Since the July, 2010 unveiling in downtown St. Petersburg of the (Dale) Chihuly Collection of exquisite hand-blown glass artwork, the exhibit has attained star status in a city rapidly turning into a cultural mecca. The St. Petersburg installation is the only permanent collection of Chihuly’s work, anywhere.
Recently, the artist paid the St. Petersburg – Tampa area a visit, bringing with him seven new works that will be on display, but only temporarily, and only through June 30. This is the first time Chihuly has updated the collection since its opening.
The 10,000 square foot Collection is owned by the Morean Arts Center, which also owns the Morean Arts Center Glass Studio & Hot Shop nearby.
Part of Chihuly’s “Sealife Stoppers” series, the newest additions resemble fragile, finely sculpted marine creatures made from hand-blown glass bursting with lustrous color and texture. Sea flora and fauna are recurring themes in many of Chihuly’s creations, and seem very much at home in the Collection’s downtown, bayfront Beach Drive location.
Be sure to include a stop at the Chihuly Collection the next time you’re looking to boost your cultural quotient. The Collection is located at 400 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. They’re open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call them at 727-896-4527 or visit them online at moreanartscenter.org.
After your visit to the Chihuly Collection, take a stroll of less than a mile to the Glass Shop & Hot Shop, and witness resident glass artists creating unique pieces while a narrator explains each step of the process from vision to completion. The Hot Shop is located at 719 Central Avenue (on the corner of 1st Ave N & 7th St). For more information call them at 727.822.7872.
This is another reason why we love living in St. Petersburg, FL. Are you ready to make your move?