The Chihuly Collection presented by Morean Arts Center is celebrating its first anniversary since relocating to the Central Arts District from Beach Drive.
The Central Arts District is a vibrant area of Downtown St. Petersburg, Fla., filled with diverse businesses rooted in the arts. Its reach encompasses the range between 3rd Street to 9th Street and 1st Ave North to 1st Ave South.
Home to the Central Arts District since 1999, the Morean Arts Center owns and operates the Chihuly Collection, a local non-profit serving the community in art and art education. Dale Chihuly’s passion for art education was the catalyst for bringing the Chihuly Collection to St. Petersburg. All net proceeds support and sustain the educational programs and exhibition programming at the Morean Arts Center.
With the locations now in close proximity, the large fan base of Dale Chihuly has the convenience of viewing local and regional contemporary art, broadening the reach of the Morean Arts Center and its featured artists.
Since re-opening in its new location, the Chihuly Collection has seen an influx of visitors wanting to view the reimagined installations, as well as the temporary exhibitions featuring glass artists from around the country. Also included with general admission is admittance to the Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop to view live glass blowing demonstrations with local artists. Those demonstrations provide visitors a glimpse into the technique and precision it takes to create a hand-crafted glass piece.
The Chihuly Collection is located at 720 Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg and will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 14. The first 100 visitors (in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Morean Arts Center) will receive a gift bag with $30 in Chihuly merchandise, including a DVD of Dale Chihuly’s installations and work in the Hot Shop.
Also on view at the Chihuly Collection: SOLAS: Light Informs Glass, featuring internationally renowned artists Richard Royal, Paula Stokes and Eric Mead. Entrance to SOLAS is included with general admission. This is the closing weekend of this show, on view only through 5pm on Sunday, October 15.
The Chihuly Collection is owned and operated by the Morean Arts Center, a local 501c3 organization. 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.
The Centennial Celebration of the Morean Arts Center, known in 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, will continue throughout 2017, celebrating 100 years of fostering art, artists and the future of the city as a major arts destination.