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Main entrance to the Museum of Fine Arts in St Petersburg

Museum of Fine Arts

The new St Petersburg Arts and Entertainment Pass can be purchased for $43 at the Welcome Desks of the Museum of Fine Arts or the Chihuly Collection. The pass allows one admission to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Chihuly Collection, the Morean Glass Studio and Hot Shop and the Titanic exhibit at the Mahaffey. The pass also allows you to use a special offer at various downtown restaurants: 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House, the MFA Cafe, The Parkshore Grill, Marchands at the Vinoy, The Hangar, and Spice Routes at the Morean – the offer may be a clam chowder, a dessert, or a glass of wine. The $43 pass has a retail value of $110 and can be used from now until March 3, 2013.

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St Pete takes America’s #1 Arts Destination again

Museum of Fine Arts St Petersburg presented a Botero exhibition

Botero visits Museum of Fine Arts St Petersburg

St Petersburg has been named America’s #1 Arts Destination for mid-sized cities for the third year in a row by AmericanStyle magazine. The magazine refers to St Pete’s “world famous arts institutions and top ranked galleries” as well as a “lively public and performing arts scene” and even makes reference to our great white sand beaches.

Mid-sized cities refers to those with a population of under 500,000 (so includes cities twice the size of St Pete).  Tampa placed #3 and Miami #7. Atlanta ranked #8.

Two of our neighboring cities took top positions in the small city category: Sarasota ranked #1, Bradenton #2 and Key West #4. They edged out previous top small cities of Sante Fe and Asheville.

It’s wonderful to live in a place with so many art choices surrounding us in the St Pete area. If you’d like to explore relocating to St Petersburg, contact the Simms Team at ALVA International, Inc on Beach Drive in downtown St Petersburg.

City of St Pete talks about the arts  6/18/12

St Petersburg named #1 Arts Destination for second time.  6/10/11

Botero bronzes at Museum of Fine Arts.  12/21/09

Chihuly in downtown St Petersburg  5/7/11

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Posture is Important

Downtown St Pete Observations

This morning I was surprised to look out my window and see young ladies walking up and down the steps of the Museum of Fine Arts with something (a book?) on their head. It looked like a session for modeling or just for poise. The instructor shaded her skin from the Florida sun with an umbrella.  Click the photo for an enlarged view.

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Andalusian horses perform in downtown St Petersburg

Sunday afternoon, February 22nd, in conjunction with its current exhibition, Albrecht Durer, the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St Petersburg is presenting Durer Family Day in North Straub Park, from 1-4 pm. There will be a jousting tournament, performances by Andalusian horses, story telling and arts activities.

That’s right across the street from our new ALVA International, Inc. real estate office.

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Ovation clients hear Interior Designer Troy Beasley

Todd Beasley speaking to JMC audienceTodd Beasley, interior designer, speaks to Ovation owners and friends of JMC.

This evening at the Museum of Fine Arts in St Petersburg, Florida, JMC invited owners of Ovation, a luxury condo in downtown St Pete, and other friends to hear Todd Beasley, Interior Designer, talk about Hot Trends. Todd is designing two model condominiums in Ovation, JMC’s latest luxury condo project.

The evening began with a cocktail reception in the outdoor garden of the Museum of Fine Arts and
Ovation reception at the Museum of Fine Arts St Petersburg continued in the Marly Room where Todd Beasley shared the latest Hot Trends in interior design and how to evaluate them. Todd shared slides representative of the trends and stayed after his presentation to discuss specific questions and concerns of the attendees. Beasley & Henley (Stephanie Henley is wife and partner of Todd Beasley) have worked with JMC for nearly a decade and find that JMC really cares for its clients. I’ve found, after working with JMC for two decades, that they build a superior product, care about their customers and listen to them, and truly stand behind their construction.

Tonight was a typical example of how they add continuing value to their clients and friends.

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Museum of Fine Arts opens Hazel Hough wing

Museum of Fine Arts St PetersburgLast 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. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cloisters Condo Owners Sue Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St Petersburg Florida

The Cloisters is a downtown St Pete condo on Beach Drive, built in 1999 across the street from the Museum of Fine Arts. Condominium residences start on the 3rd of 14 floors. Straub Park separates Beach Drive from the waterfront, and several of the beautiful, old trees are now more than 3 stories high.

The Cloisters owners claim that when the Museum of Fine Arts made a presentation to the owners of the Cloisters, they showed a model of a 2 story addition and assured the residents that the addition would not be higher than the museum’s current 31 foot height, though there would be mechanical equipment on the roof. Many of the museum’s walls actually rise 45 feet, and solid walls surround the mechanical equipment.

The six owners who have filed suit own the three condos on the third floor and the three condos on the fourth floor. The condo association is not involved in the suit. The museum contends that the condo owners have no legal right to a water view. The suing owners say that does not matter – they were denied the right to object.

Regarding expectations – I seem to remember an article in the St Pete Times that showed the addition as being primarily glass, and what’s evident now is primarily solid wall.

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