UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
 
Charles Parkhill, wood sculptures
Frank Strunk III, metal
Jeannine Hascall, paintings and fiber arts
Robin Perry Dana, photographs
Hieke Mueller, paintings

CURRENT EXHIBITION | INTO THE FOLD: A Survey of the Contemporary Field of Book Art
November 25, 2017 through January 6, 2018
This exhibition is co-curated by Bridget Elmer, Coordinator of the Letterpress and Book Arts Center at Ringling College of Art And Design, and Robin Perry Dana, Curator of Exhibitions at the Leslie Curran Gallery.

Into the Fold surveys the contemporary field of book art, with a focus on collaborative editions produced in the state of Florida. From historic woodcuts and previously unpublished manuscripts to laser cut bindings and experimental structures, the work in this exhibition expands our understanding of the book as an art form and celebrates the artists working in our region.

Programs Featured in this Exhibition Include:
The Coffey Residency for Book Arts (University of Florida)
Graphicstudio (University of South Florida)
The Letterpress and Book Arts Center (Ringling College of Art and Design)
Small Craft Advisory Press (Florida State University)
The Tampa Book Art Studio (University of Tampa)

Book art is, according to the majority of contemporary theorists, a 20th century art form that encompasses many related fields, including artists’ books, altered books, fine press books, sculptural books, zines, and even performance and installation. The unifying factor in all of these practices is that the artists making the work approach the book, in and of itself, as a work of art. Book art often interrogates the traditional identity of the book and it is, by nature, an interdisciplinary practice, integrating the fields of visual art, literature, graphic design, and more, depending on the project at hand. Accessibility is another common theme for book art, as artists often engage the book form with intentions to reach a wider audience with their work. Tactility is also a defining characteristic of book as an art form. Most books must be held and manipulated by the reader to be fully experienced, and this kind of direct physical interaction with an art form is an exciting and rare experience to which many artists and viewers are drawn.

Just as there is a broad continuum of practices housed under the umbrella of book art, there are a wide variety of contexts in which the work is made. For this show, we focus in on the practice of producing collaborative editions of book art in an institutional setting. This studio-based practice finds its routes in printmaking and the model of the atelier, where a master printer and their apprentices or interns work with visiting artists to realize editions of original prints. In the case of book art, it is often an academic institution that hosts this kind of collaborative production, organizing faculty, students, and staff to assists artists in the creation of editioned bookworks. The state of Florida has recently experienced an marked growth in the number of these opportunities. With this exhibition, we hope to shine a light on a selection of the resulting editions and the exciting array of artists making book art in our region.
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LEGENDARY BEAUTY: Jack Barrett
October 14 - November 18th, 2017

For decades, Jack Barrett pursued the feminine mystique through artwork ranging from deep, psychologically complex portraits to expressive gestural studies. This selection of the artist's paintings and drawings offers an extensive look at his ongoing celebration of the power of femininity.

Barrett was a prominent illustrator for the St. Petersburg Times & the Evening Independent for over twenty years. He studied at the Carnegie Institute and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and taught figure drawing at St. Petersburg College and the Morean Arts Center. His work has been published extensively, and he is the recipient of many awards and honors including recognition for his remarkable newspaper illustration. He was a prolific artist, exhibited his work throughout the U.S., and is included in many prestigious art collections including Raymond James Financial, St. Petersburg College, Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, and the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art.

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INFO ABOUT THE ARTIST JACK BARRETT

When considering an artist's work, most people tend to compare it to another artist or categorize it by style. It is more comfortable to relate to something familiar instead of experiencing a completely new and possibly innovative work of art. Jack Barrett is difficult to classify and yet his style is instantly recognizable. Lennie Bennett, a St. Petersburg Times art critic once wrote, "We see the roll call of recurring images: jesters, clowns, doves; the mysterious tangles of people; the bold fields of color that isolate or contain the figures. But just when you think you have him pegged, he breaks out another trick from his immense stylistic bag and you stop thinking of Matisse or Chagall and begin considering Schiele or De Kooning, or any number of other artists whose influence might flicker through by never dominate Barrett's unique vision and visual vocabulary."

