Figure Drawing Exhibitions Take Spotlight at Morean Arts Center

09 Jan 2017, Posted by Sarah Aldrich in Community, Events, News, Press Releases


January 9, 2018

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Figure Drawing Exhibitions Take Spotlight at Morean Arts Center

Four new figure drawing exhibitions open Saturday, January 13, from 5pm-9pm

St. Petersburg, Fla. – The Morean Arts Center’s newest exhibitions Christopher Barnes Drake: Known Survivors, Janet Folsom: Living Life, Bruce Marsh: Figure Drawings and Drawing Artists Together: Celebrating the Saturday Morning Figure Drawing Session opens to the public on Second Saturday ArtWalk, Saturday, January 13, from 5pm-9pm. A special Member Preview will be held Friday, January 12, from 5pm-7pm.

The overarching theme of these exhibitions is figure drawing and the growth of figure drawing art, artists and classes the Morean Arts Center has helped foster throughout its 100 years in St. Petersburg.

Christopher Barnes Drake (1950-2014), a beloved local artist, was an Artist in Residence and longtime teacher at the Morean Arts Center. Exhibiting Drake’s work celebrates his history with the Morean Arts Center and his impact on the arts in St. Petersburg. His instruction has inspired other local artists such as Perri Neri and Betsy Orbe Lester whose works reflect a progression of Drake’s teachings.

Unfortunately, a turbulent personal life led to the majority of Drake’s paintings being destroyed after his death. Amanda Cooper, Curator of Exhibitions at the Morean Arts Center, obtained seven paintings and 40 photographs of Drake’s paintings to be displayed on a monitor in the gallery.

“I chose to exhibit Drake’s paintings as a way to keep an eye on the past,” said Cooper. “Drake is an instrumental part of the Morean’s history, and as we move into celebrating the next 100 years of the arts in St. Petersburg, I hope his paintings will continue to connect past students and encourage new students to enroll in a figure drawing class here at the Morean.”

Janet Folsom, a local and longtime member of the Morean Arts Center, uses paintings and the written word to showcase her family and inner circle. Her works reflect her view on what family looks like. Guests are encouraged to participate in “What Does Your Family Look Like,” an interactive component allowing guests to write or draw their family.

Award-winning artist Bruce Marsh, known for his detailed, luminous paintings of Florida landscapes, turns his attention to the human figure for this exhibition. Marsh uses the ink and watercolor sketches displayed in this exhibition to keep his hand and eye sharp. Marsh, a resident of Ruskin, Fla., is a 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, Tampa Museum of Art, The Ringling Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

In honor of the Morean Arts Center’s rich history of 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 to display in Drawing Artists Together: Celebrating the Saturday Morning Figure Drawing Session.

These four exhibitions reflect how the human figure can be presented in a variety of ways by a variety of artists in all skill levels.

Christopher Barnes Drake: Known Survivors, Janet Folsom: Living Life, Bruce Marsh: Figure Drawings andDrawing Artists Together: Celebrating the Saturday Morning Figure Drawing Session is sponsored by State of Florida, Department of Cultural Affairs and Lisa and Perry Everett.

For more information on the Morean Arts Center, please go to or call 727.822.7872 ext. 8.

Morean Arts Center: 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, Fla. 33701


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 & Hot Shop and the Morean Center for Clay.

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