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St. Petersburg’s James Museum offers free admission to hospitality workers

Hotel, food service and tourism company employees get in free throughout August.
The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art is in downtown St. Petersburg. The museum is offering free admission to hospitality workers throughout August.
The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art is in downtown St. Petersburg. The museum is offering free admission to hospitality workers throughout August. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Jul. 27
Updated Jul. 27

If you work in hospitality and are looking for an activity to escape the summer heat, the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art has a deal for you.

The museum is showing appreciation for hospitality workers by giving them free admission throughout August.

The offer applies to all hospitality industry employees, including hotel, food service and tourism company workers.

Workers can present a business card, badge or name tag as proof of employment. Welcome kits will be provided to visitors.

Visitors can roam the galleries housing a vast collection that boasts traditional works, jewelry, stunning Western landscapes and representations of majestic wildlife. There are also many contemporary artworks and works by Native American artists.

The Native Artists Gallery in the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art in St. Petersburg includes works- left to right: Evening Embers, 1994, by Tony Abeyta, Smoke Signal, 1993, bronze sculpture, by Allan Houser, Rain Talker, 2005, bronze sculpture by Oreland C. Joe, and Cherokee, 1975, by Fritz Scholder.
The Native Artists Gallery in the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art in St. Petersburg includes works- left to right: Evening Embers, 1994, by Tony Abeyta, Smoke Signal, 1993, bronze sculpture, by Allan Houser, Rain Talker, 2005, bronze sculpture by Oreland C. Joe, and Cherokee, 1975, by Fritz Scholder. [ SCOTT KEELER | Times ]

And with sandstone imported from India inside and outside the building, as well as a black granite waterfall, the museum itself is a work of art.

The bronze  "Honeymoon at Crow Fair," by John Coleman, is one of the first pieces seen when entering The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art .
The bronze "Honeymoon at Crow Fair," by John Coleman, is one of the first pieces seen when entering The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art . [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]

Also on display is “Reverberations,” a special exhibition presented by the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum that showcases Black artists from Tampa Bay and the Southeastern United States. Curated by Desmond Clark, it runs through Aug. 29.

Desmond Clark poses with "True Vine" by Steve Prince in the exhibition he curated, "Reverberations."
Desmond Clark poses with "True Vine" by Steve Prince in the exhibition he curated, "Reverberations." [ JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times ]

“Ergo Sum: A Crow a Day” is on display as well. The exhibition showcases the work that Canadian-born artist Karen Bondarchuk created over the course of a year to mark the passing time that her mother, who was suffering from dementia, no longer could. For 365 days, she produced a crow each day on a small hand-cut panel. It remains on view through Sept. 6.

"Ergo Sum: A Crow a Day” is on display at the James Museum through Sept. 6, 2021.
"Ergo Sum: A Crow a Day” is on display at the James Museum through Sept. 6, 2021. [ JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times ]

If you go

The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art. 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday. 727-892-4200. thejamesmuseum.org.