St. Petersburg is such a fantastic city for so many reasons, but it’s especially fantastic if you enjoy seeing fabulous glass art works. Between the Chihuly Collection, Morean Arts Center, and Duncan McClellan Gallery, which I previously wrote about; they exhibit (and/or sell) more top-quality art glass than most American cities. There is still, however, one more glass museum I haven’t yet shared, which is the Imagine Museum.
Wow! The Imagine Museum is another feast for the eyes that is well worth the visit. Founded in 2016 by glass artist Trish Duggan, “her goal was to put together a collection of artworks and promote an experience that would inspire, uplift, and educate,” according to their website. We definitely think she has accomplished that goal!
Imagine Museum features top glass artists from around the world, including America, Canada, the Czech Republic, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Australia, and others. There are 1,500 glass art works on display from the Studio Glass Movement, which started in the 1960’s and continues to the present.
One of the things I greatly appreciated about Imagine Museum and the other museums and galleries we visited was that they openly encourage visitors to photograph their art works! All they asked was to tag them on social media. Done!
We were also pleased to learn the museum offered free tours with admission. The tour we selected was, “Introduction to American Studio Glass.” There were only six of us on the tour, and the guide did an excellent job keeping our attention with interesting stories about the artists and their works. It was fascinating!
Following the tour, we roamed around the remaining exhibits that weren’t covered on the tour, including the entire second floor of the museum.
Glass is often really difficult to photograph, so the pictures I took of many of the art works ended up in the recycle bin—especially since I wasn’t shooting with my best camera, which I left at home, due to a malfunctioning zoom mechanism. These were all shot (without flash) with my inexpensive waterproof Fuji XP, which Bruce uses for shooting underwater video of my swimming for stroke technique feedback.
The pictures don’t do the art work justice, so you will just have to visit St. Petersburg and see it all for yourself!