Art Center Announces “The Infinite Possibilities in Clay”

Crossroads Art Center in Baker City is pleased to welcome local Ceramic Artists Terri Axness, Brenda Johnson, MarySue Rightmire and Corrine Vegter as their featured artists for November 2016, with the show titled, The Infinite Possibilities in Clay.

The show opens during Historic Baker City’s popular First Friday Art Walk, November 4, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., with an opening night reception for the artists at 5:30 in the main gallery. Music will be provided by the Prevailing Winds recorder quintet and light refreshments will be served by the Friends of Crossroads. A showing in the Student Gallery features artwork by South Baker students.

About the Infinite Possibilities Featured Artists:
Terri Axness: At her Muddy Creek Studio Terri fires in electric and gas kilns showcasing both her thrown and hand built ceramics. Her love of design coupled with a lifetime of experience in different medias allow Terri to produce unique and collectible work. “With this body of work, I celebrate the diversity of clay,” says Terri, “playing with form, function, colors and compositions. The possibilities are endless.”

Brenda Johnson: Brenda spends a majority of her studio time making ceramic art tiles and sculptural forms. The colors of the red rock country of the American Southwest and a love of graphic boldness and pattern inform her ceramic work. Beautiful, well designed interior spaces influence her ideas.

MarySue Rightmire: In her latest work MarySue found herself drawn to a simplicity of form and the tactile quality of smooth surfaces, often enhanced with patterns or sometimes contrasting areas of texture. Experimenting with seaweed and other organic materials, low tech firing techniques using sawdust and paper, MarySue says she likes the combination of simple, primitive firing methods which often lead to surprises and the more orderly resist patterns used to decorate many of her pots.

Corrine Vegter: While spending time in Sedona, Arizona, this past winter Corrine was introduced to metal clay – it was love at first sight! Metal clay was a natural transition for Corrine. Many of the techniques she uses in her ceramic clay apply to the metal clay. The metal clay, steel, bronze and copper start out in a powder form, mixed with an organic binder and water. This “metal clay” can then be manipulated, sculpted and formed to make jewelry and small sculptures. Corrine’s jewelry is bold, and delicate at the same time, fun and whimsical. Her love of vintage trailers will become apparent to anyone spending time in her studio or viewing her most recent works.

Other November Events at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center:
Art Access Lecture Series,-Tuesday, November 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. or Wednesday, November 9, from 10:30 to Noon. Tour the latest exhibit in the gallery and enjoy an informative presentation by Susie Fisher of Boise titled “Art Deco Streamlined Style”.

The Art Deco movement emerged in France and spread rapidly throughout the world. Spanning the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression, Art Deco replaced the ornate styles of the past. Graceful angles and symmetrical geometric forms were inspired Aztec and Egyptian art that had been by recently discovered. Utilizing numerous images of distinctive Art Deco creations, this lecture series will demonstrate how Art Deco style affected all forms of design, from the fine and decorative arts, to fashion, transportation and product design. This is a free event open to the public with light refreshments served.

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