Project Description

Marlys Meckler is a docent who gives tours full of stories at the Salvador Dalí Museum, the Chihuly Museum and The James Museum, as well as Mural Tours for Florida CraftArt and tours of St. Pete’s Public Art.

Marlys talks with Barbara St. Clair about the work she does – how Public Art is chosen and the stories behind many of the striking artworks that residents of St. Pete don’t always notice as they go about their day.

She became an expert by getting involved and volunteering after she retired, and by talking with the artists who work here. Listening to her stories will send you out exploring.

Check out the links below for opportunities to find out more, and directions to many of Marlys Meckler’s favorite Public Art pieces.

Arts In is produced by Matt and Sheila Cowley. Executive Producer, Barbara St. Clair for Creative Pinellas.

photo by Eckerd College Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

 

Docent Tours and Volunteer Opportunities 

THE DALI MUSEUM

Salvador Dalí Museum Docent Tours
thedali.org/visit/tours

Dalí Museum Volunteer Opportunities
thedali.org/join-and-give/get-involved/become-volunteer

Dalí Docent Training Program
thedali.org/join-and-give/get-involved/become-docent

 

FLORIDA CRAFTART

Florida CraftArt Walking Mural Tours
floridacraftart.org/product/mural-tours

Florida CraftArt Mural Tours by Bike
floridacraftart.org/product/mural-tours-bike

Florida CraftArt Volunteer Opportunities
floridacraftart.org/volunteer

THE JAMES MUSEUM

The James Museum Docent Tours
thejamesmuseum.org/plan-your-visit (scroll down the page)

James Museum Volunteer Opportunities
https://thejamesmuseum.org/support/ (scroll down the page)

 

THE CHIHULY COLLECTION

Chihuly Museum Docent Tours
moreanartscenter.org/chihuly/group-tours

Chihuly Museum / Morean Arts Center Volunteer Opportunities
moreanartscenter.org/volunteer

 

Public Art Pieces Mentioned in this Conversation

SHINE Mural Festival
stpeteartsalliance.org/shine-mural-festival

St Pete Arts Alliance Descriptive Mural Tour
stpeteartsalliance.org/shine-mural-festival

It Heals Up
by Robert Rosenquist
Corner of 4th St S and 6th Ave S
cam.usf.edu/PA/Pages/pa_rosenquist.html

Thrill Hill
by Kevin Brady
The Old Southeast Neighborhood Bridge at 3rd St S and 18th Ave S
a neighborhood partnership with matching grants
thrill-hill.blogspot.com

Security Lizard Catching Fireflies
by Paul Eppling
On the roof of the City of St Pete Maintenance Building
1800 7th Ave N – visible on the 5th Ave N northbound entrance to I-275
allthingsruffnerian.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-ingenious-sculptures-of-paul-eppling

tampabay.com/news/obituaries/epilogue-paul-eppling-beloved-st-petersburg-metal-sculptor-dies-at-67/2305676

Human Sundial “Vista Point”
by Eric Higgs
17th and Northshore Dr N
erichiggs.com

Heroes of St Pete Police
1st Ave to the water
Poem by George Hahn
built by corporate and individual sponsors

Millennium Gateway
by Alex Klahn
Walkway between the Sundial parking garage and Sundial Center
2nd Ave N between 2nd and 1st Streets N
Spun metal birds and animals

Fossil Wall
by Michelle Tuegel and Russ Gustafson
6635 Dr. ML King Jr St N
Imprints of actual fossils found in this neighborhood
visitstpeteclearwater.com/profile/willis-s-johns-recreation-center-fossil-park/2260

Dignity
by Kyu Yamamato
North Shore Fire Station 4
2501 4th St N
stpete.org/arts_and_culture/art_collections

Find more Public Art in St. Petersburg at
stpete.org/arts_and_culture/art_collections