Art in St. Pete/Clearwater: From the Abstract to the even more Abstract!
New mural tour showcases the modern art springing up in the home city of the Dali Museum.
St. Pete/Clearwater on the Gulf Coast of Florida is well known for its 35 miles of pristine beaches and record breaking sunshine, but less is known about the artistic trends springing up around the area. A new mural tour reveals a side to Florida far removed from theme parks and white-sand beaches but filled with artistry and creativity at its core. The Sunshine State has never looked so colourful!
In an attempt to resist illegal and poor quality graffiti, the authorities in St. Pete commissioned a range of murals to brighten up walls otherwise prone to the unwanted art. The city’s most talented artists have each made their mark with a range of vibrant works of art transforming otherwise dreary walls into features to stop and admire. The murals have proven worthy of respect even from the local taggers who have not defaced the works.
The mural tour around the Central Arts District takes place on Saturday mornings between 10 and 11:30, costing $19 for adults and $11 for children aged 6 to 18 (under 5’s go free). Much of the proceeds from the tour goes towards commissioning further murals in the area around Central Avenue in St. Pete.
A video showing the area’s mural tours and works of art can be seen here: http://bit.ly/1KlLbRc.
The new murals add to the already pulsating arts scene in St. Pete which includes the Dali Museum, featuring over 2,000 works in a suitably artistic building. In early 2016, the museum will be home to Disney & Dali: Architects of the Imagination, exploring the unexpected friendship between the illustrator and artists. The museum hosts internationally acclaimed exhibitions and events within its iconic downtown home.
The city’s Chihuly Collection in the Morean Arts Centre is another well-established element of the area’s arts scene. The facility houses an array of Dale Chihuly’s finest work, with the artists’ work also currently being shown in Las Vegas’ Bellagio. After being inspired by Chihuly’s work the Morean Arts Center’s Glass Studio and Hot Shop offers the chance for novices to learn the fundamentals of glass blowing and attempt to create a masterpiece from just $75.
St. Pete/Clearwater can be accessed from Tampa and Orlando Airports with British Airways, Virgin Holidays and Norwegian Air providing packages to the area. For more information visit www.visitstpeteclearwater.com.
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Visit St. Pete/Clearwater
Visit St. Pete/Clearwater (VSPC) is the official destination marketing organization of Pinellas County in Florida and covers 26 municipalities in the area.
The region is located on a beautiful peninsula on Florida’s west coast, bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and Tampa Bay to the east.
Just 30 minutes away from Busch Gardens and 90 minutes away from Walt Disney World, the area offers 35 miles of white-sand beaches and uniquely colourful communities to explore.
The destination is renowned for sunshine and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest run of sunshine days, a massive 768.
Also home to the largest collection of Dali artwork outside of Spain, the county has culture, wildlife and beautiful beaches with a semi-tropical climate making it the perfect holiday destination for families, couples and singles.