50th Golden Wedding Anniversary Commission

My friend and fellow artist Jenny Henley contacted me a few weeks ago to do a last minute commission for her parents' 50th wedding anniversary, which is the "golden" anniversary.  After searching through my materials, I found the perfect supplies and was able to create a piece of artwork that they loved!  

Here are some pictures of the piece, an assemblage contained in a glass bell jar using found wood, moss, quartz crystal, an antique bottle and Chrysina resplendens (formerly Plusiotis resplendens), a golden scarab beetle found in Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador and other countries in Central America.  The bottle reads "Nectar of the Golden Life or Health and Vitality".  I'm really glad they liked it!

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Living Wall Workshop - Friday, May 10th at Eat Your Yard Jax

There are a few spots left for this Friday's succulent workshop with myself and Tim Armstrong out at the Eat Your Yard Jax Farm this Friday from 3:00 to 5:00. We will be doing a 6"x 6" living wall art project with succulents. The workshop is $25.00 and includes supplies, succulents to do your project and a Tour de Farm. Come join us! Call 343-9575 ASAP to reserve a spot, the farm is off Pritchard Road on the Westside <3

living wall project

living wall project

"Mediums" Show at FSCJ Kent Campus Gallery: Crystal Floyd, Eric Gillyard & Thony Aiuppy

I have been invited to show with two great guys and fellow artists Thony Aiuppy and Eric Gillyard at FSCJ Kent Campus Gallery from October 30th through November 20th.  Our opening reception for "Mediums" is from 6 - 9 pm on the 30th, we've been working hard on the show so please come and check it out!  I will post pics of the show and student talk once I have them :)

What is Art? at the Cummer - 50th Anniversary Celebration

In celebration of The Cummerโ€™s 50th Anniversary, the Up & Cummers have commissioned 50 local artists under the age of 50 to collaboratively reinterpret one of the museumโ€™s โ€œ50 Favoriteโ€ works of art, Severin Roesenโ€™s Still Life with Flowers, Fruit and Birdโ€™s Nest.

The finished product is an inspiring work of art that represents one of The Cummerโ€™s most prized paintings and captures the talent that exists in Jacksonvilleโ€™s artist community.

On November 5, the piece will be auctioned at The Cummerโ€™s 50th Anniversary Ball, with the proceeds supporting an art stop at the 2012 VSA (Very Special Arts) Festival. In 2011, 2,300 children with disabilities were able to experience hands-on art projects at The Cummer through VSA.

Participating Artists:

Matthew Abercrombie - Alyssa Beard - John Beard - Josh Bergesen - Heather Blanton - Jason Campioni - Marisa Carta - Callie Cline - Deb Corbett - Megan Cosby - James Cumberland - Keith Doles - Clay Doran - Shane Douberly - Overstreet Ducasse - Candace Fasano - Crystal Floyd - Christina Foard - Jordan Avery Foster - Patrick Golden - Ed Hall - Dustin Harewood - Christie Holechek - Amber Aultman Houston - Jason John - Karen Kurycki - Rachel Levanger - Denise Liberi - Sean Mahan - Casey Matthews - Franklin Matthews - Hope McMath - Shawn Meharg - Nicole Middleton - Matthew Patterson - Madeleine Peck-Wagner - Anna Reynolds - Silvia Romero - Varick Rosete - Susan Sapinski - Erin Searcy - Amber Sesnick - Ryan Strasser - Anthony Sznakowski - Jason Tetlak - Mark Warren - Ashley Westphal - Tayloe White - Steve Williams - Barry Wilson

Finished piece

What is Art? Event at Cummer

My contribution to the piece - Embroidery & acrylic on canvas attached to board

Guest Artist Show at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts

I have been asked to participate as a guest artist in a show featuring two other local talents, Eric Gillyard and Yvonne Lozano, at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts from September 20th - October 12th.  I am very flattered to be included in this show, as I admire the school's dedication to cultivating the arts in younger generations and am honored to play a part in that mission.   It was a great experience and I had a lot of fun speaking to the students about my process and their inspirations for their own work.  

DARK NATURE Exhibition Photos

Finally uploaded pics from the opening of the show, will post detail shots of the pieces after the closing event tomorrow night, Dark Nature: Eric Gillyard & Crystal Floyd Closing Reception & Vegan Dinner by Dig Foods. Be sure to check it out if you missed it the first time around and make reservations with Dig Foods if you plan on eating the delicious meal we have planned :)