Our 2018 Holiday Gathering was held in the beautiful scene room at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra. Amid the art on exhibit from the Jacksonville Coalition of the Visual Arts, members enjoyed a delicious potluck meal and exchanged homemade gifts. This annual gathering is an opportunity to share a meal and conversation with our art tribe in a festive setting! The gift exchange has no rules other than the gift you bring must be wrapped, handmade by someone and should be something nice that you would enjoy receiving. There is always a diverse and often eclectic (as you might expect from artists!) representation of gift items.
Here are a few examples of the lovely gifts that were exchanged:
Our featured artist presenter for the general meeting was Gordon Meggison. Gordon is a talented and accomplished artist of many disciplines. One of his unique creations is something he calls the Sculpted Wall Treatment, which is a dimensional artwork applied directly onto the wall. Gordons art is displayed in homes and businesses across the country and he teaches art classes in both acrylic and watercolors locally. His expertise is vast and classes with him will leave you with a wealth of knowledge and skills to apply to your own art practice. Contact Reddi Arts to sign up for classes.
Frank Stella Exhibit
In January several SoMMA members visited the Frank Stella Exhibit at the MoCA with a guided decent tour and lunch.
Frank Stella is an American artist best known for his use of geometric patterns and shapes in creating both paintings and sculptures. Arguably one of the most influential living American artists, Stella’s works utilize the formal properties of shape, color, and composition to explore non-literary narratives. Stella was the youngest artist ever to be granted a solo exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art. He continues to live and work in New York, NY. Today, Stella’s works are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Kunstmuseum Basel, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Tate Gallery in London, among others. It was a real treat to see this exhibit with a guided docent, if you’ve never heard of Frank Stella look him up online. Here is a link to get you started: