First Saturday each month, 10 am – 2 pm
(weather permitting, reservations required)
The sculptures painted by the Mandarin “Frog Man” are available at the Mandarin Museum gift shop and nowhere else…but you can paint your own frog, squirrel, or turtle at one of our painting parties!
· Frogs and squirrels are $22, and sea turtles are $22.
· To reserve a spot, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (904) 268-0784.
· Let us know which month you want, how many and which ones you want to paint.
The Mandarin Frog Man
In 2015, a life-long Mandarin resident began making and painting concrete frogs to place along the roadside. His original intention was to simply bring a smile to passersby with his colorful, one-of-a-kind creations. Eventually, he approached the Mandarin Museum to offer the frogs as a fundraising project, with the entirety of the sales going towards our development and programming.
Initially, he did not wanted us to publicize his name or show his face in photos. Instead, he was publicly known only as the “Frog Man.” Over time, he did reveal his identity: Don Bowden, a lifetime Mandarin resident.
He began the project as a hobby, but has become a local folk artist who inspires others through the joy and creativity of his work. Thousands of his creations are now in Mandarin yards (and across the world), and he has been featured in several news articles, interviewed by WJXT, and has become a full-fledged Mandarin Museum & Historical Society volunteer. In honor of his contributions to the community, Don was awarded the Cultural Council of Great Jacksonville’s Art of Giving Award in 2019.
We can never thank the “Frog Man” enough for all that he’s done for the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society and the community as a whole!!
Press about the Frog Man
· Who’s Behind the Mandarin Frogs?, WJXT
· Mandarin Frog Man Makes Frogs for the Mandarin Museum, Florida Times-Union
· Mark Walks Jax: Walking with the Mandarin Frogs, Florida Times-Union
· The Frog Man of Mandarin, Florida Times-Union
· Mandarin’s Mysterious Frogs, Mandarin NewsLine