BIG INK Weekend Schedule of Florida Artists Appearing at Morean Arts Center Announced

27 Sep 2019, Posted by Robin McGowan in Community, Events, In the Papers, Morean on TV, News, Press Releases
Large format woodblock print

St. Petersburg, FL (Sep. 28 thru 29, 2019) – The Morean Arts Center will host a special exhibition celebrating the ancient art of printmaking with contemporary themes and a one-of-a-kind super-sized woodblock printing press this Saturday and Sunday, September 28 & 29. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 11 am to 4 pm.  Audience members are cautioned that the oil-based relief ink that will be applied to the artist carved woodblocks does not come out of clothing.

BIG INK, LLC, a New Hampshire based woodblock printmaking education organization selected designs by 17 Florida artists to be collaboratively printed by two teams of artists who will print on masa paper in order of the size of their woodblocks.

“The Morean is partnering with BIG INK to bring this resource to the community because printing equipment of this scale and portability is rare,” said Morean Arts Center Executive Director Howayda Affan.  “It aligns with our mission to engage the community in art experiences. Children of all ages will be especially delighted with the scale of this work and the opportunity to see the artists hands-on in producing the printed works together.  It is a process that merges lessons of creativity, communication and teamwork,” she added.

Local artist Rebecca Skelton who teaches drawing at the Morean Arts Center was among the local artists selected to participate in the exhibition and demonstrations. [Learn more about Rebecca’s wood block carving process in this video]

St. Petersburg artist Polly Perkins is returning to the BIG INK press after participating in the Philadelphia Exhibit last year. “I really enjoy the opportunity to explore contemporary themes with the traditional woodblock printing process,” said Perkins. Her Philadelphia print was of two abstract figures she drew in the weekly Saturday Figure Drawing Open Studio at the Morean Arts Center.

This year, her woodblock was inspired by a sketch by 16th century Venetian artist Tintoretto. “In his drawing a figure is twisting around to look directly at us, its clothing swirling around with a grid in the background. The face is neither male nor female. In my version I wanted to see this figure as large as life,” said Perkins.

The press prints hand-carved woodblocks reaching nearly 4 x 8 feet in dimension.  BIG INK travels across the US with their custom-built press, helping artist teams print at designated stops along the way. “We selected St. Petersburg because of its vibrant creative community and the Morean Arts Center because of their 100 plus year commitment to promoting the arts,” said BIG INK’s Director Lyell Castonguay. “The partnership furthers our mission to inspire greater appreciation for large-scale woodblock printmaking and extend its practice.”

A collection of BIG INK prints from the 27 other cities on the National BIG INK 2019 Tour can be seen now at the Gallery of the Morean Arts Center at 719 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg.

The audience experience planned for the weekend includes a live demonstration, an exhibition and sale of woodblock prints from BIG INK’s collection, and the opportunity to purchase BIG INK drinks and dessert created by Paul Bailin at the Banyan Café on Central in the Morean Arts Center. BIG INK also has a selection of small woodblocks that attendees may use to do make their own woodblock prints.

Saturday, September 28:

Rebecca Skelton (drawing) –

St. Petersburg, FL, 24″ x 36″

Alberto Gomez (painting/printmaking) –

St. Petersburg, FL, 24″ x 36″

Polly E Perkins (printmaking) –

St. Petersburg, FL, 30″ x 60″

Emily Victory (painting) –

Tampa, FL, 36″ x 36″

Amy Allison-Turpin (ceramics) –

St. Petersburg, FL, 36″ x 72″

Emily J Legleitner (printmaking) –

Flint, MI, 40″ x 72″

Sean Mick (painting/sculpture) –

Miami, FL, 40″ x 60″

Ben Willmore (photography) –

Clearwater, FL, 40″ x 96″


Sunday, September 29:

Ali Norman (printmaking) –

St. Petersburg, FL, 24″ x 36″

Lynn Foskett Pierson (mixed media) –

Tarpon Springs, FL, 24″ x 40″

Sarah Rigas (painting) –

Winter Garden, FL, 24″ x 40″

Gordon Harlow (mixed media)

St. Petersburg, FL, 37″ x 66″

Joesph Skinner (printmaking) –

St. Petersburg, FL, 36″ x 48″

Brandie Dziegiel (printmaking) –

Clearwater, FL, 40″ x 96″

Tin Lohr (printmaking) –

Cooper City, FL, 40″ x 96″


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

About BIG INK: BIG INK, LLC facilitates large-scale woodblock printing events at galleries, art centers, universities, and museums across the country.  To learn more visit:



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