Explore World-Class Art Exhibits while Staying in Treasure Island
Most people travel to the Gulf Coast for its natural beauty, its breathtaking sunsets, sugary-sand beaches, and gentle lapping waters. It’s not until they get here and begin to explore that they realize that the Tampa Bay area is a hidden gem for art aficionados. Whether you want to explore world-renowned pieces or discover your own up-and-coming artist, St. Petersburg and its surrounding beaches are a hotbed for creativity and art.
Every art tour of the area begins with this showpiece on the Tampa Bay in downtown St. Petersburg (about a 25-minute drive from our resort). The Dalí Museum celebrates the life and art of the influential and innovative artist, Salvador Dalí. In addition to Dali, you’ll find rotating exhibits, events, a whimsical museum building, and a garden all within an easy walk of the water.
Museum of Fine Art
While in St. Pete, check out its Museum of Fine Arts. There, you’ll enjoy rotating exhibits from some of the masters of the art world as well textile displays, a café, and museum store. Currently, tickets must be purchased in advance.
The James Museum
If you enjoy western and wildlife art, the James Museum in St. Pete is worth the stop. One of the areas newest museums (it opened in 2018), it showcases thousands of pieces from the James’ collection, including contemporary and traditional sculptures, oils, and watercolors.
Chihuly Collection Presented by Morean Arts Center
On Central Avenue, you’ll find one of the most colorful displays of glass wonderments by world-renowned Dale Chihuly. Currently, tickets must be purchased in advance but with your admission you can explore the nearby Morean Arts Center. The center features rotating exhibits of emerging and acclaimed artists. Enjoy viewing local glass artists in the Morean Glass Studio and Hot Shop during glass blowing demonstrations Wednesday-Sunday.
The Grand Central District
If you prefer a less traditional or established type of art, you will enjoy exploring the many murals that are scattered around our area. The densest population of them can be found in downtown St. Pete in its Grand Central District. But if you keep your eyes open, you’ll be delighted by quick glimpses on buildings all over the Tampa Bay area including Dunedin, Tampa, Ybor City, Lakeland and Treasure Island.
Gulfport is a quaint and whimsical artist village set on the water. A quick 15-minute drive from Treasure Island, it makes for a nice morning stroll or afternoon getaway. There are several art studios within walking distance of one another. Many of the Gulfport homes are painted in spectacular colors and their gardens feature fun pieces of art. Some travelers remark that this enclave reminds them of a more subdued Key West.
Whether you are a traditional art observer or prefer something a little more playful, the Tampa Bay Area has plenty for you to explore.
And who knows? After witnessing one of our gorgeous, sorbet-colored sunsets over the Gulf, you may just decide you need to take up a paint brush too.