Music has long been an integral part of life in the Beaches community. Everything from dances at the old Jacksonville Beach Pier to concerts at Einstein a Go-Go has helped to shape the entertainment scene at the Beaches. Sand, Soul, & Rock n’ Roll: Music at the Beaches provides a look at the most popular local trends and venues throughout the 20th century. Memories, events, photographs, and memorabilia that depict a fascinating time of changes in lifestyle and entertainment over only a few generations will be shared with all.
The Beaches Museum & History Park is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibit “Vibrancy & Illumination” by artist Jeffrey Luque.
Luque’s highly detailed large-scale floral paintings are inspired by his time in the desert where the sparse landscape emphasized the singular beauty of the plants. Upon returning to his hometown of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Luque began his “Girl with Flowers” series which pushed his technical and creative skills to a new level. Using pointillism to highlight and add depth to the larger than life subjects of his paintings, Luque transforms oil paint and canvas into snapshots of natural beauty.
Jeffrey Luque grew up in Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach. Although always inspired by nature, his painting career didn’t begin until the age of 23 when he experimented with oil paints on large canvases. He is entirely self-taught. This event is free to Museum members with a suggested $5 donation from non-members. The exhibit will be on display October 11 – February 17. For more information please call 904-241-5657.
From the 1910s to the 1970s, Jacksonville Beach’s boardwalk served as a hub of entertainment for visitors and locals alike. Amusements, dance halls, snack bars and parades made for a vibrant coastal destination. Jacksonville Beach or Bust!: A Look Back at the Boardwalk provides not only an opportunity to reminisce but also to explore the boardwalk’s role in shaping a community. The exhibit will highlight the range of experiences as told through photographs, artifacts, and the personal accounts of those who remember this rich piece of Beaches history.
A Storyteller Event held on August 11 will also feature long time residents as they describe and retell their first hand accounts of life, and the experience of growing up, at the Boardwalk.
Please join us Friday, June 8 for an Opening Night Reception for this exhibit from 6-8 p.m. in the main building of the Beaches Museum. This event is free to Museum members with a suggested $5 donation for non-members. For further information please call (904) 241-5657.
The Beaches Museum & History Park is pleased to announce the exhibit “Nature Reconstructed” by artist Lana Shuttleworth.
Her highly original art uses common plastic castoff materials, particularly traffic safety cones, to create lavish landscapes and sculptural figures that challenge the viewer’s comprehension. The Los Angeles Times said that in her work “you find yourself looking at these everyday plastic objects in a whole new way.”
Lana has exhibited throughout the West coast and the East coast, with reviews in the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, ArtScene, Florida Times-Union and nationwide Associated Press articles. Her artwork was also featured on the quiz show, Jeopardy. She was recently the cover artist for the prestigious art and literary journal, Cincinnati Review, which featured an eight-page spread of her work. The Beaches Museum is proud to showcase the thought-provoking work of this astonishing and talented artist.
The exhibit will be on display February 9 – June 3. For more information please call 904-241-5657.
Ponte Vedra Beach is recognized as a thriving resort community, internationally famous for its contributions to the world of golf. However, only 100 years ago it was still a largely uninhabited, swamp-filled area with a very different community just beginning to pave its way into existence!
Join the Beaches Museum & History Park in recognizing Ponte Vedra Beach’s predecessor: Mineral City. Due largely to the discovery of valuable minerals in its sands in the mid-1910s, the area became home to a mineral mining operation led by George A. Pritchard and Henry H. Buckman.
The exhibit is filled with personal photographs depicting life in the wild Florida terrain and scenes of a vibrant mining town that stand in stark contrast to the Ponte Vedra Beach of today. The Museum will explore the life of this relatively short-lived community and its transition from mining minerals to boasting world-class golf resorts.
Please join us Friday, October 20 for an Opening Night Reception for this exhibit from 6-8 p.m. in the main building of the Beaches Museum. This event is free to Museum members with a suggested $5 donation for non-members. For further information please call (904) 241-5657.
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The Beaches Museum & History Park is currently hosting “Tide Runs Quiet: The Photographic Works of Thomas Hager” which showcases the work of an incredibly talented local artist.
Thomas Hager is a nationally recognized fine art photographer whose work can be found in notable galleries, museums, publications, and private and corporate collections worldwide. The recent works of Hager are a series of large photographically based compositions on paper depicting re-created scenarios of coastal landscapes.
Hager juxtaposes horizon, water, and skyline in careful, simplified works to create a harmony that dances the line of abstraction. The serene, subtle colors are specifically chosen to enhance the sublime atmosphere and heighten the visual experience.
For further details please 904-241-5657.
The Beaches Museum will open its next history exhibit, “Atlantic Beach: From the Continental to a Coastal Community”, Friday, March 3, 6 p.m.
