Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art Updates its Fall Events and Exhibitions

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Tarpon Springs, FL — The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is pleased to update its fall programs.

Museum Day Live!
Saturday, September 23
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., free admission with coupon
LRMA will join other participating museums around the country and offer free admission for the day, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s celebration. A free coupon is required and can be printed at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday.

To celebrate Museum Day Live! the museum will offer special activities throughout the day including guided tours of the galleries; presentations by local artists represented in the museum’s collection; live music, light refreshments; and hands-on art activities for all ages. Join us for enrichment, education and enjoyment! For additional information call Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at (727) 712-5226. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689  Website: http://www.leeparattner.org

Special Exhibitions Close
SundaySeptember 24
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Visit LRMA today for your last opportunity to see the following exhibitions: Paradise Found, Habits & Habitats Series: Allen Leepa and Richard Florsheim: Works on Paper close.  For additional information call Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at (727) 712-5226. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689  Website: http://www.leeparattner.org

Leap into Art at Leepa-Rattner!
Wednesday, September 27
3:30 p.m., included with admission
Great for ages 4-8, this program features books about art read by the Youth Librarian at Palm Harbor Library, Marisa Steuer. LRMA’s Education Department leads a related art activity. For additional information call Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at (727) 712-5226. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689  Website: http://www.leeparattner.org

Focus Friday
Friday, October 6
Noon, included with admission
Sponsored by Dr. Marcia Makris and Charles DeGrandpre
Learn more about art, art history and the museum’s collection! Each month on the first Friday from September through May LRMA docents present fresh research on collection objects from new acquisitions to works rarely seen. Each object remains on view for one month. October’s selection is Carlos Betancourt’s quartet of 2002 photographs, Performance in Loiza, Puerto Rico: En Ruta, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.  For additional information call Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at (727) 712-5226. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689  Website: http://www.leeparattner.org

New Exhibitions Open to the Public
Sunday, October 8
1:30 p.m., Included with admission
Fall into Greatness, Habits & Habitats: Inside the Artist’s Studio with Abraham Rattner and Contemporary Prints from the Jim and Martha Sweeny Collection open. For additional information call Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at (727) 712-5226. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689  Website: http://www.leeparattner.org

ABC (Art, Books and Community) Reading Club
Friday, October 20
1:30 p.m., Included with admission
Palm Harbor Library Director Gene Coppola facilitates this monthly program held at the museum. Members read and discuss books about modern and contemporary art and on alternating months enjoy guest speaker presentations. October’s presentation will feature LRMA’s docent artists. For additional information call Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at (727) 712-5226. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689  Website: http://www.leeparattner.org

Leap into Art at Leepa-Rattner!
Wednesday, October 25
3:30 p.m., Included with admission
Great for ages 4-8, this program features books about art read by the Youth Librarian at Palm Harbor Library, Marisa Steuer. LRMA’s Education Department leads a related art activity. October’s theme is The (Not Very) Scary and (Sometimes) Very Silly Story Time and the books are The (Not Very) Scary and (Sometimes) Hairy Book of Monster Letters by Jessica S. Nelson, The Art Teacher from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler and Go Away Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberly. For additional information call Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at (727) 712-5226. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689  Website: http://www.leeparattner.org

Stone Crab Fest
Saturday, October 28
5:30- 9:00 p.m., Spanos-Pappas Community Center, $70.00 in advance, $80.00 at door
Celebrate the opening of stone crab season by making reservations for our most delicious event of the year! Reserve early to guarantee your seat: https://www.leeparattner.org/support/stone-crab-fest/. Proceeds support LRMA’s mission. For additional information call Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at (727) 712-5226. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689  Website: http://www.leeparattner.org

Friday, November 3
Focus Friday
Noon, included with admission
Sponsored by Dr. Marcia Makris and Charles DeGrandpre
Learn more about art, art history and the museum’s collection! Each month on the first Friday from September through May LRMA docents present fresh research on collection objects from new acquisitions to works rarely seen. Each object remains on view for one month. November’s selection is Anna Tomczak’s The Sun Cross, a 2003 Polacolor image transfer. For additional information call Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at (727) 712-5226. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689  Website: http://www.leeparattner.org

