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3/2/2020 Member News

Creative Clay to host workshop with Missionary Mary Proctor

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Renowned Florida Folk Artist Missionary Mary Proctor returns to St. Petersburg March 14 to present “What the World Needs Now,” a mixed media workshop.


The workshop is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. at Creative Clay. Participants will create a mixed media/assemblage one-of-a-kind piece of artwork. Basic supplies, such as boards, glue and paints will be provided by Missionary Mary. You bring the fun stuff-- like mementos, photos or copies of photos, grandma’s buttons, costume jewelry, keys, old letters, dried flowers, ribbon, wire, and anything else you love. Participants may register at






Proctor has visited St. Petersburg many times as an exhibitor at 13 of Creative Clay’s art and music festivals each fall since 2007. Proctor’s art will be exhibited and for sale at Creative Clay at a meet-the-artist event during ArtWalk March 14, 5-9 p.m.


“We are excited to have Missionary Mary Proctor return to Creative Clay for a hands-on workshop in our studio,” said Jody Bikoff, Director of Exhibitions. “Mary’s workshops are filled with stories of her life as an artist and her artmaking process.  Participants have the unique experience of creating a piece alongside one of our most renowned folk artists, while sharing in her wisdom.”

Creative Clay also welcomes participants to peruse its Creative Thrift store, which has many fun items that can be used in the workshop as well, such as yarn, cords, ribbon, colorful paper, stamps, fabric and more.

Mary Proctor’s artwork is included in permanent collections at the American Visionary Museum (Baltimore, MD), Asheville Art Museum (Asheville, NC), High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA), Mennello Museum of American Art (Orlando, FL), Polk Museum of Art (Lakeland, FL), Morris Musuem of Art (Augusta, GA), St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts (St. Petersburg, FL), Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), New Orleans Museum of Art (New Orleans, LA), California African American Museum (Los Angeles, CA).


Creative Clay’s vision is to make the arts accessible to all. Since 1995, Creative Clay has pursued equality through art by helping people with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives through access to the arts by providing expressive, educational and vocational experiences.

Creative Clay’s core program is its Community Arts Program, which serves 50-60 adult artists with neuro-differences each week. Through the implementation of additional offerings, such as the inclusive Art Around the World Summer Camp, Summer Studio for older teens and young adults, Artlink employment program, Creative Care Arts in Wellness outreach program, and its Pinellas County Schools’ partnership Transition program, individuals of all ages and abilities are mentored, taught and empowered to become working artists who actively create, market and sell their work. The result is that a formerly stigmatized population, through the art it creates and sells, demystifies stereotypes surrounding those with disabilities and creates a culture of acceptance throughout the community.


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