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Inspiration Through Local History

Jan

15

WRITTEN BY MUSEUM EDUCATOR DEBORAH PIERSON

Photo by Dennis Ho

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) are pleased to announce that Duval County fourth-grade students enrolled at Title I schools have been selected to attend a free school tour of Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman. DCPS is providing funding for bus transportation (via the Title IV, Part A Student Support and Academic Enrichment grant). Special thanks to the Cummer Museum, DCPS, and local sponsors for making this opportunity available to participating fourth-grade classrooms in Jacksonville’s public schools.

Photo by Dennis Ho

For more than 20 years, the Cummer Museum has been a leader in arts integration incorporating art, language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics into its tours. Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman, curated by Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D., has brought national attention to a local heroine, whose work as an artist, teacher, mentor, and activist richly represents North Florida history, the Harlem Renaissance, and women artists. This exhibition is a must-see for every member of the community, and we are pleased to partner with DCPS Superintendent Dr. Diana L. Greene to bring local fourth-graders to the Museum.

Photo by Dennis Ho

Fourth-grade curriculum focuses on local and state history. With Augusta Savage’s close ties to Northeast Florida – as a young girl growing up in Green Cove Springs, and as a young woman living in Jacksonville for a short time before moving to Harlem in the height of the Harlem Renaissance – this exhibition inspires students and teachers through the contributions of an important artist from their region. During their tour experience, students will learn about Augusta Savage’s early life in Northeast Florida, look closely at her artwork, and discover the role she played in the Harlem Renaissance movement as a teacher, mentor, and activist. In the studio, students will become sculptors and create their own three-dimensional works of art just as Savage did. Whether students have grown up in Northeast Florida or have only lived here for a short while, this experience will reinforce the fact that people just like them can make a positive impact on the world. The Museum is excited to welcome participating DCPS fourth-grade classrooms and invites schools from throughout the region to plan a visit to the Cummer Museum to experience the artistic, social, and historic impact of Augusta Savage through original works of art.

Photo by Dennis Ho

Augusta Savage School Tour Sponsors: Mrs. Helen Beedy and Mr. Greg Beedy; Ms. Caroline O. Brinton; Randy and Allison DeFoor; Dr. Anne Egan and Mr. George Egan; Ms. Elizabeth Exley; Ms. Janice W. Hall; Mr. Noah Henderson; Ms. Anna Henry; Mrs. Ann C. Hicks; Mr. Alden Howell; Mr. Thomas Larson and Ms. Janine K. Leland; The Law Offices of James F. Waters III P.A.; Mr. Gary Metzner; Ms. Pamela Y. Paul; Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert J. Pomar, Jr.; Mr. Joseph Porter and Mr. Carter Elliott; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Pratt-Dannals; Stephanie and Tom Welchans

Augusta Savage Exhibition Planning and Community Advisory Committee: Carol Alexander; Dustin Harewood; Barbara Harrell; Marty Jones; Princess Simpson Rashid; James Richardson; Adonnica Toler

Augusta Savage Host Committee (to date): Mr. and Mrs. Thompson Baker, III; Sally F. Baldwin; Caroline O. Brinton; Susan and Hugh Greene; Mr. and Mrs. William Harrell; John & Jan Hirabayashi; Mr. Hank Holbrook and Mrs. Pam D. Paul; Peter and Kiki Karpen; John and Nancy Kennedy; The Law Offices of James F. Waters, III, P.A.; Velma Monteiro-Tribble; Rick and Amy Morales; Kitty and Phil Phillips; James Richardson and Sandra Hull-Richardson; Sharón Simmons and Shirley Webb; Nina and Lex Waters; Dr. and Mrs. H. Warner Webb; Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Zimmerman

Exhibition Season Presenters: Ameris Bank; City of Jacksonville; Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc.; Robert D. and Isabelle T. Davis Endowment at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida; The Director’s Circle at the Cummer Museum; The Schultz Family Endowment

