It is a clear and beautiful day, and the festive season is here. To my right, through the window, I see our shining holly bush. To my left stands a Christmas tree awaiting lights and decoration. May you and your loved ones have joy, warmth, and contentment now and throughout the new year.
END-OF-THE-YEAR STUDIO NEWS:
I have three pieces in the Small Works Show at Perimeter Gallery (in Chase’s Daily, 96 Main St., Belfast). The show opened December 6. This is new work, and it’s not clay! And so may be surprising to many of you. The project began a few years ago while working on Matinicus Island with my dear friend, Jesse Gillespie. I find the material and process compelling, and will continue in this vein for some time, albeit without giving up on clay. This new medium, and the clay seem to feed each other. The Small Works Show will continue through the month during Chase’s Daily’s regular hours.
The 5th Annual Holiday Art Show at High Mountain Hall (5 Mountain St., Camden) begins December 14 with a wine and hors d’oeuvres preview/reception from 5 to 9pm. Patty Bolz and I invited five other outstanding midcoast artists to join us this year: Annie Bailey, Julie Richard Crane, Cynthia McGuirl , Austin Smith, and Jessica Stammen. The show continues Saturday, December 15 from 10am to 4pm. Bay Chamber Concerts is this year’s beneficiary of our annual ‘Saturday Only’ raffle — it’s a good chance to win your favorite artist’s work for a small donation to a very good cause. The entire show is a great opportunity to find the perfect gifts for your treasured friends and family.
And don’t forget Extravaganza at Åarhus in Belfast. They always have an amazing collection of art and craft for your visual pleasure and gift-giving delight (naturally they carry van der Ven Studios ceramics.)
One of my goals for this year was to get my work out to a broader audience. I met with considerable success. Highlights include: two pieces juried into the 19th San Angelo National Ceramics Competition, jurors Mark DelVecchio and Garth Clark (both pieces were sold at the show, one earned an honorable mention and was purchased by the museum); two pieces juried into FLASHPOINT — an international wood fire exhibition, juror John Balistreri (one piece also earned an honorable mention); another piece was juried into the 20th Strictly Functional Pottery National (SFPN) by the inimitable Jack Troy, winning the ‘Best Thrown and Altered’ award, the HACC Ceramics Club purchase award, and the “People’s Choice” award. Long time director, Jean Lehman said, ” In the 20 year history of SFPN, I cannot think of another time that one person received two awards
and then also won the People’s Choice Award. People who attend the exhibition take voting for their choice very seriously.”
Next year, I look to continue expanding my audience, revamping the website, finding national representation, new teaching opportunities, making more sculptural work, and to seeing and hearing from you. Take care. Be well.