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.
Children need the Arts to succeed. Just like children need good nutrition on a daily basis, children need a daily serving of the arts. Studies have shown that involvement in the arts increases test scores and promotes academic achievement. Now, more than ever, it is vital that we support the community’s children through exposure to art, as the funding for education programs continue to shrink.
“If one child benefits from the Museum, it will all be worthwhile.”
-Margaret Acheson Stuart, Founder
to be recognized for academic achievement
to be elected to class office within their schools
to participate in a math and science fair
to win an award for school attendance
Includes full access for two for an over-the-top weekend of French Wine, French Food and see the Monet to Matisse: On the French Coast exhibit before the public!
VIP Black Tie Gala
February 6th, 7:00 – 11:00 pm
International Wine Auction
February 7th, 3:00 – 11:00 pm
February 8th, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
An evening reliving La Belle Époque, with French paintings, French wine and Cancan girls while bidding on rare wines, fine jewelry and luxury vacations. Featuring wines from celebrity vintner Jean-Charles Boisset and equisite cuisine from Chef Tyson Grant.
-2:30 PM Wine Tasting and Auction Preview
-4:00 PM International Wine Auction
-7:30 PM Dinner in the Mary Alice McClendon Glass Conservatory
Pop a cork, kick back, and wrap up the weekend in style with a sumptuous jazz brunch.
-Explore the new Monet to Matisse: On the French Coast exhibit