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6 P.M.

Doors Open at 5 p.m., Concert Begins at 6 p.m. | Members $20, Non-Members $25, Table of ten $500

Registration Required

Mama Blue photo

Mama Blue

Join us in the Gardens for an evening of blues and jazz under the stars.* This Garden Concert will include an extra hour of music! Guests are invited to bring chairs, picnics, and beverages of choice to enjoy an evening in the Cummer Gardens. Beer, wine, sodas, and light snacks will also be available for purchase that evening.

Mama Blue and her band will kick off at 6:00pm. Mama Blue is a native of Jacksonville who graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. She has a talent reminiscent of legends such as Nina Simone, Tina Turner, Etta James, and Aretha Franklin and fuses elements of blues and jazz, with hints of Motown, classical, Latin, and even a bit of country. Mama Blue will be on stage from 6 to 7:45 p.m.

Patrick Evan and his band will follow Mama Blue at 7:45 p.m. Patrick is a former Mariah Carey back-up singer and has also performed and recorded with other artists, including Michael Bolton, Chaka Khan, Brian McKnight, C & C Music Factory, and most currently, Leon Timbo. Patrick Evan will be on stage from 7:45 to 9 p.m.

Patrick Evan photo

Patrick Evan

And remember, the Cummer Café can prepare your meal; to pre-order, please call 904.899.6022. Your meal will be ready for you to pick up in the Loggia when you arrive at the concert. Beer, wine, sodas, and light snacks will also be available for purchase that evening.

General Admission: Guests may bring blankets, chairs, food, and alcoholic beverages. 

Reserved Tables: Includes concert reservation and seating for 10 only. The purchase of a table must be made by one person or group for the entire table via one payment by check or credit card. We are unable to accept checks or credit cards for individual seats at tables. There are a limited number of tables available. Food and beverages are not included.

*Concert will be moved indoors in the case of inclement weather.

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From the Chairman of the Board



HOPE HEADSHOTIt is with surprise and sorrow that I write to let you know that Hope McMath has informed the Board of Trustees of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens of her decision to step down as its Director. She will work with the Board for an extended period to ensure a successful transition.

Hope expressed a great deal of passion and pride for her work over the past 22 years at the Cummer Museum. We share these feelings. She began in the Education department, became Director of Education, Deputy Director of the Museum, and was named Director in 2009. The accomplishments during her tenure have been substantial. Attendance has increased 58% during her tenure as Director, tens of thousands of citizens have enjoyed free access through a variety of programs including Weaver First Saturday Free For All, collaborations have been formed, and important works have been added to our Permanent Collection. Under Hope’s leadership we developed countless programs such as the award winning Very Special Arts Festival which focuses on providing experiences and access for children with disabilities. We embarked on successful fundraising efforts for capital projects such as the renovation of the Museum’s Art Connections space for children, re-development of the historic Olmsted Garden, and the Museum’s landscape beautification program which created a street-side sculpture garden on Riverside Avenue. She was also instrumental in bringing key programs such as One In Three: Let’s Solve our Dropout Crisis, a photography exhibition presented in conjunction with the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience to the Museum.  Our collective accomplishments during Hope’s time at the Museum position us well for the future. 

Continuity of leadership of the Museum is of critical importance to the Board. In accordance with our previously established succession plan, Chief Curator Holly Keris has willingly assumed the additional responsibilities of Chief Operating Officer and will oversee the administration of the Museum. Over her 13-year tenure with the Cummer, Holly has proven her abilities through a broad range of artistic, programmatic, and management responsibilities.  We are fortunate to have her and our many other talented and dedicated staff members. The Board will undertake an extensive search for a new Director.

Our programmatic work, collecting priorities, exhibition philosophy, and connection to nature will not change. Furthermore, our plans to replace the former Woman’s Club building will continue. Museums are special places with the ability to unite community. Diversity, inclusion, and access are at the center of our core values.  The Cummer Museum belongs to everyone. 

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you for your continued support as we engage and inspire through the arts, gardens, and education. With your help, we will continue to ensure meaningful personal experiences for all.

