St. Petersburg, Fla.–Beer can be a work of art—in more ways than one. The Beer Project, from Thursday, June 12-Saturday, June 14, blends beer crafts, craft beer, and artworks at the MFA and downtown galleries. It spotlights the city of the arts and what is also becoming a center of craft beer. For the very latest information, go to fine-arts.org/beer-project. tbt* is the Media Sponsor.
On tap are the following special events:
Thursday, June 12, 6-8 p.m. @ the MFA: Beer Crafts demonstration and book-signing—Join author and craft artist Shawn Bowman of Portland as she shows us “what to do with 99 bottles of beer on the wall.” Create wearable jewelry, a birdhouse, or your own sculpture from re-purposed beer cans, bottle caps, even labels. Ms. Bowman’s motto is “crack a cold one and you’re crafting.” She will sign copies of her book Beer Crafts following the demonstration.
Cigar City Brewing and Brew Bus Tampa Bay will provide beer tastings and crafting supplies. CD Roma Restaurant will offer complimentary delectable bites. The program is free with MFA admission (only $5 after 5 p.m. on Thursdays), which includes access to the entire Museum. Come early and enjoy the cutting-edge exhibition, My Generation: Young Chinese Artists.
Friday, June 13, 7 p.m.-midnight @ Green Bench Brewing Co.: Release Party—Savor artistic beer inspired by stellar art. Green Bench Brewing will introduce imaginative new recipes. Double Rice IPA, influenced by the Museum’s striking Asian collection, is brewed with a base of rice and a Japanese hop, Sorachi Ace. Agave Green Chili Blonde Ale pays tribute to New Mexico and the Arts of Enchantment featuring The Raymond James Financial Collection, which just closed at the MFA. It is created with a lime peel, known as Rubia Caliente (the Hot Blonde).
Gerard Walen will also sign copies of his book Florida Breweries from 7-9 p.m. He tells you where to find some of the best beer in a state increasingly known for its brews.
There is no cover charge for the Release Party. Green Bench Brewing is located at 1133 Baum Avenue North in St. Petersburg.
Saturday, June 14, noon-3 p.m. @ the MFA: Public Tasting, Demonstrations, and Awards—Taste home-brews and vote for your favorites. Avid Brewing and Growing Supplies will demonstrate the secrets of expert brewing, and Shawn Bowman will show how to turn a beer can into a functional fishing lure, just in time for Father’s Day. CD Roma Restaurant will provide delectable bites, and Gerard Walen will sign copies of his book from 2-3 p.m.
Cost is only $35 per person and tickets can be purchased online by visiting fine-arts.org/beer-project or by calling 727.896.2667. Admission to the entire Museum, tasting, demonstrations, and a souvenir cup to take home are included in the ticket price.
Arts and Crafts (Beer) Trail/Second Saturday Art Walk, 4-9 p.m.: What could be better: art and craft beer in a tour through the vibrant arts districts of St. Petersburg! Check out ARTicles Art Gallery & Custom Framing, Craftsmen House Gallery, Duncan McClellan Gallery, Florida Craftsmen, Morean Arts Center, Soft Water Studios, Train Station Center for Clay, and Zen Glass Studio.
At the venues, you can enjoy tastings of craft beer created by Barley Mow Brewing, Cycle Brewing, Green Bench Brewing, Seventh Sun Brewing, St. Pete Brew, and 3 Daughters Brewing. It is first come, first served, while the samples last. You can also pick up a scavenger ticket at each gallery to enter a drawing for prizes at 3 Daughter’s Brewing later in the evening.
After-Party, 6-9 p.m. @ 3 Daughters Brewing: The People’s Choice Home Brew, Curator’s Choice, and the winners of the Arts and Crafts Scavenger Trail will be announced. Live Music and No Cover Charge. 3 Daughters is located at 222 22nd Street South in St. Petersburg.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
The MFA at 255 Beach Drive N.E. has a world-class collection, with works by Monet, Gauguin, Renoir, Morisot, Cézanne, Rodin, O’Keeffe, and many other great artists. Also displayed are ancient Greek and Roman, Egyptian, Asian, African, pre-Columbian, and Native American art. The photography collection is one of the largest and finest in the Southeast. The galleries, The Junior League Great Hall, and the Marly Room in the original building were recently renovated, completely transforming the experience of the art on view.
The Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, until 8 p.m. on Thursday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is only “5 after 5” on Thursday. Regular admission is $17 for adults, $15 for those 65 and older, and $10 for students seven and older, including college students with current I.D. Children under seven and Museum members are admitted free. Groups of 10 or more adults pay only $12 per person and children $4 each with prior reservations. For more information, please call 727.896.2667 or visit www.fine-arts.org.