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To Bring the Arts into the Life of the Community
through Arts Education, Exhibitions, and Outreach, and by honoring a Donor-Driven Philosophy

 

To Bring the Arts into the Life of the Community through Arts Education, Exhibitions, and Outreach, and by honoring a Donor-Driven Philosophy.

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A Day with an Artist, Featuring Anna Miller

On a Friday in September, Anna Miller was at her beautiful house in St. Augustine happily awaiting her guest, Wendy. Wendy won the chance to experience this in "A Day with an Artist" raffle at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach. This was the first time that Anna has opened her home and art studio for a guest to shadow her for a day.

When Wendy walked into the house, she was struck by the art from Anna's abstract collection that adorns the front hallway and staircase. This area leads into the second story, where there are Anna's paintings on display as in a gallery.. The second story of the house reflects the new stage of art she is entering. She is planning on shifting from abstract into a more realistic form. Anna explains,

“When I grew up, I went to academic art school where I was realistically academically trained. I drew and painted before I started experimenting with abstract.”

-Anna Miller, Artist

 

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Wendy (pictured above) arrived at Anna’s house with a paintbrush and canvas in hand—ready to get the day started. The day included a personal tour of Anna’s home by the artist herself, mimosas over discussing art and life, lunch catered by Trasca & Co Eatery, finishing up with a painting session.  

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A good look at the exterior of Anna’s house made it evident that an artist resided here. This is due to the lush landscape design. On the way to the front door, there is a footpath in the middle of an English Garden that winds around the side of her house. The landscape growing around the house was “a little overgrown” as Anna noted. Perhaps the garden was trying to grow into the new form with Anna?

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The best part of “A Day with an Artist” was seeing Anna’s European, no-nonsense, no wasted space approach that is incorporated into her American home. She needed a studio, but only had an anessebary. Anna thought that was perfect because she would be able to be next to her family while she was working, but be able to close the doors to concentrate if needed. The formal dining room was therefore transformed into the artist’s private studio.

Wendy is grateful to The Cultural Center to be able to have the opportunity to participate in art classes with top tier instructors, attend events-such as Dinner with an Artist, where Wendy won the Day with an Artist in a raffle, and for the overall experience of being surrounded by the arts in all mediums. When asked Wendy what she was most excited about, she replied,

I took a class at the Cultural Center with Anna and I was most excited just getting to hang out with Anna in a more relaxed setting than the traditional classroom setting.”

-Winner, Wendy

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Anna Miller’s Home Studio (Pictured above)

Anna Miller plays a major role in bringing arts into the community at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach. This happens through the sale of her original works, exhibitions, and by teaching art classes to the community. Be on the lookout for upcoming classes in Spring of 2020! To purchase original works by Anna Miller, click here. A percentage of all proceeds go to support the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach Thank you.

*To see more of Anna Miller’s work, head to the Jacksonville airport to view six individual works on display.


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Charlotte Warder is an intern at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach. She is studying Public Management with a focus in the nonprofit sector at The College of Coastal Georgia. She enjoys playing with dogs, collecting coins, being outside, dancing to good music, and mixed media art journaling.  

 

 

 

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