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Feasting & Frivolity – Collectors Choice Gala XVIII

Come eat, drink and be merry with us during this important celebration and fundraiser benefiting the Museum of Fine Arts.  All are invited!

Scenes of people laughing, dining, drinking, music-making, and dancing were common in 17th century and 18th century works of art.  The artwork of this time period was a feast for the eyes, and is reflected in the A Feast For the Eyes: European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection that will be on view from March 23-July 28.  This glorious and special MFA exhibition serves as inspiration for this year’s Collectors Choice Gala XVIII – Feasting & Frivolity.

During this weekend of festivities, we will also be hosting a Jazz Brunch fundraiser on April 14th.  All are invited.  For more information, click here.

Gala Schedule:

  • 6:30 pm – Welcome to the Gala! View art selections with MFA Curator Dr. Stanton Thomas. Collectors Circle members vote for their preferred choice, enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and socializing in the Garden, and possibly win prizes during our version of Tulip Mania.
  • 7:45 pm – Seating for Dinner, followed by Dancing.

Attire:  Your Regal Finery – Black Tie Welcome

Catering by:  Café Ponte

Musical entertainment provided by:  The TomKats Jazz Orchestra


Come One, Come All!  All Are Welcome.  One does not need to be a member of the Collectors Circle to attend the Gala.

$300 per guest | $500 per Patron Guest (Patron Guests are invited to a special Appreciation Party on Sunday, March 31 6:00 pm – PATRON TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT)

Please R.S.V.P. to Dimity Carlson (727) 573-3931 or, Susan Taylor (727) 823-4042

Complimentary Valet Parking



Thank YOU to our generous sponsors:

Bay Surgical Specialists | Cathy and Steve Collins

Chitranee and Robert Drapkin

Helen Torres Foundation

Riverwalk Wealth Advisors | Matthew Lytell

Dimity and Mark Carlson

Institute of Vitality | Douglas Zimmerman

Cynthia Astrack

Kathy and Patrick Beyer

Marianne and Mark Mahaffey

Mary Alice McClendon

Susan M. Taylor



Image Credits:

Follower of Gerard Terboch (Dutch, 1617-1681), The Drinking Party, Oil on panel, Gift of Morrie A. Moss, Collection of Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL

Nicoloaes Van Verendael (Flemish, 1640-1691), Still Life of Roses, Tulips and other flowers in a glass vase on a ledge, Oil on canvas, Grasset Collection




Event Details

April 12, 2019

6:30–11 pm

Event Categories

Museum of Fine Arts – Marly Room

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