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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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Art Fundamentals: Acrylic Painting




Wednesdays | 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Members $170, Non-members $190, Active Docents $85
Ages 16 and up

Instructor Allison Watson introduces painting to beginning students and strengthens the skills of intermediate painters. Learn composition for landscape and still life, color theory, and techniques in acrylic.For further information please call 904.355.0630 or email

 Supplies are not included. Click HERE for supply list.

Register HERE for this six week class.

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Get Fashionable




Thursday, November 13 | 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Members and Non-Members $20, Up & Cummers Members $15

Click HERE to make your reservation online or call 904.899.6038.

Wondering what to wear to all the holiday parties you’re going to be invited to? Do you love accessories but just don’t know how to put them together? Guys- are you curious what makes a blazer fit just the right way? Well, ask no more… local wardrobe stylist and fashion consultant Fitz Pullins will be answering all your burning questions.  Plus, hear the latest in holiday and winter trends from this fashion expert!

Fitz is an accomplished personal stylist and fashion consultant who brings his creative flair and tasteful eye to projects that range from fashion styling for glossy publications including Jacksonville Magazine to commercial styling for corporate clients like Revlon.  He loves helping clients cultivate a style to call their own.

Local stylist and fashion consultant, Fitz Pullins, will be giving you his style secrets for men and women on November 13th! Come enjoy tasty beverages, small bites, and get tips on what’s hot this fall and holiday season! We caught up with Fitz to chat about the event and get some insight as to what is in store of November 13!

Cummer Museum: What are your 3 favorite trends for fall?
Fitz Pullins: My 3 favorite trends for the fall are… anything leather (jackets, boots, skirts) … Prints (houndstooth, plaids, stripes) and Layering!! Fall is my favorite season!
CM: What do you like most about Jacksonville’s style?
FP: What I like most about Jacksonville style is how laid back it is… sometimes, almost too laid back.
CM: Why should people come out for your event on November 13th?
FP: You all should come to the Museum to hear tips on how simple it can be to look fashionable, without trying too hard.

So, come by the Museum to enjoy small bites, a delicious beverage (included in your ticket price), and great tunes from DJ Autrelle. Then, stay to listen to tips and tricks for making your wardrobe more artful and stylish, for both men and women.

This event is expected to SELL OUT so please RSVP by Friday, November 7, 2014. We do not mail tickets. We check your name at the door the day of the event. No refunds.

Beer generously provided by Intuition Ale Works!

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All Together: The Sculpture of Chaim Gross



Chaim Gross (American, 1904 - 1991), Mother Dancing, 1956, bronze, 69 x 19 x 28 in. Courtesy of the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation, New York.

Chaim Gross (American, 1904 – 1991), Mother Dancing, 1956, bronze, 69 x 19 x 28 in. Courtesy of the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation, New York.

American sculptor Chaim Gross (1904 – 91) is renowned for his figurative direct carvings in wood from the first half of the 20th century. In the mid-1950s, however, he began to make large-scale bronzes that enabled him to shift from the solid massing of his carvings to a more open, linear style. From 1957 through the 1980s, Gross created more than 300 bronze works that range in scale from miniatures to life-size portraits to large-scale public works. Today approximately 100 of these bronzes are in public collections. Around a dozen are on permanent view at American universities, and particularly in Gross’s native New York, including Yeshiva University, Fordham University, Pace University, and City College.

The installation at the Cummer Museum features eight of Gross’s large-scale works in bronze from the collection of the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation that are among his most eloquent and powerful sculptures in the medium. They feature the family groupings, acrobats, and circus performers for which Gross is best known, while two of the group reveal a more abstract approach to form. The interdependence and connectedness of the forms and figures within each work reveals a generosity of spirit that continues to reverberate today. You won’t want to miss this exhibition!

This exhibition is on loan from the Renne and Chaim Gross Foundation, New York.

To find out more about programming related to this exhibition, click here.

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November Education Highlight



The Cummer Museum at the Florida Association of Museums

The Florida Association of Museum met in Jacksonville September 7 through 10 and Cummer Museum Educators presented information on sustainability in museums and the visitor experience.  The Future is Now!  Museums and the Environment , moderated by Director of Education Lynn Norris, featured  presentations by Jennifer Esler, President and CEO of the Elliott Museum, Dulce Roman, Chief Curator at the Harn Museum of Art, and Karl Boecklen, Museum Educator at the Cummer Museum.  The session included a hands-on period where participants brainstormed ways to increase sustainability in their own museums.

Lynn Norris also taught a day-long session on the Cummer Museum’s approach to visitor experience training.  Artist Stephanie Brown was assigned to the session to visually record its content to be displayed in the registration lobby.  Visitor experience training is required for all Cummer Staff.

Cummer Museum staff were able to network with museum professionals from around the state and build for future collaborations.

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Art for Two: Fashion Fun!




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

Explore the world of pattern, texture, and design in the Icons of Style: Makers, Models, and Image exhibition where students will create their own painted patterns and designs.

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 Lecture Series: Jon Carloftis




Next Wednesday’s full day of programming with Jon Carloftis has received wonderful national press from Garden & Gun Magazine and great local coverage with a wonderful interview with Jon in the latest issue of EU Jacksonville. Get excited for a special visit from the gardening guru on November 5th, with two different opportunities to hear him speak!

First, Mr. Carloftis will be speaking on “Art in the Garden.” This talk will focus on how to integrate artwork in your personal garden and how to use trees, shrubs, stones, fish, animals, etc. as art. Guests will be able to enjoy this day time talk and with a special luncheon in the recently restored Olmsted Gardens located on the picturesque St. Johns River.

During the evening, a Maker’s Mark Bourbon tasting and artful nibbles will precede another talk by Carloftis.  His evening discussion will focus on “Style in the Garden”.  We are thrilled that he will be at the Museum for a special day of art and design while celebrating the Cummer Gardens.

Luncheon, Demonstration and Lecture | 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
$35 Member, $45 Non-member
Click HERE to make your reservation online or call 904.899.6038.

Bourbon Tasting and Discussion | 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
$45 Member, $55 Non-member
Click HERE to make your reservation online or call 904.899.6038

RSVP by Friday, October 31, 2014 to make your required reservation.  Seating is limited. No Refunds after Friday, October 31, 2014.  We do not mail tickets; we check your name at the door the night of the event. Your online receipt may be printed as an e-ticket.

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