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The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is committed to engage and inspire through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 works of art on a riverfront campus offers more than 95,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.

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History of Western Art



Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to Noon
September 23 - Antiquities
October 21 - Early Christian to High Renaissance Art
November 18 - Baroque Art
Members Free, Non-Members $10 (includes admission)

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Explore art history through this monthly series of lectures that includes time in the Galleries.  Brush up on your art history for personal enjoyment, then join Museum staff as they lead you through the history of Western Art. Space is limited. Reservations are encouraged. For further information please call 904.355.0630 or email

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Art Adventure: Make Your Own Sketchbook



This month students get to learn simple bookbinding techniques to create their own sketchbook which they will use to practice Observation Drawing in the Cummer Gardens.

Saturday, September 20, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Members $10, Non-members $15

Join us the third Saturday of each month for studio classes in painting, printmaking, collage and construction with changing themes. Projects will be completed within one class period. Ages 6 to 12. Class size is limited. To register for classes see below. For further information please call 904.355.0630 or email

Click HERE to register for this class.

(Please note that some dates may be subject to change around major holidays)

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FOCUS Cummer Fall Kick Off



FOCUS Fall Kick Off
Thursday, September 18, 5:30 to 10 p.m.
FOCUS Members $75

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FOCUS will Kick Off the season with a dinner at the Sawgrass Beach Club in Ponte Vedra Beach.  The evening will feature a guest artist, the Cummer Store, a Jaguar representative, and a lecture by Director Hope McMath on “The Life of an Object”.  Cocktails will be served at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the program.  For further information or to make your required reservation, please call 904.899.6038.

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Art For Two: Nature Walk!



This month in Art for Two bring your little one for a walk through our gardens where your children will learn about habitats and nature. After the walk your child will get to create their own garden animal habitat in the studio.

Saturday, September 13, 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Members $15 per pair, Non-Members $20 per pair

Come make art with your little one and enjoy gallery and Garden visits on the second Saturday of every month.  Children ages 3 to 5 and their favorite adult. Class size is limited. For further information please call 904.355.0630 or email

Click HERE to register for this class.

(Some dates may be subject to change around major Holidays)

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Garden Concert: Music of the Movement



A Night of Jazz and Blues

In celebration of our beautiful Civil Rights photography exhibition, A Commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement: Photography from the High Museum of Art, join The Cummer for an evening of Blues and Jazz with Music from the Movement on Saturday, September 20 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.).  Get ready to groove with Funky Butt Blues Band featuring Lawrence Buckner and Ed Cotton.

A U.S. Army veteran, Lawrence Buckner currently tours with Mark Farner, formally of Grand Funk Railroad and has shared the stage with The Doors, Journey, Styxx, Maze featuring Franky Beverly, Branford Marsalis, and many other acts. He has had numerous appearances as sideman and leader at Jazz Festivals in the United States and Europe. Along side his music career Lawrence pursued his other passion, medicine, he eventually returned to music full time citing that to spread the truth, and our Father’s love, is medicine for the soul.


Ed Cotton has spent the better part of his 20 years as a professional musician leading Pretty Boy Freud, a popular swing and variety band that frequently played the Jacksonville-area club scene. Cotton has also performed at numerous blues, jazz and folk festivals over the years. He came out of retirement last year to perform at the Florida Folk Festival. He also gives workshops on bottleneck slide blues guitar and all facets of the Blues. Cotton has been quoted on several occasions saying,”I really love playing music, I won’t ever quit playing.”Blue Eddy

The cost is $20 for Members, $30 for Non-members, or $400 for table of 10. Guests may bring blankets, chairs, food, alcoholic beverages, or order food from The Café at The Cummer. Preorder your boxed dinner from The Café by calling 904.899.6022. For more information or to make your reservation, click HERE or call 904.899.6038.

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Collectors’ Choice: Featured Collector, Jennifer Johnson Duke



Written by Caitlyn Cooney, Curatorial Intern

Nicolas Africano, Medium Figure, 2009, Cast Glass

Why is art so valuable? What makes collectors want to collect? What makes artists want to create? These are matters of opinion, surely, but for each collector featured in Collectors’ Choice, these answers play a significant role to their decisions. The amazement felt when viewing objects so beautifully handmade, so conceptually innovative, and so emotionally moving, justifies the worth in the process of collecting maybe not otherwise realized by the viewers. Jennifer Duke has been collecting since she was a young adult. She states, “I am a visual person and love surrounding myself with beautiful things to look at. Art is a great civilizer and helps people to know their own and other cultures. Art is beautiful, decorative, and uplifting.”Jennifer Duke has a diverse collection of photographs, furniture from the 1930s, and contemporary American Abstract expressionist paintings, as well as a large selection of works by female artists. The featured sculpture from her collection by Nicolas Africano entitled Medium Figure  (2009) captures many elements of Duke’s taste in one piece. Africano’s cast glass figure sculptures, while clearly contemporary, reflect an air of classicism in their stance, posture, dress and mien. She states, “I’ve been increasingly interested in art that people make with their hands and have always been drawn to Nicolas Africano’s work. This piece reminds me a bit of a Degas; it is simple and beautiful and I love it. Especially the craft in the way the dress is sewn and the sculpture is finished.”

Nicolas Africano, Medium Figure, 2009, Cast Glass

Nicolas Africano, Medium Figure, 2009, Cast Glass

The element of craftsmanship is attractive to Duke; the talent of the artist,
being able to see their hand in the piece, knowing that at one point in history they use their hands to construct each element. The “handmade” aspect has become one of the most attractive qualities of objects within our contemporary, digital age. Hand constructed artwork, home goods, clothing, etc., all carry value in the fact that someone devoted the time and effort into constructing it without a machine. For Duke, this is an aspect of what makes her selected pieces so valuable, collectable, and creative.

Artwork can influence a culture, but it can also be influenced from it. Duke’s value in the handmade reflects the values of our modern culture. While the movement toward  digitization and machinery increases our productivity and convenience in life, the handmade now carries more theoretical weight. As a collector, Duke values the beauty of her artworks, but also their representation of culture, of the handmade, and of creativity. “I can’t imagine not collecting.”

The exhibition Collectors’ Choice: Inside the Hearts and Minds of Regional Collectors will be until September 14th, 2014.

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