New directions in Fine-Craft Lighting
Curated by Mary Anna Murphy and Catherine Woods. This exhibition was made possible with a grant from Duke Energy.
February 10 – March 24, 2018
Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Florida
20 fine craft lighting artists from America, Denmark, Mexico and Tasmania light up Florida CraftArt
Florida CraftArt presents “LightHeaded: New Directions in Fine Craft Lighting” in its exhibition gallery from February 10 to March 24. More than 60 pieces of light art will be featured with a dramatic gallery redesign, crafted to show the art in the best light. “As the exhibition’s title can have more than one meaning,” said Katie Deits, Florida CraftArt Executive Director, “our board has planned a wine-, food- and chocolate-tasting event on March 2. It will be a fun, as well as educational event.”
The show promises to make viewers take a new look at fine-craft lighting; it is curated by Mary Anna Murphy, a museum exhibition designer, and Catherine Woods, a nationally renowned glass and public art artist. Artists from across the globe responded to the call to artists.
“Perhaps the most unusual lights are those by Duncan Meerding, a legally-blind artist from Tasmania. He creates his found log lights by feel; they radiate dramatic shafts of light.” said Ms. Murphy. “Denmark artist Birgit Østergaard sent pieces that seem to defy gravity; and Sergio Olivares flew from Mexico City to personally deliver his exuberantly fabulous mid-Modern interpretations.”
The United States is represented by artists from eight states, including Hawaii. St. Petersburg artist, Don Gialanella has the largest piece – an astonishing full-sized sculpture of a man whose body is welded from gears, wheels, with bright lights placed where the heart would be.
An artist-team from Brooklyn are presenting miniature, lighted sheet-metal subway cars painted by well-known graffiti artists. At the opening, guests will have the opportunity to meet the subway car artist, Liz Belloivn.
“There’s even art to wear,” commented Ms. Woods. “A San Diego artist Rachel Merrill and her computer-programmer son Devon created a vest whose 96 bright lights are programmable.”
The opening reception is on Saturday, February 10 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. During the exhibition, docent-guided gallery tours are held on Wednesdays at 1:15 p.m. and are free to the public.
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IMPORTANT DATES and LINKS:
Opening reception and award announcements: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Closing reception and People’s Choice Award: Saturday, March 24, 2018, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Pickup of work: Saturday, March 24, 2018, 7:35 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 2018, 1-4 p.m. Monday, March 26, 2018 11a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For general exhibition information or questions related to the call to artists, contact us at:MaryAnna@mamexhibitdesign.com or call the gallery manager Liz Rogers at (727) 821-7391.