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Elliot Museum Newsroom

Elliott Museum Newsroom is a compilation of News Press Releases by the Elliott Museum and News articles that have been written about the Museum.

Elliott Museum’s First Traveling Exhibit Leonardo daVinci Closes September 2nd After Highly Successful Run

Stuart, FL: Having delighted over 40,000 visitors since its opening on March 3rd, the Elliott Museum’s first traveling exhibit Leonard daVinci’s Machines in Motion closes on September 2nd. “We are thrilled with the response to this first exhibit, I think visitors to the museum loved the interactivity,” stated President and CEO Jennifer Esler. The exhibit was sponsored by: Biltmore Construction, Stuart News/TCPalm.com, Water Pointe Realty Group, among others and featured 40 full-size machine replicas of the great master’s designs. The machines were designed by a team of scientists and artisans in collaboration with the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Florence, Italy and presented in the states by Evergreen Exhibits. Previously the exhibition has been presented in venues around the world; these venues include, among others, the Cultural Center Hellenic Foundation in Athens, Greece, and the Rahmi M. Koc Museum of Istanbul, Turkey. Having appeared at the Elliott as the only Florida venue, visitors came from far and away. Several other Florida museums have expressed interest but no news on where the exhibit will appear next.

After daVinci closes, the Elliott Museum will highlight the work of local artists in its first collaborative juried arts show presented in conjunction with the Arts Council of Martin County. The art show, sponsored by #TCPalmsocial and Raymond James, is opening September 20th and will feature over 200 pieces of art by 129 artists all “Celebrating Viva Florida 500”. The show runs from September 20th through October 2nd.

Next, the Elliott Museum welcomes Albers & Heirs, the 3rd featured exhibit in commemoration of the museum’s re-opening. The exhibition will be open to the public from November 8, 2013-February 3, 2014. Albers & Heirs celebrates the work of artist and educator Josef Albers. In addition to Alber’s artwork, the exhibition will feature the work of two of his students: Neil Welliver and Jane Davis Doggett. The exhibit will display a collection of 60 pieces from all three artists, several of which have never been showcased in the state of Florida.

The collection celebrates Josef Alber’s contribution to modern art through his use of optical effects in his work. His experimentation with color interactions and geometric form influenced movements such as Geometric Abstraction painting and the internationally recognized pop art revolution. In addition to his work as an artist, Albers dedicated his time to education as the Head of Yale’s University Department of Design.

The exhibition will feature work from artists Neil Welliver and Jane Davis Doggett, two of Alber’s most acclaimed students. The exhibit will feature the work of Neil Welliver, a modern artist noted for his bold landscape paintings and extensive color usage in addition to several pieces from Jane Davis Doggett’s extensive graphic design portfolio.

In conjunction with Albers & Heirs, the Elliott Museum will continue its commitment to viewer interaction. Throughout the exhibit, visitors will be welcomed to take part in hands-on color experiments enabling them to have a firsthand look into the methods of the featured artists.


Martin County’s Elliott Museum Receives $10 Million Donation Gift from Elliott R. Donnelley Family Declared “Visionary” Stuart, FL: The Board of Directors of the Elliott Museum in Stuart, Florida, opening on Sunday, March 3rd, announced a $10 million dollar donation from the Elliott R. Donnelley family, at an event for supporters Wednesday evening celebrating the re-opening of the museum. READ MORE


Local Attorney Walter Woods Installed as new Board Chair for Elliott Museum
The Board of Directors of the Elliott Museum today announced that local real estate and estate planning attorney, Walter Woods, has been elected the new chair of the board succeeding immediate past chair Debra Duvall. In addition, Peter Upton has been elected Vice-Chair, Fernando Giachino is Secretary and Kevin Youngblood continues as Treasurer. Woods has an extensive background in volunteer leadership positions with key non-profits on the Treasure Coast. He is a graduate of Martin County High School and received his Bachelors and J.D. degree from University of Alabama. “Like so many of us on the Treasure Coast, the Elliott Museum holds a special place in my heart,” said Woods, “to be a part of re-launching this exciting cultural resource is truly humbling – its an exciting time for our whole community.”
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Elliott Museum Artist Studio Releases Spring Class Schedule
One of the features of the new Elliot Museum opening in March 2013 is The Studio, a working artists’ studio and classroom facility across from the new exhibition hall. In anticipation of its opening, the Museum announced a full array of classes for all ages and skill levels. The Spring Session runs from March 4 through May 31, 2013. A full list of classes being offered is available on the Museum’s new website.
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Seacoast National Bank Funds Exhibit in “Stuart Main Street” Gallery
The Board of Directors of the Elliott Museum announced a gift from Seacoast National Bank for $50,000 designated for Citizens Bank in the Main Street Gallery
. Just beyond the 3000 sq ft Changing Exhibit Gallery in the new Elliott Museum is the Stuart Main Street Gallery, featuring facades replicating Martin County landmark buildings and motor vehicles that changed the face of our region. Recreated facades of the historic Citizens Bank, the Walter Kitching Store, and Krueger buildings will beckon visitors to a time when Stuart was emerging as the thriving community it is today. These facades will immerse visitors in historic Stuart and the vehicles that were then part of people’s lives, here and across the nation.
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The new Elliott Opens with a Splash by Willi Miller



