“I wanted to create an eclectic collection of works,” explained exhibition curator Brian Peshek, MFA, who chose a variety of works that demonstrated several techniques. “The show maintains the mission since the first June Annual Invitational, which is to support and expose to the Foothills community both prominent and rising professional artist from the Southern California area.”
The exhibit continues through June 23.
This show builds on a strong reputation for artistic achievement, highlighting the work of professional ceramicists from across California. This year’s exhibition presents the works of six extraordinary artists including Richard Burkett, whose work has been shown internationally, and ranges from functional wheel-thrown pottery to sculptural objects using a wide variety of forming processes and a mix of media. Playfully rustic forms marry geometric shapes, organic surfaces, ceramic, and found objects well.
When it comes to color, few infuse more of the spectrum in a wide tapestry of patterns than Karen Koblitz whose work is compelling and always tells a story.
The expansive body of work of Adrian Sandstrom includes wheel thrown and altered, multi-fired stoneware. Luscious surfaces, organic cellular shapes, waving lines and form contours definitely intrigue viewers.
The extremely precise, elegantly controlled work of Porntip Sangvanich reveals her interest in geometric forms and, as she says, “a pursuit of impeccable craftsmanship.”
Karin Swilden’s work is exclusively sculpture focusing predominantly on the human figure. Swilden said that the inspiration for her work comes from “stories, experiences, imagination and mythology” and that she “uses archetypal and personal symbols to convey a message of respect for ‘Joy and Humor in Life.’’
Finally Joan Takayama-Ogawa, educated at Stanford, UCLA and Otis, has a rich and diverse background that comes through in her keen commentaries on popular cultural, current events and political statements that are told with empathy and a witty humor.
McGroarty Arts Center’s historic building is transformed into a professional exhibition space with the help of many dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who assist with exhibition installation and monitor the exhibit throughout the show’s duration. The works available for sale in the exhibition are uniquely fired ceramic vessels and sculptures; many of which sold to proud owners. This show provides a chance to purchase one-of-a-kind artworks from professional working artists and the talented students who take classes at McGroarty Arts Center.
Proceeds from the sales of artwork benefit McGroarty Arts Center.
McGroarty Arts Center is located at 7570 McGroarty Terrace in Tujunga. For further information, including times that the Center is open, call (818) 352-5285 or visit www.mcgroartyartscenter.org.
Photos by Melanie Chapman