St. Petersburg, Fla. – St. Petersburg is a continually expanding center for art, artists and culture – and has been voted #1 Arts Destination for mid-size cities three years running in American Style magazine. One medium that has taken off in St. Petersburg is glass and the Morean Arts Center has been a large part of the journey and a major part of the art community in the city since 1917.
Visitors can view the Chihuly Collection daily, located at 400 Beach Drive NE, which is owned and operated by the Morean Arts Center. There are live glass blowing demonstrations daily at the Morean’s Glass Studio & Hot Shop by local artists and houses the largest art glass store in the Tampa Bay region.
The city’s many other facilities dedicated to the art of glass, glass blowing and everything in between include the Duncan McClellan Gallery, Grand Central Stained Glass and Graphics, Zen Glass Studio, Industrial Arts Center, Kapfer Glass Studio and more.
The Chihuly Collection offers an intimate experience of Dale Chihuly’s large-scale glass masterpieces in a permanent collection in Downtown St. Petersburg. An exciting temporary addition was made to the Collection this spring, and is only on view through June 30, 2013. The Chihuly Collection opened in July 2010 as a permanent exhibition, and will now feature Dale Chihuly’s Sealife Stoppers. The Sealife Stoppers grew out of Chihuly’s collaboration with Italian master Pino Signoretto. Sealife is a more recent series by the artist, which employs Venetian sculptural techniques to emulate incredible sea creatures. These works are at once fantastic and elegant and will be on view only until June 30, 2013.
The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. The mission of the Morean Arts Center is to connect people with art and to contribute to the economic development of the region. Operating under the Morean Arts Center includes the Chihuly Collection, Glass Studio & Hot Shop and the Morean Arts Center for Clay.
More information on the Chihuly Collection and Morean Arts Center can be found online: www.MoreanArtsCenter.org