The Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Exhibition And Opening Reception

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The Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Exhibition
Opening reception: Friday, June 3, 5:00 – 7:30 PM

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery of the School of Art and Design at ECU is pleased to present the Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Exhibition from June 3 through June 30. There will be an opening reception on Friday, June 3 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. with many of the artists attending.

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The Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Exhibition features ceramic art work in a variety of styles and aesthetics by 35 artists from the greater Wilmington area. Artists in the exhibit are Geoff Chadurian, Deborah Caliva, Denise Chadurjian, Veronica Coombes, Carl R. Crutchfield, Joseph Cunliffe, Brian Evans, Cynthia Fischer, Bev Haley, Richard Helser, Jacob Herrmann, Helene Icard, Kathy Irvine, Joe and Tonda Jeffcoat, Mary Pietz Kimmel, Kami Kinnison, Elaine Klapproth, Caroline J. Lemmond, Cheryl A. Livingston, Elizabeth McAdams, Heather Lee McLelland, Nancy O’Donohue, Lanny Pelletier, Mary Ramshorn, Dick Roberts, Vicky Smith, YiFenn Strickland, Hiroshi Sueyoshi, Brenda Thomas, Gayle Tustin, Robin Van Vliet, Sue Weisenburger, Kathy Whitley and Dina Wilde-Ramsing. Five of the exhibiting artists are alumni of East Carolina University. They are Richard Heiser, Jacob Herrmann, Vicky Smith, Kathy Whitley and Dina Wilde-Ramsing.

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In 2007 Coastal Carolina Clay Guild was established under the 501C3 nonprofit umbrella of Orange Street Pottery. Today the guild has over 100 members from the coastal areas of North and South Carolina. The guild meets bimonthly in the Community Arts Center in downtown Wilmington and invites a variety of guest speakers to its meetings.

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The guild offers its members and the community workshops each year with nationally known sculptors and potters. It has an annual Holiday Show and Sale in November with over 30 members participating and some of the proceeds benefiting community projects. Guild members make the bowls for the biyearly Empty Bowls Project as well as volunteering, mentoring, and donating their work throughout the year.

Coastal Carolina Clay Guild has participated in National Craft Week and has exhibited at the North Carolina Pottery Center, Greenhill Gallery, Wyche Gallery at Southeastern Community College, and Wilma Daniels Gallery at Cape Fear Community College.

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery is located off of 5th and Jarvis Streets on the campus of East Carolina University in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the exhibition. The gallery is closed for all University holidays. For further information contact Tom Braswell, 252-328-1312. Jenkins Fine Arts Center is handicapped accessible. Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department of Disability Support Services, at least two weeks prior to the event (252) 737-1016.