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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

Click HERE to register.

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.

For more information, please visit The Cummer’s website at


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Collectors’ Choice: Featured Collectors, George and Missy Good



Written by Caitlyn Cooney, Curatorial Intern


For many of us, our knowledge of the world encompasses only a small area: our city, our state, maybe our country. We learn about the rest of the world in school, through conversation, reading, movies, vacation, etc. But one of the most important and effective ways to learn about a foreign culture is through art. George and Missy Good have traveled throughout the world, collecting cultural artifacts and foreign artists’ works when they lived overseas. The family moved between Abu Dhabi, London, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Cairo over a period of more than 16 years, and Mrs. Good spent most of those years traveling to remote villages. “I loved living there so much,” she said, “so I just wanted to learn about the cultures, and that’s how it all started.” Their collection is eclectic, representing cultures that are completely different from one another.

Good Puppets

Indonesia, Set of Five Wayang Puppets, Date Unknown, Leather with Painted Surface

The Goods’ collection spans multiple countries, cultures, and media, including hundreds of different objects they each hold a personal connection to. “Everything has a personality of its own,” Mrs. Good states, “I love it!” It became a part of their lives together, building memories with one another through the various cultural objects they collected. Mr. Good added, “I wasn’t asked!” “George just loves me – How many other husbands would put up with this,” she replied. Mrs. Good can explain the story behind every piece in their collection, all of which hold reference to a particular trip, conversation, event, and moment in their lives.

Good Palanquin

Zhuhai, China, Bridal Palanquin, Date Unknown, Wood with painted decoration

One of the most striking pieces in the Goods’ collection is their Bridal Palanquin from Zhuhai, China. Mrs. Good stated that the Bridal Palanquin was an integral part of the traditional Chinese wedding. At her home, the bride would have her face covered with a red cloth and be carried to and placed in the bridal sedan chair (palanquin). According to custom of that time, the bride “should neither see the sky nor step on the ground.” This was to ensure that evil was avoided and good fortune would come to the marriage. The elaborately decorated Bridal Palanquin was usually reserved a few months in advance. A Chinese almanac was consulted to determine the most auspicious routes for the Bridal Palanquin procession to the groom’s home. The procession from the bride’s home to the groom’s home was an exciting and very important beginning to the three day marriage festivities.

This cultural history is what attracted the Goods to many of the pieces in their collection. Not only does each piece hold a personal memory to the couple, but also marks a significant era in the histories of their past homes. Their cultural experiences and cherished possessions help to not only enrich the aesthetic spectrum exhibited in Collectors’ Choice, but also to educate the public on those foreign civilizations.

The exhibition Collectors’ Choice: Inside the Hearts and Minds of Regional Collectors will be on view from May 17th to September 14th, 2014.

For more information, please visit The Cummer’s website at

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Collectors’ Choice: Featured Collectors, David and Elaine Strickland



Written by Caitlyn Cooney, Curatorial Intern


One of the best approaches to understanding historical events and time periods is to study the art from it. Art, through time, does not only stand as an object from a different era or a depiction of what the artistic tastes were at the time, but also collects a history of its own through the many relationships viewers create with it.

Thomas Moran, Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice, 1915, Oil

The American Impressionist and Hudson River School movements of the late 19th century through the early 20th century capture a moment of inspiration, emotion, and creativity an individual in their sublime color palettes and impactful scenery. They simultaneously represent a moment for the artist and continue to create moments for the viewers. This collection of viewers’ reactions and relationships with the various pieces of art is the very reason why David and Elaine  Strickland collect. Elaine states, “When you look at these works, you can step back in time to see what the painter saw and felt in that moment.” Mr. Strickland, a history major in college, agrees, and says, “Many of these paintings are nearly 160 years old. They’ve been hanging on a lot of walls. There is a lot of history there. It is like an onion; you can peel back the layers as far as you want to go, and now, I just want to keep learning.”

Strickland Palazzo

John Singer Sargent, Palazzo Labia and San Geremia, Venice, 1907-1913, Watercolor

Many of the works in the Strickland’s collection are there not only because they value the relationship they have with the piece, but also because they value each moment they are able to view it. Mrs. Strickland goes on to say, “You get a peaceful feeling when you look at them. We’re so fortunate that we can stop, look, and enjoy them at our leisure.”    Their painting titled Palazzo Labia and San Geremia, Venice by John Singer Sargent exhibited within Collectors’ Choice is not only an example of their tastes, but also an ode to the artistic era in general. Sargent was a well-known painter of the period, having received strict academic training as an artist, yet was encouraged by his teachers to execute his work with immediacy and rapidity, disapproving of any re-working. His “in the moment” style reflects his emotional, sublime impression of the scene, featuring loose brushwork and a luminescent color palette.

Strickland Venice

Sanford Robinson Gifford, Venice, 1879, Oil


Mr. and Mrs. Strickland’s collection not only reflects their artistic tastes, but their overall philosophy about life. Mrs. Strickland states, “How often in today’s world do we get a chance to just stop and enjoy? We love to share that opportunity with people.”




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

For more information, please visit The Cummer’s website at

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