that the museum galleries are closed for these special nights. Food and drink are not included with event admission.

Family Fun Holiday Activity: Mother’s Day Craft
Day: Sunday, May 10
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Cost: Free with paid museum admission
Honor your mother by making a special card for her.

Demonstrations of Sado: The Way of Tea
Day: Saturday, May 16
Time: Noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Cost: $5 with paid museum admission
Observe Japanese sado, “the way of tea,” an ever-changing demonstration rich in seasonal subtleties. The true spirit of sado — harmony (wa), reverence (kei), purity (sei), tranquility (jaku) — along with a sip of green tea and a sweet can bring a calm perspective into a busy life.
Individual reservations are not necessary. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. For more information, please call 561-495-0233 x210.

Sado Tea Ceremony Class
2-week session: Sunday, May 17 & 31
Time: Individual appointments begin at 10:15am
Cost: $55 (members $50; advance registration required)
Learn to perform traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the authentic Seishin-an Tea House under the guidance of Master Soei Chieko Mihori. Tea Ceremony Workshop (offered in November, January and March) is a prerequisite for this class.
To register, please call 561-495-0233 x210.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. The Morikami invites guests to discover South Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan, explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening. Experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through world-class exhibits, varied educational programs and seasonal events, bonsai display, pan-Asian cuisine and a distinctive Museum Store. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

The Morikami is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach, Florida. For more information about the Morikami, its exhibitions, programs and events, visit or call 561-495-0233.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Authentic Branding Workshop for Individual Artists - posted by FFAB

Authentic Branding Presented by The Creative Capital Foundation and Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc.
Workshop for Individual Artists
The Division of Cultural Affairs and Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. announce an upcoming workshop with the Creative Capital Foundation for Individual Artists. This workshop will focus on the way that artists convey key messages about their work whether intentionally or not. Artists who attend this innovative and exciting workshop will acquire tools to identify and calibrate their brand and will leave with a clear strategy to more effectively present themselves and their work and move forward to achieve their goals.

This workshop is intended for mid-career artists; it is preferred for artists to have participated in previous professional development opportunities, though not required.

More information on the Authentic Branding Workshop, including the workshop leader and feedback from past participants, can be found here:

Workshop Details:
May 16, 2015 –Jacksonville
Presenting Partners: The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
Location: 245 Riverside Avenue, Suite #310
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
*This workshop is open to artists from the following counties: Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns

May 17, 2015 – Gainesville
Hosted by: University Galleries, University of Florida
Presenting Partner: College of the Arts, University of Florida
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

About Creative Capital:
The Creative Capital Foundation is a national foundation that serves artists and supports their work through their Grantmaking activity and their Professional Development Program. The Division has partnered with Creative Capital since 2007 to offer meaningful and innovative professional development to Florida artists. More information about Creative Capital and its services can be found at:

Application and Participation:
To apply for the workshop, please visit this link:
The application deadline is April 30, 2015, artists will be notified of their inclusion in this opportunity no later than May 7, 2015.

To be eligible to apply for this workshop, artists must be a Florida resident and for the May 16th workshop, must reside in the counties listed. The workshop is open to artists working in any discipline.

If selected, artists attend the workshop free of charge. They are responsible only for their transportation to and from the workshop location and a small fee for lunch during the day’s events.
This workshop is made possible through generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and also with private support through Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. More information about Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. can be found here:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Norton Museum sends five artists into Florida Everglades - posted by FFAB

Norton Museum sends five artists into Florida Everglades

There’s a Broadway musical quality to what the Norton Museum of Art asked of five artists: Go into the woods.

Into the Everglades, to be precise.

Clyde Butcher’s “Moonrise Number Two” (Courtesy: Mildred and Herbert Lee)

The result: You’ve never seen the Everglades quite like this.jim

The museum commissioned five photographers to go into the Everglades over the course of the last 18 months — amid more than two-and-a-half years of planning — and show the public what they saw.

Their wildly different depictions of the impression Florida’s grassland eco system made on them is captured in a vast new exhibit, “Imaging Eden: Photographers Discover the Everglades,” which runs through July 12.

Bert Teunissen, Domestic Landscapes. Everglades, 2014 (Photo: Courtesy Bert Teunissen)

Their projects are part of a wider exhibit that includes more than 200 images, early maps, postcards, Audubon prints and works by celebrated photographers including Walker Evans and Marion Post Wolcott.

The five commissioned artists — Amsterdam-based Bert Teunissen, American Gerald Slota, Korean-American Jungjin Lee, photographer Jim Goldberg and historian Jordan Stein — were chosen for their disparate points of view.

And that only adds to the richness of an Everglades exhibit that stands as a unique portrait of Florida’s greatest natural resource.

James Balog’s “Florida Panther” (Courtesy: Norton Museum of Art)

“Imaging Eden” goes beyond the expected photographs of wild terrain and reptiles.

The exhibits range from photojournalism to pure abstract. From black and white to vivid color. You never knew there were so many ways to look at the Everglades, and this exhibit does challenges the conventional mental image.

Lee takes a reductionist view of the Everglades. Through the lens, she looks for simple, minimalist forms that tell a story about the landscape. Grassland ridges become patterns, a fleeting crow ephemera, a woodland path a haunting.

Eliot Porter, “Slough and Mist, Cypress Lodge, Punta Gorda, Florida, January 31, 1974” (Photo: Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas)

“She’s incredibly Zen about the way she photographs,” exhibit curator Tim Wride said. “She has this ability to ferret out ‘the moment.’”

Teunissen takes the opposite tack. Rather than photograph outside spaces, he focuses on the inside spaces where people from the Everglades live. His portraits of the people in the Everglades — most of whom were photographed in their trailer homes — are intimate, familiar and bring us closer to the people who live there.

“I tried to make a big overview of the people who live in that area,” he said. “They are the ones who make up that countryside.”

Gerald Slota, The Seminole Wars, 2014 (Photo: Slota)

Gerald Slota let the centuries of U.S.-Native American conflicts inspire his massive mural of abstract colors and images. The inspiration was the 1837 Christmas Day battle in which Native Americans and escaped slaves worked together to repel the U.S. Army.

It’s history that feels immediate and aggressive instead of a sepia-toned memory of a bygone conflict.

“My goal was for you to step back and get your own personal narrative,” Slota said.

Goldberg and Stein worked together to produce an installation of photographs, videos and found objects from their time in the Everglades. It’s an abstract walk through the Everglades from the fresh eyes of someone new to that landscape.

“It challenged me to make photographs that show how compelling my experience was in the Everglades,” Goldberg said.

“It’s such a closed community in a lot of ways,” Stein added.

That makes their windows into the Everglades all the more revealing — and important.

“Imaging Eden: Photographers Discover the Everglades”
Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach
When: The exhibit runs through July 12.

More information: Call 561-832-5196 or visit