Fuller Lodge Art Center announces the opening of the New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists, annual Celebration of Clay Exhibition.
This event, which started today and will help through Sept. 19 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center, fulfills a primary mission of this statewide organization: to promote excellence and creativity in the clay arts.
This self-juried exhibition increases understanding and appreciation of clay arts and artists throughout the state of New Mexico and beyond and is an excellent opportunity for New Mexico potters to share their best work.
Having presented the Celebration of Clay exhibition annually in various locations for more than 15 years, NMPCA is proud to partner with the Fuller Lodge Art Center in presenting this show in the Fuller Lodge Art Center’s main gallery. The Fuller Lodge has long been a mecca for artists and art lovers and the host to fascinating exhibitions of local artists.
This exhibition titled, “Perspectives,” allows participants to express their vision in ceramic art. Members from all over the state of New Mexico vary in their situations, coming from different cultures, representing different ages and backgrounds. Some view ceramics as an expression of history, a reflection of the current situation, or visions to the future, seeing design through the perspective of the natural world or the psychology and history of people and cultures. Enjoyment of pure design and beauty infuses the inspiration for many. These multiple visions enable members to create diverse and fascinating ceramic works, whether they are functional, sculptural, ornamental, monumental or intimate.
Several awards will be given to highlight favorites in the exhibit. These include “Best in Show”, the “Arita Porcelain Award” and three “Merit Awards” selected by a distinguished panel of three judges. This year’s judges are Fuller Lodge Art Center Director Emeritus Ken Nebel; artist and ceramic teacher at UNM Taos Lee Akins; and artist and ceramic teacher at Santa Fe Community College Liz Hunt. An internet gallery of works in the show allows the public to vote for a People’s Choice Award.
Come see the diversity of New Mexico artists and the variety of clay forms produced. Fifty-eight “perspectives” grace the gallery, from 10 communities spanning New Mexico as far as Las Cruces to the south and Lakewood, Colo., to the North. Visitors are welcome to the exhibition during the Art Center’s regular hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To be safe, please wear a mask. A limited number of people will be allowed in the gallery at one time. The exhibition can be viewed online at www.celebrationofclay.com where votes also can be placed for the People’s Choice Award starting today through Sept. 19.
A virtual opening is planned for today. Information on the virtual opening will be available on www.celebrationofclay.com and www.fullerlodgeartcenter.com. Additional opportunities to interact with the artists and their artwork are still in the works, so make sure to tune in on the web and social media for the latest updates!
Concurrent to the display in the main gallery, visitors may also see “A Quiet Place: An exhibit of collages” by Sue Ellen Hains in the Portal Gallery.
More information about the show at www.celebrationofclay.com and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/nmpca_com. Information about the NMPCA and how to join at www.nmpca.com. For more information about Fuller Lodge Art Center, see www.fullerlodgeartcenter.com.