Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Fernandina Beach and Jacksonville FL

My husband and I decided to go on a photo/art escapade a few weekends ago.

We went to Fernandina Beach/Amelia Island, which is just north of Jacksonville, Florida. It was a beautiful beach but really not much in the way of art. 

Shells on Fernandina Beach

It has a very small downtown area with some clothing stores and gift shops and antique stores. There was really only one gallery/studio I found interesting. The Blue Door Artists www.bluedoorartists.com was a small collective studio up some stairs with a few rooms artists use to work and display. Some of the work was very nice. There was an awesome farmers market though.

The Town of Fernandina Beach

The weather was bad most of the weekend so we were not able to take the ferry over to Cumberland Island to see the wild horses. We did go to Fort Clinch, built in 1847 at the mouth of the St. Mary’s River. It served as a military post during the Civil War, Spanish-American War and World War II. Not the most interesting architecture but we got a few good photos.

Ft. Clinch

On Sunday we drove down to Jacksonville and went to The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens www.cummer.org which is the largest fine arts museum in northeast Florida. 

It was well worth the $10 each admission.

The special exhibit was Impressionism and Post Impressionism from the High Museum of Art showcasing almost 50 paintings, drawings, and prints by such renowned artists as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Mary Cassatt, and John Singer Sargent.

One of Monet's Paintings of the River Thames

Their permanent exhibits covered everything from Ancient Egypt, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, all the way up to Andy Warhol.

The Marx Brothers by Andy Worhol

My favorite piece out of everything was June Morning by Thomas Hart Benton. His style and use of color spoke to me like none of the others. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Hart_Benton_(painter)

June Morning by Thomas Hart Benton

In the back they have a beautiful garden with the most spectacular oak tree.

Even in February when not much is blooming it was very lovely.

All photos were taken by me or my husband Ken Sharpe / Ken Sharpe Photography www.kensharpephoto.com