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James Western Art Museum

James Western Art Museum

Tampa Bay
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 10:30am
St Petersburg
Florida

By Dave Hutchinson: A whopping 42 Tampa Bay Section members and guests recently did a group outing on Sunday, September 9th at the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art in downtown St. Petersburg. Lynn and I, and members Bob and Catherine Martino had seen a large part of the collection at the Raymond James corporate complex prior to visiting this beautiful new museum. We couldn’t wait to put this great new venue on the club calendar. The James Museum houses over 400 pieces of the 3,000-piece collection that Tom and Mary James have been collecting for many years. Contemporary artists of western art - primarily paintings, sculpture, and jewelry are on display. There is even an Andy Warhol piece in the museum. This is the creme de la creme of their collection. I particularly liked the paintings of animals and the Roy Coleman life-sized sculpture pieces. Also, there was a limited-time exhibit called Art and the Animal, included in the ticket price. The folks at the Museum were so helpful and kind. I would recommend this event for any group or individually. We were provided with 2 knowledgeable docents so that we could split the large
group in half. Marianne Sabadish was ours; she did a great job of explaining many of the pieces in the collection. The feedback that I have had from our membership was very satisfying. Our hour and a half in the museum was great. A few more hours would be perfect. An annual pass to the Museum is available and I am sure that many of our members will be getting one. You can’t just
appreciate it in just one visit. Every piece of art that is displayed is worth a few minutes of your time. I am looking forward to a return trip. If you haven’t attended one of our monthly events, please
take a look at this newsletter and put one of them on your calendar. Don’t be left out. Many of our get-togethers are capacity controlled and average nearly 40 members and guests.
 
Photos at this event taken by Dave Hutchinson