This past January, the Gulf Coast Museum of Art in Largo closed it doors for good, victim of a bad economy, poor attendance, and perhaps a bit of public apathy.
The fate of the Museum's 450 piece permanent collection became a big concern, and most feared it would be sold off piece by piece to other institutions.
Quite the opposite happened. In a gutsy and hopeful move, St. Petersburg College brokered a deal with the Museum in which the College received the complete collection. All the works of art will stay in the area and be housed in various College buildings.
A big chunk of the collection is being showcased in an exhibition at Florida International Museum in St. Petersburg. The exhibition, "In A New Light," will feature one of my works I called A Close Shave, and that title now seems appropriate for the entire collection. Read more about the exhibition here.
The exhibition is at the Florida International Museum at St. Petersburg College, 244 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg, through Oct. 4. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 adults, $6 seniors and military, $5 students and free for children 6 and under. (727) 341-7904.