Steven Dean Anderson’s art returns to the Villa Zorayda Museum with this Encore Exhibit after first displaying his work at the iconic museum during the city’s 450th Commemoration in Fall 2015. As his business card says, Anderson is an “artist with unique vision.” Documenting the architecture of America’s oldest city, creating detailed memories with an innovative realism and neon-neo-impressionist color, Anderson infuses his work with life and soul. What makes his art even more interesting is the fact that he doesn’t see his art in the same way the general public views it due to his faltering and diminishing eyesight. Anderson will be at the museum from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on March 19 for a “Meet and Greet.”
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Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 adults, $5 children 7 – 12, and no charge for children 6 and under.
On the National Register of Historic Places the Villa Zorayda of St. Augustine was was built in 1883 as the winter residence of Franklin Smith utilizing his method of construction of poured concrete and crushed coquina shell. It is built 1/10th the scale of a section of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain.
This building set a precedence for St. Augustine and began the Moorish Spanish revival of architecture that is seen throughout the city today. In 1904 it became the Zorayda Club. On display for the first time ever is the custom made bone china made exclusively for the Zorayda Club. In 1913 it was purchased by Abraham S. Mussallem, an authority on Oriental rugs, fine arts and Egyptian artifacts. In 1922 it became one of the most fashionable places for casino gambling.
In the mid 1930’s it was opened as a museum featuring the priceless antique collections of both Franklin Smith and A.S. Mussallem which are still on display today. The 45-60 minute tour guests offered daily gives an in depth look at the historical significance of the building to the City of St. Augustine, the magnificent architecture as well as descriptions of the many exquisite pieces you will see.