ST. PETERSBURG – The Morean Arts Center, a local nonprofit, is showcasing a diverse exhibit featuring local artists as well as an exclusive print from the Chihuly Collection by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly in the Tampa International Airport’s newly renovated gallery space.
Morean Arts Center: Art + Community features 12 artists in a broad spectrum of mediums and will run thru mid-January.
The Morean Arts Center has been the source of emerging and recognized contemporary artists for nearly 100 years. It is a place where people learn, create and exhibit and is located in the heart of St. Petersburg. It was voted No. 1 mid-size arts destination in the U.S. in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
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. Programming under the Morean Arts Center includes the Chihuly Collection, Morean Glass Studio and Hot Shop and the Morean Center for Clay, each of which will be represented in this exhibit.
Local artists and Morean Arts Center instructors featured in the airport exhibit are: Leslie Neumann, encaustic painting; Ya La’Ford, mixed media; Randy Van Duinen, photography and Neverne Covington, painting, drawing, printmaking. The Morean offers more than 200 classes in a variety of mediums to all ages of students, designed to bring out the artist in all of us.
The Chihuly Collection opened in July 2010, and is a stunning, permanent collection of Dale Chihuly’s unique artwork. Chihuly’s passion and support of children’s art education was a prime reason for choosing St. Petersburg as the home for the Chihuly Collection. All proceeds earned through ticket and retail sales stay local to St. Petersburg to help support and sustain the educational programs at the Morean Arts Center. Now on-view at the Chihuly Collection is a new temporary exhibition space, which will present works from glass artists from all over the country. Since the opening of the Chihuly Collection in 2010, the city of St. Petersburg has seen an expansion in the art of glass like no other medium; and not just in the arts community, but tourists and locals alike.
Also opened in 2010 were the Morean Glass Studio and Hot Shop, where visitors can watch local glass artists create beautiful blown pieces right before their eyes. The Morean is featuring its own resident artists in this exhibit: Pauli Maiville and Douglas “Firebug” Taylor as well as local glass artists Duncan McClellan and Susan Gott.
Morean Center for Clay located at the historic train station is the Morean’s hidden gem in the Warehouse Arts District offering supplies, education, studio space, and gallery sales in one building. This seamless access to clay services is a unique experience offered in few locations in the country. Not only is the Historic Train Station a destination for those interested in making clay art, but a haven for any pottery enthusiast. Fans and more importantly collectors of ceramics and pottery will be amazed at the level of talent, variety and sheer amount of high quality clay art available for purchase.