Kindest personal regards,

Ryan A. Schwartz

Chairman of the Board

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Women Artists: From the Renaissance to Abstract Expressionism



Can you name five women artists creating work befBoy in Vestore the 20th century? That was the question Director of Education Lynn Norris asked herself last fall. Marie Victoire Lemoine’s Young Man in an Embroidered Vest, which lives in the Lovett Gallery with the Meissen Collection, was scheduled to go on loan this summer to exhibitions at the Cornell Museum/Rollins College and at the National Gallery of Art. The Museum is in the planning stages of a major retrospective on Augusta Savage for 2018, and artworks by Marie Laurencin, Anna Hyatt Huntington, and Janet Scudder are part of the Permanent Collection, but only Lemoine is before the 20th century.

In the 1970s, Lynn was an undergraduate when the first generation of feminist historians appeared in the academic ranks. They were a wild and woolly bunch. Art historian Linda Nochlin threw the first bomb when she asked, “Why are there no great women artists?” Then came the Guerrilla Girls. For the next 40 years, art historians cracked open the dustbin of history, and art made by women from across the centuries spilled onto the exhibition floor. Women, who were recognized as major artists in their own time, had been left out when the history books were written. Their art disappeared over time or was attributed to a male artist. How and why did that happen?

For the answers to those questions or to add to your list of major woman artists, please join Lynn on September 13 at 1:30 p.m. to begin a four-part series on Women Artists: From the Renaissance to Abstract Expressionism.

Marie-Victoire Lemoine (French, 1754 – 1820), Portrait of a Youth in an Embroidered Vest, 1785, oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 21 1Ž2 in., Purchased with funds from the Cummer Council, AP.1994.3.1.


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Create box2The CREATE Cart, sponsored by US Assure, is wildly popular with our visitors. For the past several years, CREATE has featured watercolors, which could be taken into the Gardens so that visitors could create their own masterpieces. The popularity has continued to increase, and the Museum has quadrupled the number of CREATE boxes available.
 Create boxThe success of the CREATE Cart in the Gardens has inspired us to switch to a brand-new medium. Starting Tuesday, August 30, the CREATE Cart will feature colored pencils! While watercolors were limited to use in the Gardens only, colored pencils will allow visitors to Create throughout the Museum. Each CREATE box will contain a clipboard with paper, a box with colored pencils, and a pencil sharpener. Just don’t forget to use the clipboards provided and enjoy!USAssureLogo-4c

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Wednesdays, 1 to 4 p.m.Art fundamentals

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. Each session includes six classes. Participants may sign up for multiple sessions. Supplies are not included. Click here for a supply list. This class is for ages 16 and up, and costs $170 for Members and $190 for Non-members. For further information, please email To register, please select one of the following sessions:

August 17Art fundamentals2 through September 14 *There will be a make-up class for the August 10 cancelled class

September 28 through November 2

November 16 through December 21

January 4 through February 8 

February 22 through March 29Art fundamentals3

“Allison is spot-on in assisting me on how to improve my efforts my painting. Her insights are fantastic.” -M.L.

“Allison Watson is an excellent teacher. The most important thing she teaches is her love of painting.” -S.A.

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Docent Training Recruitment



DocentThe Museum is recruiting Docents for the new school year. Over the past year, 45 active Docents engaged and inspired 22,000 local students through the arts and gardens. Docent Kathy Stimpson describes her experience: “It is a joy to see a child’s eyes light up with a new sense of wonder noticing the details of the world through art and nature, or show personal pride in a project they have created.”

Candidates interested in the Docent Training Program do not need a background in art, art history, or education. Candidates will participate in a year-long training program that includes classroom management sessions, art history lectures, and garden history lectures. The Docent Training Program starts September 12, 2016.

Requirements for the Docent Training program are:

  • Candidates should be interested in serving as a Docent for elementary school tours.
  • Candidates must attend the first training on September 12 for a preview of the program.
  • Candidates must be able to attend monthly training sessions held on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to Noon.
  • In addition, candidates are invited to attend monthly Docent Corps meetings held on Mondays at 1:00 p.m.
  • Candidates must commit to leading tours once a week after completing the Docent Training Program.
  • Candidates should enjoy being around or working with elementary-age children.

If you are interested in joining the Docent Training Program at the Cummer Museum, please contact Jeanene Watters at or complete the online application.

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