CHANGING EXHIBITION GALLERIES On view through August 31
An Arts Legacy
George Inness, Jr. in Tarpon Springs In Tarpon Springs, the legacy of George Inness (1825-1894) and George Inness, Jr. (1853-1926), a father and son who both painted here at various points in their careers, has had a profound impact on this community. A visit to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs to see the 10 religious paintings created by George Inness, Jr. has been a pilgrimage of cultural and religious tourism for nearly a century. What visitors experience demonstrates the church’s stewardship of these important paintings, created between 1898 and 1926, to tell a vibrant story of art, philanthropy and spirituality. This pantheon of paintings represents one of the finest assemblages of artistic piety in American art history. The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is honored to showcase these paintings, along with secular paintings created by George Inness, Jr. during his 24 years visiting Tarpon Springs. In addition to the Unitarian Universalist Church, lenders to the exhibition include the Cici and Hyatt Brown Collection, the Tarpon Springs Area Historical Society and the private collection of John Tarapani. The exhibition explores the history of George Inness, Jr., who wintered here until his death in 1926, and his wife, Julia Goodrich Smith Inness, who founded the public library and returned to Tarpon Springs each year until 1940. Their contributions and legacy in Tarpon Springs remain strong even today.
The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is deeply grateful to those who have made this important exhibition possible: Carol E. Martin Presenting Sponsor Bright House Networks City of Tarpon Springs Frank and Katherine Martucci Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs Cici and Hyatt Brown Collection through the Museum of Arts & Sciences, Daytona Beach Davidson’s Dockside Hibu/Yellowbook Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club Panache Vue’ Port Tarpon Marina Tarpon Springs Area Historical Society Friends of Tarpon Springs Public Library John Tarapani St. Petersburg College
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Art and Architecture in the Hudson River Valley
Historic Tarpon Springs The spirit of Tarpon Springs’ built environment was captured in a series of prints by local architect Edward C. Hoffman, Jr. Based on pen and ink with wash drawings, the prints were created between 1987 and 2001 for the Burnett Society, a fundraising organization affiliated with Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital (today known as Florida Hospital North Pinellas). The 10 prints shown in the exhibition represent structures that existed during the time of the Innesses, most of which are still standing today. Additionally, four photographs, enlarged from vintage photographs in the collection of the Tarpon Springs Area Historical Society, will be on view.
Join the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in late October for a memorable museum travel trip to the Hudson River Valley. Travel back in time to the era of George Inness, Jr. and experience the art and architecture of the Hudson River School, the Gilded Age and the American Arts and Crafts Movement. The tour includes: • Roundtrip airfare • Travel by motor coach • Visit Montclair, NJ: Montclair Museum of Art and Rosedale Cemetery • Visit Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Morris Plains, NJ (home of Gustav Stickley) • Visit Cragsmoor, NY (summer artist colony of George Inness, Jr.) • Visit Olana (home and studio of Hudson River School painter, Frederic Edwin Church) • Visit the Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park, NY (elegant palace of the Gilded Age) • Visit Kykuit, Sleepy Hollow, NY (John D. Rockefeller estate) • Three nights accommodations and most meals • Escorted by LRMA Curator Lynn Whitelaw and John Lulias from Carlson Maritime Travel
The Legacy Continues The arts legacy of Tarpon Springs is one of the strongest of any community in Florida, if not in the United States. It began with the contributions of George Inness and George Inness, Jr., but has continued because of the city’s cultivation of an arts legacy and artists who find the community a nurturing place to be creative. Today’s generation of visual artists in Tarpon Springs demonstrates that the arts legacy remains strong. The artists shown in this exhibition include Kevin Grass, Elizabeth Indianos, Mitch Kolbe, Christopher M. Still and Joseph Weinzettle. Images, clockwise from top left: George Inness, Jr. (American, 1853-1926), Tarpon Springs Port, C-1915, Oil on canvas, 26 ¼ x 32 1/8 in., On loan from the Cici and Hyatt Brown Collection Edward C. Hoﬀman. Jr. (American, b. 1951), The Safford House II, 1996, Photo lithograph, 50/100, 7 ½ x 11 ½ in., Gift of Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital Foundation, Inc. Christopher M. Still (American, b. 1961), Changing Tides, 1994, Oil on canvas, 6 x 10 ft., On loan from the Friends of Tarpon Springs Public Library, Gift of Elizabeth Coachman George Inness, Jr. (American, 1853-1926), Fishing Near Tarpon Springs, 1917, Oil on canvas, 16 ¼ x 24 1/8 in., On loan from the Cici and Hyatt Brown Collection
