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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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Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise explores the production of one of the most significant American art potteries of the 20th century. Each piece is one of a kind — but collectively they create a distinctive Southern art form.

Newcomb Pottery was established in 1895 as an educational experiment of H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, the women’s coordinate college at Tulane University. The quasi-commercial venture offered an opportunity for Southern women to support themselves financially during and after their training as artists. Inspired by the flora and fauna of the Gulf South, the pieces offer insight into the extraordinary women who made a lasting impression on American art and industry.

Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise is organized by the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. This exhibition is supported by grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.

Celebrate with us at the Community Opening Party!
Thursday, October 8
5 to 8 p.m. | Members Free, Non-Members $10

Join the Museum in celebration of one of the most significant collections of American art pottery of the 20th century. Enjoy small bites, beer, and wine while listening to live music from Toots Lorraine and the Traffic, and hear remarks from Chief Curator Holly Keris at 6:30 p.m.

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IMG_3425Each month the Museum highlights a individual from the Docent Corps at the Museum to shine a light on the hard work they do. Our dedicated Docents wrangle energetic school groups while educating the students on everything from traveling exhibitions to pieces in the Museum’s Permanent Collection. They also lead complimentary tours every Tuesday night at 7 p.m., as well as adult group tours made by reservation.

This month we are happy to highlight Marilyn Lawson. Thank you Marilyn for your heartfelt work and dedication to this institution! Below is a little about what Marilyn does, in her own words.

It has been so exciting to be part of the STEAM program at the Cummer for the past two years and to introduce so many bright young people to the interconnection of the arts and sciences. Further, it is very encouraging to meet and appreciate the many dedicated and outstanding educators in the Duval Public School system. They are an amazing group of professionals.

Having been a docent at several venues for many years, I would describe my job as that of a guide, helping guests discover something new each time they visit. It is hard to overstate the gratification of watching someone realize the complexity of a piece of sculpture, the interconnection of the gardens with the works in the other galleries or the fact that this is part of our local culture and who we are. My favorite aspect of being a docent at the Cummer is watching the excitement and appreciation of our collection develop in a visitor whether a young child, young professional or tourist. All of this combined with an environmental message about sustainability – what could be better!

Growing up in the Boston area provided many opportunities for enjoying visits to museums, art colonies galleries and university collections, so I guess it was natural for me to study art history. My husband of forty five years has reluctantly endured endless visits to museums, gardens and zoos and is thrilled that I am now able to put these experiences to good use so he can play golf.
Actually my time away from the museum does involve lots of rounds of golf as well. We also own a boat and love cruising the St. John’s exploring all the rivers, lakes and creeks along the way. If you see the “Aquavit” moored at one of the many docks along our river, bang on the side, gently please because she’s older, and come on board for a chat.

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enviro_2015As Cultural Fusion’s Year of the River comes to a close, join the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, in partnership with the City of Jacksonville’s Environmental Protection Board, for the 2nd annual Envirofest on Saturday, October 3, 2016. This is a free family-friendly event focused on celebrating the connections between the arts and the world around us through an interactive museum. While exploring the Museum’s Campus, guests will enjoy live music from local musicians, interactive booths and projects from environmentally conscious vendors and the opportunity to watch artists in action as they paint beautiful images using inspiration from the picturesque Cummer Gardens and St. Johns River.

Envirofest will be jam packed with fun for kids of all ages! Celebrate the Community First Fish Fusion Project with the official unveiling of the installation of this community-wide artwork in the Musuem’s Courtyard. If you haven’t had a chance to make a clay fish yet, don’t worry! There will be a table set up where you can make a creation to contribute to this inclusive project. While exploring the Museum’s Campus, guests will enjoy live music from local musicians and the opportunity to watch artists in action as they paint beautiful images using inspiration from the picturesque Cummer Gardens and St. Johns River.

