New ex­hibit at Clay on Main: ‘Work­ing Sur­face’

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Clay on Main will show­case works by lo­cal artists in a new ex­hibit, “Work­ing Sur­face: In­dulging in Ap­pear­ances,” open now through June 17 from 4 to 6 p.m.

In the 10 years since Clay on Main’s in­cep­tion, many artists have shown work in the com­mu­nity art cen­ter’s three-room gallery. These artists have be­come friends and sup­port­ers of Clay on Main’s mis­sion, and have worked closely with the stu­dio to ex­hibit their per­fect show.

“This spring,” ex­plains Lisa Gauker, cu­ra­tor, “We wanted to craft an ex­hibit cel­e­brat­ing ten years of nails in the walls, fo­cused light­ing, post­card mail­ings, artist dis­cus­sions, cre­ative gath­er­ings, and gallery open­ings. We reached out to some fa­mil­iar faces to once again ex­em­plify why they love work­ing with Clay on Main.”

In ev­ery great ex­hibit a theme runs strong, with the re­la­tion­ships be­tween pieces high­light­ing lay­ers of mean­ing and con­tex­tu­al­iz­ing work. “It was only nat­u­ral af­ter reach­ing out to friends and guest artists at Clay on Main that the ex­hibit would fo­cus on sur­face treat­ments, since it’s an in­ter­est many of us share,” ex­plained Dolores Kirschner, Clay on Main’s founder and a par­tic­i­pant in the show.

View­ers can ex­pect to see del­i­cate and smoky ves­sels from Mary Ann Con­way, thought­ful ab­stract works on can­vas from Ron Schira, and chis­eled and craggy ves­sels un­earthed from the deep by Dolores Kirschner, just to name a few. Each of the nearly one dozen artists ex­hibit­ing in this show work heav­ily within the idea of sur­face, and each are con­nected in past and present terms with Clay on Main as an or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The show in­cludes a di­verse selec­tion of me­dia — pho­tog­ra­phy, ce­ram­ics, paint­ing, sculp­ture, en­caus­tic and more, and brings to­gether artists who may not have shown to­gether at any other point, pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity to see a wide ar­ray of works in a brand new light. “Work­ing Sur­face: In­dulging in Ap­pear­ances” brings to the fore­ground juicy tex­tures, gen­tle com­po­si­tions, and thought­ful color play that these artists use to bring their works to life, in a space that artists and view­ers have come to love.

Artists in­cluded in this show: James Car­rol; Mary

Ann Con­way; Rhonda Counts; Ben DeMott; Lisa Gauker; Dolores Kirschner; Pirjo L’Esper­ance; Ron Schira; Joshua St­effy; Bar­bara Thun and Bon­nie Wren.

Clay on Main is a non­profit artists’ co­op­er­a­tive, lo­cated at 313 Main St in the his­toric vil­lage of Oley. The stu­dio of­fers art in­struc­tion and gallery space for lo­cal artists, as well as live mu­sic and more. Clay on Main houses a com­plete clay stu­dio, a stained and fused glass stu­dio, a live per­for­mance venue, and a yoga room, in ad­di­tion to the co-op and gallery. Clay on Main is open to the pub­lic on Sun­days from 1-4; Tues­days from 10-2, Wed­nes­days from 12:30-7:30, and Fri­days and Satur­days from 10-2. Ad­di­tional view­ing of the gallery can be ar­ranged by ap­point­ment.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

En­caus­tic work in progress by Lisa Gauker

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Ce­ramic piece by Mary Ann Con­way

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