December 14 Second Saturday Gallery Walk Schedule At Morean ranges from molten glass to shimmering gold

06 Dec 2019, Posted by Robin McGowan in Events, Press Releases
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St. Petersburg, FL – (December 14, 2019) The Morean Arts Center, Morean Center for Clay and Morean Glass Studio have announced their gallery exhibits and activities for the St. Pete Arts Alliance Second Saturday Artwalk for Saturday, December 14 from 5 to 9 pm.

The working artists of the Morean have many unique options for gift giving. At the Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, Behold: 2019 Holiday Show and Sale is a festive seasonal display of unique and locally made art. The curated selection ranges from jewelry to sculpture and from paintings to functional pottery.

The gilded work of St. Petersburg artist Terry Brett is perfect for the holiday season. The aptly named exhibit “Iconic Renaissance” is running through December 29. Brett has delved deep into religious iconography, frescos, mosaics and gold leaf. His adaption of timeless themes includes the use of scored clay on canvas and applied fresco images.  Brett’s subjects range from the spiritual to the mythical representing an evolution of ageless symbols imbued with infinite new meaning.

Collectors and families with military connections will appreciate the exhibit of glass art created by military veterans in Operation: Art of Valor, a community-based arts partnership with the James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital (JAHVH) which is a Creative Forces: National Endowment for the Arts clinical site. The glass art ranges from complex and five faced Pagoda structures to paperweights. Gift givers can feel especially good about helping Veterans to recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Brain Injuries when they invest in a piece from this collection.

The Morean Arts Center will also 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.

The Morean Glass Studios, at 714 1st Ave. North will be open for a very special opportunity to make glass  ornaments. Space is limited for guests who pre-register to be guided by glass artisans in making their own designs. Registration fees are $85 per person with a discount for Morean Arts Center members. All Second Saturday participants will have the opportunity to observe the pros and aspiring makers working the glass. There is also a special Second Saturday “Seconds” discount shelf in the shop display. Visitors who purchase items ranging for sweet little glass kiss drops to spectacular sculptures who are age eligible are receiving a $1 discount on the beer of their choosing at Overflow Brewing the next door down on 1st Ave. North in St. Petersburg.

The Morean Center for Clay, at 420 22nd Street South in St. Petersburg is the largest operating clay studio in the Southeast. The work of more than 50 studio artists, ranging from functional pottery to sculpture, and from porcelain to wood-fired ceramics, will be on display throughout the converted 1926 Seaboard Freight Depot. It is a great place to both see some amazing art in gallery openings and to check off the gifts remaining on your list.

The front gallery will feature “The Great Divide” a juried show created by Bruce Dehnert of the Peters Art Valley Craft Center in New Jersey. The 42 pieces in the exhibit exploring the dynamic of current geopolitical, environmental and personal relationships were selected from nearly 200 submissions and reflect artist voices from as far afield as Bejing, China. The exhibition runs from December 14 thru 29 with the opening reception on December 14 from 5 to 9 pm.

The Middle Gallery, curated by Artist-in-Residence Danny Dobrow, at the Morean Center for Clay will feature “Stalls” an installation of art by Cynthia Mason, Sebastian Coolidge, Casey McDonough, Ashley Lester and Danny Dobrow.  An opening reception is scheduled from 5 pm to 9 pm on Saturday, December 14 and the exhibit will run through December 29.

Visitors can also support the Artists in Residence with a donation to enjoy adult lemonade in a cup made by one of the artists, hear from the artists hosting gallery talks, and more.


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