• This tour is for LRMA members and includes a $50 donation to the Museum For more information and pricing, please contact: John Lulias, Sales Director Carlson Maritime Travel 623 E. Tarpon Avenue Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 727.945.1930 / email@example.com OR Lynn Whitelaw, Curator Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art 727.712.5210 firstname.lastname@example.org
exhibitions continued in the Permanent Galleries WORKS ON PAPER GALLERY
Mystères de l’aquarelle: Works on Paper by Jack Barrett June 1 - August 31 Academically trained as an artist, Jack Barrett (1929-2008) worked for 20 years as a well-known illustrator for the St. Petersburg Times. After retirement, he devoted 19 years to his own art style, working in a variety of media – oils, acrylics, watercolor, collage, drawing and mixed media. For Barrett, “what art is about is to record the likeness of a gesture in a dramatic spontaneous moment.” His works came from a variety of sources, but were mostly fantasies from his vivid imagination with playful images executed through dynamic gestures and exuberant color. This exhibition of nine watercolors and collages demonstrates the masterful quality and vision of Jack Barrett’s art. To learn more about Jack Barrett, attend a presentation about his art given by his widow, Louise Barrett, on Friday, June 20 (check the Happenings page for details).
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Otok Ben-Hvar: Patriotic Firecracker Artist June 14 (Flag Day) – August 24 Otok Ben-Hvar is a patriotic performance artist who creates art through the use of firecrackers. For some of his paintings, he lets the fireworks arrange the paint on the canvas. For other works, he defuses firecrackers to create American flags that define his patriotic causes. Over the years, Ben-Hvar has had a number of notable accomplishments, including creating America’s First National Tree, grown in soil donated from all 50 states, the U.S. territories and District of Columbia, and then using the soil, leaves and branches in his artwork.
Images from top: Jack Barrett (American, 1929-2008), Fantastic Flight, c. 1996-97, Watercolor, 31 x 40 in., On loan from Louise Barrett Otok Ben-Hvar in front of his Mt. Washington Flag
Join us for a summer patriotic tribute that begins on Flag Day (June 14) and continues through August. This exhibition of six of Ben-Hvar’s works includes a DNA self-portrait, a firecracker-inspired American flag, a three-dimensional national tree flag and three firecracker performance paintings. To learn more about this fascinating artist, attend a presentation about his art on Friday, June 20 (check the Happenings page for details).
SPC art faculty shine at 2014 show On March 2, LRMA hosted an open house to celebrate the opening of the bi-annual SPC Art Faculty Show. Many of the 15 artists were on hand to deliver gallery talks and mingle with members. Here are just a few photos from a memorable day!
Since its founding in 2002, the LeepaRattner Museum has exhibited the work of renowned artists from all over the world, including Picasso, Warhol, Léger and many others. This summer, we’re proud to honor the rich artistic tradition of our very own community through An Arts Legacy: George Inness, Jr. in Tarpon Springs.
Helen Gilbart (left) takes a break with Art Faculty Kevin Grass and Barbara Hubbard.
Art Faculty Ya La’Ford (right) shares her artwork with family and friends.
Inness, Jr., together with his father, 19thcentury landscape painter George Inness, established Tarpon Springs’ foundation as an arts community. Throughout the years, the city has continued to attract artists who come here to paint the natural beauty of its bayous, rivers, lakes, forests and topography. One of LRMA’s namesakes, retired artist and art educator Allen Leepa, chose Tarpon Springs as his home in1983 because of the strong arts community and tradition he found here. His generosity resulted in the founding of LRMA 12 years ago. Today, renowned artist Christopher Still proudly acknowledges Tarpon Springs as his hometown, and we were so pleased at the tremendous turnout for his Gallery Talk on May 22.
Joan Saunders with Linda Berghoff, SPC Art Faculty.
Art Faculty Elizabeth Indianos (center) proudly displays Auntie Seraph. Joe Braccio, SPC Faculty, wowed the crowd on his acoustic guitar.
