Afternoon of French Impressionism planned in St. Augustine


Art and music will be brought together for a special celebration on Dec. 6 at the St. Augustine Art Association. Tickets are on sale now.

The event is being held in conjunction with the association’s current exhibit, “La Vie En Bleu: the Life and Art of Marguerite Castaing,” which features the work of the early 20th century French artist. The exhibition includes more than 80 drawings, paintings and pastels.

For “Impressionism In Art & Music,” the association partnered with the St. Augustine Music Festival to bring the artwork to life with music.

The world-class musicians of the St. Augustine Music Festival Chamber Orchestra are expected to give performances of two major Impressionist composers, Claude Debussy’s “Sonata for Violin in G Minor” and Maurice Ravel’s “String Quartet in F Major.”

This fundraising performance will feature Gabriela Peña-Kim and Siyu Zhang on violin, Aaron Lenrian on piano, Jorge A. Peña on viola and Jin Kim on cello.

The roots of Impressionism go back to the early 1860s when painters Frédéric Bazille, Claude MonetPierre-Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley met. They shared an interest in art that showed the interplay between light and color. Their style, which was named – ironically – by a disapproving art critic, grew in popularity throughout the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th.

In the 1890s, Impressionism arrived on the music scene with the work of Debussy and Ravel. The music of this time conveyed moods and emotions through a number of techniques.

The performance will begin at 1 p.m., and tickets can be purchased at Cost is $50. Actual tickets will not be issued; patrons are to bring copies of their confirmation emails to the performance.

Seating is limited, and social distancing regulations will be used. Attendees will need to wear face coverings. Groups of four or less will be assigned seats together. For more information, call the Art Association at 904-824-2310.