New Art Exhibit Opens to Highlight Florida’s Talented Glass Artists

“Give Yourself Time”, artwork by Eli Cecil of Palm Beach (detail).

“Flora-Bunda”, by Debbie Lynn Griffin (Sarasota).

"Florida in bloom" by Trish Duggan (Belleair)

“Florida Blooming” by Trish Duggan (Belleair)

Opening Saturday is Florida: In Transformation, a juried exhibition of more than 50 studio glassworks from 39 creative Florida glass artists.

I asked them to submit works that would communicate what it’s like to live in this state – or what inspired them to be in this state”

—Jane Buckman

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, USA, April 28, 2022 / — The Imagine Museum in St. Petersburg opened in the spring of 2018 and has become one of Florida’s go-to centers for contemporary glass art .

As the Imagine Museum approaches its fifth anniversary, Executive Director Jane Buckman and the museum team decided to create a special exhibit to showcase glass artists from across the state of Florida.

In a chat with Bill DeYoung of the St. Pete Catalyst, executive director Jane Buckman explained the curatorial process for the new Florida artists exhibit, saying, “I asked them to submit works that would communicate how c is to live in this state – or what is it about this state that inspired them?”

“Many of the artists are locally based, including household names like Duncan McClellan and Marlene Rose. However, says Buckman, “I didn’t know what to expect. I knew the artists here in this area, I know a few on the east coast, but I was really thrilled with all the entries.

Florida’s Gulf Coast is becoming a hub for glass collecting, and many now call it the “Glass Coast.” Between 1,000 and 1,500 people visit the Imagine Museum each week, showing that interest in glass art is growing among local crowds.

The Florida exhibit will include more than 50 studio glassware from 39 Florida designers in the studio glass community, all of whom responded to Buckman’s call for artists last October. The exhibition will run from April to October 2022. Tickets can be purchased at

Florida: In Transformation opens with a ticketed reception, featuring the artists, starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (April 30). The information is available here:

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