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Jackson Walker's Legendary Florida Exhibit
Now - May 15, 2016
The Legendary Florida exhibit shows Florida History through the Paintings of Jackson Walker. Volusia County Historic Courthouse 120 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand, FL 32720
In this collection, Jackson Walker weaves a visual tapestry of Florida's long and eventful past. Through the traditional usage of oil colors, executed in a carefully studied realistic treatment, incidents and personalities of over four hundred years of history are brought back to life. The result is the most dynamic exhibition of Florida history in art ever to be assembled. This visual and informative experience has proven to intrigue and delight a broad cross section of
he public wherever it is viewed. Viewers of all ages will find this collection to be a most memorable and enriching experience.
Closed Saturdays and Sundays.
Exhibits by Artists Steve Tobin, Karl Zerbe, and Samuel Blatt at the MOA-DeLand
Now - October 24, 2014
Steve Tobin: Roots
Appearing in the Lower Galleries at 600 N. Woodland Blvd.
Monumental steel outdoor sculptures and smaller glass works in the lower galleries, including a glass installation, will be on exhibit. Tobin's magnitude as an innovator and explorer of process, color and form has made him the sole proprietor of dynamic and unique sculptural methods. His vast body of work chronicles an epic journey from cast glass installations to assemblages of industrial detritus; from welded steel constructions and cast bronze forest floors to ceramic explosion pieces; and onward to massive bronze termite mounds and looming bronze roots.
n's Steelroots series are informed by the calligraphy that captured his imagination while teaching in Japan in the 80′s and from his acquisition of the 19th Century Japanese Noh Manuscript. The quality of his brush strokes - the alternating intensity of color, the varying proportions of the drawn lines, the contrast between the dark ink and the untouched areas of the page, the intimation of depth - are all reflected in the sculptures. Some pieces are actual renderings of Japanese characters, which can read when the light casts their shadow on the ground. Tobin's drawn studies, done in Sumi ink on rice paper, echo the calligraphy of these old texts. Steve Tobin's formidable naturalistic approach to sculpture, with his cerebra and scientific curiosity of physics, nature, process and materials distances him from any notion that will explore a singular Modernist cause. Tobin holds a B.S. in Theoretical Mathematics from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.
Karl Zerbe: Works on Paper
Appearing in the Chris Harris Gallery at 600 N. Woodland Blvd.
Distinguished German-born American painter Karl Zerbe (1903 - 1972) was one of the founding members of the abstract expressionism movement. This exhibit will feature experimental collages and mixed media works primarily from the late 1960's, but also from the 1940's. Works on Paper is an exhibit that showcases some of Karl Zerbe's most experimental works.
Collectors Choice: Blatt Collection
Appearing in the Upper Galleries at 600 N. Woodland Blvd.
Samuel Blatt's collection will feature outstanding European paintings, drawings and prints from the mid-17th to the early 20th century. More than 20 artists, such as Picasso, Dufy, Lacombe and Vuillard, will be represented. All of the creators in Mr. Blatt's personal collection are unique because each one makes a visual statement of quite his or her own making. They have sought art and quality by following no set path and chose to select carefully their own very private way between complex clusters of alternatives. They produced, as a result, art of profound individuality, honesty and quality. A well-chosen collection of a single work adds to its own light that reflected from the masterpieces among which it was found. For the collector, possessing such art allows him to participate quietly with artists of extraordinary integrity and vision in their day-by-day creative activity of trying to contact the divine, and to benefit, thereby, from their lifelong devotion to a particular inspiration and ideal.
The Paintings of Mellencamp at the Museum of Art-DeLand
Now - December 28, 2014
The Paintings of John Mellencamp will open to the public at The Museum of Art - DeLand at 100 N. Woodland Blvd. in downtown DeLand on Friday, October 10, 2014. The exhibition will feature some 40 oil and mixed media paintings, which will remain on view at the Museum until December 28, 2014.
Inspired largely by German Expressionists Max Beckmann and Otto Dix, and in keeping with his award-winning music, John Mellencamp's work is personal and distinctive. He trained at the Art Students League in New York with David Leffel and later with Jan Royce in Indianapolis. While his subject matter is often autobiographical, he uses considerable sk
ll as a painter to express his strong socio-political point of view. There is a $5 admission fee for entrance into the Museum of Art-DeLand.
Florida history and folk culture come ALIVE as we relive pioneer times through demonstrations of backwoods life-ways, early industry and trades, folk and domestic arts, and the dynamic cultural mix of people who have lived and settled throughout Central Florida.
Also called the "Barberville" Jamboree and one of the best-known and longest-lived heritage festivals in Florida, featuring:
-More than 100 historical demonstrators, re-enactors, artisans and trades people from around the state
-Continuous performances by 150 Florida musicians on 6 stages
-Juried arts and crafts show
- Historical exhibits, storytelling and hands-on children'
-Children's art show and awards
-Florida "Cracker" style foods such as Swamp Cabbage, BBQ, and a Corn Boil
Adult Admission is $8 Child Admission is $5 Children 6 and under are free.
This event takes place on both Saturday and Sunday, November 1 & 2.
The theme planned for 2014 is Disney's "Frozen." Designer decorations from around the world will adorn the Mansion and the School House. Visitors will be guided through the 1st and second floors of the home by a knowledgeable tour guide, or maybe even one of the owners, as holiday music from the baby grand player piano wafts in the background. These enchanting tours lead guests through the first two floors which include the 3 main bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and the secret master closet while being fed the history of the mansion, details of the decorations as well as relating the inspiring story of the current owners extensive restorat
on. Just when you think you have seen it all you are then treated to a visit into the original schoolhouse which has since been converted to a Zen like cottage featuring a soaring 15 ft ceiling decorated with holiday regalia.
Magical and awe inspiring are the best words to describe the estate and tour. Christmas tours will start on November 15th and continue until January 15th. All tours must be booked in advance, so make sure to check for availability. The cost for the tour is $25+tax and will last approximately one hour.
Woodland Boulevard blossoms into an artist's garden of color every November, as DeLand, Florida hosts the Annual DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts. Over 180 National Artists will display and sell their art work in the historic downtown shopping district, just in time for holiday gift-giving.
• A juried show of fine arts and fine crafts
• Over 180 national and international artists
• Live entertainment • Exceptional food
• Youth art exhibit • Hands-on art workshops and performing arts for children
• Free to the public • Convenient pa