SUMMER HOURS announced for Morean Center for Clay

23 Jun 2020, Posted by Robin McGowan in Uncategorized

The Morean Center for Clay at 420 22nd Street South in St. Petersburg has announced new Summer Hours, Thursdays thru Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm, for the public galleries and displays of locally made clay art for sale. Guest are advised to wear facial masks and to observe social distancing protocols. The Morean Center for Clay is home to nearly 50 working artists and some of their clay art for sale may be seen online at the Morean Website Shop.

Thursdays thru Saturdays until June 30 the galleries at the Morean Center for Clay are featuring the exit exhibitions of two Artist-in-Residence. In the front gallery space, Katie Fee’s exhibition In the Garden was created while the artist and her creative partner Daniel Lloyd Webber were in quarantine this past spring. “We are all in turbulent waters of the same storm, but we’re not in the same boat. ‘In The Garden’ is in many ways, an account of one two-person boat: it expresses the contents of our days over the past few months,” said Fee. “Facing city-wide lock down and physical distancing, Daniel and I were fortunately able to invest pent up energy into our community garden. Attendance, observation, cultivation, and harvest from our garden bed became foundations of each day. This fruitful daily labor felt somehow metaphoric to our suddenly impaired studio practices: the garden balances wildlife and sublime nature on structural foundations of geometric beds, daily pruning, and control. My work incorporates expressive mark and frenetic movement into the sturdy architecture of functional pots. Daniel’s paintings balance muscular, loose brush strokes on well mapped, acutely observed representational space. The work that we’ve produced is the culmination of our quarantine- extended meditation in oil paint as each bed grows, and clay constructed vessels to elevate and propagate our garden’s growth.”

In the Center Gallery, Jonah Fleeger’s exhibition That’s so Jewish explores themes of identity, cultural stereotypes and tensions. “My current ceramic work has been influenced by the anti-semitic experiences I’ve tolerated throughout my life and a reintroduction to my Judaism while exploring Mellahs in Morocco. Using the language informed by these experiences and my surrounding environment, I create installations and objects which reflect my reality and attend to identity, isolation, place and a connection with others. My media—compressed earth, brick walls, weathered zellige, ancient and modern pottery—highlights the ‘other’ to author a stylized identity; investigating the relationships between self and place as a way of creating moments of reflection and a sense of belonging. I aim to create objects that investigate, renew and upend traditional opinions, calling attention to the fraught connections between history and contemporary culture. As an artist, I create work that revisits my reality, hoping to unburden myself and call the viewer’s attention to the familiar in an authentic way.”

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