The Museum is proud to host an exhibit showcasing the fascinating history of Atlantic Beach. The exhibit was originally on display at the Adele Grage Cultural Center in December 2016 as a celebration of the City’s 90th anniversary. Since that time, contributions ranging from Harcourt Bull’s original business documents to record albums and photos of a regular singer at Le Chateau have been contributed to the Museum for display.
Hosting national golf tournaments, weathering infamous storms, and preserving sites filled with local nature and history, Atlantic Beach has made a name for itself. Join local leaders, Museum supporters, and interested community members for an Opening Night Reception on March 3, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. Drinks and light appetizers will be served.
This exhibit made possible by our Presenting Sponsor, Atlantic Beach Country Club; as well as our Supporting Sponsors, The Bull Family and Chao Framing!
In a continued celebration of local artists, the Beaches Museum & History Park is proud to present the works of Gary Mack, Linda Olsen, and William Meyer in its upcoming exhibit “Island Reflections”.
Join all three artists Friday, December 2 from 6-8 p.m., for the first look at “Island Reflections”. All artwork will be available for purchase, just in time for the holidays!
Mack draws inspiration from the colors of nature, and places around the world he has visited. He prefers to paint using oil, acrylic, and watercolor and has created beautiful works of locations and scenes immediately familiar to locals.
A professional photographer by trade, Olsen specializes in weddings and portraits. She is also an accomplished painter; most of her paintings are related to ocean and beach landscapes as a result of her love of the sea.
As a member of The International Decorative Artisans League, Meyer focuses on aesthetic collaboration with interior designers, builders, architects and clients. Born in the Canal Zone, Panama, Meyer lives and works in Jacksonville Beach where he creates works of abstract expression.
All events are free to Museum members with a $5 suggested donation for non-members.
For additional information on this very special exhibit, please call 904-241-5657
Due to the extreme popularity of this exhibit, “Mayport Village: On the River of Change” will be extended through Sunday, November 27.
Presented by The Beaches Museum & History Park and opening on August 11, “Mayport Village: On the River of Change” is part of a series of events that will continue through October, and include items of interest to railroad enthusiasts, film buffs and students of archaeology.
Focus of the Mayport Village exhibit will be the history of the area, beginning with the Timucuan Indians who inhabited the southeastern United States for more than 5,000 years, followed by the French who first settled in 1562. The timeline continues into the early 1800’s when the area really began to grow, and ends with Mayport in the 21st century.
For additional information on this very special series of activities please contact The Beaches Museum & History Park at 904-241-5657.
Aug. 11 Exhibit Opening Reception from 6-8 p.m.
Stop by for a first look at the exhibit, some steamed shrimp and meet the people who made this exhibit possible.
Aug. 27 Mayport Village Storytellers at 1 p.m.
Come hear tales (some taller than others) of life and adventure in the Village.
Sept. 10 Riding the Rails: Pablo Beach Train Day from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Visit the History Park for an incredible day of all things trains!
Oct. 13 Special Feature! at 5:30 p.m.
Screening of The Flying Ace in partnership with Norman Studios, at the Museum Chapel.
Oct. 27 Boardwalk Talk at 5:30 p.m.
Johnny Woodhouse shares the story of the sinking of the Donald Ray.
Oct. 30 Mayport Cemetery Tour at 1 p.m.
Take a historic walk through the Mayport-Pablo Cemetery (Reservations required).
All events are free to Museum members with a suggested $5 donation for non-members.
The exhibit is supported by The Friends of the St. Johns River Ferry, Safe Harbor Seafood, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and Chao Framing.
For additional information on this very special series of activities, please call 904-241-5657.
In a continued celebration of talented beaches artists, the Beaches Museum & History Park is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibit by artist Hiromi Moneyhun.
Born in Kyoto, Japan, Moneyhun began drawing at an early age, and by her teen years had developed a style that combines traditional Japanese visual art forms with the super-modernity found in Japan’s
biggest cities. The woodblock prints of Giro Takihira had a major influence on her early work, and as with woodblock, Hiromi’s three dimensional cut paper pieces require a multistep process. The end
result is an art that the viewer will find to be both amusingly lighthearted and startlingly alive.
A resident of Jacksonville Beach, Moneyhun has exhibited nationally including the famous Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas and locally at MOCA, Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, and the Haskell Gallery at JIA. The Beaches Museum is proud to join the list of exhibitors for this emerging talent.
Opening Night: Thursday, May 5 at 6:00pm
Join the artist, Museum members, supporters and patrons as this fascinating exhibit is opened. The three-dimensional cut paper pieces are best appreciated in person and this festive evening will be the first opportunity to see the exhibit.
Gallery Tour: Saturday, June 25 at 11:00am
For a more intimate opportunity to immerse in her work, technique and inspiration, join Hiromi Moneyhun at the Museum. The morning will include a tour of her pieces as well as demonstration of her craft.
Admission to both events is free to Museum members, with a $5 donation from non-members. A portion of the proceeds from any pieces sold will benefit the Beaches Museum & History Park.