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Hot Gatherings/Cool Conversations: Postponed

March 2 @ 6:30–7:30 pm

Scottish Artist and Designer Eric Hilton arrived in the United States in 1971 and became an art consultant for Steuben Glass in 1972. Steuben Glass has been producing glassware from colorless, optical glass for more than one hundred years, and Hilton highlights the material’s purity in his mathematically precise sculptures.…

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Coffee Talk with Nan Colton: Finding Voice in Photography

March 8 @ 10–11 am

Connect with the arts through monthly performances that give voice and embodiment to the two-dimensional. The MFA’s ever popular performing artist-in-residence Nan Colton invites us to meet an artist or historical figure in a 30-minute presentation that includes a cup of coffee and delectable pastries. Today’s program is entitled Finding…

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Book Club @ MFA: On the Road

March 9 @ 6:30–8 pm

Join Keep St. Pete Lit, a local organization that supports the literary community, for a book club connecting the visual and literary arts. Each month’s featured book will relate to the MFA’s collection or special exhibitions. March 9: Jack Kerouac’s autobiographical novel On the Road captures the Beat generation like…

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Collectors Circle Lecture Series: Stephen Wilkes

March 9 @ 6:30–7:30 pm

This outstanding series features some of the world’s foremost art historians, curators, artists, and collectors. Everyone is invited to these free lectures. An always elegant reception for Collectors Circle members, also sponsored by Northern Trust, is held one hour before the lecture. Cynthia Astrack is President of the Collectors Circle.…

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Hot Gatherings/Cool Conversations: Raven Skyriver and Kelly O’Dell

March 12 @ 3–4 pm

Raven Skyriver’s depiction of marine life is inspired by his childhood on Lopez Island, Washington. He started blowing glass at 16 years of age and built his own workshop from the techniques he learned from mentor Lark Dalton. He has since worked with William Morris and Karen Willenbrink-Johnson and other…

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Friends of Decorative Arts: Dr. Virginia Brilliant

March 14 @ 2–3 pm

The decorative arts – fine furniture, jewelry, ceramics, and glass – are all around us and in the Museum. FODA expands understanding of their variety and beauty. Plus, you will make new friends at the meetings. Annual dues are $20 in addition to Museum membership. FODA programs are held on…

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Porch Party at the MFA

March 16 @ 5–7 pm

Join us on the best porch in downtown St. Petersburg from 5 to 7 pm on the third Thursday of each month, sponsored by Coastal Properties Group International. Free and open to the public. Museum galleries open until 8 pm with free admission for members, $5 after 5 pm for non-members. Cash bar provided…

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Friends of Photography: America Thru The Eyes of the Tintype 1856-1890

March 19 @ 3–4 pm

Please join the Friends of Photography for a talk by noted collector Dr. Robert L. Drapkin. The Drapkin Collection is well known throughout the national photography community. Dr. Robert Drapkin began collecting photography in 1975 when Edward Curtis photogravures could still be purchased for fifteen dollars. He has amassed a collection that…

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The Contemporaries: Kirk Ke Wang Studio

March 23 @ 8 am–5 pm

The Contemporaries has fascinating field trips on tap. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres are included in the ticket price: $10 for members of The Contemporaries and $20 for nonmembers. Simone Bennett DeLoach is President of the group. Kirk Ke Wang, Professor of Visual Arts at Eckerd College, explores the slippery nature…

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Cinema Series: Films by Robert Frank

March 23 @ 6–7:30 pm

Three short films by Robert Frank, Paper Route (2002), I Remember (1998), and C’est Vrai (1990), distributed by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Manohla Dargis of the New York Times has called Robert Frank “one of the most important and influential American independent filmmakers of the last half-century.” In…

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Gallery Talk on the Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip

March 26 @ 3–4 pm

For the past year, Dr. Jerry N. Smith has served as the Hazel and William Hough Chief Curator and Interim Executive Director. He was previously Curator of American and European Art to 1950 and Art of the American West at the Phoenix Art Museum. He holds his BA and MA…

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The Stuart Society: Art in Bloom 2017

March 30 @ 10 am–5 pm

Art in Bloom celebrates the 20th Anniversary! A grand Spring tradition, Art in Bloom presents more than 40 floral interpretations of works in the Museum’s collection. Designs are created by professional florists, talented hobbyists, and members of The Stuart Society. “The Art of Entertaining”, featuring James Farmer, floral artiste, gardening…

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The Stuart Society: Art in Bloom 2017

March 30 @ 6:30–8:30 pm

Art in Bloom celebrates the 20th Anniversary! A grand Spring tradition, Art in Bloom presents more than 40 floral interpretations of works in the Museum’s collection. Designs are created by professional florists, talented hobbyists, and members of The Stuart Society. “The Art of Entertaining”, featuring James Farmer, floral artiste, gardening…

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The Stuart Society: Art in Bloom 2017

March 31 @ 11:30 am–1:30 pm

Art in Bloom celebrates the 20th Anniversary! A grand Spring tradition, Art in Bloom presents more than 40 floral interpretations of works in the Museum’s collection. Designs are created by professional florists, talented hobbyists, and members of The Stuart Society. “The Art of Entertaining”, featuring James Farmer, floral artiste, gardening…

