Ormond Memorial Art Museum reopens today | News
A $4 million renovation gives the Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens new height, prominence and visibility.
The new two-story building at 78 Granada Blvd. is visible from the bridge of Granada. More space to display artwork and hold classes will come with an expanded and redone interior.
The second-floor rooftop parties are expected to provide a popular option for expanding fundraising events to ensure the Museum’s financial stability.
“The running joke is that we’re Ormond Beach’s best-kept secret,” said Lisa Perry, chair of the museum’s board of trustees. “Ormond’s little gem. We want visibility, so people see that we are an anchor for a vibrant arts community that is Ormond Beach.
A private opening and dedication ceremony for officials and guests is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9. The museum will resume regular hours on Monday, May 16 for the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Six years of planning, over a year of construction and nearly $4 million have been invested in the project.
The one-story facade of the museum was demolished. A two-story building was constructed in its place, with a rooftop terrace for additional exhibits and event space.
Ascending to the second floor, the museum expansion stays close to the footprint of the original building so as not to encroach on the lush gardens, which remained popular with visitors even when the museum was closed for construction.
“I think a lot of people in our community are going to love the rooftop patio,” Ms. Perry said. “I think this will be one of the highlights of our community. People will appreciate the opportunity to have social events and gaze at the gardens. It will be a very special place in Ormond Beach.
The oldest parts of the museum built in 1915 and 1946 have been gutted and completely renovated with humidity control and a stabilized foundation.
Exhibit space will increase from 6,568 to 13,803 square feet, including the rooftop terrace. The conditioned space will be 10,193 square feet.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to provide more and greater educational opportunities,” said Nancy Lohman, chair of the fundraising campaign to pay for the renovation. “It’s not just about educational opportunities, it’s also about art awareness.”
A renovated great room includes a sliding partition to accommodate one large class, or two smaller classes.
Two new exhibition spaces accompany the renovation, giving the museum a total of nine, including exhibits on a staircase.
An outdoor garden pavilion allows the museum to become a venue for catered receptions and events, including weddings. Ormond Beach commissioners recently agreed to allow civic groups to serve alcohol at approved events on public property. Previously, only beer, wine and champagne were allowed.
“So we’ve created a model that will generate sustainable revenue while we serve the public with our outreach and exhibits,” Ms. Lohman said.
The museum also derives revenue from tuition-based education programs.
Admission to the museum is free, although a donation is required.
“We want everyone,” said outgoing museum director Susan Richmond, who plans to retire sometime after the museum goes into operation following the grand reopening.
“We’re a place where people bring their families, come see the art, walk through the gardens, do an art project,” Ms. Richmond said. “Each exhibition has an interactive component where they can come and do something. And it’s a free experience or a donation-based experience. We encourage people to visit.
Ms. Richmond will be replaced by Stephanie Mason-Teague, who served as director of development for the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences for six years and previously served as executive director of Cinematique Daytona for 10 years.
Two grants helped pay the bills, $400,000 from the Volusia County ECHO program for educational, cultural, historical and outdoor projects. The Daytona Beach Race and Recreation Facilities Commission paid $182,000.
The balance of more than $3 million comes from private donations. Ms Lohman and her husband, Lowell, donated $1 million. Cici and Hyatt Brown donated $500,000 and Ann Burt, a former museum director, provided $250,000.
Ms Lohman expressed her gratitude to all of the more than 200 donors for supporting the renovation.
“What is really good about this project is the overwhelming number of people who wanted to participate by donating,” she said.
A key contribution is a partnership with the city, including giving the museum a 50-year lease on city-owned property, museum officials said.
“It’s a beautiful vision we’ve created around the corner that will show the community and tell the community and share with others who come to visit that we are focused on culture and the arts,” Ms Lohman said. .
The museum alternates exhibitions of works by different artists. An exhibition committee solicits and selects submissions. A staff curator collects the exhibits.
There is a permanent collection, that of Malcolm Fraser, who inspired the city’s art museum.
In 1946, Mr. Fraser offered to donate his life’s work of painting to any town along US 1 in Florida that would build a museum honoring veterans. The residents of Ormond Beach have mobilized. Today, the museum has plaques honoring veterans of World Wars I and II as well as monuments commemorating veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Each year the museum celebrates Veterans Day, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, which marked the end of World War I in 1918.