Jack was adept at using texture and color to create a totally unique composition while at the same time retaining his individuality. He was fond of experimenting and trying new techniques, but always retained the Barrett signature. He could be abstract or capture the exact likeness of a subject; he was comfortable a either end of the spectrum. His paintings are playful and masterfully executed works of color, composition, shapes, forms and, almost always, figures. Jack's wife Louise loves to relate tales of Jack's vivid imagination and describes the various creatures that would inhabit the house or the studio and eventually end up on his canvas. Jack's characters are unmistakable. Always dancing, playing, flying or creating pandemonium, wearing strange hats and outrageous clothing, they animate much of his work and are a joy to behold.

On February 3, 2008, the world became a little less colorful, a little less whimsical and a little less wonderful, Jack Barrett passed away. An admired artist for over 40 years, Jack left behind a huge collection of paintings, drawings, pastels and sketches.

What followed were posthumous exhibitions at the Morean Arts Center (2008), the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art (2014), and the Museum of Fine Arts, St Petersburg (2017).

The complete collection of Jack Barrett's works are now represented by ARTicles Art Gallery and an exhibition of selected paintings and drawings, Legendary Beauty, has been organized for their special exhibition space, The Leslie Curran Gallery.
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TEKTONIC: Nin McQuillen & Robert Ross
September 2nd - October 7th, 2017

The Leslie Curran Gallery presents TEKTONIC, an exhibition featuring the paintings of Robert Ross and the sculptures of Nin McQuillen. Ross's paintings reveal the alluring geometry of alleyways, construction sites, rooftops and other overlooked places. McQuillen's intimately-scaled sculptures in aluminum, steel, bronze and brass are a synthesis of line, shape and surface that evoke the harmony of standing stones and totems.

Robert Ross's paintings convey the quiet stillness often found in abandoned places with the beautiful light and shadow of an early morning walk. "My paintings reveal the beauty, mystery and hidden life in ordinary, overlooked places. Good design is always my starting point. I strive to capture that moment of first perception, when I see how sunlight, shadows and color give shape to what I encounter," explains Ross.

Nin McQuillen begins with dense, solid aluminum block and rod, found and salvaged, marked by years of weathering. Close examination reveals more than monochrome metal assemblages. The hand-sanded and polished surfaces display a variety of luminous tones, from gentle planar gradations to highly reflective accents.

Shown together, these works share a passion for creating dynamic compositions from complex geometric relationships. "The installation juxtaposes the loose, expressionist style of Ross's two-dimensional works and the finely-honed solidity of McQuillen's three-dimensional sculptures, while also emphasizing the minimalist aesthetic and complimentary formalist strategies they both utilize to create energy and tension in space," explains gallery curator Robin Perry Dana.
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Robert Ross earned an M.A. from the University of Michigan and B.A. from Oakland University followed by classes at Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, Florida. In 2016, Ross was Artist-in-Residence with the Glen Arbor Art Association and is a member of the McRae Art Studios Collective in Orlando.

Nin McQuillen grew up in St Petersburg, maintains an active studio in St Petersburg, and has been represented by Leslie Curran for over a decade. He earned a BS in Broadcasting from the University of Florida. He spent 1972 studying theatre and art history in London, followed by extensive travel to art museums throughout Europe. Varied careers in broadcasting, advertising, teaching and mental health all served as investigations in human behavior, which continue to inform his 40 years of exploration in art-making.
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ABOVE & BEYOND: Sarah Hull & Catherine Woods through August 22nd, 2017
Join us for the Artists' Reception: Saturday, August 12th, 6-9pm

With a fresh perspective on the Florida landscape, Sarah Hull presents beach crowds from a fascinating view high above. Replete with colorful umbrellas and bathing beauties scattered across the composition, her large-scale paintings show us a familiar subject from an unlikely and captivating angle. “I first began to photo document beach scenes from the top floor of hotels, later in an airplane, and eventually introduced drones into my work practice to capture reference material for this bird's eye perspective,” Hull explains.

Multi-disciplinary artist Catherine Woods, known for her large public art installations, presents unique table-top and wall-mounted sculptures. This exhibition is a rare opportunity to experience the artist's delightfully transformative glass work on an intimate scale. Using an unusual and highly complex process for cast and laminated glass, Woods achieves perfection through skillful craftsmanship. A combination of elegant lines and alluring colors result in objects of substance and depth.

