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Collecting for Half a Century: Fine Craft from the Florida CraftArt Permanent Collection
The opening reception will be on Friday, September 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Alice and William Jenkins Gallery with a gallery talk by Florida CraftArt Executive Director Katie Deits. The exhibit will be on display from September 13, 2019 to January 11, 2020.
Florida CraftArt was organized 70 years ago by Stetson College art professors Elsa and Louis Freund as a statewide organization celebrating fine craft. Fine craft includes works in ceramic, wood, fiber, metals, jewelry, glass, and mixed media. The Permanent Collection of Florida CraftArt evolved after the organization established statewide headquarters and a gallery in 1986 in St. Petersburg, Florida, under the direction of its first executive director, Michele Tuegel. The goals of the collection, today consisting of 161 objects, are to recognize the cultural significance of Florida’s fine craft art in our broad artistic landscape, document the rich tradition of craft art throughout Florida and beyond, and to educate and inspire future generations of artists and arts appreciators. The exhibition at Crealdé will consist of works by distinguished Florida craft artists including John Eckert, Christine Federighi, Bill Ives, Ray Ferguson, Bob Kopec, Tim Ludwig, Laura Militzer-Bryant, Vince Sansone, Bonnie Seeman, and Barbara Sorenson.
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