Work by Dale Chihuly, glass artist
A few days ago I took you on a walking tour of beautiful downtown St. Petersburg. Some of my information about the Chihuly Collection was incorrect. The truth of the matter is that the Morean Arts Center will present The Chihuly Collection at the Morean's new 10,000 square foot space at 400 Beach Drive. How great is that?!!! As other art centers are struggling, the Morean is expanding ... I mean really expanding!
The new Glass Studio & Hot Shop, approximately 4000 sq. ft at the main location on Central Avenue at 7th, will house furnaces, kilns, studio and retail space. There will also be an area that can seat 60 people where glass artists can be observed creating their artworks. I was able to watch Venetian glass artists at work in Murano and the making of their vessels seemed a form of Performance Art. The Glass Studio and Hot Shop is scheduled to open in early June.
In addition, the Morean has moved its clay studios from the main location on Central Avenue to the Historic Train Station at 420 22nd Street, which is two blocks from the location of my new studio (details will be forthcoming). I've been in their clay studios, which is bright with light streaming through arched windows. Constantly changing exhibits, curated by Valerie Scott Knaust, greet you at their entrance and give glimpses into the workings of the clay studios.
And, finally, the Bank of America Children's Learning Center, a 1500 sq. ft. space at the main location, will provide hands-on learning that is in keeping with Dale Chihuly's interest in youth art programs.
So, there you have it ... better than even I imagined ....