September Events and Exhibitions at The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

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Focus Friday

Friday, September 2, Noon, Made in Florida Gallery, included with admission
Sponsored by Dr. Marcia Makris & Charles DeGrandpre
Learn more about art, art history and the museum’s expanding collection. Each month from September through May a different object is the focus of a short, informal presentation by one of LRMA’s docents. September’s selection is Peace I: Life of Tolstoy, a lithograph by the Russian-born conceptualist artists (Vitaly) Komar and (Alexander) Melamid.


ABC (Art, Books and Community) Reading Club

Friday, September 16, 1:30 p.m., LRMA Resource Center, included with admission

Palm Harbor Library Director Gene Coppola facilitates this bimonthly program held at the museum. Members select, read and discuss books about modern and contemporary art and enjoy light refreshments. September’s selection is Edward Hopper: The Art and the Artistby Gail Levin.


Last Day to See Exhibitions:

Into the Third Dimension:  Sculpture from the Collection, School’s Out: The Art of Youth Culture, and Youth Gone Wild: The History and Art of Pinball

Sunday, September 18, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., regular admission

This is the last day to see and enjoy these three great exhibitions! From sculpture to printmaking to pinball, we have got you covered.


 Museum Day Live!

Saturday, September 24, 10:00 am – 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


 Leap into Art at Leepa-Rattner!

Wednesday, September 28, 3 p.m. Challenge of Modern Art Gallery, included with admission

Great for ages 4-8, this program features stories about art read by Palm Harbor Library Youth Services Librarian Marisa Meale and a related hands-on art activity led by LRMA Education Assistant, Emily Steullet. September’s theme is Books Alive! and the books arePerfect Square by Michael Hall, Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg, and Mix It Up! by Hervé Tullet.


 Art Exhibitions:

Into the Third Dimension: Sculpture from the Collection

On view through Sept. 18, 2016

This exhibition introduces audiences to the breadth of sculptural work in the museum’s permanent collection. From modernist works by Henry Moore, Victor Vasarely, Vladimir Yoffe, Abraham Rattner, and Esther Gentle to contemporary works by Richard Beckman, Jack King, Charles Parkhill and Lin Emery, the collection demonstrates a wide variety of styles and media.


School’s Out: The Art of Youth Culture

On view through Sept.18, 2016

The museum’s work on paper gallery features local and regional artists who work outside the academic aesthetics of printmaking and artmaking. Their work draws inspiration from skateboard art, album covers, comics, gig posters, pinball, and art found in other parts of youth culture. Featured artists include Sean Starwars, Daniel Mrgan, The Crafty Hag (Coralette Damme) and Jujmo (Cheryl Weber).

“The goal is to raise hell with your eyeballs and engage your soul.” – Outlaw Printmakers


Youth Gone Wild: The History and Art of Pinball

On view through Sept. 18, 2016

The Museum has teamed up with the Replay Amusement Museum in Tarpon Springs to present this exhibition on the history of pinball, through the artists who helped define the game. The display will cover the early history from the prohibition period (1930s- 1960s) through to the arcade era (1970s- 1990s), weaving together historical narrative with key individuals who defined the game’s aesthetics. For the duration of the exhibition, the museum will feature playable pinball machines in the Interactive Gallery, on loan from the Replay Amusement Museum.


50 Years of Watercolors by Abraham Rattner

On view through December, 2016

This year, LRMA is pleased to focus on watercolors painted by Rattner over his long career. 50 Years of Watercolors by Abraham Rattner explores watercolor as an essential expression for Rattner, from en plein air sketches of bathers on the beach to preliminary studies for larger works to large watercolors created for an exhibition. Rattner was never without art-making materials, and his watercolors have an immediacy and a luminosity of color that convey a compelling record of time and place.


Made of Clay: the Art of Ceramics

On view through December 31, 2016

Clay from the earth represents some of the earliest artifacts made by man. Advancements in pottery, including hand-building techniques, the use of the potter’s wheel, firing clay objects in a kiln, and special glazing techniques have turned ceramics into both an art and science.


From the Collection: Artists of Hillsborough County

On view through August 2017

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.


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. | 727-709-9541

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