This special event is offered in partnership with the MFA and is free to Preserve the Burg members and friends. However, if you are not a MFA member there will be a $10 museum admission fee (museum exhibits will remain open until 8 pm). Space is limited so please register with the MFA link below:
As part of this event, Dr. Stanton Thomas, MFA Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, will offer comments on the disappearing vistas of St Petersburg seen in Glow: The Hand-Painted Photographs of E.G. Barnhill.
The hand-painted photographs of E. G. Barnhill (1894–1987) offer a unique voyage into the natural splendors of Florida during the early part of the twentieth century. An artist, photographer, businessman and adventurer, Barnhill arrived in St. Petersburg in 1913. He set up numerous businesses hawking cameras and hand-colored photographs on paper and glass. While his work covered a variety of Florida locations, much of it was focused on St. Petersburg. Falling somewhere between photography and vernacular art, these “glowing” works combine ethereal beauty with Barnhill’s unique sense of showmanship.
The exhibition consists of historically framed hand-painted glass plates from the collections of Gary Monroe, Dr. Robert and Chitranee Drapkin, Michael Turbeville, Kathy Turgeon, and San Antonio Antiques, as well as a selection of paper prints from the MFA collection.