Featured Exhibition at Artistry St. Pete: 1661 Central Avenue

Paint & Weave: Paintings by George Anderton &  Weavings by Matthew Drennan Wicks

CURATORS’ STATEMENT

The vibrancy of Anderton’s abstracted florals and graphic color convey tropical hues of a Florida summer. Wicks’ weaving creations, woven with authentic vintage fabric originally used in the making of aluminum-framed lawn chairs, feel nostalgic and familiar in their refreshing new form.

“We wanted to share uplifting work that viewers could relate to and identify with, which is where Anderton’s vivid color and Wicks’ suggested sentiment intersect to create this rich, seasonal combination of outside memories - tending to gardens, relaxing in lawn chairs - through glorious texture and color.”

 Amanda Cooper, Morean Arts Center

Katherine Gibson, ArtHouse3

ARTIST INFORMATION

George Anderton was born in London, England and graduated from the London School of Economics with degrees in economics and philosophy. He then attended The Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest, followed by the Central St. Martins School in London where he received a postgraduate degree in Advanced Art. Anderton lives and works in Tampa where his work is part of the Neiman Marcus corporate collection, many private collections and was recently selected for a group exhibit organized by Tempus Projects. Anderton is the founder and co-creator of Bay Art Files, a forum committed to commentary, observation, and insightful writing about the arts in the Tampa Bay area.

Matthew Drennan Wicks has been nationally and internationally recognized for his sculptural work in ceramics, as well as his mixed media work often referencing and incorporating a variety of domestic materials. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Russia, and is included in permanent collections in Massachusetts, Montana, Denmark and Florida. Wicks holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana, a post-baccalaureate degree in Craft from Oregon College of Art and Craft, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Florida. Wicks is currently a professor and the Interim Head of the Foundations Department in the University of South Florida’s Fine Art Department.

Interested in purchasing artwork from this exhibition?

Please contact Amanda Cooper, Curator of Exhibitions (727) 822-7872 x2112

Amanda.Cooper@MoreanArtsCenter.org

Morean Curated Art Installations

With a mission of connecting the community with Art, the Morean is sometimes called upon to assist with community-focused public art projects.

The Curatorial team at the Morean Arts Center, in partnership with Katherine Gibson of ArtHouse3, responded to Artistry's desire to showcase artwork that reflects the uniquely local voice of the St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay community.  While the luxury apartment complex is still under construction, we are able to share these images of work selected for the permanent collection at the space.  You may recognize and celebrate with these local artists or, like the team here at the Morean, delight in the discovery of some new local talent.

Interested in learning more?

Please contact Amanda Cooper, Curator of Exhibitions 

Amanda.Cooper@MoreanArtsCenter.org