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Cocktails + Canvases

cocktails + canvases

The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort will be hosting the inaugural Cocktails + Canvases event, in partnership with the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, the weekend of November 11-13, 2016. This will be an interactive weekend where guests can relax in a luxurious coastal setting while being able to enjoy visual arts, creative cocktails and culinary explorations. Festivities include creative art shows, interactive cocktail tastings, an art and cocktail paired dinner, a local artist market and a one-of-a-kind interactive experience with our featured guest artists.

[tickets may be purchased below]



Meet the Featured Artists

Jose Garcia 

Jose Garcia

Jose was born in the West Indies, on the island of Puerto Rico where his family immigrated from Spain during the Spanish Civil War. As a young man, Jose loved to draw, sketch and create. While he has never formally attended art classes, he has developed a style all his own with signature colors, pulling from his world travels and 40 years as a flight attendant. His love of animals and flora of the tropics permeate many of his designs. Jose’s admiration of superstar performer and humanitarian, Josephine Baker inspired his collection of over 25 exotic and colorful images of her international career. Working in various media, he recently created a collection of Alcohol Inks on clay boards, canvases and ceramic tiles. His artwork has been exhibited at various venues throughout Amelia Island, where he has called home for the past 12 years.

Charli Leniston

Charli Leniston

From Brooklyn, New York to 24 years in London, to running a nightclub in Corfu, Greece to the middle of Nowhere in France to 11 years in Spain. Ms. Leniston started with a love of clay sculpture, then welding large steel sculptures before a realization that it was time to work in a more manageable medium, i.e. acrylic/mixed media. Her work has been collected in Europe and the USA. Awards include ‘Best and Brightest’ at Scottsdale Artist School, Arizona. ‘Most Promising Artist’ at Scottsdale Community College. Her artwork is shown at three galleries on Amelia Island and she teaches art classes in acrylics and mixed media. Currently living at Amelia Island, Ms. Leniston loves the area and is happy to stay put for awhile!

Allison Watson

Allison Watson

Ms. Watson began her professional career as a studio artist in her early twenties but has been painting since she was a small child. A native Floridian, the inspiration for her paintings come from her love of the natural environment and her travels in the woodlands, lakes, springs, dunes and beaches of Florida. Painting from her own photography, taken while kayaking, canoeing or hiking in remote areas, allows her to create images of the natural world. “I would like my work to convey not only the beauty of the land, but its fragility and that it’s important to human kind.” She is on the teaching staff of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, and teaches private classes and workshops. Her work can found in over six hundred private, public and corporate collections nationally.


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Schedule of Events

Friday, November 11

Cocktail Paired Dinner & Art Show with Jose Garcia – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Omni Amelia Island Plantation kicks off the inaugural Cocktails + Canvases Weekend with an interactive dinner with local artist Jose Garcia. Enjoy hand-crafted cocktails, live music, performance art and a true farm-to-table dinner experience at The Sprouting Project; our organic garden, aquaponic greenhouse, bee apiary and barrel room. This dinner is included in the VIP Package experience.


Saturday, November 12

Session 1 – Demo with Charli Leniston – 9:300 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

VIP Package guests will enjoy a can’t miss experience with Amelia Island artist Charlie Leniston. She will demonstrate her mixed media process for creating each piece.


Session 2 – Painting 101 with Allison Watson – 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Try your hand at painting your own piece of art under the guidance of Jacksonville artist Allison Watson. This experience is included for VIP Package guests.


Lunch at Oak Point Lawn – 12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy a chef’s specialty lunch overlooking the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway. The lunch is part of the VIP Package.


Session 3 – Bourbon Blending – 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Enjoy tasting and blending bourbons for a custom variety, made just for you! Included in the VIP Package.


Cocktail Reception with Artists – 6:15 p.m.

Join the featured artist for a private reception prior to dinner. This is included in the individual Main Event ticket, VIP and Main Event Packages.


Art and Cocktail Paired Dinner – 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The Cocktails + Canvases Main Event is an intimate cocktail-paired dinner that showcases the creativity and passion of Omni Amelia Island’s culinary team as led by Executive Chef Daven Wardynski. Each will be paired with a piece of art as shown in The Cummer Musuem’s Chef’s Canvas Cookbook. The piece created by José Garcia, the prior night will also be incorporated for one of the courses. This dinner is included as part of the VIP, Main Event Package experience. Individual tickets may also be purchased.


Sunday, November 13

Breakfast at Sunrise Café – 9:00 a.m.

Our family friendly “Art of Breakfast” features fresh baked goods, eggs made to order, charcuterie and more! Included in the VIP and Main Event Packages.


Local Artist Market in Shops – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Following breakfast, enjoy a stroll by the lake at The Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation where local artists will be showcasing their talents with various forms of art. Mediums include photography, painting, sculpture, mixed media, pastels, printmaking and more! All art will be available for purchase. Open to the public.


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Packages + Tickets

VIP Package

• Luxurious room accommodations for two nights

• Cocktail paired dinner and art show on Friday

• Immersive art focused activities and interactive cocktail blendings, tastings and lunch during the day on Saturday

• Art and cocktail paired dinner on Saturday

• “Art of Breakfast” and Artist Market on Sunday

• The Chef’s Canvas cookbook, by the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens


The VIP Package starts at $1,599 per room, based on double occupancy.



Main Event Package

• Luxurious room accommodations for one night

• Art and cocktail paired dinner on Saturday

• “Art of Breakfast” and Artist Market on Sunday

• The Chef’s Canvas cookbook, by the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens


The Main Event Package starts at $659 per room, based on double occupancy.

BOOK RESERVATIONS for the Main Event Package.


Main Event Tickets

Purchase individual tickets to Saturday Night’s Main Event Dinner.

PURCHASE individual tickets.


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  • Margo Story says:

    What is the Fri only dinner w/ Jose Garcia ticket cost?

    • Brian Suggs says:

      Margo, I apologize for the very delayed response. Unfortunately the notification to comments was being directed to another mailbox and I just now saw your comment. I have since corrected the problem. That being said, the dinner with Mr. Garcia was only available to those that purchased the entire event package.

      Hopefully you will join for Cocktails + Canvases next year!

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