Friday, November 17
ABC (Art, Books and Community) Reading Club
1:30 p.m., included with admission
Palm Harbor Library Director Gene Coppola facilitates this monthly program held at the museum. Members read and discuss books about modern and contemporary art and on alternating months enjoy guest speaker presentations. November’s book selection is Christina Baker Kline’s A Piece of the World: A Novel, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s famous painting, Christina’s World. For additional information call Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at (727) 712-5226. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689  Website: http://www.leeparattner.org

Thursday, November 23
Thanksgiving Day
Museum closed

Wednesday, November 29
Leap into Art at Leepa-Rattner!
3:30 p.m., Challenge of Modern Art Gallery
Included with admission
Great for ages 4-8, this program features books about art read by the Youth Librarian at Palm Harbor Library, Marisa Steuer. LRMA’s Education Department leads a related art activity. November’s theme is Creativity and the books are Not a Box by Antoinette Portis, Building Stories by Isabel Hill and The Most Significant Thing by Ashley Spires. For additional information call Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at (727) 712-5226. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689  Website: http://www.leeparattner.org

Art Exhibitions:
Paradise Found: LRMA Celebrates 15 Years
On view through September 24, 2017
In celebration of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art’s fifteenth anniversary, LRMA is showcasing the best of its collection, unveiling new acquisitions, honoring donors and artists, and digging into the vault to unearth never-before-seen works. This first of a two-part series begins with a summer-themed exhibition that pays tribute to our beautiful area in Paradise Found: LRMA Celebrates 15 years. The idea of paradise, bathing beauties, fun in the sun, and the unique qualities of tropical locales in Florida and beyond are interpreted by artists in various mediums throughout the decades.  From the coast of 1930s France to the modern shores of St. Petersburg’s white sandy beaches, the sun, sand and sea life are the subject of exploration as we journey from abstraction to surrealism in vivid color.

Habits & Habitats Series: Working in Paradise & Postcards from the Edge with Allen Leepa
On view through September 24, 2017
In the premiere of this new exhibition series which provides insights into the perspectives, daily habits, and private spaces of artists, we feature our original benefactor and one of our namesakes, Allen Leepa. Through an installation of his art studio, vibrant paintings and sketches inspired by summer hues, and his adventures around the world documented in postcards, unique glimpses can be peered into his life.

Fall into Greatness: LRMA Celebrates 15 Years
October 8 – December 30, 2017 (Changing Exhibition Galleries)
Fall into Greatness: LRMA Celebrates 15 Years pays tribute to the lasting legacy of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art while we look towards the future with great expectations.  Following our summer exhibition, Paradise Found, this is the second installment in a series that celebrates the donors, artists and community who helped build the foundation of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art over the course of fifteen years.

A title layered in meaning, Fall into Greatness is inspired by all that constitutes the autumn season. It also means to be immersed in truly great things. Follow our fifteen-year journey and bask in the splendor of celebrated artists such as Pablo Picasso, George Inness, Sr., Christopher Still, Dale Chihuly and many more. Highlighting iconic works from the collection, new acquisitions are unveiled, as well as never-before-seen works. We also explore the unique relationship LRMA has with Tampa Bay Area artists as we find out what inspires the artists in our collection. Approximately thirty artists currently residing in the Tampa Bay Area that are included in the LRMA collection will be collaborating with the museum on a project that will result in an interactive component to the exhibition.

