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December 2011

Black Mountain Center for the Arts in Black Mountain, NC, Offers Pottery

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts presents the annual Pottery Show and Sale, beginning at downtown Black Mountain, NC’s Holly Jolly Christmas on Friday, Dec. 2 from 6-8pm in the Upper Gallery at the Center. The Pottery Sale will be available until the Center closes for the holidays on Dec. 23; the Pottery Show will continue through Jan. 2 - 31, 2012.

The exhibit is a place for students to feature their finest work, while allowing the professional potters who teach at BMCA to show the caliber of work they produce privately away from the Clay Studio. Teachers who have taught classes in 2011 and who will have work in the show include Geoff Bird, Will Byers, Charles Freeland, Maureen Joyce, and Annie Singletary. A feature this year will be a Kid’s Table where children can shop for very reasonably priced items for gifts.

Entertainment is always a part of every Holly Jolly celebration. This year Joe Dinwiddie, who teaches piano and banjo at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, will be playing banjo on the Upper Floor. On the Main Floor at 6pm “Joyful Spirits” will provide traditional Christmas music featuring hammered dulcimers, mountain dulcimers, and flute. Their members are dulcimer players Mary Painter and Ginny Mannina of Black Mountain and Janet Parkerson of Asheville, and flautist Lisa Smith of Asheville. At 7pm the Emmanuel Ringers from Emmanuel Lutheran Church will take the stage to perform for an hour of hand bells under the direction of Dr. Kevin Lorenz of Montreat College.

The BMCA Clay Studio, which is housed in the renovated old City Garage adjacent to the Center, is a teaching studio for beginning and intermediate students to learn a variety of techniques in working with clay. Adult Clay Classes are offered in six-week sessions throughout the year, and classes for teens, kids or families are available on occasion. Classes are purposely kept small in order to allow a better learning process for students, and Open Studio time is included in adult class tuition to allow students time for practice. Independent Study classes are available for experienced potters who need some studio time, but have no plans for production. Under the leadership of the Center’s Executive Director, Gale Jackson, the studio’s everyday operations are under the supervision of Studio Manager, potter Charles Freeland.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Center at 828/669-0930 or visit (www.BlackMountainArts.org).

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