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FREE Art Exhibitions featured at Morean Arts Center & Morean Center for Clay: Local Drag Queen takes over the Chihuly Collection for virtual event Saturday night

06 Oct 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, October 10.
The Morean Center for Clay, celebrating the arrival of the 2020-21 class of Artists-in-Residence will extend their hours until 7 pm on Saturday, October 10th. The galleries open to the public at 10 am. 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.

Beginning at 5:30 pm on Saturday night, a virtual event, the Drag Queen Docent will stream live from the Chihuly Collection. Tickets to the virtual experience that will be the “un-stuffiest of museum experiences ever” must be purchased before midnight on Thursday, October 8th. The fundraiser will benefit the Morean Arts Center and Metro Inclusive Health. Tickets begin at $20.oo.
The galleries of the Morean Arts Center at 719 Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and feature three local artists with distinctive voices.

Inner Light, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 24 inches, $800

Jennifer Kosharek, started out as a portrait painter before she gave herself permission to paint “unrealistically.” Soon after, Jennifer’s character “Gretchen” was born, who would end up being featured on countless pieces of her mail art, paintings, t shirts, murals, and more. From 2011 to 2014, Jennifer owned and operated eve-N-odd art gallery in St. Petersburg, where she exhibited the work of hundreds of local and international artists.
During that time, Jennifer learned the art of spray painting, and helped start what is now a booming mural scene in St. Pete. She uses bright colors and positive images to give people a sense of happiness, belonging and hope.

Sample #286.23, NFS

Aurailieus Fairly Local celebrates the past 18 years of Aurailieus’ local artistic endeavors. He seeks to show the world that while fairly local, his art has what it takes to be a household name. He is going to try super hard this time, he promises. His beloved character Bob the Robot (Prince of Denmark) is an advanced cybernetic organism that you can see spray painted on various buildings downtown.
Zulu Painter, Conditions May Vary is an examination of the human experience by St. Petersburg artist Zulu Painter. The exhibition is filled with symbols of introspection, civil unrest and the “consequences” of the American Dream. An acrylic painting of a smiley face that “Shmeers from a smile to an awkward ‘Smirk,’” echoes the general angst of the pandemic era. Then the artist brings us back up to balance the “Emo-Coaster” with a little empathy in works like “It Takes a Village.” Conditions may vary for each of us; how we react to the “weather” will determine our future.

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