Fall into Greatness: Contemporary Prints from the Jim and Martha Sweeny Collection
October 8 – December 30, 2017 (Works on Paper Gallery)
Since establishing the Lothar and Mildred Uhl Works on Paper Gallery, LRMA’s collection of contemporary prints has grown exponentially. Marking LRMA’s fifteen-year anniversary, we unveil a recent acquisition of fourteen fine art prints from Jim and Martha Sweeny, who were long-time friends of Lothar Uhl and fellow print collectors. This donation includes a cross-section of major contemporary printmakers including Louisa Chase, Donald Sultan, Brad Davis, Terry Winters, Hung Liu, Howardena Pindell and Thornton Dial. The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is honored to receive such a significant collection of prints and mixed media works by notable contemporary artists, including well-known African-American artists. Four mixed media works by Mary Proctor, Clint Griffin, and Lonnie Holly will also be included in the exhibition.

Habits & Habitats: Inside the Artist’s Studio with Abraham Rattner
October 8, 2017 – April 15, 2018 (Center Gallery)
Habits & Habitats is a new exhibition series that provides insights into the perspectives, daily habits, and private spaces of featured artists. This series is intended to create a personal connection to the audience by touching on particular parts of an artist’s life and thought process for a deeper level of understanding.

Inside the Artist’s Studio with Abraham Rattner is the second installment of the Habits & Habitats series, which offers a glimpse into the artist’s work space and artistic process. Through an immersive installation of Rattner’s original studio furniture, vintage photographs, personal letters and journals, take a peek inside his studios in Paris and New York. On view for the first time, original drawings and studies from the LRMA archives shed light on Rattner’s approach to different processes from self-portrait studies to major paintings and public projects.

ELEMENTAL: Fine Crafts from the Collection
October 8, 2017 – September 15, 2019 (Fine Craft Permanent Collection Gallery)
ELEMENTAL: Fine Crafts from the Collection is a new installation of sculptural works from the permanent collection based on the classical elements of the ancient Chinese tradition: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. These elements were used for describing interactions and relationships between phenomena. The interrelationship of these classical elements is explored through contemporary fine craft mediums including jewelry, decorative arts, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and paper. This exhibition is an amalgam of ancient raw materials and modern ingenuity, in which artists stretch the boundaries of earth’s elements in metal, wood, clay, stone, glass and other natural media.

Rattner’s Contemporaries in Paris
Extended through June 17, 2018
Paris was considered the hub of creative expression in the 1920s and 1930s, and Abraham Rattner was in the middle of it all. Well-known artists influenced Rattner’s burgeoning style and worked alongside him. This exhibit showcases how the Parisian artists of the time influenced Rattner’s works, as well as art history as a whole, featuring prints by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Paul Signac, Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Joan Miró and Abraham Rattner.

From the Collection: Artists of Hillsborough County
On view through August 2018
Following the success of the Artists of Pinellas County exhibition, the museum proudly presents a companion show, Artists of Hillsborough County. Tampa, the principal city of Hillsborough County, largely advances visual arts through its centers of higher education, including the University of Tampa and the nationally known Graphic studio program at the University of South Florida. These institutions attract leading artists as educators, produce successful students who find their own artistic expression and foster exploration of technical and aesthetic skills in contemporary art.

Artistic Journeys
On view indefinitely
Permanent collection of works by Abraham Rattner, Esther Gentle and Allen Leepa. These galleries chronicle a family of artists and their responses to the cultural and political events of the 20th century.

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About the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art
Opened to the public in 2002, LRMA is a modern and contemporary art museum with a collection of more than 6,000 works of 20th and 21st century art. The nucleus of the museum’s permanent collection includes works by Abraham Rattner, a renowned figurative expressionist; Esther Gentle, Rattner’s second wife and a printmaker, sculptor and painter; and Allen Leepa, Rattner’s step-son and an abstract expressionist artist; the museum’s collections also include of works by notable 20th century artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Fernand Léger and Henry Moore, as well as many Florida and Southeastern U.S. artists.  The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a distinction held by only 6 percent of all U.S. museums.

LRMA is located just west of U.S. Highway 19 at 600 E Klosterman Road, on the Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Thursday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday and 1 – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and free to children, students and active military with ID. On Sundays, docent tours are offered at 2 p.m. (included with admission fee). The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. Isabelle’s Museum Store is open during regular business hours.

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