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January 11-March 17, 2019
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design’s Delmar Loop Gallery
Throughout history portraiture has been a means for creating a likeness of a person; a bellwether for emerging technologies; a magnet for material experimentation; and an exploration of social status. The ancient Greeks produced portraits of both gods and important citizens; during the Renaissance artists were commissioned to paint portraits of nobles and royals.
To this day, portraiture has both expressed the breadth of social experience and highlighted the gaps between social strata. Contemporary portraiture, more so than that of any other time, has embraced portraiture on a viral level, using it to express who we are and what we stand for.
The works in this exhibition are in some ways keeping with tradition – works depict either iconic figures from history or study a more archetypal range of emotions and identities. However, in other ways the works represented speak in a fresh voice, to the material and cultural minutia of this moment.
Artists featured in this exhibition are Kate Anderson, Katie Bensky, Kelsey Duncun, Raven Halfmoon, Richard W. James, Sandy Kaplan, Beverly Mayeri, Ruth Reese, Patti Warashina, Richard Wehrs, Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen, and Cayce Zavaglia.
Simply Knotted with Kate Anderson
Saturday, January 12, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Registration Required / $125
This fun and inspired workshop teaches the simple sculptural techniques of knotting through the process of starting a small bowl form - information covered includes how to begin, increasing and decreasing the core, adding and subtracting colors, and methods to finish. You will also learn creative ways to add patterns, textures and embellishments to make it your own unique vision! See Kate’s knotted work in the exhibition.
Richard James: Mannerisms and Proclivities Saturday
January 12, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Registration Required/ $60
This one day workshop is presented in conjunction with the exhibition. Richard will demonstrate his methods for constructing a ceramic headby combining ceramic components with objects, materials, and processes, which closely relate to his rural upbringing in Tennessee.He will discuss how to develop emotion and narrative through the arrangement of facial features and the psychological effects of proportions. He will also invite open discussions about topics of interest to participants.