ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – “Community Pride: The Art of Collaboration,” a new exhibit of work by the artists of Creative Clay and Team Spathose opens during this month’s Artwalk June 11, 5-9 p.m. at Creative Clay’s Good Folk Gallery. The unique exhibit features palm tree spathe, painted and formulated into sculpture, paintings, costumes and art objects, such as mirrors and frames, and wearable art including bow ties, ties, pocketbooks and necklaces.
The collaboration for this exhibit occurs when artists paint on the palm spathe (provided by Spathose), which is then fashioned into a sculpture or piece of art, clothing or décor. The spathe is the fibrous, woody bract surrounding the inflorescence or flower of the palm.
The idea for the exhibit grew out of a conversation between Scott Durfee and George Medeiros of Team Spathose and Creative Clay CEO Kim Dohrman and Director of Marketing and Exhibitions Jody Bikoff. The goal was to create an exhibit incorporating natural product, artists’ talent and honor community collaboration, pride and partnership. The exhibit runs through Aug. 8, but also will welcome visitors during St. Pete Pride weekend, the last weekend in June.
“Team Spathose loves collaboration and community,” said Medeiros. “We believe this partnership with Creative Clay is a perfect fit and look forward to presenting the public with amazing, concerted works of art.”
“Creative Clay appreciates this opportunity to work with Team Spathose. We have a long tradition of partnerships in our local and state-wide communities that enhance the creative life of the individual as well as the group,” explains Jody Bikoff. “The beauty of collaboration is finding unity in our diversity and creating something surprisingly new that is more than simply the sum of its parts.“
Just such an experience took place between the artists of Team Spathose and the Creative Clay studio artists, as the vibrant work on display in this exhibit attests to and celebrates the artistic collaborative process.
Spathose works with other non-profit organizations to raise funds for their missions. Creating pieces like the tag necklaces that sell in Creative Clay’s gallery, of which funds from sales are donated to Creative Clay, allow the businessmen to generate community impact with a small footprint. Likewise, Creative Clay also works with other community organizations when possible. Current and past partnerships include work with groups from CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse), St. Petersburg Museum of History, art students from Gibbs High School and Pyramid, Inc.
For more information about Spathose, their mission and their projects, visit www.spathose.com. Creative Clay’s vision is to make the arts accessible to all. Creative Clay’s mission is to provide educational, expressive and vocational opportunities in the arts for people with obstacles to arts access. We serve people with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities, as well as people in healthcare settings, children, veterans, and provide outreach art experiences in our community.