Yet, even as we reminisce, we know that we must continue building upon our community’s arts legacy. One way you can help is by remembering LRMA in your estate plan. There are many ways to give, such as bequests and charitable trusts, and your gift will have a lasting impact on future generations of students, artists and art patrons. Contact us to learn more about how you can contribute. Finally, I’d like to take a moment to welcome four new members to the LRMA Board of Directors: Destry Fudge; Ken Dambrosio; Dr. Francisco Torres; and SPC Student Representative Jairo Garcia. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team, and I look forward to working with them to fulfill LRMA’s mission.
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Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable summer. Come visit us to cool off and view the new Inness, Jr. exhibition!
Isabelle’s is open to the public year-round during regular museum hours.
It may be hot outside, but cool deals abound at Isabelle’s Museum Store. Get into the Christmas spirit early with 25-50% off select merchandise, including ornaments, posters from past exhibitions and more. While shopping, don’t forget to check out new items by our local artists, including unique wearables by textile artist Diane Prekup, fused glass creations by Jeannine Talley, gorgeous ceramics by Christa Stanelun and Chihuly Art Kits for the kids.
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First Friday Focus is on break for the summer and will resume in September.
Gallery Talks by Louise Barrett and Otok Ben-Hvar 10 a.m., LRMA Galleries, $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for members and children Explore the special exhibitions Mystères de l’aquarelle: Works on Paper by Jack Barrett and Otok Ben-Hvar: Patriotic Firecracker Artist with Louise Barrett, wife of Jack Barrett, and Otok Ben-Hvar. A small reception for the presenters will follow the presentations.
Tarpon Springs Day 10 a.m.-5 p.m., LRMA Galleries, complimentary admission Tarpon Springs residents with a current ID will be admitted free of charge on June 21 to view the museum’s special exhibitions that celebrate their city: An Arts Legacy: George Inness, Jr. in Tarpon Springs, The Legacy Continues and Historic Tarpon Springs. Docent tours will be offered at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
25 Wednesday Leap into Art at Leepa-Rattner!
3 p.m., Challenge of Modern Art Gallery, $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, free for members and children Ideal for ages four to eight, this program features stories about art read by Palm Harbor Library associates and a related hands-on art activity led by LRMA’s education staff. Families are encouraged to arrive early to view the galleries. The theme for June is Imagining Your World and the books are Sandy’s Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder by Tanya Lee Stone, The Dot by Peter Reynolds and Pop Warhol’s Top by Julie Appel and Amy Guglielmo.
George Inness, Jr. (American, 1853-1926) The Lord is In His Holy Temple, 1926 Oil on canvas, 115 ½ x 85 in. On loan from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs
JULY 4 Friday
Modernism versus Anti-Modernism
History of Unitarian Universalism
3 p.m., LRMA Galleries – Meet in Fine Arts Auditorium, donations welcome
3 p.m., North Changing Exhibition Gallery, donations welcome Rev. Don Rollins, pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs, will present a lecture about Unitarian Universalism to complement the George Inness, Jr. exhibition.
Lynn Whitelaw, LRMA curator, and Patricia Buster, LRMA education coordinator, will introduce visitors to the stylistic differences between the tonalist paintings by George Inness, Jr. and modernist artworks in the museum’s permanent collection galleries.
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Inness, Jr. Paintings of the UUC Tarpon Springs
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3 p.m., North Changing Exhibition Gallery, donations welcome Linda Gradual, Lead Docent at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs, will give a tour of the George Inness, Jr. paintings created for and bequeathed to the church.
Art, Books and Community (ABC) Reading Club 1:30 p.m., Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, free for members Palm Harbor Library Director Gene Coppola facilitates this bimonthly program held at the museum. Members select, read and discuss books about modern and contemporary art. July’s selection is Painters of the Ashcan School: The Immortal Eight by Bennard B. Perlman.
St. Petersburg College’s College for Kids SAM Camp teaches curious students how science, math and art come together in the real world in a fun and hands-on environment. To register, visit spcollege.edu/C4K or call 727-341-3000. LRMA members receive a $25 tuition discount.
