On Thursday, July 4, the Clay and Glass show opened at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts. Today, the Center hosts the artists’ reception from 5 – 7 p.m.
Co-curators Vesna Breznikar and Diana Jameson expressed excitement in the show.
“This is the second annual Clay and Glass Show and it’s on the cutting edge for the area” said Breznikar. The display includes 18 artists whose use of diverse media and techniques finds no equal in Northern California.
“It blurs the lines between craft and fine art,” she continued. The works incorporate technology, reclaimed materials and electricity into an interesting and eclectic show.
Artists include Mary White, who works in glass and metal. White is a Fulbright Scholar and holds a bachelor’s degree in ceramics and a master’s degree in glass from the California College of the Arts. She is an artist, educator, environmental activist and community organizer. She works with recycled glass and her pieces represent her environment-related collaborations.
Charlene Doiron Reinhart works in clay. She received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from California State University Hayward. She has worked in their ceramics department as adjunct faculty. Her pieces are allegorical. She uses “the primal qualities of clay to narrate a story,” according to the press release. Her multicultural background “adds mystery and symbolism” to her figures.
John Oakes has studied and perfected the “endless possibilities in ceramic shapes and firing techniques.” He gets his inspiration from travel, but it is “glass that gets him excited.” He enjoys turning hot molten glass into solid beautiful shapes, at once fragile and timeless.
The 15 other artists represent diverse backgrounds and techniques that range from the ancient to the high tech.
Works in the show range from modestly priced to more than $8000. The show runs through August 29.
Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza St., is open daily from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information visit healdsburgcenterforthearts.com/ or call 431-1970.