Three exhibitions will be on view until October 29
The Morean Arts Center will hold a rescheduled opening reception for three exhibitions on Friday, September 22, from 5pm-7pm. Casey McDonough & Kenny Jensen: (in/af)finities, Bryce Hammond: Structure, and Josette Urso: More than Before are on view for free and open to the public until October 29, 2017.
Each exhibit showcases a unique take on the artists’ experiences and observations of the world around them.
Amanda Cooper, Curator of Exhibitions at the Morean Arts Center, said, “We feel very fortunate we were able to reschedule these opening receptions after Hurricane Irma. It’s been a stressful few weeks, and we’re happy to provide a free experience for the community to view such a diverse collection of local artists’ works.”
Casey McDonough & Kenny Jensen: (in/af)finities probes the analogous and infinitely related structures of our universe, from the microcosmic to the macrocosmic. McDonough and Jensen will hold a gallery talk on Friday, September 22, at 5:30pm at the Morean Arts Center.
Bryce Hammond: Structure exhibition records evidence of human presence in man-made environments through first-hand observations of poverty culture. This data is compiled to pollinate and present diverse techniques of expression including participatory installation, voyeuristic sound and documentation through paintings and other art objects. Hammond will hold a gallery talk to further discuss his work on Saturday, October 14, at 6pm.
Josette Urso, former resident of Tampa Bay, makes paintings, drawings and collages working directly and urgently in response to her immediate environment. Urso delights in manipulating space to create dynamic pieces governed by intuitive leaps of scale, color and wayward geometry. The public will have the opportunity to meet Urso on Friday, October 27, from 5pm-7pm.
Executive Director/CEO of the Morean Arts Center Michael Killoren said he’s excited to resume normal operations and provide a rescheduled opening to those who need a reprieve from post-storm recovery.
“The arts are a powerful force that bring us together,” said Killoren. “After the stressful week we all had with Hurricane Irma, we are opening our doors for folks to come in, view outstanding installations of contemporary art, and engage in conversation with those around you. These installations will surely take you outside of yourself and refresh your spirit. There’s no better time to appreciate the artists who make the St. Petersburg area such a special place.”
In conjunction with these exhibits, You Can Feel What We See: Tactile Artwork by Visually Impaired Students in Pinellas County Schools will be on view from September 20 through October 20, 2017. The concept behind this show is to introduce the sighted viewer to the way visually impaired people view their world with their hands. Most of the more than 70 pieces of artwork are touchable to convey the whole picture after “feeling” the sum of its parts. The work in this exhibit is created by students in the Pinellas County school system.
In addition, the Morean Arts Center continues its partnership with the Hermitage Apartment Homes with Elizabeth Barenis + Marcia Treiger at the Hermitage on view through October 25, 2017. St. Petersburg artist Elizabeth Barenis created paintings that acknowledge and recognize beauty in nature transporting the viewer to a place of serenity, awe and inspiration. Marcia Treiger, a photographer from Bradenton, delights in nature and the signs and stories it has to tell. The Hermitage Apartment Homes are located at 151 7th Street South St. Petersburg, Fla.
All exhibitions are free and open to the public. For more information, please call 727.822.7872 ext. 8, or visit 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 Center for Clay.
The Centennial Celebration of the Morean Arts Center, known in 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, will continue throughout 2017, celebrating 100 years of fostering art, artists and the future of the city as a major arts destination.
Enjoy an array of Master Artist Workshops, Exhibitions, Class offerings and Events each elevated to reflect 100 years of continued excellence and steady growth for the arts in St. Petersburg.