Years ago, Tom and Mary James’ travels took them out west. They were captivated by the art, landscape and wildlife. The art of action and attention to place created by contemporary artists greatly moved them, and they began buying pieces not only for their personal pleasure, but also to help the artists earn a living. These two dedicated patrons of the arts collected works in oil, ink, and stone. Accumulating works that define genres yet defy labels; works that evoke the spirit of a wide-open frontier and the beauty of life in the wild.
After four decades of collecting western and wildlife paintings, sculptures, as well as Native American jewelry, Tom and Mary James debuted The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art in downtown St. Petersburg in April of 2018. The museum showcases the history of the Native American Indian culture and early pioneers who opened the American West to exploration. The building itself is designed to resemble the landscape of the American Southwest.
“St. Petersburg has become a vibrant arts destination,” said Tom James. “It’s possible for people to come here on vacation and spend four days just visiting our museums and galleries.” Tom and Mary James chose St. Petersburg as the home of the James Museum to “augment the array of cultural attractions and embellish the city’s reputation as a cultural destination while providing educational and entertainment opportunities, related to our passion for the American West and Native American Indian culture.”
With entertainment on the forefront of St. Pete’s vibrant culture, the James hosts various events and workshops, including their weekly $10 Tuesday specials. Still looking for your Tuesday, May 14th, plans? Register here for $10 Tuesday “Gallery Sketching” from 5:30PM – 7:30 PM with instructor Douglas Land, or click here to participate in the watercolor art workshop from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Find more information on the James Museum’s and their events and happenings here.