Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Art planner: Free receptions, new shows at St. Petersburg's Second Saturday Artwalk


The Morean Arts Center's new exhibition presents its own version of the game Exquisite Corpse, invented by Surrealists in the early 20th century. It began as a collective word game in which different writers would add words that followed a specific sequence and they could only see the contribution of the previous writer. Its name is from an early sequence: "The exquisite corpse shall drink the new wine." It soon became a game of images, too, with artists contributing to a collective drawing that they never saw in its entirety until it was finished. You can image the bizarre or hilarious results that emerged.

With "Exquisite Porch," Morean curator Amanda Cooper selected central Florida artists and independent curator D. Dominick Lombardi chose ones from New York to create creatures inspired by Florida wildlife, specifically "things that go bump in the night," says Cooper. In the show, the artists mostly create separate images that draw on the one made just before them to create a series. What you see here are examples of one part of a finished work.

Also on view, "Jody Fausett: Crush Velvet" with works by the Georgia-based photographer who was recently named one of the New Superstars of Southern Art by Oxford American, a literary magazine. It, too, shows the influence of Surrealism.

The Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Free.

In conjunction with the Second Saturday Art Walk (see a map of the art walk at , a free reception is Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. (727) 822-7872.


As you probably know, the Second Saturday Art Walk features dozens of galleries around downtown St. Petersburg area that remain open until 9 p.m. and are often an occasion to open new exhibitions. One example is Michele Tuegel Contemporary, 320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, a gallery showcasing fine craft and art. In honor of Women's History Month, she has invited an impressive roster of artists in different media many from the Tampa Bay region and many who are well known in the community: Rebecca Sexton Larson, Karen Kuykendall, Judith Powers-Jones, Susan Livingston, Susan Rollins Gehring, the late Norma Lewis, Eleanor McCain, Sang Roberson, Akiko Sugiyama, Caitlin Beckman and Lynn Whipple.

The free opening reception is Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. with some of the artists attending. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. (727) 823-1100.


Glass artist Duncan McClellan's exquisite vessels are always on display at his fabulous gallery/hot shop/ party venue in the Warehouse District. He also features other glass artists who often visit the studio to demonstrate their techniques.

"Cut Up" features John Miller and Paul J. Nelson, two distinguished studio glass practitioners. They will be in town for the weekend so you have several options to meet them and their work.

On Saturday, "Cut Up" opens at the studio, 2342 Emerson Ave. S, St. Petersburg, with a free reception from 5 to 10 p.m. Yes, it's part of the Second Saturday Art Walk and one of the most popular places to visit. A glass-blowing demonstration by the artists begins at 6 p.m. followed by live music by Henry Ashwood Jazz Project from 8 to 10 p.m. A cash bar and food truck will also be on site.

On Sunday, Miller and Nelson offer a free demonstration of their glass blowing from noon to 1 p.m. at the studio. Then they're off to the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE to attend the brunch at the MFA Cafe from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and you can meet them there. Reservations encouraged: (727) 822-1032. From 3 to 4 p.m. they will present a joint lecture that includes their professional and personal lives. Free with museum admission; $17. Brunch is additional, with an a la carte menu.

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