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Chihuly Collection Presented by the Morean Arts Center

St. Petersburg Morean Arts Center The Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Florida had been called the Arts Center, showcasing works by local, national and international artists, as well as offering classes in the arts during the year. Some of the best known artists during the years included such greats as Peter Max, Jasper Johns, Babs Reingold, Duncan McClellan, Jun Kaneko and Allison Massari, along with many others. The center started out in 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, and concentrates on the innovative, community based approach to art and art education, with classes and outreach programs designed to bring out the artistic qualities in all people. It provides adult and children classes, early childhood programs, summer camp programs, family programs and kids' programs that attract novices and advanced students alike, with the main outreach programs aimed at the youth of today since many of them are at risk for more dangerous pursuits. Also found here is the Bank of America Children's Learning Center, along with the Hot Shop and Glass Studio, that offer working space for glass artists, teaching facilities for studio classes and workshops and audience seating to allow visitors to watch the exciting glass blowing display. In 2009, it would move to a reconstructed space at the historic Train Station, and the Chihuly collection would become a permanent collection of the world famous artist Dale Chihuly, whose unique artworks sit in a 10,000 square foot area and setting designed specifically for his works. It would be designed by the award winning architect, Alberto Alfonso, and is complemented by a video presentation inside their theater and retail store with much of Dale's work available for sale. The surest way to get to the museum center and other exciting areas of the city is to rent a vehicle from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, that has the finest vehicles and staff to help with all your traveling needs. Enterprise is the BEST car rental business in the state today.

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Salvador Dali Museum

St. Petersburg Salvador Dali MuseumSitting in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida is the world's biggest collection of Salvador Dali, outside of Europe. Back in 1942, A. Reynolds Morse and Eleanor R. Morse would go to a Dali retrospective at the Cleveland Museum of Art and become quite intrigued by the artist's unique style and subject matter; impressed by his work, they would buy their first Dali a year later. That initial purchase would become the start of a 40 year relationship as patrons and friends of Dali that would end in the huge expansive collection of original Dali works. The couple would showcase their magnificent collection until 1971 in their home in Cleveland, although by 1965, when they loaned out more than 200 works of Dali, that they had quite a mini-retrospective that really needed a permanent home. In 1971, the couple, with Dali overseeing the whole event, they would open a museum next to their office building in Beachwood, Ohio, and by the end of that decade, after having many visitors and appreciative patrons, they decided to move their massive collection once more. After conducting a search that would draw national attention, the Morse couple would find a marine warehouse in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida that would need rejuvenation and the museum would open in 1982. By 2008, the old museum would be replaced with a new location, designed by the architectural firm HOK, and constructed on the downtown waterfront adjacent to the Mahaffey Theater, that featured a huge glass entrance and skylight. The new museum would open on 1-11-11, at 11:11 AM. The collection has 96 oil paintings, 1300 graphics, photographs, more than 100 watercolors and drawings with numerous objets d'art and sculptures, a large and expansive library and their exhibits are regularly rotated. Besides the Dali Theater-Museum in Figueres, Spain this houses one of the world's biggest collections of Dali's works. You can easily travel to St. Petersburg by auto, or other means, but that would divide your valuable time and energies to exploring the right routes and directions, or you could just rent a car from Enterprise and let them give you all the necessary details and directions so you don't get lost or waylaid. Enterprise has many locations throughout the area and offers the best discounts and savings in the state.