Tarpon Springs’ The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art kicks off 20th anniversary celebrations this weekend

Family and community days happen on Friday and Saturday, and several shows are on tap for the big year.

click to enlarge The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is Perched on the St. Petersburg College Tarpon Springs campus. - Photo via leeparattner/Facebook
Photo via leeparattner/Facebook
The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is Perched on the St. Petersburg College Tarpon Springs campus.
The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is gearing up to celebrate its 20th year serving the arts community of Tampa Bay.

The anniversary celebration kicks off with an opening reception for its “Masterworks from the Collection” exhibition today, Jan. 21 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and a “Family and Community Day” on Saturday, Jan. 22.
Perched on the St. Petersburg College Tarpon Springs campus, the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art has long offered its community a glimpse into some of the most influential internationally renowned artists to established and up-and-coming Florida artists. With its collection of more than 7,000 works from the 20th and 21st centuries, the museum has acted as an intersection of art, history, culture and education for Pinellas County.

“Family and Community Day” can enjoy a sidewalk chalk festival, a makers market by Sunny Side Up Productions, art showings, printmaking demonstrations, gallery tours, refreshments from Nature’s Table and a panel discussion focusing on the museum’s origins and history. The event will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and is free to attend.

Complementing the day of activities will be the “Masterworks from the Collection,” on display from Jan. 21-April 30. The exhibition will showcase some of the LRMA’s best works, including 60 fine art prints, paintings and sculptures from renowned artists like Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Dale Chihuly and more. With pieces from the height of Impressionism to the present day, the museum is offering an exploration of the evolution of modern art with its major collections.

Along with “Masterworks from the Collection,” the museum will host the travelling exhibition “Greater Than 17,” exploring the prints of Stanley William Hayter’s "Atelier 17," on view from Jan. 22-April 30. Currently on display is “Francais Impressions: Early 20th Century Master Printmakers,” on view through June 12.

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