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The 2nd Annual Cocktails + Canvases Weekend

October 17, 2017
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2nd Annual Cocktails + Canvases

When Artists Come to Town

Local artists, Casey Matthews and Ginny Foxworth will showcase their work at the 2nd Annual Cocktails & Canvases event.  Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in partnership with the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, will host the weekend event on November 11-12, 2017.


Guests of the Chef’s White Canvas Dinner on Saturday, November 11, will enjoy a meet and greet with the featured artists during the reception, followed by cocktail-paired dinner best described as a visually charged journey of art and flavors.  On Sunday, November 12, an Artists Market will be available for guests to shop the art from Casey and Ginny as well as other local artists. If you appreciate art, food and cocktails then this is a weekend that cannot be missed!  [tickets may be purchased below]


Meet the Featured Artists

casey matthews

Casey Matthews



Casey Matthews creates rich paintings with multi-media surfaces that are both visually intriguing, fluid and full of energy. They incorporate expressive color, movement, and strong elements of design. The work combines emotional content, observation, technique, exploration, and reinvention. She has developed a series of gestures and marks that make up a unique visual language. It is a vague form of communication in an attempt to achieve tension, balance and beauty. From a distance, her works impose a singular statement of color, composition and tone; viewed closely, they suggest a complex narrative that is multi-hued and textured. 


“My creativity begins with a constant state of awareness and appreciation for everything around me.  I am always noticing patterns in nature and the way inanimate objects and shapes harmonize with each other.  I’m inspired by color, how colors interact and react with each other, motion, flow, and organic repetition. My work is intuitive and process driven. I enjoy the drips and splatters – and the journey they inspire.”


Casey lives and works on Amelia Island, Florida


ginny fox worth

Ginny Foxworth



Fernandina Clay is a family-operated pottery business based in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Ginny handles most of the day-to-day tasks in the studio including throwing and trimming pots, carving prints, and keeping the books. Fernandina Clay is a small batch ceramic studio, making pottery and prints that celebrate coastal life. Working in two week cycles: throwing pots, altering and trimming our pots, and glazing our work before firing it. They make individual pieces and small sets of work that are in the same “family”. Every pot is one of a kind.


Fernandina Clay also specializes in lino-cut prints. Images are drawn onto blocks of linoleum, and the relief of the design is carved out of the block. The blocks are then inked and printed by hand onto paper. The linoleum begins to degrade after a few rounds of printing and new designs are continually being added.


We make art for people who believe we are all connected in our humanity and for those who know there is beauty in the most mundane of things.


Schedule of Events

Saturday, November 11


Cocktail Reception with Artists – 6:00 p.m.


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


White Canvas Dinner – 6:45p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


The Cocktail + Canvases White Canvases event, lead by Executive Chef Daven Wardynski will tease the senses with his culinary exploration in a vibrant visual art setting featuring Amelia Island artist Casey Matthews. This one-of-a-kind experience can’t be missed! This dinner is included as part of the Main Event Package experience. Individual tickets may also be purchased.


cocktails + canvases dinner

Sunday, November 12


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


This traditional market offers one-of-a-kind pieces from local and regional artisans. Vendors include The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, the Plantation Artist Guild and Gallery, Cocktails + Canvases featured artists, and local artists displaying their work. Peruse paintings, hand-crafted jewelry, pottery and more! We’ll also be featuring live music and will have food and drinks available for purchase. Open to the public.


Cocktails + Canvases: Artist Market


Packages + Tickets



The Cocktails + Canvases Main Event Package starts at $619 per room, based on double occupancy. Subject to availability. Not applicable to groups, conventions or in combination with other promotions. This package requires a one night stay and guests must arrive on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Rate does not include taxes or resort fee.


  • 1 night of luxurious accommodations
  • White Canvas Chef’s Dinner on Saturday night
  • “Art of Breakfast” Buffet in Sunrise Cafe on Sunday Morning
  • Local Artist Market in the Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation


BOOK RESERVATIONS for Main Event Package



The Cocktails + Canvases White Canvas Chef’s Dinner will be hosted at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. It will be an immersive culinary event. The evening’s White Canvas menu, lead by Executive Chef Daven Wardynski will tease the senses with his culinary exploration in a vibrant visual art setting featuring Amelia Island artist Casey Matthews. This one-of-a-kind experience can’t be missed! Tickets are $150 plus vendor fee.


  • Schedule
  • 6pm – Cocktails
  • 6:45pm – White Canvas Chef’s Dinner


BOOK TICKETS for White Chef’s Dinner


October 17, 2017
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