TCPalm December 6, 2012 at 11:28 a.m
New Elliott Museum aims to win hearts and minds

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Local Attorney Walter Woods Installed as new Board Chair for Elliott Museum
New Museum Set to Open March 3rd

Stuart, FL: The Board of Directors of the Elliott Museum today announced that local real estate and estate planning attorney, Walter Woods, has been elected the new chair of the board succeeding immediate past chair Debra Duvall. In addition, Peter Upton has been elected Vice-Chair, Fernando Giachino is Secretary and Kevin Youngblood continues as Treasurer.

Woods has an extensive background in volunteer leadership positions with key non-profits on the Treasure Coast. He is a graduate of Martin County High School and received his Bachelors and J.D. degree from University of Alabama. “Like so many of us on the Treasure Coast, the Elliott Museum holds a special place in my heart,” said Woods, “to be a part of re-launching this exciting cultural resource is truly humbling – its an exciting time for our whole community.”

After undergoing a $20 million dollar re-building, the new Elliott Museum, located on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, will feature a 3,000 square foot Changing Exhibition Gallery that will feature international travelling exhibits; seven dedicated permanent collection gallery spaces; an expanded art and teaching Studio; a Community History Lab; Thurlow Library and Archives, and the Frances Langford Outrigger Café. The first exhibit in the Changing Exhibition Gallery will be Leonardo da Vinci Machines in Motion – a dramatic hands-on display of 40 full-size machine replicas made directly from Leonardo’s innovative designs and drawings. The museum, a 51-year-old Martin County institution, has undergone a major re-visioning as well. Focusing on art, history and technology, the new Elliott Museum aims to tell the rich story of our region, capture the spirit of innovation that has left an indelible mark on the American psyche, and celebrate the power of originality.


Elliott Museum Artist Studio Releases Spring Class Schedule

Stuart, FL: One of the features of the new Elliot Museum opening in March 2013 is The Studio, a working artists’ studio and classroom facility across from the new exhibition hall. In anticipation of its opening, the Museum announced a full array of classes for all ages and skill levels. The Spring Session runs from March 4 through May 31, 2013. A full list of classes being offered is available on the Museum’s new website, www.elliottmuseum.org.

Art Studio Coordinator, Robin Lee Makowski, has been working with instructors and arranging classes to begin right after opening day, March 3rd. Those interested in signing up for classes can do so at the museum website at www.elliottmuseum.org. Also museum patrons on visiting on opening day can see the instructors in action, talk to them about their work, and sign up for any classes that haven’t been filled. The classes are being taught by leading local and regional artists. Highlights include: Art for Home-Schooled Kids during the day on Monday with Meg Winter as well as an Art After School program for budding artists ages 5-14; adult art classes throughout the week including Pastel Painting, Painting Realism, Oil Painting, Watercolor Studio, and Floral Arranging & Design. One of the key features of The Studio’s spring session is a Life Draw weekly class on Wednesdays from 1-4 for experienced adult artists, 21 and over, and an Open Studio for everyone on most Fridays. Fees for each class vary and can be found on the website: www.elliottmuseum.org.

In addition to the after school program for kids on Mondays, Makowski worked with local photographer, filmmaker and instructor, Livia Kropf to develop two digital photography classes: one for elementary school kids on Tuesdays after school from 3 - 5 p.m., and another for pre-teens and teens from 12-18 years old on Thursdays after school from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

“This initial schedule shows how we aim to make The Studio at The Elliott a soup-to-nuts facility for artists,” she said. The Studio is also not limiting its offerings to traditional art forms, but extending it to hand-crafts, textile arts, and other specialty presentation forms. As an example is the Floral Arranging & Design with Dolores Mimms offered on Thursday Afternoons from 1 - 3 p.m. beginning on March 7, 2013.

