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“I Wonder” is Student Art Theme Opening December 14 at Morean Arts Center

26 Nov 2019, Posted by Robin McGowan in Community, Events, News, Press Releases

St. Petersburg, FL (December 14, 2019) – On Saturday, December 14, the Morean Arts Center will continue its celebration of 23 Years of Word & Image: Arts in Education with an exhibit of art created by Middle School students of Pinellas County.  The theme is “I Wonder” and the exhibit will be included in the December St. Pete Arts Alliance Second Saturday Artwalk, opening at 5 pm and running until 9 pm.

There will also be a special reception for the student artists and their guests on Saturday, December 14 from 3 to 5 pm. As part of the afternoon reception an awards ceremony will be held at 3:30 pm.

This year, 77 pieces are included in the middle school exhibition. The exhibit is used as an exercise in art classes in the county. Teachers are tasked with choosing five submissions to be submitted to the Morean for final selection.

There are four series of Word and Image exhibitions, which are open to the public and funded through the generosity of donors including Hazel Hough, who is being honored in a memorial tribute during this year’s exhibits. The exhibits are organized by the age of artists, beginning with the High School exhibit which closes December 1, transitioning to Middle School art in December, and two Elementary School exhibits in January and February.

Historically more than 1,200 individuals attend the openings over the course of the four shows, including local artists and educators who participated in the exhibition during its culmination who now include Word & Image in their own curriculum each year to encourage their students to delve into the world of art.

23 Years of Word & Image is sponsored by the Hough Family Foundation, the Pinellas Community Foundation, and Suncoast Credit Union. The gallery spaces of the Morean Arts Center located at 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL are free and open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm Monday thru Saturday, and 12 to 5 pm on Sundays.

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