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New exhibit at the Pensacola Museum of Art brings in a wave of the tropics

The Pensacola Museum of Art will call attention to their summer-long “Surfing Florida: A Photographic History” exhibit on Friday, June 8 with a tropical-themed street party entitled “The Beach Ball.”

The event lasts from 5 – 7:30 p.m. and will be catered by a variety of restaurants offering their take on tropical food and drinks. Visitors will get to dance to live reggae music performed by The Coconuts featuring Lucy Garcia and explore the surf exhibition at the museum, as entrance to the museum is included in the ticket price.

“City Grocery is bringing pineapple pork sliders,” said Marian Bryan, Public Relations and Special Events Intern at the PMA. “H2O will be there as well with their version of tropical, beach food. Nacho Daddies is bringing chicken and beef tacos.”

Tickets to the event cost $10 and will be sold online at, or can be purchased by calling 850-432-6247.

The party came about to celebrate the exhibit’s opening and local surfers’ participation in the gallery, said Bryan. “It will be a great night of nostalgia and surfing excitement.”

The museum exhibit features the photography of over 25 professional surf photographers set up in chronological order to display the evolution of the surfing culture throughout the years.

“Scholars from four universities have woven surfing’s larger themes – nature, religion, environmental activism, music and maritime history – into the specifics of Florida’s surfing history,” according to a press release from the PMA. “The exhibition will include one gallery dedicated to local and regional surfboards and memorabilia.”

The exhibit will also run films compiled of vintage surfing footage all summer, until Sept. 1, when the exhibit ends.

To visit the exhibit, museum hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday 12 – 5 p.m. The Museum is closed Sundays and Mondays. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students and active duty military. Children under 5 are free. On Tuesdays, admission is free to the public.

Hayley Benton
L&E Editor

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