January 13 – February 23, 2018
Christopher Barnes Drake: Known Survivors
Beloved local artist Christopher Barnes Drake (1950 – 2014) served as Artist-in-Residence at the Morean in the mid-1980s. A longtime teacher at the Center, he influenced numerous artists who continue to work today. A look back at the painter’s life and legacy.
Pictured: Self Portrait: Tallahassee, 1983, oil on canvas, Collection of Gerald Notaro
Janet Folsom: Living Life
An exhibition highlighting what family means to us and the changing definition of the word, artist Janet Folsom uses those closest to her as inspiration for her ongoing body of work. An interactive component will allow visitors to add their voice to the exhibition, giving the sense of what “family” looks like in our community.
Pictured: Girlfriend, oil on canvas
Bruce Marsh: Figure Drawings
Award-winning artist Bruce Marsh, known for his detailed, luminous paintings of Florida landscapes, turns his attention to the human figure for this exhibition. These ink and watercolor sketches are a way for the artist to keep his hand and eye sharp. While he strives for accuracy, he also tries to leave room for impulsiveness and the element of surprise. Marsh, a resident of Ruskin, FL, is professor emeritus at the University of South Florida, where he taught from 1969 to 2003. His work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; the Tampa Museum of Art, The Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
Drawing Artists Together: Celebrating the Saturday Morning Figure Drawing Session
The Morean Arts Center has been hosting drawing sessions on Saturdays for at least 35 years, continuing a robust figure drawing tradition that goes back nearly a century in St. Petersburg. The Morean invited all artists who have participated in these sessions to submit one work of art for display. See drawings and paintings in the figurative tradition by many of your favorite local artists as we celebrate the program and its longevity. Pictured: Figure drawing session from the 1970s at the old Arts Center building, 7th Street S.
March 10 – April 27, 2018
Fresh Squeezed 2: Emerging Artists in Florida
The Morean is pleased to invite emerging artists currently residing in Florida to submit entries for possible exhibition in the second annual Fresh Squeezed: Emerging Artists in Florida. The exhibition will be held at the Morean Arts Center March 10 – April 27, 2018. The purpose of Fresh Squeezed is to encourage, support and celebrate artists who fly under the radar, who haven’t had their big break, whose work may not be typical gallery or museum fare. For Fresh Squeezed, we encourage artists to break boundaries, to think of ways their work can create a dialog in our community, our region, in our wild, wacky, wonderful state.