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Last weekend to see “Frida Kahlo at The Dali”

This is your last weekend to see Frida Kahlo at The Dali. I was there on Sunday enjoying a Frida Kahlo-themed St. Petersburg day trip. The plan was to see the exhibit, have an exhibit-themed cocktail at FarmTable Kitchen, and then have a Mexican dinner at Red Mesa Cantina.

Frida Kahlo at The Dali

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist, working from the mid 1920’s through the early 1950’s, who became one of Mexico’s most famous artists. Her life was every bit as interesting as her artwork, if not more so, and she has been the subject of quite a few biographies. Her work is currently on display at The Dali Museum, in St. Petersburg, FL, through April 17, 2017. An audio tour narrated by Susan Sarandon guides you through the exhibit, describing the life and work of Frida Kahlo.

The Dali Museum was designed by St. Petersburg, FL-based architect, Yann Weymouth, to reflect Salvadore Dali’s spirit. The helical staircase pictured here came as a result of Dali’s obsession with spirals and DNA’s double helix structure.
An overlook on the 3rd floor of the museum looks over the museum’s garden and the waterfront.
The view from the 3rd floor overlook.
The entryway to the Frida Kahlo exhibit gallery was covered in colorful flowers, a nod to Frida’s Mexican heritage.
Viewing the Frida Kahlo exhibit.
El camion (The Bus) by Frida Kahlo. Much of Frida’s artwork was inspired by her tragic bus accident in 1925. This painting shows the bus immediately prior to the accident.
Henry Ford Hospital by Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo’s A Few Small Nips illustrates a gruesome crime she read about in the newspaper.
The Dali’s homage to Frida’s Mexican garden.

Child running through the garden maze at The Dali.
Guests tie their wrist bands to a tree in the Avant-garden at the end of their visit.

To learn more about this exhibit, check out Julie Garisto’s article, Pondering Frida Kahlo and the Latin American Muse, for Creative Pinellas.

Cocktails at FarmTable Kitchen

FarmTable Kitchen, a gourmet farm-to-table restaurant on the 2nd floor of St. Pete’s Locale Market, changes their seasonal cocktail menu with each new exhibit at The Dali. I had the Tree of Life, inspired by one of Kahlo’s paintings.

FarmTable Kitchen cocktail inspired by Frida Kahlo’s Tree of Life.

Dinner at Red Mesa Cantina

From the moment St Petersburg’s Red Mesa made it onto Laura Riley’s 2016 Top 50 restaurants of Tampa Bay, I have been wanting to try it. There are three restaurants in the Red Mesa Mexican restaurant group: (1) Red Mesa on 4th St. N, (2) Red Mesa Cantina on 3rd St. S, and (3) Red Mesa Mercado on 1st Ave. N. I chose to dine at Red Mesa Cantina on account of their awesome courtyard. The food was good and reasonably-priced. I would recommend it to anyone looking to dine at a Mexican restaurant in St. Petersburg, FL.

The Downtown Cadillac margarita at Red Mesa Cantina includes the locally-distilled Tippler’s orange liqueur.
Pork Enchiladas at Red Mesa Cantina
Gallo Pinto – pinto beans mixed with rice and topped with chimichurri.

If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, a Dali-themed day in St. Pete is always an excellent choice.

Jennifer Ring
Jennifer Ring is a freelance writer & photographer living in the Tampa Bay area, on Florida's west coast, home to some of the best beaches in the state.