ON FIRE: SANTA FE CLAY

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Long be­fore the Rai­l­yard District had a park and a thriv­ing busi­ness com­mu­nity, it was home to Santa Fe Clay. Es­tab­lished in 1974, the stu­dio, sup­ply shop, school, and gallery holds classes that are open to first-time stu­dents and ex­pe­ri­enced artists of all ages. Two ex­hi­bi­tions open at Santa Fe Clay on Fri­day, Feb. 3, with a re­cep­tion at 5 p.m. The 2017 Sum­mer

Work­shop Preview show­cases the work of master ce­ramic artists from across the coun­try who will be teach­ing sum­mer work­shops at Santa Fe Clay — Mon­dayto-Fri­day classes that be­gin in mid-June and end in mid-Au­gust (call 505-982-1122 to reg­is­ter). Santa Fe Clay has been run­ning th­ese work­shops an­nu­ally since 1994. Many of the pieces in the show are quite mod­ern and whim­si­cal, in­clud­ing Magda Gluszek’s You Should Smile, a sit­ting fig­ure of a woman of in­de­ter­mi­nate age, pig­tailed, red-eyed, and stone-faced, hold­ing a pin­wheel toy. Sha­lene Valen­zuela’s Iron­ing Things Out is a ce­ramic iron em­bla­zoned with the im­age of two women who are ei­ther get­ting ready to do house­work or go on a mur­der spree. Other artists rep­re­sented in the 2017 Work­shop

Preview in­clude Laura DeAn­ge­lis, Kyung­min Park, and Curt LaCross. Re­fresh is a group ex­hi­bi­tion of func­tional and sculp­tural ob­jects by gallery artists — in­clud­ing Meredith Brick­ell, Frank Boy­den, Tim Rowan, and Chris Sta­ley — who have em­ployed a va­ri­ety of tech­niques. Santa Fe Clay is at 545 Camino de la Fa­milia. Both ex­hi­bi­tions are on dis­play through April 1. — Jen­nifer Levin

Sha­lene Valen­zuela: Iron­ing Things Out

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