February 7, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Museum of Fine Arts. Originally designed by famed Palm Beach architect John Volk and recently renovated, our museum stands today as the cultural anchor of the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront, the brain child of Margaret Acheson Stuart, drawing visitors from every corner of the earth to its comprehensive collections of almost 5,000 years of art, including works from great artists like Vigee-Lebrun, Monet, Renoir, and Cezanne.
To celebrate the momentous legacy of the MFA and the opening of our new comprehensive Impressionism exhibition Monet to Matisse – On the French Coast we are returning to the Belle Époque in France by planning a series of sumptuous, over-the-top events on February 6th, 7th, and 8th. Wine Weekend: Cheers to 50 Years! will bring the best of France and the world to you with great food, great wines, and an exciting live auction!
Open your heart and join us as we celebrate our museum past, present and future. As Mrs. Stuart said, “if one child benefits from the Museum, it will all be worthwhile.” We have many sponsorship & underwriting opportunities available, as well as information regarding the museum’s permanent collection, upcoming exhibitions, and children’s educational programs.
We’ll transform the MFA into the center of beauty and excellence for an evening reliving La Belle Époque, with French paintings, French wine and Cancan girls while bidding on rare wines, fine jewelry and luxury vacations.
Followed by an amazing wine and culinary experience with celebrity vintner Jean-Charles Boisset and chef Tyson Grant in the in the Mary Alice McClendon Glass Conservatory.
Pop a cork, kick back, and wrap up the weekend in style with a sumptuous jazz brunch.