Jacksonville artist speaking out against hate through her art
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jessica Dimalanta, 19, was shot through her right eye this month in San Francisco. Jacksonville artist Elena Øhlander is speaking out against the hate through her art to help Dimalanta and other Asians dealing with violence. “Unfortunately, the level of harassment and violence against Asian Americans has been escalating,” said Øhlander, who is of Chinese and Norwegian descent. Recently, the United States was awakened by a disturbing attack in which eight people, including six Asian Americans, were killed at Atlanta-area day spas. Elena Øhlander (Toni Smailagic (Cre8Jax))According to stopaapihate.org, the group has received 3,795 reports of hate against Asian Americans from March 2020 to February 2021.
Churchill painting owned by Angelina Jolie sells for $11.5M
The Moroccan landscape painted by Winston Churchill and owned by Angelina Jolie sold at auction on Monday March 1, 2021, for more than $11.5 million, smashing the previous record for a work by Britains World War II leader. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)LONDON – A Moroccan landscape painted by Winston Churchill and owned by Angelina Jolie sold at auction on Monday for more than $11.5 million, smashing the previous record for a work by Britain’s World War II leader. The pre-sale estimate was 1.5 million pounds to 2.5 million pounds, and the previous record price for a Churchill painting was just under 1.8 million pounds. Churchill gave the painting to Roosevelt as a memento of the trip. The painting was sold by the Jolie Family Collection.
When social distancing is a good thing: Cummer Museum of Art boasts better art experience during pandemic
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is reopening its galleries today for the first time since it closed because of the coronavirus pandemic March 13. The museum reopened its gardens to the public June 20, but this is the first reopening for indoor exhibitions. The main exhibition on display, Striking Power, is a collection from the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The exhibition was featured in Janaury at Cummer Museum. RELATED: Information about tickets and admissionCummer Museum of Art & Gardens reopens Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Group of local artists unveils mural in Avondale
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. A group of local artists unveiled a mural Saturday in Avondale. Six artists, part of a nonprofit organization called Figment, spent the last month putting the mural together. "It's all about courage, uncertainty, how we get through those times of uncertainty, perseverance and change," Corey Kreisel said. He talked about how this plays a role in reaching out into communities and having conversations to make change. This was also an effort to gather up donations for a Jacksonville group fighting injustices.