From now until early June, my new work and that of my fellow Resident Artists will be on view in Gallery I at the Appalachian Center for Craft. I displayed my Beauty Slugs #1-3 as seen above. Jessica Jones, fibers, hung beautiful tapestries that invite the viewer to get lost in all the layers and lines. Sung Yeoul Lee, metals, presented the viewer with broaches as jewelry/sculpture. Trey Gossett, wood, included wall pieces and sculpture. Andrew Najarian, glass, recreated candy, such as a lollipop ring, and displayed it next to the original. Exhibitions resident, Sarah McClary, installed her metal smokestack trees. Hopefully, I'll get more pictures of the show up soon.
This past week in Phoenix, AZ, the 43 Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) was held. In conjunction with the conference, many of the galleries, museums, and universities in Phoenix and the surrounding towns hosted ceramic exhibitions. I was there as a representative of the Appalachian Center for Craft. Vince Pitelka, head of ceramics, and I sat at the table in the Exhibitor's Hall passing out pamphlets and workshop catalogs, seeing old friends, and making new ones. I did manage to sit in on a few panel discussions on installation art and promoting your work on Friday afternoon. In the evenings, I was able to see a few exhibits, have dinner with friends, and walk around downtown Phoenix. For more information on this, past, and future NCECAs visit www.nceca.net.
Thursday evening Meredith Lewis and I attended the Dogwood Arts Festival Gala and Awards Ceremony for the Regional Juried Fine Arts Exhibition in Knoxville, TN. She and I both had two pieces juried into the Dogwood Arts Festival Regional Fine Arts Exhibit. We had a fine time at the Gala partaking of the yummy hors d'oeuvres, gourmet chocolates, wine, and dancing. In addition to the party, the Dogwood Arts Festival along with ORNL gave out five awards. First place went to "Quote", www.quotemusic.net a collaborative effort of music and visual art, second to Crystal Wagner, www.crystalwagner.com, a printmaker/sculptor, third to me, and two honorable mentions. The photos above are of the first through third award winners with juror, dancing after the awards, and finally my two pieces in the exhibit.
Today was the 11th Annual Appalachian Center for Craft Celebration. We had food, music, demonstrations in all the studios, and an area for kids crafts. I worked the Build a Bowl booth with students from the Craft Center and volunteers from the high school in Monterey, TN. They were a huge help wrangling all the kids that came to make bowls. All the bowls, approximately 300, will be donated to the Cookin' on the Square event in October to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.