Last night Tami and I attended a member’s only reception for the new Hazel Hough wing of the Museum of Fine Arts. Tables of catered hors d’oeuvres lined the foyer, with its high wall of glass for views of the park and waterfront. There was a gala a month ago for those wanting “The First View”, but the art wasn’t displayed then, as it was last night. I particularly enjoyed some of the pieces done by students, which were displayed on the upper level.
I’ve known Hazel Hough since she was a member of the St Petersburg International Relations Committee, which I chaired. Since then I’ve watched all the things she and husband Bill Hough have done for the community. Bill made a significant donation to the museum, and had the new wing named for Hazel. In response, Hazel donated a video sculpture Extruded Video Engine #2 by Peter Sarkisian, dedicated to Bill.
The architecture of the new wing doesn’t match the main museum and its first addition, but does provide much more space for showing collections that had to be stored away before. The community has long supported and enjoyed this museum on Beach Drive in downtown St Petersburg.
One of my favorite spots at the Museum is the gallery of Stueben glass. The museum also has the original Georgia O’Keefe’s “Poppy” – which I like so much that I had a print framed and hung on my office wall. MFA has put on some wonderful exhibits – in 2004 history was created when crowds lined Straub Park to see the Chihuly glass exhibit at the Museum. In 2002 we enjoyed a wonderful exhibit of Ansel Adams photography,