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2143914 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2013-09-25 21:36:57.0 UTC 2013-09-25T17:36:57.000-04:00 see-renovated-museum-of-fine-arts-galleries-for-free-saturday published 2013-09-26 02:19:46.0 UTC 2013-09-25T22:19:46.000-04:00 things-to-do/visualarts DTI 112047606 The convergence of two big events Saturday means one thing: You can see the grand reopening of the renovated galleries at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg for free. Many museums throughout the Tampa Bay area will waive admissions on Saturday as part of the national Smithsonian Free Museum Day and, in St. Petersburg, the city's Arts Alive program. It also will be the first day the public can see the MFA permanent collection galleries since a major overhaul closed them in early summer. Color and light are the most dramatic shifts for rooms covered for decades in beige linen with their windows obscured. Now vibrant paint has replaced the fraying fabric, and the newly uncovered arched windows in the 1965 building allow natural light and views from inside and out. The colors were selected to complement the art. New flooring and lighting also add to the update. The permanent collection represents 4,5000 years of world art, from antiquities to the present, which has been rearranged along with the renovation, sometimes to suggest connections between different times and cultures. The museum, like others participating in free museum day, always experiences an uptick. Museum spokesman David Connelly said the free day drew 5,000 last year, "way, way up for us," he said. Because of the crowds, docent tours have been canceled but the docents, volunteers who are experts in the museum's collection and give tours, will stage a flash mob at noon beginning on the museum steps on Beach Drive. They will recreate Gathering at Church Entrance, the much loved 1884 painting by Richard Hall in the museum's Great Hall, where the work hangs. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more on Smithsonian Free Museum Day and Arts Alive, see today's Weekend section. By Lennie Bennett, Times Art Critic things-to-do, visual arts, top-news, pinellas See renovated Museum of Fine Arts galleries for free Saturday LBENNETTN 4STB Main dhvjzrzmu2vc dhvjz MFA galleries reopen for free st. petersburg 2 etc_mfagalleries092613 MFA galleries reopen for free 2013-09-26 04:00:00.0 UTC 2013-09-26T00:00:00.000-04:00 1 Catherine Schrader and Roy Binger, both of St. Petersburg, admire the newly uncovered window Wednesday on the stage of the Marly Room during a reception for donors at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. &#8220;It&#8217;s a hidden gem,&#8221; said Binger, a museum trustee. For years, the large window was hidden by a pocket door. It was one of many windows reopened during a renovation, which also included new floors and paint. /resources/images/dti/2013/09/0431998644_11606796.jpg LARA CERRI | Times /resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/09/0431998644_11606796_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/09/0431998644_11606796_8col.jpg free museum admission, free museums st. petersburg, museum of fine arts true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2013/09/25/112047606-see-renovated-museum-of-fine-arts-galleries-for-free-saturday StaffArticle things-to-do,visual artsVisual ArtsThe convergence of two big events Saturday means one thing: You can see the grand reopening of the renovated galleries at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg for free.free museum admission, free museums st. petersburg, museum of fine artsLennie Bennett 453101 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:50:55.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:50:55.000-04:00 lennie-bennett published 2015-07-10 11:48:27.0 UTC 2015-07-10T07:48:27.000-04:00 Lennie Bennett <p>Lennie Bennett joined the <i>Times </i>in 1995 as the "On the Town" columnist and also wrote general assignment stories on a variety of topics, including local arts, cultural issues and philanthropy. She became the art critic in 2002. She reviews the visual arts in all forms throughout the Tampa Bay area and, on occasion, nationally. She has also been a regular panelist for various arts organizations.</p> Times Art Critic writers DTI 35493323 Lennie Bennett joined the Times in 1995 as the "On the Town" columnist and also wrote general assignment stories on a variety of topics, including local arts, cultural issues and philanthropy. She became the art critic in 2002. She reviews the visual arts in all forms throughout the Tampa Bay area and, on occasion, nationally. She has also been a regular panelist for various arts organizations. <p>Phone: (727) 893-8293</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:lbennett@tampabay.com">lbennett@tampabay.com</a></p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2015/07/0435974077_15485129.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/35493323-lennie-bennett AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:50:55.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:50:55.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">LENNIE BENNETT</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Art Critic 2263873 2016-02-03 16:08:20.0 UTC 7 Months Ago art-planner-portraits-of-the-museum-of-fine-arts-and-jeffrey-kronsnoble-at things-to-do/visualarts Art Planner: Portraits of the Museum of Fine Arts and Jeffrey Kronsnoble at Clayton StaffArticle 2267606 2016-03-02 16:00:59.0 UTC 6 Months Ago review-enthralling-look-at-intimate-art-of-portraiture-at-museum-of-fine things-to-do/visualarts Review: Enthralling look at intimate art of portraiture at Museum of Fine Arts StaffArticle 2287948 2016-08-03 14:48:42.0 UTC 4 Weeks Ago art-planner-beetlejuice-at-the-dal237-museum-fine-crafts-preview-of-arts things-to-do/visualarts Art planner: 'Beetlejuice' at the Dalí Museum, fine crafts, preview of Arts Month StaffArticle <p>The convergence of two big events Saturday means one thing: You can see the grand reopening of the renovated galleries at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg for free.</p> <p>Many museums throughout the Tampa Bay area will waive admissions on Saturday as part of the national Smithsonian Free Museum Day and, in St. Petersburg, the city's Arts Alive program. </p> <p>It also will be the first day the public can see the MFA permanent collection galleries since a major overhaul closed them in early summer. </p> <p>Color and light are the most dramatic shifts for rooms covered for decades in beige linen with their windows obscured. Now vibrant paint has replaced the fraying fabric, and the newly uncovered arched windows in the 1965 building allow natural light and views from inside and out. The colors were selected to complement the art. New flooring and lighting also add to the update. </p> <p>The permanent collection represents 4,5000 years of world art, from antiquities to the present, which has been rearranged along with the renovation, sometimes to suggest connections between different times and cultures. </p> <p>The museum, like others participating in free museum day, always experiences an uptick. Museum spokesman David Connelly said the free day drew 5,000 last year, &quot;way, way up for us,&quot; he said. </p> <p>Because of the crowds, docent tours have been canceled but the docents, volunteers who are experts in the museum's collection and give tours, will stage a flash mob at noon beginning on the museum steps on Beach Drive. They will recreate <i>Gathering at Church Entrance</i>, the much loved 1884 painting by Richard Hall in the museum's Great Hall, where the work hangs. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.</p> <p>For more on Smithsonian Free Museum Day and Arts Alive, see today's Weekend section.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:41:16