Sponsors: Charmaine T.W. Chiu and Ernest Y. Koe; Dr. Elizabeth Colledge; Cynthia G. Edelman Family Fund; The Hicks Foundation; Bob and Monica Jacoby; Dick and Marty Jones; Trisha Meili and Jim Schwarz; Michael Munz; NEA Art Works; Van and Sandra Royal; Mr. Ryan A. Schwartz; Allan Schwartzman; Sotheby’s Prize; Carl S. Swisher Foundation, Inc.; State of Florida; Wells Fargo

Community Partners: Avant Arts; City of Green Cove Springs; GENERATION W; Jacksonville Public Library; JAX Chamber; Leadership Jacksonville; Museum of Science & History; OneJax; Ritz Theatre and Museum; Special Project Partners; TEDx Jacksonville; University of North Florida Center of Urban Education and Policy; University of North Florida Department of Art and Design; Women of Color Cultural Foundation; Women’s Giving Alliance

In-Kind Sponsors: Agility Press, Inc.; DoubleTree Jacksonville Riverfront; The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library; Wingard

With Publication Support From: Henry Luce Foundation

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Jeremiah Brzoska and the Reinhold Courtyard

Jan

03

WRITTEN BY MARKETING INTERN MELODY GAMBER

Jeremiah Brzoska and his team create beautiful weathered works of art, making him and his company, Artistic Finishes of North Florida, a well-known name among home builders. With an artist’s eye and mastery over the ancient technique of Venetian plaster finishing, Brzoska and his company turned the Cummer Museum’s Reinhold Courtyard into a unique piece of art. Artistic Finishes of North Florida and Brzoska graciously donated a great deal of the cost of the project.

Brzoska works with Venetian plaster, incorporating natural pigments. Also called limewash or lime plaster, Venetian plaster is made by mixing fired limestone and water until it becomes the consistency of putty. The plaster is off-white in color, and pigments are added to achieve a variety of natural tones. Once dry, the limestone resumes its grainy, porous texture. The effect is an earthy, aged finish. For the Museum’s courtyard, Brzoska combined five hues that fit together seamlessly, while making sure the piece blends in with the history of the Museum.

Venetian plaster has its roots in ancient Greece and Egypt. It is a classic treatment with the ability to endure the elements. Additionally, limestone is a hypoallergenic material. Because of its high pH level, it is impossible for microbes to thrive within its many nooks and crannies. Limewash finishes are perfect for those who would like to add a rustic or antiqued quality to their décor.

During your next visit to the Museum, take a moment to appreciate how elegantly Brzoska’s work blends in with the courtyard’s aged elements. But remember—a Venetian plastered wall never reveals its age.

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LifeSouth Community Blood Centers Blood Drive

Dec

10

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is partnering with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers for a blood drive on Saturday, December 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A LifeSouth blood mobile will be stationed in the driveway on the north end of the Museum (near the Red Cross), and blood donors will receive a free admission pass to the Museum to be used that day or on a future visit.

As a nonprofit community blood bank, LifeSouth aims to provide a safe blood supply that satisfies or surpasses the needs in every community in which they serve. LifeSouth serves more than 100 hospitals in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia by providing a variety of services in support of ongoing and emerging blood and transfusion-related activities.

But why is blood donation so important? Someone in the United States is in need of blood every two seconds for surgery, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, or traumatic injury. Just one person can save up to three lives per donation. Less than 38 percent of people are eligible to donate blood, but only 10 percent of those eligible will actually donate. Lifesaving blood and platelets cannot be fabricated; they can only come from volunteer donors. The annual need for blood donors exceeds 266,000 each year or 728 each day.

If you choose to donate, you are required to be in good health and 17 years of age or older (16 with parental consent), and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. Make sure to have a valid ID with you. To learn more about the work LifeSouth Community Blood centers does in the community, please visit their website.

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The Museum Celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Nov

27

WRITTEN BY MUSEUM EDUCATOR DULCIE HAUSE

Photo by Ingrid Damiani

Nearly a billion people live with a disability – that is roughly 15% of the world’s population! People with different abilities can face many challenges and barriers in their everyday lives that others do not. The Cummer Museum believes that art is for all people and constantly looks for ways to remove barriers and ease challenges for persons with disabilities to engage with and create art.

