Tarpon Springs – To complement the special exhibition An Arts Legacy: George Inness, Jr. in Tarpon Springs, the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art will host of series of events that explore various facets of the painter’s life. Affectionately named “Sundays at 3 with George,” the events take place at LRMA every Sunday in July and include:
History of Unitarian Universalism - Sunday, July 6 at 3 p.m.
Inness, Jr. and his wife Julia Goodrich Inness were members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs (then known as the Church of the Good Shepard). Rev. Don Rollins, Pastor, will present a lecture on the history of the Innesses’ religion.
Inness, Jr. Paintings of the UUC Tarpon Springs - Sunday, July 13, 3 p.m.
In 1918, after a devastating storm hit Tarpon Springs, George Inness, Jr. assisted the local Unitarian Universalist Church by painting a triptych to replace windows that blew out. Eventually, he painted three additional religious paintings for the church. After his death, Inness, Jr.’s widow, Julia, secured and installed another four paintings by her late husband. Linda Gradual, lead docent at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs, will host a tour of these paintings in the LRMA galleries.
Modernism Versus Anti-Modernism - Sunday, July 20, 3 p.m.
Inness, Jr. was a traditional artist who painted at a time when modernism was on the rise. Lynn Whitelaw, LRMA Curator, and Patricia Buster, LRMA Education Coordinator, will host a tour and lecture that introduces visitors to the stylistic differences between George Inness, Jr.’s tonalist paintings and modernist works in the museum’s permanent collection.
Literary Inspirations for Inness, Jr. - Sunday, July 27, 3 p.m.
A passionate landscape painter, Inness, Jr. was inspired by the glory of nature. Join LRMA for a dramatic reading of famous literary works favored by Inness, Jr., including passages from Nature, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and A Forest Hymn, by William Cullen Bryant.
The special exhibition An Arts Legacy: George Inness, Jr. in Tarpon Springs is on view at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art through August 31, 2014. It includes 13 paintings from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs, plus the loan of significant paintings from the Cici and Hyatt Brown Collection through the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach.
Opened in 2002, the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is a modern and contemporary art museum featuring more than 6,000 pieces of 20th and 21st century art. The museum is located just west of U.S. Highway 19 at 600 Klosterman Road, on the Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Thursday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday and 1 – 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and free to children, students and military families. On Sundays, admission is free with a suggested donation of $5, and docent tours are offered at 2 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. Isabelle’s Museum Store is open during regular business hours.