St. Petersburg, Fla. – The Morean Arts Center presents three new exhibitions, 96th Annual Members Show , Rose Marie Prins: Homeland, Lost and Found and Red, Yellow, Blue: New Works by Lydia Johnson, all which open to the public on Saturday, July 12, 2014.
96th Annual Members Show
The Morean Arts Center ends the summer exhibition season with the popular Members Show. This annual exhibition includes nearly 200 works of art expressing a full spectrum of images and ideas through all media, all from the Morean’s gifted members. Acclaimed local artist Rose Marie Prins was the Margaret Murphy Steward Best of Show award winner in the Morean’s 2013 Members Show.
Continuing in tradition, the Morean is awarding a solo show to each Best of Show winner to coincide with the following year’s member’s showcase. Homeland: Lost and Found is Prins’ site-specific installation, inspired by Salah Al-Hamadi’s poem, Baghdad My Beloved, in which he mourns the loss of the homeland he fled during the war that started with the American invasion of Iraq in 2003. The Opening Night Party at the Morean Arts Center will be open to the public on Saturday, July 12th from 5:30-8 p.m. Prins will give a free gallery talk at 5pm. Award winners will be announced at 6:30pm. Exhibition runs through August 17th.
At the Morean Center for Clay, Red, Yellow, Blue includes new work by St. Pete Clay resident artist Lydia Johnson. Through the use of color and form, Lydia’s body of work invites the user to share in her visual translation of our rich, beautiful and varied world. Opening reception coincides with Second Saturday Art Walk; is free to the public and runs from 6:00 – 9:00pm. On view through July 28th.
“Our opening receptions always bring out big crowds. Everyone is excited to see new art work in St. Petersburg .It also brings out people who are eager to purchase a piece of locally-produced art. There is something for everyone’s budget in all of the exhibitions,” stated Wayne Atherholt, Executive Director of the Morean Arts Center. “It’s a fun, relaxed atmosphere for both the artist and the visitor. There is a wide range of artists’ work on display at both the Morean Center for Clay and Morean Arts Center, from professional, seasoned artists to individuals who are putting their first piece out there.”
Morean Arts Center – 719 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg Central Arts District
Morean Center for Clay – 420 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg Warehouse Arts District
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.