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Weaver First Saturday Free for All




Hand Blow Glass River Table by Brian Frus

We know you were having Museum withdrawals due to the campus being closed for few days last week in preparation for the Cummer Ball 2015. Let us make it up to you!  Tomorrow is Weaver First Saturday Free for All so make your way to the Museum to spend the day enjoying a gorgeous Collection and Historic Gardens FOR FREE! Plus, enjoy live music from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with Radio Love!

Have you had the opportunity to visit Reflections: Artful Perspectives on the St. Johns River yet? It’s a MUST SEE exhibition full of area artists who created works inspired by the St. Johns River. Don’t miss it!

See you tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Writing and Meditation Workshop




Jacksonville resident, Celeste Krueger, Ed.S., is leading a series of meditative writers workshops at the Museum. Take a journey through the inspiring Collections and captivating Historic Gardens as Celeste guides you every step of the way. Each session is unique, so you can sign up for a single day of your choice or all three!

Saturday, May 23 (click here to register)
Saturday, July 18 (click here to register)
Saturday, September 19 (click here to register)

Want to  know more about the workshops? We sat down with Ms. Krueger to learn more about her process and what this series will be about.

Cummer Museum: What makes this Writing & Meditation Workshop unique?
Celeste Krueger, Ed.S.: This workshop is not about grammar and punctuation or structure. Rather, it’s about how to bypass all the constructs and critical thinking that prevent us from freely expressing – or sometimes even experiencing – our thoughts, feelings and creativity. In the tradition of Natalie Goldberg’s work, it blends simple meditation and focusing techniques with slow walking meditation and a unique writing method that helps engage your authentic voice.

Natalie is a Zen practitioner and internationally known author whose New York Times bestseller Writing Down the Bones: Freeing The Writer Within launched this writing method. The focus is on creating a safe space for all writers at all levels to get familiar with their minds and say what they really want to say on the page. We read, we listen and we write.

CM: Who Should Participate?
CK: Anyone who wants to find their true voice, tell the truth unedited, reconnect with their muse, get in touch with their own thoughts and feelings, or turn off their inner editor/critic. Although there’s a low-end age limit – we don’t accept participants younger than 16 – people of all ages, experiences and backgrounds find this process appropriate, useful and meaningful.

CM: What should participants bring?
CK: You should dress comfortably and bring a writing utensil you like and a notebook you enjoy writing in. Other than that, you may want to bring a shawl or sweater if you tend to get chilled, and you might even want to bring a cushion. The goal is for you to be comfortable and relaxed. If you typically write on a laptop, it’s OK to bring it, but I always recommend that you work in longhand if possible.

CM: What will participants take away?
CS: A sustainable writing practice. Something that you can take with you and use forever.

CM: How did you get involved in this work?
CS: As someone who’s interested in human potential, I was drawn to Natalie’s work. I studied with her for nearly 10 years, have practiced the work for a long time, and shared it with others ranging from business executives to students to professional writers. I am honored to be one of a handful of practitioners teaching the practice with Natalie’s blessing here in the Southeast.

CM: Why are you doing this at the Cummer?
Because the gardens and exhibits inspire creativity and quiet the mind. If the weather is good, we will do some meditative walking and writing in the outside, but the whole space is focusing, uplifting and perfect for our needs.

CM: What do people say about these Workshops?
“Celeste, I’m so glad you’re doing this!”
Natalie Goldberg, Author of Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

“Whatever kind of writing you do — commercial, artistic or technical—[this] workshop is like a deep-tissue massage for the part of your brain that creates great sentences.”
Richard Salkin, Principal, TightPersuasiveCopy

“This workshop was the creative spark I needed to remind me why I love to write. I would take another one …in a heartbeat!”
Paula Rosenblatt, Speaker & Licensed Mental Health Counselor

“Celeste’s beautiful energy and sense of fun really helped me win free of my critical mind. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and can’t wait to do it again!”
Susan Pelter, Principal, Susan Pelter Communications

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REMINDER: Last Weekend to See Rothko to Richter



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If you have been putting off coming to the Museum to see Rothko to Richter: Mark-Making and Abstract Painting from the Collection of Preston H. Haskell, don’t wait any longer! This is the last weekend this show will be up and the absolute last day to see the show is Wednesday, April 22nd. Don’t regret not making it by to see this fabulous show!



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Pretty Wreaths are in at the Cummer Shop!



Written By: Lisa Cronin, Visitor Services

IMG_1594Have you ever thought about the symbolism of the wreath? Did you know that many years ago people in Europe would put wreaths on their doors to identify their home in the same manner that house numbers are used today? Each house would have a different wreath made of exotic flowers, most likely grown by the home owner right on their own land. Following in this tradition, Floral Treasure offers a wonderful assortment of unique wreaths currently displayed in the Cummer Shop. Each year the company creates over 1,000 unique wreaths, centerpieces, and wall décor. Floral Treasure has been in the dried flower business since 1998 and has over 60 acres of beautiful flower IMG_1592fields located in the wine country of Baja California. They are growers and manufactures of premium dried and preserved floral decorations with 13 drying and preserving green houses. They next time you select a wreath to adorn your home think about the message it will convey to all who see it.

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Register for Camp Cummer TODAY!



Cummer Garden Month-106Camp Cummer is always are a huge hit with creative kiddos!

Immerse your child in summer art camp for a week of learning, adventure, and fun! Students will print, draw, paint, work with clay, and learn new ways to think and talk about art in the Museum’s Galleries and Gardens.

Children entering grades 1 through 6
Members $180, Non-Members $200

Extended care is available!
8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m $20 per week
3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. $30 per week



You may enroll your child for two sessions only –
one RED week and one BLUE week.

June 8 | Camp Cummer: Week 1 RED
June 15 | Camp Cummer: Week 2 BLUE
June 22 | Camp Cummer: Week 3 RED
July 6 | Camp Cummer: Week 4 BLUE
July 13 | Camp Cummer: Week 5 RED
July 20 | Camp Cummer: Week 6 BLUE

For additional questions or to speak with someone in the Education Department, please email or call 904.355.0630.

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Summer Improv Camp with Barbara Colaciello



Troupe of Improvisors enrolled in Barbara Colaciello’s Acting School

Multi-faceted educator Barbara Colaciello partners with the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens to offer a unique two Week IMPROVISATORY CAMP

experience! Geared for creative inquisitive teenagers (7th through 12th grades), this workshop integrates drama, art, music, poetry and movement.

Weeks of June 15 – June 27:
Monday through Friday- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Camp Locations:
The Carling, 31 W Adams St. / 3 days a week
The Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave / 2 days a week

$425.00 Deposit of $150.00 to hold spot due upon acceptance into the camp.

Saturday, June 27 at 1 p.m. at the Cummer Museum Auditorium

Find out more information and make your reservation click here. 

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