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2/25/2019 Member News

QUEST: A Celebration of Glass Curated by Duncan McClellan and Mary Childs

Exhibition Dates: March 7-April 20, 2019

Opening Reception: March 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Artists’ talks, demonstrations and performances

In honor of the Glass Art Society Conference (GAS) that will be held from March 29-31 in St. Petersburg, Duncan McClellan and Mary Childs are curating an exhibition of glass masters at Florida CraftArt. “QUEST: A Celebration of Glass” features artists from across North America who draw on mythological, cultural and personal imagery. Each work of art illustrates the artist’s intimate and expansive journey of self-exploration and communication.

The exhibition is sponsored by Duncan McClellan Gallery and DMG School Project.  “We are very pleased to be collaborating with Florida CraftArt to bring this exhibition to the St. Petersburg community,” Duncan McClellan says. “Working with our wonderful established arts entities here in the city and the greater Tampa Bay Area enriches everyone and is a goal of the Duncan McClellan Gallery and the DMG School Project.”

Duncan McClellan’s visionary and pioneering spirit led to the development of the Warehouse Arts District where he created his gallery, glass-blowing studio and home out of an old tomato warehouse. Today, artists come from all over the world to create art in his studio and show their work in his gallery which is popular with collectors and visitors alike.

Fourteen renowned artists will be featured in the exhibition:  John Brekke, Hyunsung Cho, Terri Grant, Jack Gramann, Eric Hilton, Richard Jolley, Richard Logan, Duncan McClellan, Paul J. Nelson, Stephen Pon, Eduardo Prado, Lisabeth Sterling, Alexis Silk and Tim Tate. Several of these artists will present talks about their work. Mary Childs, who curated the exhibition, says, “We are honored to present artists whose lifetimes have been dedicated to the highest levels of self-expression and technical excellence.”

Florida CraftArt visitors are asked to vote for their favorite work of art. The exhibition will culminate with a closing reception in which the “People’s Choice Award” will be presented.

Mark Your Calendar

March 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Opening reception and meet the artists

March 16, 1-3 p.m. Keep St. Pete Lit “Hero’s Journey” writing workshop

March 19, 6 p.m. Duncan McClellan (St. Petersburg) Artist’s Talk

March 26, 4:30 p.m. Jack Gramann (Ohio) and Stephen Pon (Québec) Artists’ Talk

April 1, 5:30 p.m. Flamework-Melanie Cech (St. Petersburg) Artist’s Talk

April 13, 2-4 p.m. SunLit Festival, Ekphrasitc writers perform interpretations

April 18, 5:30 p.m. Paul J. Nelson (Kentucky) Artist’s Talk

April 20, 5:30-7 p.m. Closing reception and People’s Choice Award

Florida CraftArt is located at 501 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. For more information, visit or call (727) 821-7391. Admission is free. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Florida CraftArt is a nonprofit organization founded in 1951 and headquartered in St. Petersburg. Its mission is to grow the statewide creative economy by engaging the community and advancing Florida’s fine craft artists and their work. Fine craft art is presented in its 2,500-square-foot retail gallery and curated exhibitions are featured in its adjacent exhibition gallery. Florida CraftArt is the only statewide organization offering artists a platform to show and sell their work.

CUTLINES (More images of work available on request. Photo and video opportunities available.)

Duncan-McClellan.jpg: Glass artist and gallery owner Duncan McClellan

Mary Childs.jpg: Mary Childs, Artistic Director of Duncan McClellan Gallery curated the exhibition.

Paul J. Nelson.jpg: Paul J. Nelson  cast this glass head.

Jack-Gramann-Blowing Glass.jpg: Jack Gramann creates his sculptures by blowing glass.

Jack Gramann-Opal.jpg: Opal is a figure glass sculpture by Jack Gramann.

Stephen Pon-North Star.jpg: Glass artist Stephen Pon lives and works in Quebec. He created the 10-foot-long piece “North Star” for the exhibition.