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The James Museum announces interim director

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The Tom and Mary James Museum of Western and Wildlife art has selected an interim director as it ramps up toward its scheduled opening in early 2018. Bernice Chu started the job on Monday and will report directly to Tom James who along with his wife, Mary James, will make hundreds of works of art from their private collection available for viewing in a new 84,000-square-foot museum next year. Chu’s long résumé includes positions with The New York Botanical Garden,…

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James Museum to be one of few in south devoted to Western art

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When the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art opens in about a year, it will help cement St. Petersburg’s place as a destination for art lovers from around the world. The prospect has caused a buzz in the art world and Thursday morning, Emily Kapes, art collection curator at Raymond James Financial, gave a short preview of what’s coming to local art lovers. The event was sponsored by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. Tom and Mary James, the donors…

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Tom James at Tiger Bay

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Those of a “certain age” will still recall their grandparents’ admonitions to eat every bite on your plate, avoid waste of anything, save every penny and above all–avoid excess. These were the words of folks who lived through what the world came to call the “Great Depression” and the event, broken only by the launch of war spending, left an indelible mark on a generation. As they say, everything old is new again. Please join your fellow tigers as Raymond…

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