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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.