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Race on over to the Morean Arts Center, Glass Studio & Center for Clay for great art, fabulous cars and more Grand Prix Weekend fun!

29 Feb 2020, Posted by Robin McGowan in Community, Events, News, Press Releases

The Morean Arts Center, Morean Glass Studio and Morean Center for Clay have announced their gallery exhibits and activities for the St. Pete Arts Alliance Second Saturday Artwalk for Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 5 to 9 pm.

The 4th Annual Fresh Squeezed exhibit will fill the galleries of the Morean Arts Center at 719 Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg. Six emerging artists were selected from 140 applicants.

Krystle Lemonias, based in Tampa, is an interdisciplinary visual artist and art educator. Lemonias uses found materials, fabric and iconography to explore themes of social class privilege, border culture, economic inequity and Caribbean resiliency. She acquired a BFA in printmaking from New Jersey City University in 2018 and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of South Florida.

Cindy Leung, a class of 2021 graduate student at the University of Florida College of the Arts is a ceramic artist. She received her BFA in Studio Arts with a concentration in ceramics from Queens College, City University of New York.  Art enthusiasts who saw the Bruce Dehnert curated Great Divide exhibit earlier this season at the Morean Center for Clay may remember seeing Leung’s heritage reflected in the two pieces selected for that show.

Nicholas Kalemba is a contemporary painter living and working in Orlando. Specializing in acrylic and oil painting on a large-scale, he works as a muralist, studio painter and adjunct professor. He graduated with a BFA in 2016 and an MFA in 2019 from the University of Central Florida. He is currently an “Artist in Action” at the Maitland Art Center.“ He is driven by an overwhelming desire to capture and examine the moments, events and environments that define our experience as modern human beings.

Fans of the work of Kirk Ke Wang will want to see the art of Luca Molnar. Molnar uses mixed media to capture a sense of fractured space, pitting continents of pattern against one another in an approach evocative of Wang’s style but in a fresh and unique voice. “The patterns I use quote specific domestic items – embroidery, quilts, clothing, wallpaper, tile and the like.” explains Molnar.

Jared Ragland, will be exhibiting SNOWBIRD, a project started shortly after his recent move to Tarpon Springs. “The work situates the idyllic and quotidian, the strange and the sentimental, and serves as a means of orienting myself within a unique community steeped in a complex mix of culture and history, contradiction and change,” says Ragland.

Ragland is a fine art and documentary photographer and teaches in the Judy Genshaft Honors College at the University of South Florida.

Chelsea Rowe is a local multimedia artist who recently returned to St. Petersburg from LA. She reports excitement at being able to participate in the Fresh Squeezed 4 Show, “… at the exact moment that I happen to have moved back to the city I’ve always considered home, and to make new pieces in this wonderfully strange, beautiful swamp,” says Rowe. She is known for creating environments using stagecraft, video projection, painting and drawing.

The Morean Glass Studios at 714 1st Ave. North will be open for an opportunity to make glass flowers or eggs. 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 are able to wander through the hot shop to observe the pros and aspiring “makers” as they work the glass. There is also a special Second Saturdays “Seconds” shelf in the retail shop. Visitors who purchase items ranging from sweet little glass kiss drops to one-of-a-kind glass sculptures and are age-eligible will enjoy $1 discount on the beers of their choosing at the adjacent Overflow Brewing company on 1st Ave. North in St. Petersburg.

In a nod to the convergence of the St. Petersburg Grand Prix the parking lot of the Morean Glass Studio will be transformed to a plein air showroom of vintage and race cars. You can see the famous Periwinkle Citroen and other vintage vehicles of the Tampa Bay British Car Club, a vehicle transformed by art and an actual race car.

At the Morean Center for Clay “Grides” curated by Artist-in-Residence Danny Dobrow is a continuation of Dobrow’s exploration of boundary testing ceramicists. Jennifer Halli works with ceramics and printmaking, creating structures that explore place and material while excavating theme of travel and loss. For the exhibit at the Morean Center for Clay she explains, To reflect my manner and acknowledge my current locale, I have been making site-specific minimalist installations in and around New Bedford, MA. The objects made of clay, paper, ink, metal and fibre are abstract references to the grid – symmetrical and structured. Captivated by this universal construct of containment, boundaries, repetition and continuity, I create compositions utilizing primary elements in multiples.”

Rachel Yan Gu, who works from New York State approaches the “Grides” challenge from a nearly molecular perspective. She sees the surface of the world as composed of innumerable points. In her art she seeks to abstract these points for the sake of comprehension. “Like molecules, numbers, and pixels, they may also be an apple, a road, or a single person,” says Gu. “Under these points are numerous nets, which are independent but also link everything together. I hope to see the nets through the points to explore the core of the world underneath.”

Aaron Becker, the resident artist at Lill Street Art Center in Chicago, fits into “Grides” as he pursues a creative path that attempts to break all the rules while letting the spirit of functional pottery live on. “When look at my ceramic artworks I offer you a glimpse into my mental space,” he explains. “Pairing wheel thrown domestic pots with sculptural elements about idealized interiors, I try to distort scale and pull the viewer into the reality of an imagined space.” Aaron will be doing a spoken word performance at 7:00 pm. The live performance will be followed by a gallery talk facilitated by Danny Dobrow and Austin Coudriet.

Gallery visitors will also be able to observe Austin Coudriet making a wet clay installation in the gallery. Coudriet was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska and earned his BFA with a duel emphasis in sculpture and ceramics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is currently a resident artist at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York. His collection for ‘Grides’ sometimes reflect the influence of his father’s architectural sketches and always explore the edges of contemporary ceramics.

Located at 420 22nd Street South in St. Petersburg, the Morean Center for Clay is the largest operating clay studio in the Southeast. Dating to circa 1926 the architecture of the building which originally served as the Seaboard Freight Depot makes this stop a favorite on the Second Saturday tour. Boasting over 50 professional ceramic artist working studios visitors can see work and artist demonstrations ranging from functional pottery to sculpture, and from porcelain to wood-fired ceramics. Functional pieces, clay jewelry and sculpture will be available for purchase from the working artists. Visitors can also enjoy complimentary snacks, refreshments, and chair massages offered on a first-come, first-served basis, or support the Artists-in-Residence program with a donation to enjoy adult lemonade in a cup made by one of the artists.

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