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Affinity Group: Spring 2015 Calendar of Events



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Photo Credit: Debra Heuskin-Adloff

The Cummer Museum’s Affinity Groups offer Members unique opportunities to become more involved in the life of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens by exploring their own passions. Affinity Group Members participate in programs and special events related to the mission of each group. Each Affinity Group has its own board and special events, which support the mission of the Cummer Museum.

For more information about Affinity Groups or to pre-register for any of the events below, please contact Events & Programs at 904.899.6038 or

Cummelia and FOCUS Lunch & Tour on the Art of Abstract Expressionism
Wednesday, February 4
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | FOCUS and Cummelia Members $35, Non-Member $45
Registration Required

FOCUS Evening and Lecture at Nocatee
Friday, February 20
6 p.m. | Free
Registration Required

FOCUS Bus Trip to the Harn Museum of Art – Monet and American Impressionism
Friday, February 27
FOCUS Members $170, Non-Members $195
Registration Required

FOCUS Nocatee Day at the Cummer
Friday, April 3
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Free
No registration needed

FOCUS Medallion Cocktail Party at the home of Fred & Susan Schantz
Thursday, April 9
5:30 p.m. | Invitation Only
Registration Required

FOCUS Celebrate The Rivers & Annual Meeting
GTM Research Reserve
Wednesday, April 15
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | FOCUS Members $40, Non-Members $50
Registration Required


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Fifth Grade Garden Tours: Gardners by Design



Fifth graders step into a landscape architect’s shoes as they solve the problems of garden design. How do you blend a landscape and a built environment? How should it feel? Windy Hill Elementary Garden Tour17

Textures, shapes, colors, and symmetry are all elements that are part of good garden design. How do you deal with scale?

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Unlike paintings, living things grow. Will this plant still maintain the designer’s intention when it is three times as big? 5th Grade Garden & Sculpture Tours15

Students plot sensory maps and solve the design challenge of a new addition. Your client has given you instructions to put a boat dock in the Cummer Gardens. How will you do this and maintain the integrity of the original design? Windy Hill Elementary Garden Tour09

Introducing students to careers in landscape architecture is all part of the new Fifth Grade Garden Tour.

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Buy a Brick, Leave a Legacy



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Please consider making your mark at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens by purchasing a donor brick today!

Make a lasting commitment to culture in our community by adding your name or the name of someone who has made a difference in your life to the Cummer Campus.  Purchase an engraved brick for the gathering plaza in the green lot directly across from the main Museum entrance. A brick would make the perfect gift for end-of-year giving, a holiday, or special event. Funds from brick purchases support our ongoing mission to engage and inspire through the arts, gardens, and education.

The Cummer Museum is a vital community partner that reaches out to diverse audiences through outstanding artistic offerings, dynamic learning experiences, and opportunities to participate in the beauty of the natural world. The Museum is an environment in which joy and discovery infuse all that we do. Arts, gardens, and education converge to create meaningful personal experiences and open a world of new possibilities. We honor our rich history, embrace the energy of our time, and commit to a vibrant future through the advancement of resources to grow and deepen our mission.

Click here to place your order online. If you prefer to order by phone or mail, please call Advancement at 904.899.6007. Thank you for your support!


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Holiday Season at the Cummer Café



20140928_142900The holiday season is upon us again, and that means friends, family, and good food. We at the Cummer Café, hope that when you think of good food, you think of us. We have been growing with the Museum for a few years now, and it is a pleasure and a privelege to keep growing and changing with such an amazing institution.

We love doing concerts and special events, but what we really excel at is being a destination for delicious food day in and day out. When the weather is great, our patio is a great place to eat. When the weather is gloomy, you can call ahead to reserve a table inside. Please come and see us, and make use of the new reservation widget on the Cummer Museum website! We’d love to see you. Happy Holidays!

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Champagne & Shopping





Wednesday | 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens for the shopping experience of the season, Champagne & Shopping. Come enjoy holiday music and complimentary champagne and appetizers. There are discounts for everyone of 15% on Wednesday and 10% on Thursday, this is in addition to the regular 10% Member discount. Champagne and Shopping provides a unique opportunity for you to support the programs and activities of the Cummer Museum.

This year the Cummer Shop is excited to host brands such as: Chopstick Art: Bamboo Products from Recycled Chopsticks; Italianissimo: Very Italian Modern Murano Glass Jewelry; YOTTOY: Toys that Inspire the Imagination; and others. The Shop will also feature two local artisans as part of this event, Andy Peters of Burnt Glassworks: Handblown Glass and Beresford LTD: Handcrafted Fashion Jewelry.

A highlight of this event will be Sarah Oliver Handbags. Sarah Oliver, creator of Sarah Oliver Handbags, was recently featured in the November 2014 issue of O, the Oprah Magazine’s 27 Genius Fashion and Beauty Tips That Will Have You Prepped for Party Season. Oliver grew up watching generations of her family knit together, and this love of the craft led to the casual creation of handbags for friends and loved ones. Soon friends of friends were requesting Oliver’s unique clutches and mini-purses, and after an initial trunk show, Sarah Oliver Handbags was off and running. All of the knit fabric used to create Oliver’s bags is produced by a group of residents at The Redwoods senior community in Mill Valley, known as the Purlettes +1, Oliver’s knitting circle.

Another exciting artist you can see at the event is Jane Elissa. Elissa is a New York based artist, designer, author, and philanthropist.  She is known for creating artwork on canvas combining elements of paint, created appliques, collage, beads, vintage materials, and tapestries. Each unique piece tells a story capturing the imagination, emotions, and a point of view that is unique. Her designs are available as wall art and wearable art, and they can be purchased as one-of-a kind pieces or licensed items. Elissa has been voluntarily raising money for cancer and leukemia research for the past 25 years through her benefits and designs, and she gives a percentage of hat sales to further cancer research. Elissa has also written a book about her life, her work, and fundraising for cancer and leukemia research called Diary of a Lollipop in a Peanut Factory.

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Fashion Photography Lecture with Mario Peralta



10646697_10152483865597795_3302987199393648360_nDECEMBER 9 | FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY LECTURE WITH MARIO PERALTA

Tuesday | 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Free, No reservation needed

Written by Alsatia Brown, Marketing Intern

My mission was to represent the world around me. Now I aim to illustrate the world within me. – Mario Peralta

Local fashion photographer, Mario Peralta, will join the Cummer Museum for a Free Tuesday Lecture to discuss the idea of photography as art and in art.

Mario Peralta discovered a love of photography in Yellowstone National Park in 1993, while in the final phase of his Naval training. By the time he finished his training, Peralta had spent so much time studying the different techniques involved in photography that he had mastered his camera just in time for a journey around the world.

While in the Navy, Peralta made it his mission to capture images of the world around him and took as many photographs as he could. After retiring from the Navy in 2004, Peralta decided to go to the University of North Florida where he earned a BFA in photography.

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