The public is invited to an opening reception featuring clay and mixed media works by Shannon Castle and Christine O'Dea, titled "Nourish," at the Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss the evening of Friday April 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 6.
Shannon Castle and Christine O'Dea both received their bachelor of fine arts degrees working with ceramic artist Rodger Lang at Metropolitan State College of Denver. Both have continued to create with clay and often incorporate mixed media in their works. The artwork in this exhibit explores how the artists foster balance and cultivate peace in daily life.
Shannon Castle honors the creative process in various aspects of her daily life: raising children, growing a garden, cooking, making art and teaching art. As an artist, Shannon often works in multiples, using symbols and repetition as she explores both her personal narrative and universal stories. The themes of balance, loss, love, protection, and renewal are woven into her artwork. Making and remaking objects in a series is her visual prayer.
Shannon works in her home studio and teaches art at the North Fork Community Montessori School in Hotchkiss.
As a child growing up in Gales Ferry, Conn., in the woods and near the sea, Christine O'Dea found a rich visual environment that continues to provoke her while creating with clay. She walked and wandered, picking up pieces of the earth. She marveled at the colors, textures and forms of stones, shells, sticks, hives, plants, nests, ﬁsh, bugs and birds. She still picks up these small treasures as a pedestrian in the fast-paced place this world can be. She weaves them into her ceramic sculptures, interested in the dialogue that emerges from this union.
After earning a degree in fine arts, ceramics, Christine began teaching ceramics in a variety of environments such as public schools, after-school programs, and art centers. She has shown her work on and off in Denver galleries through the past years. Currently, she is interested in carrying her most recent artwork from its private, personal space into public view.
In conjunction with this special show, Castle and O'Dea are offering a workshop in two sessions at the Creamery Arts Center:
Story Vessels: Creating Narrative Works with Clay — Participants will use form and symbols to create a series of clay vessels that hold or tell a personal story. A variety of hand building and finishing techniques will be demonstrated and discussed throughout the workshop including soft slab construction, slump molds, screen printing on clay, non-fired finishes, and combining found objects with clay. Participants will create at least two finished vessels during two workshop sessions: Saturday, April 13, noon to 4 p.m., and Saturday, April 20, noon to 1 p.m. Class fee is $60 plus clay. All experience levels are welcome. Ages 12 to adult.
Also during the April opening reception, local author David Rasmussen will be signing his books featuring his newest, "Legend of the Wyakin." It's 1865 in the Montana wilderness. Cholera ravages a riverboat bound for Fort Benton and the goldfields beyond, forcing the boat and its disgruntled passengers ashore in the rugged Missouri River Breaks region. Tragedy ensues, leaving a young Jewish immigrant, Cortez Modrables, alone, truly a stranger in a strange land.
Cedaredge-based Rasmussen is the winner of the Book Readers Associaiton of America's Best Western Novel in 2002.
Come enjoy an evening of contemporary art, good literature, refreshments, raffle drawings, local wines, microbrews, and excellent company at the Creamery Arts Center located at 165 W Bridge Street in Hotchkiss.blog comments powered by Disqus