This exhibition includes ceramic sculpture by internationally recognized artists Arthur Gonzalez, Michelle Gregor, Marc Lancet, Mark Messenger, Richard Notkin, Lisa Reinertson, Richard Shaw, Ehren Tool, Monica Van Den Dool, Stan Welsh, and Wanxin Zhang. Curated by sculptor Lisa Reinertson, the exhibit focuses on the generation of artists schooled in Bay Area and Sacramento Valley from the 1960s-80s whose work pushes the boundaries of social criticism. Adapting the medium of clay for a uniquely political cause, these artists are united in their commentary on the human condition, underlining important social, political, and environmental issues.
June 10th, 4 PM, the last day of the exhibit
Ehren Tool does not often offer his cups for sale. He believes that it is more important to carry the message of his work through their distribution and use as ordinary cups.
One June 10th, Tool is offering to donate one cup per visitor at 4 PM. We cannot reserve the cups, and they are only available in person, on a first come, first serve basis. If we have any left over, we will post the information on our website at pencegallery.org.
Artist Talk: Saturday, April 28, 5-6:30 PM (FREE)
Lisa Reinertson, curator of Bay Area Clay, discusses the project’s evolution, and artists Arthur Gonzalez, Monica Van den Dool, Ehren Tool, and Marc Lancet will delve into how their own ceramic work functions to critique current social and political concerns.
Kids Give Back: Art for a Purpose: Saturday, May 5, 1-4 PM, $5 per child (ages 8 +)
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Marc Lancet, whose ceramic sculpture is on display in our Bay Area Clay exhibit, will introduce social practice in art to children. Using found objects, kids will create their own sculptures, with different materials and methods of building. Finished sculptures will be exhibited and sold to benefit a local charity.
Artistic Legacy: Wheel Throwing Demonstration: Saturday, May 12, 2-4 PM (FREE)
Join Ehren Tool for a wheel throwing demonstration on the Pence’s patio. Ehren will talk about his techniques for fabricating his unique ceramic cups, which are characterized by imagery related to war, and his experience as a veteran.
Make Stuff: Form and Figure with Lisa Reinertson: Sunday, June 3, 12-4 PM
Cost includes materials: $25 members, $30 nonmembers
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Lisa Reinertson will demonstrate her techniques for sculpting small scale figures in clay in this workshop. Following the demonstration, students can work from a live clothed model, in order to capture both the figure and drapery. No firing is included in the class, which is open to anyone ages 18 and up with experience in clay.