October Second Saturday Schedule At Morean Arts Center and Morean Center for Clay30 Sep 2019, Posted by Events, Press Releases in
St. Petersburg, FL – (October 12, 2019) The Morean Arts Center and Morean Center for Clay have announced their gallery exhibits and activities for the St. Pete Arts Alliance Second Saturday Artwalk for Saturday, October 12 from 5 to 9 pm.
At the Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, the galleries will feature mural and street artist exhibits as they prepare for the SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival from October 18 to 26. BASK, a prolific St. Petersburg mural artist featured on cityscapes from Detroit to Brooklyn will be doing a 20 Year Retrospective. BASK’s global view is informed by a pathway that took him from a childhood in communist Checkslovakia to sunny Florida. His high impact images explore parallels between communist propaganda and advertising messages of consumption. His art was seen recently in the movie Ironman3.
The iconic images of BASK will be flanked by the first solo exhibition of Jujmo. The Tampa based artist enjoys creating images where imaginary creatures collide with reality. Her exhibit titled ROYGBIV promises to be a colorful and fantasy imbued delight.
Kodi Thompson, an alumnus of the Morean Center for Clay Artist in Residence program, will exhibit his latest ceramic sculptures and multimedia art. With a nod to graffiti artists who develop their own language of symbols, Thompson’s XYZ exhibit is influenced by his history. He has created a symbolic set of shapes that present as a personal alphabet non-representational of letters or numbers. Two-dimensional surface designs influenced by skateboarding, graffiti, architecture and the rural planes of his youth are cropped into abstract shapes and compositions.
Bringing the vibe back to canvas, Daniel Lloyd-Miller’s Scenes of Transformation exhibit is a collection of plein air paintings that capture the zeitgeist of St. Petersburg with images that range from vibrant night scenes to meditative studies of palm tree lined streets and the beauty of nature.
Morean Arts Center visitors can also plan to take in the student created art exhibit “You Can Feel What We See” featuring pieces created by visually impaired students of Pinellas County Schools.
The Morean Center for Clay, at 420 22nd Street South in St. Petersburg is the largest operating clay studio in the Southeast. It boasts over 48 professional ceramic artist working studios. Their work, ranging from functional pottery to sculpture, and from porcelain to wood-fired ceramics, will be on display throughout the converted Seaboard Freight Depot. Dating to 1926 the architecture of the building makes this stop on the Second Saturday tour an experience itself! The sounds of jazz music will fill the stout timber rafters and reverb from the brick walls throughout the evening.
The front gallery will feature a solo exhibition of Mark Errol, a contemporary Georgia studio potter who is co-owner of Plough Gallery and a Valdosta State University instructor. Errol’s work is lush with layers of colorful images and designs on shapes that distinguish his signature style. He is hosting a two-day workshop beginning on October 11, also at the Morean Center for Clay.
Mark Errol Bowl and forms
The Middle Gallery, curated by Artist-in-Residence Danny Dobrow, will feature the dramatic work of St. Petersburg artists Don and Cristina Williams. Don’s incredible form work and Cristina’s painterly gifts produce breathtaking and unexpected results. “We like to work in Raku and Shino glazes that move and intertwine in the heat of firing,” the artists explained.
In addition to enjoying the opportunity to see great clay art, visitors can make a donation and receive the gift of a clay cup crafted by one of the Artists in Residence filled with an adult beverage. Light snacks will be provided and on a first-come, first-served basis. Also offered on a first-come, first-served basis is an amazing chair massage.
Visitors can also expect to see a live raku demonstration hosted by two St. Petersburg artists, ceramist and wood turner Tom Davis and MudJoy Potter Beth Miranda at 6:00 pm. There will be a gallery talk and pottery wheel throw down challenge between Don Williams and some of the Artists in Residence at 7:00 pm. The evening winds down with Bowls for Good turning a wood bowl out on the kiln pad at 8:00 pm.
About the Morean Arts Center: The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. The mission of the Morean Arts Center is to connect people with art and to contribute to the economic development of the region. Operating under the Morean Arts Center includes the Chihuly Collection, Glass Studio and Hot Shop and the Morean Center for Clay. To learn more visit http://www.moreanartscenter.org.