“The Morean has survived and thrived in this community for a century because it is a scrappy, risk-taking organization that adapts quickly to changing culture and the needs of the people we serve, all with a passion for art and a desire to share that passion with others.”
The Morean Arts Center, the first art gallery south of Atlanta, turned 100 in 2017! Drawing inspiration from the past 100 years, the Morean created and enhanced a variety of offerings to the community in the form of master artist workshops, elevated events, classes in a variety of mediums, hands-on programs and the opening of the garden event space at the Chihuly Collection.
Chihuly Collection and Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop
The Chihuly Collection boasted the return of the theater as well as an outdoor garden event space ehich opened in 2017. Included in the space is also a temporary exhibition space to host rotating exhibits, perfect for work from glass artists around the country. Admission includes a demonstration at the Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop directly across the street where visitors can witness a live glass-blowing demonstration conducted by local artists.
To purchase tickets to experience the Chihuly Collection, please click HERE.
To celebrate the artists who created the foundation of the Arts Center, master artist workshops were developed in 2016 and launched in 2017 to welcomed back notable artists who have made an impact on the Morean and patrons alike. Some of these artists, including Sam Abell, Tom McCarthy and Joe Pintz, brought their talent back to the Morean to connect with old and new faces and help foster growth of the education program.
In addition to the happenings in our education department, the Morean Arts Center took its beloved annual events and elevated them to reflect the 100th Anniversary. These events included Cocktails at the Collection, Night Blow at the Hot Shop, 100th Birthday Party: 7th Annual Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest and Eat Rich, Play Dirty.
The making of exhibitions at the Morean Arts Center and Morean Center for Clay is an important component of enticing returning guests. In 2017, the Morean Arts Center hosted special exhibitions to highlight art and artists both new and returning. Kicking off the 100th Anniversary in exhibitions was Major Mud 3 and The Journey: Photographs Along the Way, juried by Sam Abell. Sam Abell, known for his work with National Geographic, chose 32 pieces out of almost 400 to be displayed in the first exhibit of 2017. The work focuses not on the destination of a journey, but how you get there — A beautiful linkage to the Morean’s journey to 100 years and the milestones accomplished and surpassed throughout the century.
Morean Center for Clay
The Morean Center for Clay, located at 420 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg, Fla. 33712, hosted its own exhibitions in conjunction with the Morean Arts Center on Central Avenue. The Center for Clay offers rotating exhibits that are always free and open to the public with exhibits that included a Joe Pintz Solo Show, Artist in Residence Exit Shows, Morean Center for Clay Members Show, NEW Artist in Residence Show, Jeremy Randall Solo Show and Wood Fire Workshop Gallery Show to close out 2017.
In celebration of 100 years of the arts in St. Petersburg, the Morean Arts Center released a book on the history of the arts titled Morean Arts Center, Celebrating 100 Years of Art & Community and they are available at our locations upon request until we run out.
Celebrating Another Century
The heart of the Morean Arts Center is the community and its artists. Offering opportunities for those to connect with art and the benefits of creating art is something the Morean has done for the past 100 years. On behalf of the staff and everyone associated with this organization, here’s to another 100 years and beyond of connecting the community with all things art.