WoodBURN Workshop

WoodBURN Workshop by Rachel Stewart hosted at Morean Arts Center

27 Sep 2019, Posted by Robin McGowan in Classes, Events, News, Press Releases

St. Petersburg, FL (October 12 and 13, 2019) – The Morean Arts Center will host a special workshop on the ancient art of wood burning on October 12 and 13 from 10 am to 4 pm each day. The WoodBURN theme is the weekend before the BURN: Morean Street Festival, an official event of the SHINE: St. Pete Mural Festival.

“This workshop is a playful nod to the BURN motif,” said Morean Arts Center Education Director Jonathan Harrison.  “It is appropriate for all skill levels, and under the instruction of St. Petersburg based Rachel Stewart. Participants can expect to add dimension to their multi-media, printmaking or skills with wood,” said Harrison. Stewart’s wood derived art, sculpture and prints are included in public and private collections in Jamaica, Florida and New York. Her sculpture, Two Waves, is in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Jamaica.

Stewart has been exploring motifs of nature, the movement of water currents and formations of fallen leaves in her work for over three decades. She identifies as a multicultural person, who migrated from the U.S. to Jamaica and lived there for 20 years. She taught at the Edna Manley College of Art, exhibited her sculptures, and raised her Jamaican family. She is fascinated with the process of crossing over and journeys over water. Pirogues, a Jamaican style longboat used by fishermen appear as studies and symbols in much of her work. “Her former Jamaican husband was a fisherman and he used a Pirogue,” she explained. “I really enjoy the opportunity to use woodburning in contemporary and unexpected ways,” said Stewart.

Workshop participants are encouraged to bring a photograph, drawing or other inspiration they wish to explore with the woodburning technique.  A complete listing of course supplies and registration details can be found at the Morean Classes and Education website.

“I have a great love for teaching and feel immense pride when students go on to growth in their work,” Stewart said in a recent interview. “I love to receive invitations to student shows that are opening across the country.” Stewart has a BFA in sculpture from Boston University College of Fine Arts and a MA in Creativity Studies from the Union Institute and University.


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 https://www.moreanartscenter.org.

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