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Published on : Thursday, December 3, 2015
The Wesleyan Potters’ 60th Annual Sale will be held now through December 13th, 2015, at 350 S Main St. (Rte 17), Middletown, CT. The Show is open every day from 10am to 6pm and on Thursdays and Fridays until 9pm. Admission is free.
Walk in the front door at Wesleyan Potters and have the sensual joy of a tactile experience and be assured that the art is as beautiful in actuality as it is on screen.
At Wesleyan Potters the perfectly rounded red vase by Lori Lapin with the lustrous surface calls out to be picked up and touched. Vicente Garcia’s fine art sculptures made from industrial metal look strong and elegant and want to be closely inspected to fully understand the aesthetics of the piece. View the colorful felted cashmere mittens by Cecelia Michaelis and luxuriate in softness and warmth. Shopping at the annual exhibit and sale is a tactile experience; the members want you to pick up and feel the merchandise in order to appreciate the fine quality of the work.
Event Co-Chair Kathryn O’Neill conveys “Every item presented at the Annual Sale is an embodiment of the artists’ spirit and dreams, and their labor of love to bring those dreams into reality. The intricate pattern of a scarf, the comfortable curve of a mug handle, the geometric sparkle of an earring, all speak in a silent language which allows the customer to share those dreams.”
Works featured are by local and internationally known artists in ceramics, wood, fibers, metal, glass, paper and more are celebrated at the Wesleyan Potters 60th Annual Exhibit and Sale from November 27 through December 13, 2015. Contemporary crafts exemplify the authenticity of handmade, a currently significant trend in American culture. Wesleyan Potters, Inc. Director, Melissa Schilke remarks that, “Functional art is meant to be touched and handled. The pleasure deemed from visual art is enhanced when it can be viewed up close.”
The show is juried to maintain quality and exceptional design standards. Ten thousand pieces of artwork from over 250 American artists, ranging in price from $5 to $1500 displayed in one location creates a shopping hot spot for “Handcrafted Arts within Reach.” According to Liz Blodgett, Wesleyan Potters Office Manager, “It’s so enjoyable to see a year’s worth of work displayed so beautifully, and to see people come in to unwind and shop after a busy day.”
Additionally, in honor of the 60th anniversary of the show, members and instructors at Wesleyan Potters have taken the challenge of creating original works of art in 8” x 8” identical shadow boxes. These 60 unique works, created to be a centerpiece for the show, encompass all the mediums present in the Annual Sale including glass, metal, fibers, paint, paper, ceramics, and wood. Installed together on one wall, the compositions representing the personalities of the dynamic artists, will all be for sale. Proceeds from sales of these pieces will benefit the Pottery’s mission to provide excellent education in traditional handcrafted arts.
This year, the Annual Sale also includes the following: Free Wrapping Nights: Thursdays, December 3 and 10, 6-9 pm. Café Nights: Live Music and Refreshments, Fridays 5-8 pm.
Wesleyan Potters’ 60th Annual Sale supports many CT and New England artists as well as the mission of the Pottery which is to promote the learning and development of skills in crafts.