Literary Inspirations for Inness, Jr. 3 p.m., North Changing Exhibition Galleries, donations welcome View the George Inness, Jr. exhibition and then listen to dramatic readings of famous literary works favored by the artist, including passages from Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson and A Forest Hymn by William Cullen Bryant.
28 Monday - 1 Friday SAM Camp
$50 registration fee, $150 per camp week St. Petersburg College’s College for Kids SAM Camp teaches curious students how science, math and art come together in the real world in a fun and hands-on environment. To register, visit spcollege.edu/C4K or call 727-341-3000. LRMA members receive a $25 tuition discount.
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George Inness, Jr. (American, 1853 – 1926) Moonlit Forest, undated 20 ¼ x 30 in, oil on canvas On loan from the Cici and Hyatt Brown Collection through the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach.
is back – Saturday, October 18 30 Wednesday Leap into Art at Leepa-Rattner!
3 p.m., Challenge of Modern Art Gallery, $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, free for members and children Ideal for ages four to eight, this program features stories about art read by Palm Harbor Library associates and a related hands-on art activity led by LRMA’s education staff. Families are encouraged to arrive early to view the galleries. The theme for July is The Sky’s the Limit! and the books are Perfect Square by Michael Hall, Building Stories by Isabel Hill and First Shapes in Buildings by Penny Ann Lane.
AUGUST 3 Sunday
Community & Family Day 1-4 p.m., Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, donations welcome The museum’s 2014 Community & Family Day, set for the first Sunday in August, draws inspiration from the exhibitions An Arts Legacy: George Inness, Jr. in Tarpon Springs, The Legacy Continues and Historic Tarpon Springs. Guests will be treated to docent tours, family-centered art-making stations, community tables, refreshments and music.
27 Wednesday Leap into Art at Leepa-Rattner!
3 p.m., Challenge of Modern Art Gallery, $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, free for members and children Ideal for ages four to eight, this program features stories about art read by Palm Harbor Library associates and a related hands-on art activity led by LRMA’s education staff. Famillies are encouraged to arrive early to view the galleries. The theme for August is Fabric Fun and the books are Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett with illustrations by Jon Klassen, Too Much Glue by Jason Lefebvre with illustrations by Zac Retz and Market Day by Lois Ehlert.
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Save the date – you won’t want to miss this year’s feast! We had a sellout crowd at last year’s Crab Fest and this year promises to be even better. New for 2014: Individual sponsorships are now on sale for $250. Each sponsorship consists of two tickets to the all-you-can-eat buffet and recognition on event signage. To purchase an individual sponsorship, contact Shelly Clark at 727-712-5225 by June 1. Regular member ticket sales will begin on July 1 and sales to the general public will begin September 1. Call 727-712-5229 to RSVP.
Donations of art Recent donations to the permanent collection of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art approved by the Collections Committee and Board of Directors include 3 metal sculptures by Dino Kotopoulis, gift of the artist 4 digitally solarized black and white photographs by Joseph Constantino, gift of the artist 1 lithograph by Frank Rampolla, gift of David and Lynette Henderson 13 objects from the Rita Scott estate, including: 8 paintings by Ann Reyes, Igor Galanin, Jean Hélion, Jose Monte, Kenneth Noland, Katherine Porter, Marco del Re, and Moses Soyer; an Art Deco vase; a ceramic owl by Pablo Picasso; a glass vase by Émile Gallé; a tapestry by Sonia Delaunay; and a carved wood sculpture by Jim Collins.
News from around the museum Dr. Conferlete Carney Retires One of LRMA’s original members and a long-time supporter of the museum, Dr. Conferlete Carney retires from his position as Provost of the Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College on June 30, 2014. We celebrate with him on the occasion of this milestone, and thank him for his excellent stewardship on behalf of the museum.
LRMA represented at national events American Alliance of Museums’ Conference: Ann Larsen, Director and Amanda Robinson, Collections Manager, represented LRMA at the American Alliance of Museum’s conference in Seattle in May. Museum Store Association Conference: Lynn Pierson, Manager of Isabelle’s Museum Store, represented LRMA at the annual Museum Store Association conference in Houston in April and has begun working towards a CNRP designation (Certified Nonprofit Retail Professional).