One can clearly see that these artists are inspired by our sunny climate. Shown together, these lively works share a cheerful quality, both sophisticated and joyful. The installation juxtaposes the pictorial style of Hull's two-dimensional works and the atmospheric sentiment of Woods three-dimensional sculptures made even more vibrant by the sunlight flooding in the windows of the gallery. "Catherine Woods' sparkling, crystalline glass sculptures composed of abstract geometries and complimentary colors are the perfect accompaniment to Sarah Hull's vibrant, dreamy, and impressionistic paintings of populated beaches from above, and the perfect antidote to the doldrums of summer," says gallery curator Robin Perry Dana.

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About the Artists

Sarah Hull has been included in numerous national juried exhibitions and was featured in a recent article: "Femme Visuale: Sarah Hull", in Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. Among her many accomplishments and accolades, Hull received Honorable Mention at International Art Olympia 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the New York Studio School and currently maintains and active studio in Tampa, Florida.

Catherine Woods is a nationally recognized sculptor working primarily in architectural glass and metal with installations across the country. She studied at the University of MD, College Park and The Portfolio Center, Atlanta, GA as well as Brychtova Forum, Craft Alliance, Penland School of Crafts, and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. The St. Petersburg artist's award-winning work has been featured in “Sculpture Review” and “Public Art Review” magazines and recognized by Americans for the Arts prestigious public art competition “Year in Review”. She is the founder and director of C Glass Studio, specializing in large-scale installations for the public sector.
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4D3: New works by Chad Mize
through July 15th, 2017

Multimedia artist, designer, and celebrated curator of countless exhibitions Chad Mize, who has been instrumental in helping generate much of the energy in St Petersburg’s creative community, presents a new body of work inspired by major creative moments throughout his 43 years of life. Come see what this amazing artist, notable for his years as the curator of Bluelucy and designer of the iconic World Tour (Paris, London, Tokyo, St Pete) t-shirt, has been up to lately in this solo exhibition, 4D3.
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THE HUMAN PATTERN: Ya La'ford
2017

This solo exhibition features La'ford's celebrated series of stain-dyed paintings, with an earth-toned color palette derived from self-made pigments and paints. Her striking compositions echo the patterns and marks found throughout human history, including warrior masks, traditionally adorned fabrics, and aerial views of unearthed neolithic proto-cities. The artist's installation will also feature several objects from her own collection, gathered from cultures around the globe, including domestic textiles, ceremonial and religious icons, and ornamental objects.
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BORDERLANDS: Lissa Hatcher
2017

Lissa Hatcher's award winning photographs are highly conceptualized and choreographed productions full of fantastic characters in imaginary places. This exhibition focuses on places in between, worlds that are and are not, and the epic journeys of the characters navigating through. Working as a photographer, art director, and editor, it is often whispered that her shoots look like tiny movie sets where characters play out scenes like actors. Expect to see some of these characters live on opening night, along with objects and ephemera from her sets, with equal parts magical photography and performance.
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HUNTER–GATHERER: Heidi Martin Kuster & introducing William Joseph III
2017

Heidi Martin Kuster's work extends from an interest in memory, and the evidence of time's passage in the surface of stones. She uses oil, acrylic, and gouache paint, along with plastic, plaster, canvas and paper to make beautifully intricate works both large and small.

Paired with the equally thoughtful cast silver sculptures of William Joseph III, this exhibit quietly makes a deep impression. Each delicate piece is painstakingly handcrafted and magical to behold.
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OVER RULES: Taylor O. Thomas & Nancy Cervenka
2017

In this exhibition, Cervenka's ongoing exploration of movie film as sculptural material is paired with the wildly gestural mixed media works of Thomas. Both artists use unconventional materials to create strong linear marks that defy 2 and 3 dimensional picture planes.
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IN INTIMATE CONCERT: Carol Mickett & Robert Stackhouse
2016

The internationally known collaborative artists' new installation combines iconic imagery of water and the moon. As an installation, the work reminds us that our world, as do we, moves in intimate concert, and the artists create an opportunity to sit in an environment ready for quiet reflection.
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A STRIKING BALANCE: David David Figueroa & Steven Kenny

Steven Kenny's celebrated paintings of the human figure paired with elements found in nature are full of symbolic juxtapositions that often make reference to journeys of self-exploration and discovery. David David Figueroa's monumental sculptures are studies in power and restraint made from minimalist combinations of wood, steel, bronze, stone and found objects.
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BLUNT FORCE: Terry Brett & Sallie Hackett Brown
2016