Join Museum Educators as they lead hourly family tours of the Gardens. Peruse an educational booth sponsored by the Environmental Protection Board. Check out cool demonstrations from Solar Signs that will show you the power of the sun’s rays. Make eco-friendly art projects with Melrose Avenue Preschool and St. Johns Riverkeeper. Stop by the GastroJax table to learn about the importnace eating local. With the Spring Water Challenge, brought to you by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, guests are invited to participate in an awesome hands-on activity to find out more about Florida’s water systems. Swap seeds in a community seed swap will be offered thanks to Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens. Florida Yards and Neighborhoods will be on hand to distribute information about how to make a rain barrel, how to make a compost tumbler, water conservation and all things Florida-Friendly. Local author Kelly Johnson will connect the arts and gardening with a nature drawing activity and readings from her book, Wings, Worms and Wonder.

This free fun-filled day only will surely be a unique educational experience that the entire family can enjoy.

Envirofest is made possible through a grant from the City of Jacksonville’s Environmental Protection Board. Thanks to Community First Credit Union for their sponsorship of Fish Fusion.

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The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is happy to be part of Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live. The Smithsonian offers free admission, year round, to their institutions and they are extending that generosity to other Museum across the country for one day only. Simply click here and follow the instructions to get your complimentary admission ticket to spend your Saturday at the Museum THIS SATURDAY, September 26th!


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Outings Creator to Visit Jacksonville



Julien de Casabianca in LyonEarlier this year, Museum Director Hope McMath came across information on the Outings Project. This work, developed by French artist and filmmaker Julien de Casabianca, focuses on bringing fine art to the streets. Within a few weeks McMath conspired with artists Dolf James and Corey Kolb and photographer Doug Eng to develop a plan to get a handful of the Cummer Museum’s Permanent Collection pieces printed and installed on forgotten and rundown walls in the Urban Core. The thoughtfully placed works have not only created an accessibility for all to experience these pieces in our city but also inspired others to install works as well!

Now, after such an incredible response from the community, the Museum has partnered with the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville to bring Julien here in late November for the third lecture in the VyStar International Artist Lecture Series. On Friday, November 20th, do not miss this unique opportunity to hear this International Artist speak about how his concept to bring fine art to the streets has evolved into a worldwide effort that spans five continents. Plus, while in Jacksonville, Julien will also be meeting with area artists to talk about his work and lead throughout the city to install more Outings.

Don’t miss this lecture on Friday, November 20th!

outings_julien1GENERAL ADMISSION | $10 Cultural Council and Cummer Museum Members, $15 Non-Member

(A limited number of VIP tickets will be available.)
· Pre-reception (6 to 7 p.m. in the Cummer Cafe Patio) and meet and greet where Mr. Casabianca will install an Outing on Museum Property
· 2 beverage tickets for beer or wine
· Complimentary Family Pass to the Museum
· Reserved Seating at the Lecture in the Terry Gallery (7 to 8 p.m.)

Get your tickets to this event here:
General Admission Lecture Ticket
VIP Recetion and Lecture Ticket

* All proceeds from the sale of tickets will go directly to support the JaxOutings initiative.

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Writing and Meditation Workshop with Celeste Krueger
Saturday, September 19th | Noon to 4 P.M.
Members & Non-Members $100 per session | Registration Required

Photo by: Andrew Paul Williams

The Italian Gardens – Photo by: Andrew Paul Williams

This Saturday, September 19, join Celeste Krueger, Ed.S. and the WritingTribe at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens for a restorative, creative, and restful afternoon of meditation and writing practice . You’ll enjoy four hours immersed in the beauty of the gardens, the galleries, and your interior landscape.

Celeste uses a simple writing method (anyone can do this and enjoy it – you don’t have to be a professional writer to step in), some basic meditation experiences (again, people at all levels of experience will be able to find a natural, easy way to connect with this sort of quiet practice). If this beautiful fall weather will continue, and we’ll enjoy some fresh air in the gardens.

About the workshop:

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 classic, slow walking meditation and a unique writing method that helps engage your authentic voice.

About the method:

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.

Who this is for?

This method is great for 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.

What to bring:

You should dress comfortably and bring a writing utensil you like and a notebook you enjoy writing in (doesn’t have to be anything fancy). 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.

What can I gain?

A sustainable writing practice. Something that you can take with you and use forever.

Why study with Celeste?

As someone who’s interested in the strength and resilience of the human spirit, 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.

Why the Museum?

The beauty of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens inspire creativity and quiet the mind. And because the Museum is such a strong heartbeat in our community. 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.

What people are saying?

“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

Click here to register online.

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