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continued LRMA welcomes new board members Four new members with strong arts and community interests were approved by the LRMA Board of Directors at its May 7 annual meeting. Please join us in welcoming them at museum events. Ken Dambrosio, retired Partner/ Creative Director with Cote & Dambosio, enjoyed an awardwinning career which spanned over 38 years in marketing, advertising and creative design (22 years on Madison Avenue). Dambrosio has a B.B.A from Westchester Business School and attended Pace University’s School of Visual Arts. He is a lifelong supporter of the arts and artists. Destry Fudge is a high school art teacher and Department Chair at Admiral Farragut Academy where he is dedicated to helping students think critically and creatively, utilizing his lifelong love of art. With a diverse career spanning 30 years, he served in the U.S. Air Force, has an extensive corporate IT background, was a Pinellas County Schools educator, and has a B.F.A in graphic design from the University of South Florida.
Jairo Garcia joins the board as the St. Petersburg College Student Representative, as he prepares for a career in International Business. Active in campus and community life, Garcia has worked with LRMA and the SPC administration on various projects, in addition to serving as president of Latinos United. Dr. Francisco Torres is a physician and co-owner of the Florida Spine Institute in Clearwater. Born in Seville, Spain, he graduated cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico and was awarded his medical degree from the UPR School of Medicine. With a strong interest in public and community service, he is also an avid patron of the arts.
Local recognition Tarpon Springs Mayor David Archie and city commissioners officially congratulated LRMA on its recent accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums at a recent commission meeting. They noted the role the museum plays in the cultural life of the city and beyond. LRMA was named Best Contemporary Art Museum by Tampa Bay METRO magazine in its year-end issue.
SPC student interns at LRMA Christie Anger, a Photography Technology student at St. Petersburg College’s Clearwater campus, spent this past spring as an intern at LRMA. Anger photographed works of art, documented events, created installation shots of exhibitions and completed post-production editing for her portfolio. She graduated with an A.S. degree in May.
Museum members on the road LRMA “Best Art of Arkansas” travelers in the lobby of the new 21C hotel in Bentonville. An art museum, art center and boutique hotel with a destination restaurant, 21C served as home base while the group visited Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The hotel provided a special tour of their new exhibition given by the 21C curator. The green penguins have become a featured element of the hotel.
SPC art faculty shine at 2014 show On March 2, LRMA hosted an open house to celebrate the opening of the bi-annual SPC Art Faculty Show. Many of the 15 artists were on hand to deliver gallery talks and mingle with members. Here are just a few photos from a memorable day!
Capturing LRMA’s history, one shot at a time Since its founding
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Springs as his hometown, and we were so free admission to students, an important part of pleased at the tremendous turnout for his our community outreach. Call 727-712-5222 to The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art gratefully welcomes its newest, renewing and Gallery Talk on May 22. become a member or to renew. upgrading members ( indicates upgraded level; bold italics indicate new members). Yet, even as we reminisce, we know that we Florence Feffer PATRON LEVELS: Eric & Barb Rosen Drs. Conferlete and must continue building upon our community’s Jose R. Gelats Iris Szwarc Angela Carney Sustainers ($1,000) arts legacy. One way you can help is byBea Donis Shayna Gochberg James and Mary Mitchell Dual ($60) remembering LRMA in your estate plan. There Linda Gradual David and Maria Edmonds Avery Alan & Phyllis Alman are many ways to give, as bequests Kay Haven Howard and Sheila Feldman Gary and Sharon M.such Bressen Henry and Donna Cadorette Elizabeth F. Hendrickson and charitable trusts, and your gift willHoush have Ghovaee Robert and Shelly Clark H. Quimby Heotzler ($500) & Helen Gladwin a Advocates lasting impact on future generationsWilliam of Edwin and Marie Cominsky Leslie Hourdas Helen Gilbart Dr. Burt and Mrs. Marjorie students, artists and art patrons. Contact Golub us to Caroline and Fabrice Denjoy Janice A. Hrubsa Contributors ($250) Bernadette Denley and learn more about how you can