St Pete’s Business Gayborhood Attracts Gay Artists

Over the past decade St Petersburg has evolved into both the cultural and gay center of Tampa Bay. St Pete Pride, for example, attracts over 75,000 spectators. This year the event will be spread over three days with a nighttime parade on Saturday followed by the street fair on Sunday. The Grand Central District, where many gay owned businesses are located, will remain the event’s location

The cultural changes have been equally impressive beginning with the opening in 2011 of the new Dali Museum and the arrival of the Chihuly Collection. The Dali has long been recognized for having the largest collection of the artist’s works outside of Spain. But it has recently begun to attract major exhibits such as the current one of Andy Warhol’s works.

This fall the museum will feature the first ever exhibit showing Picasso alongside Dali. Seventy-five works of Picasso will be on loan from prestigious museums and collectors some of which have never been exhibited in the US before. The exhibit opens November the 8th.
Gay artists are also discovering what a wonderful venue St Petersburg offers the art scene. For example, Latin American Artist, John Gascot, of Alexandria, Virginia, has a show opening at The Feathered Serpent Gallery on Central Avenue on March 28th

So if you think Florida and culture are mutually exclusive, you haven’t spent time in St Petersburg and Gulfport.

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Greg Burton CIPS, Sail Away Realty