110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
posted Feb 21, 2014 - 10:10:35am
“It’s a dog. It’s a beast that’s made for hunting,” said artist Jill Cannady, “and I wanted to celebrate how beautiful and sensitive the animal could be ... to celebrate the entire dog, not just the loyal friend we know.”
Until May 11, countless works of art by renowned artist Jill Cannady, ranging from wax and oil paintings to sculptures, drawings and self-portraits, make up the current exhibition “Jill Cannady: Idea & Medium,” which spans two floors of the main galleries at the Museum of Art - DeLand (600 N. Woodland Blvd.) and fills all galleries at the museum’s Downtown Satellite (100 N. Woodland Blvd.).
Cannady’s style is unique, and remains consistent and recognizable among similarly themed art. Yet her style changes as the theme of her works changes, such as the paintings of people and dogs with fleshed-out heads and wiry bodies, and displays of three-dimensional sculptures of the same work. An example of this is the pairing of the painting Bully and the Acrobat and the sculpture Step Up My Friend.
In addition to Cannady’s affection for dogs, an observer of her work notices her attention to birds, cats, cows and lizards purposely created in some unusual places.
On Feb. 7, Cannady gave a gallery talk at the museum to close to 100 museum members and guests, sharing her experiences, inspiration and processes. She will be speaking again Thursday, March 27, at the Downtown Satellite with a different focus, since the work featured downtown is from a later period in her life.
“This show covers quite a bit of time,” said Cannady. “It’s a wonderful thing for an artist to see works from various points in their life, and I think the museum has done a great job with that.”
Don’t miss the opportunity to see this diverse and incomparable exhibition.
Enjoy the exhibition after a brunch hosted by Krewe Nouveau during the March 1 Dog Parade ($10) in the Event Space of the Museum of Art – DeLand at 100 N. Woodland Blvd. Details at KreweNouveau.com.
— Kyle Maley is a Stetson University student volunteer at the Museum of Art - DeLand.
The museum is at 600 N. Woodland Blvd. in Downtown DeLand, and the Downtown Satellite is at 100 N. Woodland Blvd. Both are open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission costs $5. Admission is free for museum members and for children age 12 and younger. With the 1-2-3 Ticket Promotion, one admission fee of $5 gets you two museums to tour for three consecutive days. Call 386-734-4371.
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