Clay Bay Pottery Exhibit Reception, July 10, 2009

Painting by Liz Maltman.

Clay Bay Pottery in Ellison Bay will host an opening reception for the exhibit “Tree of Life – Out on a Limb” on Friday, July 10, 5 – 8 pm. The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy the exhibit and refreshments. On Saturday, July 11, 11 am – 3 pm, artists will offer demonstrations along with an opportunity for the public to participate in making their own “Tree of Life” creations.

This year’s theme gives participating artists the chance to recognize the significance of the tree as a symbol of the interconnectedness of life in nature, history, spirituality and mythology. With their deep roots, sprawling branches, and soaring crowns, trees offer not only safety and sanctuary but also inspiration and awe.

“Tree of Life” motifs range from fertility and immortality to biodiversity and basic shelter. The exhibit will offer many interpretations by a diverse and talented group of artists who make their homes under maples, oaks, cedars and even palm trees. The addition of the “Out on a Limb” element adds the opportunity for a touch of humor and whimsy – a theme close to the heart of this group of artists.

“Trees of Life” by Rick Risch.

Jeanne and David Aurelius, owners of Clay Bay Pottery since 1976, will present new works of sculptural relief tiles, bowls, lamps, platters, mugs and more designed specifically for this show. Clay Bay staff took part in the fun this year and will also show original works.

Joining them this year will be fellow potters Peder Hegland, Sartell, MN; Martha Winter, Hastings, MN; Mary and Peter Deneen, Peppin Farm Pottery, Maiden Rock, WI; and Kate and Jere Huffman, What Cheer, Iowa.

Other artists include Liz Maltman and Rick Risch, acrylic and egg tempura paintings; Sandra Place, pastels; Margaret Lockwood, original oil paintings; David Stewart, pen and ink drawings; Gail Stewart, original paintings; Sylvia Youell, sterling silver jewelry; Kristen Sobol, colored pencil; and Liz Primozic, acrylic works.

Clay Bay Gallery and studio are located at 11650 Highway 42, Ellison Bay. For more information call 920.854.5027.