contribute. Mary Kelly Roger and Jean Jester Michael and Elizabeth Pierre Guilhot Sigrid Lannon Joani Kelter Join us for aGilChristmas in July sale July 12-18! Finally,Coachman I’d like to take a moment to welcome and Eleanor Evans Blanche Levine Jerry Leaders and Beverly DeFabio Paul and fourDonald new members to the LRMA BoardJim of & Karen Lehrburger John Lulias It may be hot outside, butMary cool Farrier deals abound at Isabelle’s Museum Store. Dr. Thomas and Candice Merle and Erich Herz Cecilymerchandise, Mosier Dr. Sonia Linke Directors: Destry Fudge; Ken Dambrosio; Get into the Christmas early with Hennessy Robert spirit and Sylvia Hicks25-50% off select Russell Pearlman Jack and Kathleen King Dr. Francisco Torres; and SPC Student including ornaments, posters from past exhibitions and more. While Mary Ann McCoy Daniel and Z Hufnagel Jeanette Porter Joseph H. F. Pervall Representative a wealth shopping, don’t forget to check out new items by our local artists, including Carol and George Krause Ann Harris Jairo Garcia. They bringAnnette Linda S. Roberson Skolnick of knowledge experience and Joan and Diane Prekup, fused Roger andand Roberta Sellew to our team, unique wearables by Lawler textile artist glassRosich creations by Vernon Robert and Karin Sampson David Verploegh Theo and Mary Katsulos I look forward to working with them toSally fulfillSchatz Stephen Schatz Art Kits Jeannine Talley, gorgeous ceramics by Christa Stanelun and Chihuly Richard and Eloise Leng Rev.mission. James and Dr. Janice Ellen L. Scheible R. Lynn and Linda Whitelaw LRMA’s for the kids. John and Jean North Swartz James Sechler J. David Wright Alan and Heather Risley Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable summer. Suzanne Silva Isabelle’s is open to the public year-round Friends ($125) Herbert and Sylvia Salsbury SUPPORTER LEVELS: Dr. Jonathan Steele Come visitBird us to cool off and view the new during regular museum hours. Holly Amalia and George Trimitsis Lyn Tebrugge Family ($65) Inness, Jr. exhibition! 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K-12 Learning at LRMA LRMA may be located on the SPC Tarpon Springs campus, but college students aren’t the only beneficiaries of LRMA’s designation as a teaching museum. K-12 students throughout the Tampa Bay area visit LRMA to learn about modern and contemporary art, including artists, techniques and materials. In fact, according to LRMA Education Coordinator Patricia Buster, K-12 students are an integral part of LRMA’s educational mission, and the museum offers free admission to school groups. The interactive Challenge of Modern Art Gallery is an especially useful teaching tool. With puzzles, videos, books and easels, the gallery is designed to accommodate all learning styles, from visual to tactile to auditory. On a recent tour with their teacher, students from Crestwood Elementary School in Tampa were delighted to view their artwork on the “Student Expressions” wall. In addition to tours for teachers and students, LRMA offers Leap into Art at Leepa-Rattner! Ideal for ages four to eight, the program features stories about art read by Palm Harbor Library staff members and a related hands-on art activity led by LRMA education staff. LRMA’s student outreach also extends beyond the museum’s front doors. In partnership with Pinellas County Schools, and through funding from the Ell Mar Foundation of Tarpon Springs,
“I loved the art museum, for I am an artist myself, with a dream of becoming a professional.” Paige, Age 10
LRMA and ADM2 Displays and Exhibits created an environment for the Schools’ Art Mobile. The “Totally Mod” Art Mobile helps students learn about the museum’s collection and challenging 20th century art concepts. Students take home a free admission pass to visit the museum with their families. Throughout LRMA’s four-year run, the Art Mobile will visit all 76 of the county’s elementary schools and reach approximately 100,000 students.
Welcome our newest docents The museum completed its docent training course on May 30 with a graduation ceremony and brunch. The trainees are now ready to conduct Sunday and pre-arranged tours of the galleries and to participate in other docent functions and events such as the National Docent Symposium, First Friday Focus, cultural trips and community outreach visits. The museum is grateful for the trainees’ commitment and valuable time, and it takes pleasure in welcoming these trainees to the LRMA Docent Corps. In addition, the museum extends appreciation to those docents who served as docent mentors during the course: Sharon Bressen; Marie Everleth; Candy Hennessy; Nancy Hensel; Sylvia Hicks; Sonia Linke; Karin Sampson; Gail Simon; Maureen Skipper; Lyn Tebrugge and Carol Zino.
