SPF15 – Arts Alive!

FREE Museum Day

September 26, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Participating Museums:

I love the arts scene and community in St. Petersburg! I kept the camera at home for two reasons. Reason number one I wanted to enjoy the art and immerse myself in the arts. Reason number two I knew it would be crowded and it was not the time and place to be taking pictures. I enjoyed getting a taste of the museums in St. Pete.

Chihuly Collection

A permanent collection of Dale Chihuly’s glass artwork. Includes the Macchia, Ikebana and Niijima Floats as well as Persians and Tumbleweeds. The Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier was a favorite of mine.

I am a big fan of Chihuly’s glass artwork!

The Museum of Fine Arts is within walking distance.

Florida Holocaust Museum

The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women, and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The museum is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures to recognize the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.

History, Heritage and Hope Permanent Exhibition.

On the 1st Floor. The exhibition presents the history of the Holocaust beginning with the history of antisemitism and life before World War II, followed by the rise of Hitler and the Nazis and anti-Jewish legislation.

  • Original Artifacts, Video and Photos.
  • A Boxcar that was used during the Holocaust.
  • Lessons for Today – learn about other genocides and acts of hatred occurring today.

“The Florida Holocaust Museum is home to one of the few remaining railroad boxcars used by the Nazis to transport Jews and other prisoners to places like Auschwitz and Treblinka. Boxcar #113 069-5 now rests on original tracks from the Treblinka Killing Center as a silent tribute to those who perished in the Holocaust and is featured as part of the History, Heritage and Hope permanent exhibition.”

“Boxcar #113 069-5, along with the rest of the boxcars, was the first place of death for many during the Holocaust. The bare freight cars often became a suffocation chamber for some of the people (100 or more at a time) who were squeezed into it. Those who survived the trip had to endure the journey under conditions of hunger and thirst, extreme overcrowding, and horrible sanitation. Many of those deported, especially the elderly and children died during the journey.” ~from the Florida Holocaust Museum website


  • This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement. 157 black and white photographs with the majority taken in Mississippi and Alabama between 1963 and 1966. August 1, 2015 to December 1, 2015.
  • Beaches, Benches and Boycotts: The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay. August 1, 2015 to December 1, 2015.

 “Tampa Bay remained racially segregated at the dawn of the Civil Rights era and many local institutions and establishments held out on integration for several years after Brown v. the Board of Education and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Under “Jim Crow” every aspect of African American life in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota and their surrounding cities was segregated.  Restricted covenants were in place that segregated residential neighborhoods.   African American children had to attend segregated schools that were under-funded and often in disrepair.  Blacks could only be cared for at “Black only” hospitals, and other public and private establishments like restaurants and beaches were often segregated – if blacks were allowed in at all.” ~from the Florida Holocaust Museum website

Had about an hour to see this museum before it closed and it was packed as well as a lot of information to see let alone read. I want to go back and do the audio tour.

Museum of Fine Arts

I was curious about the museum building! I did a little research and learned the following.

  • Palladian-style building.
  • Combines the styles of a classic art museum and a Mediterranean villa at home in Florida’s tropical climate.
  • Designed by John Volk.
  • 20 Galleries.
  • Sculpture Garden
  • Opened its doors to the public in 1965.


  • 50 Artworks for 50 Years – September 19, 2015 to March 13, 2016
  • Five Decades of Photography, Featuring the Dandrew-Drapkin Collection – June 20, 2015 to October 4, 2015
  • William Pachner: Centenary – Ongoing

I enjoyed the Photography Exhibit!

The Dali Museum

The museum is situated on the curve of Bayshore Drive overlooking the Bay. Beautiful Location!

The Dali Museum is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by the late Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali.

  • 94 Original Oils
  • 100 Watercolors and Drawings
  • 1300 Graphics, Sculptures, Holograms, Objects of Art, and Photographs.


  • Dali Revealed – May 19, 2015 to Spring 2016. 48 archival photographs taken by French photographer Robert Descharnes. Candid moments from Dali’s life from 1950 through the end of his life in 1989.
  • Escher at the Dali – August 22, 2015 to January 3, 2016. Highlights M.C. Escher whose visual illusions puzzle and delight. Impossible constructions and use of tessellation. 135 works covering Escher’s entire artistic career, including “Drawing Hands”.

I could have spent more time here exploring the intriguing and puzzling art!

“Dali Bird” – L-o-v-e (Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s to Celebrating and Supporting the Arts! Get Your Creative Side On!


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