Photo by Ingrid Damiani

On Tuesday, December 4 the Museum will be celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Artwork created by Women of Vision, a monthly arts program for women with low vision or blindness will be on display. Also, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., there will be an open studio where visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the Museum’s programs for persons with disabilities including Women of Vision, Museum Access for Kids, the annual Arts4All Festival (formerly the VSA Festival), and outreach to the Florida School for the Deaf & the Blind.

Photo by Ingrid Damiani

During open studio, visitors can explore adaptive art-making tools to create their own artwork and explore tactile images of the Museum’s permanent collection. Tactile images in the Education Department’s collection include 3-D renderings of paintings and raised line drawings, and allow visitors with low vision or blindness to experience “seeing” a work of art through sense of touch rather than sight.

Please join us on December 4 for this free and exciting event!

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Inspired Palates: A Dinner Party Series

Nov

05

Clutch your pearls and fill your glasses! The Cummer Museum is throwing a dinner party! This avant-garde series of dinners will inspire your palate and spark your creative energies, all to support bringing an exciting and diverse calendar of exhibitions and related programming to the Jacksonville community. The Cummers were known to be legendary hosts. Here is your chance to join the Museum in celebration of the stories behind the artwork featured in the Museum’s annual exhibition calendar.

The Cummer Museum invites guests to celebrate Japanese art, culture, and cuisine at Artful Umami: A Japanese Dinner Party in honor of Fields of Color: The Art of Japanese Printmaking, currently on view at the Museum. It is easy to get lost in the silky pastels and striking compositions featured in these colorful prints. Luminous lanterns, cunning kitsune, and cherry-blossom-lined landscapes invite visitors to peer into popular scenes from Japan’s Edo Period. Just take care you are not spirited away. Guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite hue and enjoy an evening of beautiful music, colorful performances, umami-packed food, and of course, sake in appreciation of traditional Japanese woodblock prints. 

Kota Ezawa: The Crime of Art calls on viewers to contemplate crime through a series of “remixed” images. This exhibition depicts the story of one of the most thrilling art heists in history in which 13 works of art, including pieces from masters like Rembrandt and Degas, were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990. This infamous burglary case remains unsolved. In this vein, the Cummer Museum invites guests to solve a most-puzzling mystery when they join the Museum for A Captivating Caper: A Mystery Dinner Party. Festivities include drinks, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and music. Hats, monocles, and false mustaches are encouraged. Just don’t get caught red-handed at this exciting event! 

With masterpieces on view from artists like Renoir and Degas, French Moderns: Monet to Matisse will certainly make quite an impression. Visitors will be surrounded by dazzling interpretations of light, color, and texture from some of the biggest icons of French Impressionism. As a complement to this exhibition, the Museum  is calling all Francophiles to be our guest at Soirée Bohème: A French Dinner Party. The decadent menu is sure to delight and the music will have guests dancing the can-can. Frills, ruffles, and anything très chic are encouraged. 

All Dinner Party guests will enjoy beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres, themed music, artful experiences, and dinner. VIP guests will enjoy a private art tour with selections chosen to complement each event, along with a signature cocktail prior to the start of the evening, from 5:30 to 6 p.m. You can purchase tickets to a single dinner or all three. Visit our website for more information.

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Kids Free November at the Cummer Museum!

Nov

01

Kids get in free at the Cummer Museum and many other locations around town this November! In partnership with Visit Jacksonville, the Museum will offer free admission throughout the month of November to children ages 12 and under. To learn more about Kids Free November and all of the great places around town you can visit with your little ones, pop over the Visit Jacksonville’s website for all the details.

A young boy and young girl imitating a work of art in a museum.

While you are at the Museum, check out the newly opened Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman. The exhibition highlights this Green Cove Springs native’s nationally and internationally acclaimed artwork and legacy. The Museum also features an interactive learning center, excellent for visitors of all ages to explore art in unique ways. Interactive Family Backpacks are available for use by families with young children and encourage kids to discover art through activities and materials created specifically for young visitors. The backpacks were created through the generosity of the Chartrand Family Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.

This offer runs from November 1 through November 30. So visit once, or visit often. Bring up to five children (12 and under) for free per adult paying regular admission. No coupon is necessary.

This offer cannot be combined with other discounts/offers or special events and may not be used for schools, organizations, or associations.
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