Pictured from left to right are new docents Judy VanWey, Sharon Wallenberg, Kimen Mitchell, Greg Rosasco, Jeanette Sixbury, Marcia Makris, JoAnn Voigt, Charlie DeGrandpre, Ruth Ann Gardner and Sandy Taylor. (New docents not pictured are Erin Armstrong, Diana DiGiorno and Elaine McIntyre.)
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R. Lynn Whitelaw, Curator 727-712-5210 Patricia Buster, Education Coordinator 727-712-5226 Jennifer Carlevatti, Public Relations 727-712-5232 Shelly Clark, Development Officer St. Petersburg College Foundation 727-302-6453 Amanda Robinson, Museum The extensive Arts and Crafts collection of the Two Red Roses Foundation in Palm Harbor Collections Manager 727-712-5200 served as an eclectic backdrop for LRMA’s Annual Fund Celebration on March 20. Patrons Michele Schneidenbach, Membership were treated to an exclusive preview of the collection, which included furniture, pottery, Coordinator & Administrative tiles, paintings and prints from about 1900 to 1920. The collection will move to the soonAssistant 727-712-5222 to-be built Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement in St. Petersburg in 2016. Cristina McCormack, Staff Accountant Join the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in late 727-712-5203 Thank you to all of our loyal patrons who contributed to the fund and joined for a October for a memorable museum travelustrip Beth Becker , Visitor Services Coordinator unique evening! 727-712-5227 to the Hudson River Valley. Travel back in time Larry Fineout, Preparator to the era of George Inness, Jr. and experience 727-712- 5212 the art and architecture of the Hudson River Lynn F. Pierson, Museum Store Manager School, the Gilded Age and the American Arts 727-712-5208 and Crafts Movement. Aziza Gaisi, Education Assistant 727-712-5220 The spirit of Tarpon Springs’ built environment was captured in a series The tour includes: Michele Bredal, Curatorial PrepC. Assistant of prints by local architect Edward Hoffman, Jr. Based on pen and ink 727-712-5222 • Roundtrip airfare with wash prints were created between 1987 and 2001 for Karendrawings, Keith and the Arlene L. Ehrlich, • Travel by motor coach the Burnett Society, a fundraising organization affi liated with Helen Ellis Weekend Visitor Services 727-712-5762
Art and Celebrating Annual Fund donorsin Architecture the Hudson River Valley
Historic Tarpon Springs
Memorial Hospital (today known Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art as Florida Hospital North Pinellas). The 10 • Visit Montclair, NJ: Montclair Museum of prints in the exhibition represent structures that existed during the Boardshown of Directors CurtisCemetery Rose lends his back to Dr. Carolyn Art and Rosedale William Chairman Root so she can write a check for an time of theSchumacher, Innesses, most of which are still standing today. additionalat donation. Dr. Root’s challenge Vonda Woods, Treasurer • Visit Stickley Museum Craftsman Farms, Additionally, four photographs, enlarged from vintage photographs in the theofdonation quickly met. Jairo Garcia, SPC Student Representative Morris Plains,to NJmatch (home Gustav was Stickley) Jane and Bill Shumacher with Jim and Mary Avery. Mary Mitchell Avery Springs Area Historical Society, will be on view. collection of the Tarpon • Visit Cragsmoor, NY (summer artist colony Anna Billiris Evelyn M. Bilirakis of George Inness, Jr.) Cecilia Cantwell • Visit Olana (home and studio of Hudson Alison Crumbley Ken Dambrosio River School painter, Frederic Edwin Maria Edmonds Church) Destry Fudge Housh Ghovaee • Visit the Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park, Deveron M. Gibbons NY (elegant palace of the Gilded Age) Marleen P.I. Gravitz Edward C. Hoffman, Jr. • Visit Kykuit, Sleepy Hollow, NY (John D. Taylor Ikin Rockefeller estate) Joani Kelter • Three nights accommodations and most Ralph Melick Dr. Carolyn Root meals Pianist Rebecca Rose treated guests to Robin Saenger Anitra and John Harmon take a “selfie” photo musical delights on anLynn antique piano. • Escorted by LRMA Curator Whitelaw Kathleen A. Simon to remember the evening. Dr. Jonathan Steele and John Lulias from Carlson Maritime Townsend Tarapani Travel Francisco M. Torres, MD Gary Zino • This tour is for LRMA members and Ex-Officio Board Members Just as humans’ need for the arts existedincludes a $50 donation to the Museum before our time, people will need to be Dr. William D. Law Jr., President, SPC For