The mission of Cummer Beaches is to support the Cummer Museum and enhance the Membership experience. Cummer Beaches encourages interest and support for the artistic and cultural significance of the Museum and raises funds for the overall mission with specific focus on children's education programs. Cummer Beaches Members participate in various activities that connect them with other art and garden enthusiasts in the Beaches area.

Cummer Beaches Members enjoy activities, such as:

  • Cummer Beaches Annual Gala
  • An art-focused book club
  • Adventures in the Arts - Cummer Beaches and the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Library Lecture Series
  • Cummer Amelia and Fleet Landing partner events
  • Planned tours to regional fine arts museums and related events
  • Art Talks at the Beaches
  • Lectures, luncheons, and Docent-led tours offered at the Cummer Museum

Enhance your Cummer Museum Membership by adding Cummer Beaches.

Cummer Beaches Member discounts are available for ticketed events.

To become a Member of Cummer Beaches, contact Member Relations at 904.899.6007,, or join online below.




  • Peter Karpen - President
  • Becky Johnson - President Emerita
  • Lois Ann Bumgarner - Vice President
  • Marianne Stein - Secretary
  • Edward J. Cooper, Jr. - Treasurer
  • Judith Branch
  • Gabriele Van Zon
  • Maurice ("Tad") P. Shuman 
  • Patricia Winters 
  • Ellen Berson, Ed.D.
  • Jacquelyn D. Bates


Gala Sponsors & Community Partners: Costco; Martha C. Denneen; Lory and Pete Doolittle; Fidelity Bank, Ponte Vedra Beach; Fleet Landing; The Fresh Market, Ponte Vedra Beach; Grune Family Foundation, Inc.; Diane DeMell Jacobsen, Ph.D.; Becky and Randy Johnson; Kiki and Peter Karpen; Larry Tallis Photography; Debbie Pounders; Proctor Ace Hardware, Ponte Vedra Beach; Publix, Sawgrass Villiage; Sandra and Richey Smith; Winn Dixie, Ponte Vedra Beach; Veronica and Howard Wiseman

Cummer Beaches: Book Club

Beaches residents are encouraged to join Cummer Beaches and get involved with this active Book Club that explores the literary world in connection with the Museum’s exhibitions and permanent collection.  For further information, please contact Tad Shuman at

Upcoming book club meetings:

  • Monday, January 14
  • Monday, March 18
  • Monday, May 20



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