St. Petersburg, Fla. – The Morean Arts Center announces the first exhibition opening of the 2014 season with Keep it Glassy, St. Pete!: Glass in the Sunshine City.
Since the opening of the Chihuly Collection in the summer of 2010, the city of St. Peterburg has seen an expansion in the art of glass like no other medium; and not just in the arts community, but also the interest of tourists and locals alike. Using artwork, photographs and interviews, this show shares stories of artists who make their work exclusively in St. Petersburg, with an emphasis on supporting local art. Artists include Pauli Maiville, Douglas Taylor and David Spurgeon from the Morean’s own Glass Studio & Hot Shop, Duncan McClellan, Jacob Stout and Mariel Bass from Duncan McClellan Glass Studio, Chuck Boux, Harry Boux, Marlene Rose and Vasile Loznianu from Sigma Glass Studio, Josh Pohl and David Walker from Zen Glass, Catherine Woods of C Glass Studio, Lenn Neff , and Jack and Val Beatty.
“I’ve seen St. Pete go from a sleepy art town to a regional destination in my 15 years at the Morean, particularly in the area of glass”, stated Amanda Cooper, Curator of Exhibitions at the Morean Arts Center.
“It was fun to interview each of these artists and find out how they got their start in glass and how, in many cases, they are connected to one another. Most of these artists will be familiar to our community, but I’m not aware of any other glass show that has just focused on our city instead of the Tampa Bay area as a whole. The moral of these artists’ stories is that St. Petersburg is a great place to live and make art. Our local museums, weather, beaches, public art, and general support for the arts are all reasons cited by these artists for making work here. It makes me proud to be part of this community” Cooper continued.
Keep it Glassy, St. Pete: Glass in the Sunshine City focuses on the fact that the City of St. Petersburg has become a significant glass destination over the span of ten years, known nationally and abroad. The show will be on view at the Morean Arts Center January 10 through February 23.
The opening reception on Friday, January 10 (5-8PM) is free and open to the public and will be held at the Morean Arts Center at 719 Central Avenue, Downtown St. Petersburg.
Exclusive, limited-edition glass work by Jack and Val Beatty celebrating St. Petersburg will be available for purchase during the exhibition. Also available for purchase is the new HOT MEN HOT GLASS (and a few Hot Holiday Mamas) 2014 CALENDAR featuring all local glass artists to the Tampa Bay Area.
The other medium that has really grown in St. Petersburg is clay. On the Surface: Clay Decoration, curated by Melissa Yungbluth, features 24 artists from all over the country. While Keep it Glassy, St. Pete! is a local show, this ceramics exhibition shows the national trend in clay innovations while also highlighting local talent. In this show, the Morean Arts Center showcases the work of artists who push the limits of surface decoration in ceramics. From colorful mugs to textured sculpture, artists from eleven states demonstrate the versatility of the medium
On the Surface: Clay Decoration will be on view through February 23, opening January 10.
Second Saturday Gallery Walks
January 11 & February 8 (5-8PM)
Morean Arts Center AND Glass Studio & Hot Shop will be open, FREE to the public to view the exhibitions and live glass blowing demonstrations.
NIGHT BLOW EVENT!
Friday, February 21 (7-10PM)
Party with the glassblowers as they showcase their work live, in (almost) complete darkness!
Drinks, music and food will be available as well as glow in the dark accessories.
Purchase tickets online at MoreanArtsCenter.org
Train Station Center for Clay’s Florida Heat Firing Symposium: SURFACE
Register online at MoreanArtsCenter.org
The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. The mission of the Morean Arts Center is to connect people with art and to contribute to the economic development of the region. Operating under the Morean Arts Center includes the Chihuly Collection, Glass Studio & Hot Shop and the Morean Arts Center for Clay.