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February 2011

Saxapahaw Art Gallery in Saxapahaw, NC, Features Group Clay Exhibition

The Saxapahaw Art Gallery in Saxapahaw, NC, will present, From the Earth; Gifts of Fire and Clay, featuring a group clay exhibition, on view from Feb. 3 - 26, 2012. A reception will be held on Feb. 3, from 6-9pm.

The artists participating in the exhibit include: Sasha Bakaric, Cindy Biles, Colleen Black-Semelka, Betsy Browne, Stan Cheren, R.J Dobbs, Pam Groben, Kevin Helvey, Jan Holloman, Emily Lees, Courtney Martin, John Miller, Lou Raye Nichol, Susan Filley, Coy Quakenbush, Kaye Waltman and Darren Powers.

Ranging from modestly scaled pots to figurines to large sculptures, these objects cross a spectrum of conventional delineations among fine art, craft, and outsider practices. Collectively they suggest that clay appeals to basic impulses, starting with the delight of building form, coupled with the anxiety of completion. All of the works in the exhibition appear to be in some state of flux or growth.

Clay is a base material. From potsherds to porcelain fixtures, clay is synonymous with the building of industries and cultures. At the same time, its very materiality - its tactile malleability, earthen sensuousness, and humidity - make it the medium of more elemental associations and expressions. The immediacy with which clay allows one to build form and create ornament underlies its appeal - especially in relation to current modes that seem to take fabrication increasingly out of artists’ hands. More specifically, this exhibition is an opportunity to examine not only clay’s appeal but craft in general.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 336/525-2394 or visit (www.saxapahawartists.com).


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