more information and pricing, please inspired and educated long TheDr. arts legacy ofCarney, Tarpon Provost, Springs is one of the strongestuplifted, of any community Conferlete contact: SPC Tarpon Campus after we are gone. in Florida, if not inSprings the United States. It began with the contributions of A carefully-considered, John Lulias, Sales Director Ann Larsen, LRMA Director, George Inness and George Inness, Jr., but has continuedplanned becausegift of for theLRMA can secure artistic Carlson Maritime Travel Board Secretary excellence for future generations while city’s cultivation of an arts legacy and artists who find the community a 623 E. Tarpon Avenue Frances Neu, VP, Institutional honoring legacy in perpetuity. nurturing place to beand creative. Today’s generation of visual artistsyour in Tarpon Advancement Executive Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 Springs demonstrates that the arts Thewas artists Director SPC Foundation, Inc. legacy remains strong. LRMA established with an estate 727.945.1930 / email@example.com shown in this exhibition include Kevin Grass, Elizabeth Indianos, donation Mitch from Allen and Isabelle Leepa. Kolbe, Christopher M. Still and Joseph Weinzettle. There are many ways to give, such asOR
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bequests and charitable trusts. Think what gift canCurator accomplish—the perpetual Lynn your Whitelaw, The mission of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art Images, clockwise from top left: and protect the support of the arts you love — and then talk with us.Museum We will help you make it is to collect, conserve, exhibit Leepa-Rattner of Art George Inness, Jr. (American, Tarpon Springs Port, C-1915, works of art entrusted to its1853-1926), care and stewardship. happen. 727.712.5210 Oil on canvas, 26 ¼ x 32 1/8 in., On loan from the Cici and Hyatt Brown Collection Through its exhibitions, programs and expandEdward C. Hoﬀman. Jr. (American, b. 1951), The lithograph, firstname.lastname@example.org ing collection of 20th and 21st century art,Saff theord House II, 1996, Photo partnership with the St. Petersburg College Foundation enables us to 50/100, 7 ½ x 11 ½ in., Gift of Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital Foundation,LRMA’s Inc. museum strives to engage and inspire our diverse Christopher M. Still (American, b. 1961), Changing Tides, 1994, Oil on canvas, 6 x professional 10 ft., provide and confidential assistance with estate planning matters. community by Friends providing opportunities for educaOn loan from the of Tarpon Springs Public Library, Gift of Elizabeth Coachman tion, enlightenment, interpretation and research to Springs,To start a conversation about planned giving, contact Shelly Clark, Development George Inness, Jr. (American, 1853-1926), Fishing Near Tarpon 1917, Oil on canvas, 16 ¼ x 24 1/8visitors. in., On loan from the Cici and Hyatt Brown Collection students, scholars and Officer, St. Petersburg College Foundation, Inc., at 727-712-5225. St. Petersburg College is an Equal Access/Equal Opportunity institution. 14-0210-04
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An Arts Legacy
George Inness, Jr. in Tarpon Springs
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Cover Image: George Inness, Jr. (American, 1853-1926), Sunset on the Bayou, 1925, (Detail), Oil on canvas, 46 ¾ x 88 ¾ in., On loan from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs, (photo credit: Barbara Kotacka)
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summer 2014 JUNE – JULY – AUGUST
VISITOR COMMENTS From a guest at the March 2 Open House for the SPC Art Faculty Exhibition, featuring solo guitarist Joe Braccio: “Excellent in all ways. Wonderful, a joy to listen to. Thank you so much. The best party my tympanic membranes have had in years!” “Excellent job on the tour, with amazing energy flowing from our docent, Nancy!”
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“[LRMA is] top of the bill so far in this area… even better than [some of the bigger museums]!” “I can’t thank you and your staff enough for your kindness, professionalism and welcome to all our students recently on our field trip to the museum. The kids loved it and had many questions for me about 20th century artists when we returned to school. Thank you so much—to Ann, Patti, Zee and your very professional docents. It was a great trip!”
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