The Clay Guild, an adjunct of the Marco Island Center for the Arts, is holding its second annual pottery show, called It’s a Wrap, now through December 20. More than 180 pieces of pottery, everything from hand-built to wheel-thrown tableware and accessories, are on display in the Lauritzen and Rush galleries. Sharing the spotlight with the Clay Guild are whimsical oil portraits of Santa’s reindeer by California artist Brad Nack, which are being shown in La Petite Galerie. All of the art is for sale and ready for Christmas giving.
“We are delighted to have two such impressive shows, one from our hardworking and talented clay artists and the other from internationally known artist Brad Nack,” says Lynn Holley, executive director of the Center. “Here’s your chance to support the arts and to buy unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for the holiday season.”
An opening reception with the artists will be held on December 11th, from 5:30 to 7 pm. The event, which is open to the public, is free to Center members and one guest; non-members are asked to make a $5 donation to help defray the costs of the evening. Refreshments will be served.
Since its beginnings more than 40 years ago, the Clay Studio and its programs have grown in scope and reputation. It is now the largest in the area, offering classes, workshops conducted by well-known visiting experts and demonstrations, as well as a well-equipped facility for artists to pursue their own projects. The studio currently has ten wheel, three kilns, an extruder and a slab roller, as well as all the other supplies necessary to working with clay.
Much of the Clay Studio’s success is due to the efforts of Clay Guild members, who started the group over nine years to have a greater say in the studio’s operation and to promote an appreciation of clay art and artists. Members of the Guild, all hardworking volunteers, include professionals and semi-professionals with multiple years of experience and extensive academic credentials.
The Center for the Arts is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm through the 21st of December; the Center is dark for the Christmas holidays.