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January 14 – February 24, 2017–Opening Reception is January 14th from 5 to 9pm

brian-harperMajor Mud 3

Known for exhibiting painting and drawing, the Art Club of St. Petersburg displayed the first sculptural work in 1958, the 30th year of that organization. In the early 1990s and again in 2000, local potter Russ Gustafson-Hilton brought nationally-recognized artists in the field of ceramics to our gallery. Independent curator and former Morean staff member Melissa Yungbluth carries on the tradition by inviting nearly 25 artists from across the country to share their latest works with our community. Though differing in style and studio practice, these cutting-edge artists all demonstrate how this ancient medium is still relevant, with connections to social media, podcasts, collaborations with retailers, and more. Participating artists include: Jennifer Allen, Dan Anderson, Blair Clemo, Sunshine Cobb, Russ Gustafson-Hilton, John Glick, Brian Harper (pictured), Bryan Hopkins, Meredith Host, Randy Johnston, Brian R. Jones, Karen Karnes, Gail Kendall, Suze Lindsay, Lindsay Oesterritter, Jeff Oestreich, Kip O’Krongly, Doug Peltzman, Greg Pugh, Emily Schroeder Willis, Deborah Schwartzkopf, David Shaner, and Shawn Spangler.


 The Journey: Photographs Along the Way

Famed National Geographic photographer Sam Abell selected artwork for this exhibition which focuses not on the destination of a journey, but how you get there. Out of nearly 400 entries, Sam chose 32 pieces from artists from 21 states that capture the boredom and exhilaration of travel, and commutes both ordinary and epic.

Participating artists include: Claire Apana, Virginia Blaisdell, Greta Brubaker, John Carney, Brett Leigh Dicks, John Francis, Seth Harwood (pictured), Charles Haynes, Tim LaBarge, Diane Lieux, Kimberly Llerena, Jim Lustenader, Helene Macaulay, Brian Malloy, Trevor Messersmith, Melanie Metz, Lauren Mitchell, Rachel Perry, Joseph Podlesnik, Mary Rhodomoyer, Douglas Schmidt, Abril Sicairos, Larry Simon, Steven Smith, William Stickles, Emily Stone, Marian Tagliarino, Samantha VanDeman, Lillis Werder and Caren Winnall.



20 Years of Word & Image: Arts in Education Partnership

Educating children about the arts, and offering them access to gallery and exhibition space, has been a key component of our mission at the Morean Arts Center. Since 1998, we have worked with Pinellas County schools to create Word & Image: Arts and Education Partnership. The Morean hosts four of these juried exhibits each year, including work from students at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Each year, students are challenged to create works of art based on a particular theme, and to incorporate a written statement within the piece. Past years’ themes include “Let Freedom Ring,” “On My Block,” “Superheroes,” and “Celebrating Harmony.”

Limited only by their imaginations, these children’s creations are sometimes hilarious, often heartfelt, and always extraordinary.

High School Exhibition:   October 28 – December 4, 2016       Awards Ceremony: Saturday, October 29th, 3pm to 4:30pm

Elementary School Exhibition (N-W): December 9, 2016 – January 15, 2017     Awards Ceremony:  Saturday, December 10th, 3pm to 4:30pm

Elementary School Exhibition (A-M): January 20 – February 26, 2017    Awards Ceremony: Saturday, February 11th, 3pm to 4:30pm

Middle School Exhibition: March 3 – April 9, 2017    Awards Ceremony: Saturday, March 25th, 3pm to 4:30pm