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The Stuart Society: Art in Bloom 2017

April 1 @ 10 am–5 pm

Art in Bloom celebrates the 20th Anniversary! A grand Spring tradition, Art in Bloom presents more than 40 floral interpretations of works in the Museum’s collection. Designs are created by professional florists, talented hobbyists, and members of The Stuart Society. “The Art of Entertaining”, featuring James Farmer, floral artiste, gardening…

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Greetings from Tampa Bay

April 1 @ 1–4 pm
Free

Greetings from Tampa Bay: A Project by Sheryl Oring for the Tampa International Airport. Artist Sheryl Oring invites Tampa Bay residents to share stories about their cities during an interactive performance called “Greetings From Tampa Bay.” The stories will be typed up on a manual typewriter and later integrated into…

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The Stuart Society: Art in Bloom 2017

April 2 @ 12–5 pm

Art in Bloom celebrates the 20th Anniversary! A grand Spring tradition, Art in Bloom presents more than 40 floral interpretations of works in the Museum’s collection. Designs are created by professional florists, talented hobbyists, and members of The Stuart Society. “The Art of Entertaining”, featuring James Farmer, floral artiste, gardening…

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The Stuart Society: Art in Bloom 2017

April 3 @ 10 am–5 pm

Art in Bloom celebrates the 20th Anniversary! A grand Spring tradition, Art in Bloom presents more than 40 floral interpretations of works in the Museum’s collection. Designs are created by professional florists, talented hobbyists, and members of The Stuart Society. “The Art of Entertaining”, featuring James Farmer, floral artiste, gardening…

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Coffee Talk with Nan Colton: Living in Downtown St. Petersburg

April 12 @ 10–11 am

Connect with the arts through monthly performances that give voice and embodiment to the two-dimensional. The MFA’s ever popular performing artist-in-residence Nan Colton invites us to meet an artist or historical figure in a 30-minute presentation that includes a cup of coffee and delectable pastries. Today’s program is entitled Living…

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Porch Party at the MFA

April 20 @ 5–7 pm

Join us on the best porch in downtown St. Petersburg from 5 to 7 pm on the third Thursday of each month, sponsored by Coastal Properties Group International. Free and open to the public. Museum galleries open until 8 pm with free admission for members, $5 after 5 pm for non-members. No RSVP required.

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Collectors Circle Gala: Flying Down to Rio

April 21 @ 6:30–10:30 pm
$250

Have you been to Rio lately?  How about “Flying Down to Rio” at the MFA? This gala event will be held on Friday, April 21 beginning at 6:30 pm in the Mary Alice McClendon Conservatory and the Marly Room.  Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, gourmet seated dinner, champagne, select wines, music, and dancing…

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Coffee Talk with Nan Colton: Under the Palmetto Leaves

May 10 @ 10–11 am

Nan Colton, playing Harriet Beecher Stowe, begins her performance at the Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs on Friday, March 19, 2010. Colton put on a show aimed at education and entertainment to a crowd of literature and history buffs. The event was sponsored by the Bonita Springs Historical Society.…

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Porch Party at the MFA

May 18 @ 5–7 pm

Join us on the best porch in downtown St. Petersburg from 5 to 7 pm on the third Thursday of each month, sponsored by Coastal Properties Group International. Free and open to the public. Museum galleries open until 8 pm with free admission for members, $5 after 5 pm for non-members. No RSVP required.

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Lecture: Functional Imaging of the Human Brain as a Window into the Mind

May 20 @ 11 am–12 pm

Twenty-five years ago, with the invention of MRI, it became possible to image neural activity in the normal human brain. This remarkable tool has given us a striking new picture of the human brain, in which many regions have been shown to carry out highly specific mental functions, like the…

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Coffee Talk with Nan Colton: Clash of Cultures: Spaniards to Pinellas County

June 14 @ 10–11 am

Connect with the arts through monthly performances that give voice and embodiment to the two-dimensional. The MFA’s ever popular performing artist-in-residence Nan Colton invites us to meet an artist or historical figure in a 30-minute presentation that includes a cup of coffee and delectable pastries. Today’s program is entitled Clash…

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Porch Party at the MFA

June 15 @ 5–7 pm

Join us on the best porch in downtown St. Petersburg from 5 to 7 pm on the third Thursday of each month, sponsored by Coastal Properties Group International. Free and open to the public. Museum galleries open until 8 pm with free admission for members, $5 after 5 pm for non-members. No RSVP required.

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Coffee Talk with Nan Colton: Meeting Monet

July 12 @ 10–11 am

Connect with the arts through monthly performances that give voice and embodiment to the two-dimensional. The MFA’s ever popular performing artist-in-residence Nan Colton invites us to meet an artist or historical figure in a 30-minute presentation that includes a cup of coffee and delectable pastries. Today’s program is entitled Meeting…

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Porch Party at the MFA

July 20 @ 5–7 pm

Join us on the best porch in downtown St. Petersburg from 5 to 7 pm on the third Thursday of each month, sponsored by Coastal Properties Group International. Free and open to the public. Museum galleries open until 8 pm with free admission for members, $5 after 5 pm for non-members. No RSVP required.

