Art-lovers around the country are discovering the vibrant St. Petersburg arts scene. In past blog posts, we’ve detailed the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, the Morean Arts Center, the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, and the exquisite Chihuly Collection. The latter of these, the Chihuly Collection, showcases incredible glass sculptures crafted by a modern master, Dale Chihuly.
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The Duncan McClellan Gallery
Today, we’re going to discuss another exciting glass gallery: The Duncan McClellan Gallery. The gallery, located in the trendy Warehouse Art District to the west of St. Petersburg, hosts over 50 nationally and internationally-recognized glass artists. Their work is exhibited in an extravagant 7,800 sq. foot warehouse which, at one point, contained a tomato and fish packing plant. The Warehouse District itself hosts over 200 artists, so it’s a great place for art lovers to go and explore!
So, what does the McClellan Gallery have on offer? You can view an exhaustive list of their on-display artists on their Represented Artists page. Their artists showcase a variety of items, from glasses and plates, to wildlife, to astronauts floating in space. You never know what you’ll find in the next display.
Additionally, those of you seeking knowledge might consider attending one of their glassblowing classes or workshops. At present, they offer two different classes:
- Basics of Etching – This 2-hour workshops teaches the basics of etching on glass. Once you’ve learned the theory, you’ll etch your own plate, glass, or wineglass with an image of your choice. This event costs $35-45, and includes a guided tour of the galleries and hot shop. This workshop is great for adults or children.
- Introduction to Glassblowing Experience – This workshop (between 2 and 5 hours, depending on the number of students) teaches you the basics of glassmaking. Then, as the class continues, you’ll create a series of blown and solid glass pieces (in case you were wondering, the pieces you’ll make are a crystal rose bud and two additional projects, which the student will choose).
If you’re coming down for a longer vacation, you can also take their 3-week Basics of Glassblowing course, This course will actually help you reach the level of skill required to create small pieces on your own.
If you’re interested in learning more about the gallery’s upcoming events, keep an eye on their Events page.
Finishing your day in style
Once you’ve finished wandering the Warehouse Art District, settle down for a delicious meal at Isabelle’s. Isabelle’s, located here at the Historic Peninsula Inn, offers delicious New Southern cuisine, and is the winner of Rand McNally’s “Best of the Beaches” and “Best of the Road” awards. If you love live music, be sure to come by as we host pianist John Shirley Wednesday through Friday, and singer Dale Williams on Saturday night.
After a delicious meal, retire to your beautiful suite here at the Historic Peninsula Inn. We offer a variety of accommodations suitable for everyone from the solo business traveler, to the couple on a romantic getaway, to the family of four touring Old Florida. We hope to see you soon!
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