Sallie Hackett Brown's sculptures called "Reconstructions" transform found objects
into striking visual representations of her challenging observations on familial and societal issues. Terry Brett's large black and white compositions have the immediacy and power of action paintings that express more raw emotion than pointed narrative.
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GOOD VIBRATIONS: Richard Seidel & Alison Sigethy
2016

This exhibition pairs Richard Seidel's lively figurative paintings inspired by coastal trips and artist residencies in Venice, Madrid, and the French Riviera with Alison Sigethy's innovative kinetic glass sculptures, Sea Cores, which combine water, light, bubbles and glass to reflect the dazzling visual array of deep sea environments.
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OBJECT MEMORY: Justin Rabideau
2016

Rabideau focuses on the exploration of discarded materials found in the urban landscape and how these materials can be utilized to create a connection between the forgotten/past to the new/now. By using found/salvaged pieces of wood and discarded furniture, he creates works that have direct connections to the these urban neighborhoods while also referencing ideas of history, gentrification, cultural wastefulness, and hidden beauty.
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INTERSECTION: Bryce Hudson
2016

Hudson's solo exhibition, inspired by modernism, minimalism, and pop art movements, features large-scale abstract geometric paintings full of bold color and pattern. See works on paper and canvas by the artist, accompanied by a sampling of art that inspired the series - selected sculptural works from his remarkable collection of 20th Century Art.
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FILES & FILM: Annual Photographic Art Show

This highly anticipated showcase of more than 30 of the area's premiere photographers features selections juried by Robin O'Dell (Museum of Fine Arts), Beth Reynolds (Morean Art Center), and Chuck Vosburgh (Morean Art Center + Tappa).
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ORACLE: Irina Moldovan & James Oleson
2016

Moldovan's acrylic paintings combine richly colored backgrounds with gold leaf laid in grid-like precision. Paired with Oleson's heraldic animalia made of metal, the exhibition emphasizes the colors, media, and symbology often associated with royalty, magic, and other forms of power.
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MURMURATIONS: Jules Cozine
2016

The artist presents a series of atmospheric paintings inspired by the mysterious and extraordinary experience of seeing a massive flock of starlings twisting and turning in unison.
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ALBUMS: Heike Mueller
2016

The Swiss artist returns to the U.S., exhibiting a series of paintings inspired by source material gathered during her sabbatical in St. Petersburg in 2015.

After studying art education and painting in Basel and Amsterdam, Mueller continued to teach and maintain a rigorous studio and exhibition practice while building a family. Widely represented in Germany and Switzerland, Mueller has exhibited extensively in galleries and art fairs throughout Europe for the last 20 years. She now lives and works in Basel with her husband and three sons. This is the first solo exhibition of Heike Mueller's paintings in the U.S.
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RARE FORM: Charles Parkhill
2016

Parkhill's monumental sculptures made primarily of reclaimed materials embrace the color, grain, old paint, dents, scratches, and nail holes of its previous use while transforming them into remarkably harmonious and sublime forms.
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THE TEMPEST AND THE TEAPOT: Ummarid Eitharong and Robert Lawarre
2015

This exhibition features the large-scale abstract paintings of Ummarid "Tony" Eitharong and the ceramic works of Robert Lawarre. Eitharong has been a mainstay and multiple Best in Show award winner in fine art festivals around the country for more than 30 years, creating an expansive body of work that reflects his own personal and spiritual evolution. Robert Lawarre's richly textured ceramic works are full of rich texture, vibrant color, and storybook narrative.
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WHERE THE SEA MEETS THE SKY: Leslie Neumann & David Erdman
2015

Neumann's encaustic paintings are inspired by the raw, primitive energy of the wetlands, as well as the vast cosmic night sky of her home in Aripeka, Florida. Erdman's sculptures of luxurious wood, informed by studies in architecture and a successful career as a yacht designer, evoke the elegantly flowing lines of wind in sails.
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SURFACE TENSION: Nathan Beard and Nin McQuillen
2015

Nathan Beard's new series of pastels on paper, Pond's Edge, depicts the commingling of water and plant life by contrasting celebratory gestures with a soothing color palette. Nin McQuillen's intimately scaled sculptures are a synthesis of line, shape and surface that evoke the harmony of standing stones and totems. With these bodies of work, both artists explore new media in pursuit of beauty.