Chihuly Collection Brings Touch of ‘Glass’ to St. Pete

Downtown’s newest world-class attraction set to open this weekend

Friday, July 9, 2010

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (July 9, 2010) – Downtown St. Pete just got another reason to be proud: the world’s only permanent installation dedicated solely to iconic glass artist Dale Chihuly, will open its doors to the public this Sunday, July 11.

The expansive Collection will be situated just steps from St. Pete’s palm-dappled bayfront, residing in 10,000 square-feet of space on the first floor of the high-rise condominium building at 400 Beach Drive.

The highly anticipated arrival of the Chihuly Collection, presented by Morean Arts Center, caps off a weekend of events that includes a lecture and book signing with Chihuly himself and a festive celebration at the adjacent 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House.

—With the addition of Chihuly and the upcoming opening of the new Dali Museum serving as book-ends in downtown St. Pete, there’s no reason why our arts scene shouldn’t be considered among the country’s best,” said DT Minich, executive director of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater. 

Already home to a number of world-class museums, dozens of art galleries and an assortment of diverse theaters, St. Pete’s expansion of the arts has thrilled enthusiasts and critics alike.

In May, St. Petersburg checked-in at the top of AmericanStyle Magazine’s list of the 'Top Arts Destinations,’when the Sunshine City ranked #1 in the Mid-Size Cities Category.

The art displayed will showcase works created throughout the Seattle-based artist's famed career and incorporate many of his signature glass-blown elements. Several large-scale installations---including Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier (pictured) -- were created specifically for the Collection.

In addition to the gallery, the space will house a theater for films on Chihuly’s life and work and a retail store with a variety of merchandise from studio edition glass to posters and books.

A Glass Studio & Hot Shop will be located at the Morean’s main facility on Central Avenue---less than one mile from the Collection---where you can watch talented glass blowers perform, have your own glass blowing experience or purchase a unique piece created by a local artist. 

Admission to the Glass Studio & Hot Shop also entitles you to tour the Morean’s galleries and the current contemporary art exhibitions.

For the kids, the Morean features the Bank of America Children’s Learning Center, a hands-on learning environment with a wide range of programming, much of it relating to both the art and science of glass.

Following the premiere tour, admission for adults will be $15 to view the Collection, $8 for the Glass Studio & Hot Shop or $20 for a combination ticket. Details on pricing for children, students and seniors (55+) can be found here.

The Collection is open seven days a week and docent-led tours are available each day every half-hour on the quarter-hour. For more on this weekend’s events or general information on the Chihuly Collection, visit www.ChihulyCollectionStPete.com. 

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater is the destination marketing organization for Pinellas County, Florida. 

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For more information: VisitStPeteClearwater.com
Contact: Public Relations Manager Josh Hall: Josh@VisitSPC.com
Phone: 727.464.7223

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