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Coffee Talk with Nan Colton: An Intellectual Affair

August 9 @ 10–11 am

Connect with the arts through monthly performances that give voice and embodiment to the two-dimensional. The MFA’s ever popular performing artist-in-residence Nan Colton invites us to meet an artist or historical figure in a 30-minute presentation that includes a cup of coffee and delectable pastries. Today’s program is entitled An…

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Porch Party at the MFA

August 17 @ 5–7 pm

Join us on the best porch in downtown St. Petersburg from 5 to 7 pm on the third Thursday of each month, sponsored by Coastal Properties Group International. Free and open to the public. Museum galleries open until 8 pm with free admission for members, $5 after 5 pm for non-members. No RSVP required.

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Coffee Talk with Nan Colton: Elisabeth Louise Vigee-Le Brun: Portrait of a Portrait Painter

September 13 @ 10–11 am

Connect with the arts through monthly performances that give voice and embodiment to the two-dimensional. The MFA’s ever popular performing artist-in-residence Nan Colton invites us to meet an artist or historical figure in a 30-minute presentation that includes a cup of coffee and delectable pastries. Today’s program is entitled Elisabeth…

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Porch Party at the MFA

September 21 @ 5–7 pm

Join us on the best porch in downtown St. Petersburg from 5 to 7 pm on the third Thursday of each month, sponsored by Coastal Properties Group International. Free and open to the public. Museum galleries open until 8 pm with free admission for members, $5 after 5 pm for non-members. No RSVP required.

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Porch Party at the MFA

September 21 @ 5–7 pm

Join us on the best porch in downtown St. Petersburg from 5 to 7 pm on the third Thursday of each month, sponsored by Coastal Properties Group International. Free and open to the public. Museum galleries open until 8 pm with free admission for members, $5 after 5 pm for non-members. No RSVP required.

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Coffee Talk with Nan Colton: Woman Sitting

October 11 @ 10–11 am

Connect with the arts through monthly performances that give voice and embodiment to the two-dimensional. The MFA’s ever popular performing artist-in-residence Nan Colton invites us to meet an artist or historical figure in a 30-minute presentation that includes a cup of coffee and delectable pastries. Today’s program is entitled Woman…

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Porch Party at the MFA

October 19 @ 5–7 pm

Join us on the best porch in downtown St. Petersburg from 5 to 7 pm on the third Thursday of each month, sponsored by Coastal Properties Group International. Free and open to the public. Museum galleries open until 8 pm with free admission for members, $5 after 5 pm for non-members. No RSVP required.

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Porch Party at the MFA

October 19 @ 5–7 pm

Join us on the best porch in downtown St. Petersburg from 5 to 7 pm on the third Thursday of each month, sponsored by Coastal Properties Group International. Free and open to the public. Museum galleries open until 8 pm with free admission for members, $5 after 5 pm for non-members. No RSVP required.

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Coffee Talk with Nan Colton: Catherine The Great: The Empress Who Collected

November 8 @ 10–11 am

Connect with the arts through monthly performances that give voice and embodiment to the two-dimensional. The MFA’s ever popular performing artist-in-residence Nan Colton invites us to meet an artist or historical figure in a 30-minute presentation that includes a cup of coffee and delectable pastries. Today’s program is entitled Catherine…

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Porch Party at the MFA

November 16 @ 5–7 pm

Join us on the best porch in downtown St. Petersburg from 5 to 7 pm on the third Thursday of each month, sponsored by Coastal Properties Group International. Free and open to the public. Museum galleries open until 8 pm with free admission for members, $5 after 5 pm for non-members. No RSVP required.

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Porch Party at the MFA

November 16 @ 5–7 pm

Join us on the best porch in downtown St. Petersburg from 5 to 7 pm on the third Thursday of each month, sponsored by Coastal Properties Group International. Free and open to the public. Museum galleries open until 8 pm with free admission for members, $5 after 5 pm for non-members. No RSVP required.

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Coffee Talk with Nan Colton: Han-Terbury Tales

December 13 @ 10–11 am

Connect with the arts through monthly performances that give voice and embodiment to the two-dimensional. The MFA’s ever popular performing artist-in-residence Nan Colton invites us to meet an artist or historical figure in a 30-minute presentation that includes a cup of coffee and delectable pastries. Today’s program is entitled Han-Terbury…

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Porch Party at the MFA

December 21 @ 5–7 pm

Join us on the best porch in downtown St. Petersburg from 5 to 7 pm on the third Thursday of each month, sponsored by Coastal Properties Group International. Free and open to the public. Museum galleries open until 8 pm with free admission for members, $5 after 5 pm for non-members. No RSVP required.

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Porch Party at the MFA

December 21 @ 5–7 pm

Join us on the best porch in downtown St. Petersburg from 5 to 7 pm on the third Thursday of each month, sponsored by Coastal Properties Group International. Free and open to the public. Museum galleries open until 8 pm with free admission for members, $5 after 5 pm for non-members. No RSVP required.

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