The Studio will also play host to several in-depth workshops this Spring including The Magic of Polymer Clay Weekend Workshop with Sarita Neun on Saturday & Sunday, March 9 & 10; a Quilling Workshop: The Art of Paper Filigree with Jan Yoshioka all day on Saturday, April 6th; and a special Textile Arts Workshop: Thread Painting, The Sunset Series with Michele Sanandajian on Friday and Saturday, April 19 & 20, 2013.

Another popular program is Summer Art Camp for school-aged children. Camps are being planned over the summer months while children are out of school. The week-long camps, running all day, will offer participants a wide variety of age-specific artistic projects to explore their creativity in the inspiring new Museum.

Collaborating with the Arts Council of Martin County, the Museum will hold its Annual Juried Art Show, Celebrating Viva Florida 500, in September 2013 in the new Changing Exhibits Hall as well as at the Cultural Court House galleries, offering artists a chance to show and compete with their local and regional peers. Artists interested in participating may log onto CaFE, www.callforentry.org, to view the prospectus. $5000 in awards is being offered and workshops by the two judges, Caroline Jasper and Jeff Ripple, will be held in conjunction with the event.

For all classes and workshops, space is limited and registration is on a first come, first served basis. The Studio has a wish-list of needed materials ranging from furnishings, such as storage bins to art supplies, paints, paper, brushes, and any other new or used art and craft materials. Makowski encourages anyone with a possible donation to contact her. Non-artists who are interested in supporting The Studio may donate gift cards from art supply vendors or offer cash donations.

Makowski looks forward to this initial spring session. “It’s going to be a lot of fun, and very inspiring to be working with all these creative people.“


Seacoast National Bank Funds
Exhibit in “Stuart Main Street” Gallery

Stuart, FL: The Board of Directors of the Elliott Museum announced a gift from Seacoast National Bank for $50,000 designated for Citizens Bank in the Main Street Gallery. Just beyond the 3000 sq ft Changing Exhibit Gallery in the new Elliott Museum is the Stuart Main Street Gallery, featuring facades replicating Martin County landmark buildings and motor vehicles that changed the face of our region. Recreated facades of the historic Citizens Bank, the Walter Kitching Store, and Krueger buildings will beckon visitors to a time when Stuart was emerging as the thriving community it is today. These facades will immerse visitors in historic Stuart and the vehicles that were then part of people’s lives, here and across the nation.

The announcement was made on the heels of the successful “Old Home Week Social” held late last fall at the Lyric Flagler Center that Seacoast also sponsored. “We can think of no greater way to honor the history of this region than to see this gallery presented in a way that distinguishes founding families and founding businesses, including Seacoast, which has endured the test of time,” stated Denny Hudson, Martin Count native and third-generation Chairman and CEO of Seacoast National Bank. Citizen’s Bank was established in 1933 by a group of local citizens during the height of the Depression, after several other banks failed in the community. Hudson’s grandfather, D.S. Hudson, was the banks’ first Cashier (which was the title of the bank manager in those days. “Their faith in the future of this community was borne out by the integrity of the founding citizens including the Hudson family”, stated Hudson. The third generation banker. Hudson’ grandfather was also a board member of the Historical Society of Martin County.

Visitors to the Stuart Main Street Gallery will get a glimpse into early pioneer life through these motor vehicles and the changes Martin County and other communities experienced with the shift from the dependence upon the horse and carriage to motorized mobility. They will learn how buses eliminated the isolation of the one-room country school and allowed many people without cars to work far from home.

Other highlights include a Model A dairy truck and early UPS truck, a telephone truck and several more vehicles that tell the story of how Stuart and other communities were formed around and served by motorized mobility. This may be best be exemplified by the exhibit’s bright-red fire truck. Resplendent with brass fittings and gold-leaf trim, fire trucks have become symbols of local identity that are, still, often paraded with great pride at Homecoming and Fourth of July festivities in cities across the nation.

The new Elliott Museum of Art, History, and Technology

The Elliott Museum, located on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, is in the midst of a $20 million re-building. With a focus on art, history and technology, the museum will tell the rich story of our region and capture and celebrate the spirit of innovation that has left an indelible mark on the American life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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