ST. PETERSBURG – Celebrating both the art of printmaking and clay, the Morean Arts Center and Morean Center for Clay will be opening a total of five new exhibitions on May 10, in
conjunction with Second Saturday Gallery Walk.
The Morean Arts Center, at 719 Central Ave., will host the following exhibits through June 29:
• From the Classroom to the Studio – The Morean has selected seven artists who teach printmaking at Tampa Bay area colleges and universities, highlighting their own artwork and studio practices. Visitors will see new works by Erika Greenberg Schneider (USF St. Pete),
Marjorie Greene (SPC), Ina Kaur (UT), Patrick Lindhardt (Ringling), Tracy Midulla Reller (HCC), Bradlee Shanks (USF) and Cat Thompson (Eckerd).
• Body of Proofs: 20 Years of Collaboration – Christopher T. Creyts, owner of Collaborative Art Editions Inc. has worked as a professional printer for many years, including time at Tyler Graphics, ULAE, Graphicstudio and Columbia University. This exhibition features his collaboration with internationally-recognized artists such as Alex Katz, James Rosenquist, Matthew Day Jackson, David Salle, Gary Hume and Frank Stella.
• Bite, Scratch & Expose: New Printmaking – This exhibit will feature 27 artists hailing from 16 states demonstrating the versatility of printmaking in a juried survey of the medium. Visitors will see innovative prints in a wide range of processes and price ranges. Guest juror Christopher T. Creyts will give a brief talk explaining his choices for the exhibition on May 10 at 6 p.m., awarding more than $1,000 in prizes.
“We are excited to devote our entire gallery space to the printmaking process, something we've never done before,” said Amanda Cooper in a press release. Cooper is the curator of exhibitions for the Morean Arts Center. “Visitors will be able to see the various processes at different stages in an artist’s career, from students to professors to master printers who have worked in the medium for 40 years. We’re showcasing the works of emerging artists as well as internationally-recognized ones. We’re particularly happy to show Chris' [Creyts] prints. It’s amazing to see what
he’s doing in his downtown St. Petersburg studio, all under the radar.”
The opening night reception is free and open to the public Saturday, May 10, 5 to 8 p.m.
The Morean Center for Clay will be opening two new shows on May 10 as well. Both exhibitions will be on view through May 30 at the Historic Train Station on 22nd Street South, now a newly combined entity with St. Pete Clay. The exhibits are Flora: New works by Jess Carter and Lasting Impressions: New works by Holly Siggelow. The opening night reception is free and open to the public Saturday, May 10, 5 to 9 p.m.