More than 30 artists from Asheville, Spruce Pine and other western North Carolina arts enclaves will be featured in the new exhibition “Clay Directions,” which opens to Brookdale students, faculty and staff in the Center for the Visual Arts (CVA) gallery on Sept. 1.
The exhibition features more than 90 pieces of pottery, glass, wood and weaving collected by Brookdale Art Professor Lori Uffer during a sabbatical in the arts communities of the Blue Ridge Mountains last fall.
Throughout her semester-long journey, Uffer visited 42 artists in studios across the western North Carolina region, including alumni and faculty from the acclaimed Penland School of Crafts. Her work, including artist profiles and high-quality photos, is available at claydirections.com.
The ‘Clay Directions’ exhibit features work from many of the artists Uffer met with, including internationally recognized glass artist Robert Levin, award-winning basket weaver Billie Ruth Sudduth and noted ceramicists Cynthia Bringle, Judith Duff and Nick Joerling.
“Western North Carolina has a long, rich tradition of fine arts and crafts,” said Uffer.
“This exhibition showcases the work of some of the region’s most talented artists, including two who have been named ‘North Carolina Living Treasures.’”
The exhibition will also feature work by artist and sculptor Jeannine Marchand, who gave a live demonstration on the Lincroft campus last March as part of Brookdale’s annual Visiting Artist Series.
“Clay Directions” will open with an exclusive Faculty Day reception, held from 3 to 5 pm in the CVA Gallery. All Brookdale community members are invited to attend.
The free exhibition will run through Sept. 17. Visit the CVA webpage for more information.
Check out more photos of the exhibition here.