‘Philadelphia Clay’ Art Exhibit Opens in August

by Diane VanDyke

Persian Bowl by Lana Heckendorn

Persian Bowl by Lana Heckendorn

The “Philadelphia Clay” Art Exhibition opens Wednesday, Aug. 28, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 5, at Montgomery County Community College’s Fine Arts Gallery, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. A special “Meet the Artists” reception will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, 4-6:30 p.m. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the community.

The invitational exhibit, sponsored by MCCC’s Clay Club and organized by artist Sandi Pierantozzi, will feature the artwork of Philadelphia Studio potters Jerry Bennett, Rebecca Chappell, Jimmy Clark, Naomi Cleary, Michael Connelly, Peter Cunicelli, Angela Klaerner-Clark, Ryan Greenheck, Lana Heckendorn, Brad Johnson, Kathryn Narrow, Lisa Naples, Neil Patterson, Daniel Ricardo Teran, Janice Strawder, Jen Wankoff and Royce Yoder.

The pottery in this exhibition explores a variety of distinct styles by some of the region’s finest studio potters. Most of the potters are also nationally recognized artists.  There is a wide range of ideas and techniques used, as well as an exploration of several surface design treatments. Many types of clay and various firing temperatures will be represented.  This is a must-see exhibition for teachers, students, and anyone interested in the wealth of creative talent in the field of ceramics in our region.

Teapot by Ryan Greenheck

Teapot by Ryan Greenheck

In conjunction with the exhibition, a three-day clay conference, “Handbuilt,” will be held

Sept. 20-22 at MCCC. Demonstrators include potters Lana Wilson, Vince Pitelka, Chandra DeBuse, Mitch Lyons and Sandi Pierantozzi. For more information about the conference, email handbuiltevent@gmail.com.

The conference benefits the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, which provides direct financial and educational assistance to craft artists including emergency relief assistance, business development support, and resources and referrals on topics such as health, safety, and insurance. Artwork of each of the demonstrators also will be included in the exhibition.

Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sunday. For more information about the exhibition, contact Galleries Director Holly Cairns at hcairns@mc3.edu or 215-619-7349. For the latest information about exhibits and activities, friend and follow us at facebook.com/DestinationArts.

Help support the arts and art education programs at Montgomery County Community College by becoming a Friend of the Galleries. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, contact the College Foundation at 215-641-6535.

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