Curated by Judy Barie, Director of VACI Galleries
Gallery talk on October 10 at 5 p.m., reception to follow
The Paul and Laura Mesaros Galleries are located in the Douglas O. Blaney Lobby of the WVU Creative Arts Center.
CURATED BY: LUCIEN KOONCE
This exhibition seeks to expose the viewer to only a smattering of the ceramic sake vessels being made by contemporary artists throughout the world. While demonstrating the aesthetic diversity among sake ware being made today, the intent is showcasing the unity brought forth by a single passion: the love of making shuki. Kanpai!
Gallery Opening Reception: Friday, October 6th at 6pm
Exhibition goes online: Tuesday, October 10th at Noon EST
This exhibition will bring together a selection of contemporary North Carolina ceramics and work from the guest presenters at the International Woodfire Conference. This will be a unique opportunity to experience the wood firing community in a wider context. The exhibit will take place at the main conference site in Star, NC. Many of the pieces presented will be available for purchase.
The David McCune International Art Gallery at Methodist University will host “Elemental,” a showcase featuring ceramic artist Akira Satake and painter Victoria Pinney. The showcase will open Sept. 22 and run through Nov. 17.
The opening reception for “Elemental” will begin in the gallery at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 22. The gallery will be open Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. It will be closed Sundays, Mondays, Oct. 18, and Nov. 11.
Please join us on Friday, November 13th and December 4th from 5 pm to 8 pm for artist receptions for the 1st annual Akira Satake Ceramics Invitational exhibition.Participating artists include: Reiko Miyagi, Becky & Steve Lloyd, Courtney Martin, Daniel Shane Mickey, Naomi Dalglish & Michael Hunt, Josh Copus, Linda McFarling, Kyle Carpenter, Judith Duff, and Akira Satake.
Gallery Mugen is having a party on Saturday, December 6th, from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. to ring in the holiday season. We'll feature new work from Akira, gorgeous hand dyed and block printed accessories and home furnishings from BZDesign, and festive Yuzu Patisserie sweets to sample and purchase. Here’s a taste of what to expect:
Fukubukuro, or “Good Fortune Bags.” Fukubukuro is a holiday tradition in Japan -- stores offer bags with secret items for sale, customers take their chances as to what “good fortune” they will discover within. Mugen will offer mystery parcels which include selected ceramic works by Akira and treats from Yuzu Patisserie. Only six will be available. First come, first served!
1:00 pm Akira will conduct a tea tasting, featuring a “tea flight” of his personal recommendations. You’re invited to sample varieties and flavors you’ve never tried before and perhaps discover a new favorite. Dobra Teashop teas will be featured.
3:30 pm In house concert featuring Akira on banjo and shamisen, with special guest Julia Weatherford on cello.
So, come on down and help us celebrate -- we look forward to seeing you on the 6th!
Gallery Mugen at the Cotton Mill Studios
122 Riverside Drive, studios C & D
Asheville, NC 28801
Thursday, Sep. 18th, 5pm - 8pm
Explore textiles, clay, metal, canvas and fine pastries, visit each studio and experience what the River Arts District is all about. Take advantage of an exclusive drawing to win a gift basket filled with hand selected items from each artist.
Artist of the Historic Cotton Mill Studios:
Barbara Zaretsky, Mark Bettis, Akira Satake, Nancy Hilliard Joyce, Denise Carbonell, Derek Dominy, Michele Mitchell, Christie Calaycay, John Mackah, Jim Ostlund, Cynthia Pierce
Nurtured Nature brings together 7 american clay artists ( Judi Tavill (NJ), Bryan Hopkins (NY), Ani Kasten, Lois Aronow (NY), Heather Knight (NC), Akira Satake (NC), Joann Axford (NY)) who reference the natural world in their own unique ways.
Whether referencing or resembling sea creatures, plants and rocks or natural and man made findings stressed through the passage of time, these works have a unique beauty that is familiar, yet, new.
Elusive sensations such as rushing wind, rippling waters, and undulating fields are achieved through various forming and surface techniques.
All of these artists work with shadow and light uniquely to develop textures implying a sense of movement running the gamut of the very rigorous to the most quietly calm.