Kimball Art Center art talks help public understand artists’ techniques
Workshops will give hands-on experiences
Art talks are designed to help the local community understand the artists who have works on exhibit at the Kimball Art Center.
“As we all know, unless we get the back story and feel connected with an artist or an artist’s work, you lose some of the meaning of the piece,” Artistic Director Amy MacDonald said. “Art talks are ways to engage them in the artists’ processes and stories.”
The Kimball Art Center will host two art talks by artists in the “Groundbreaking” exhibit, which features an array of ceramic works by artists who are considered the envelope-pushers of the medium. The presentations will be highlighted by hands-on workshops over the next two weekends.
The first will be presented by ceramicist Lauren Gallaspy on Friday, March 31, and the second will be by Giselle Hicks on Friday, April 7. Both art talks will start at 6 p.m.
“Lauren has two works in the exhibit that are examples of her amazing surfacing work,” Education Manager Jocelyn Scudder said. “In her work you can see delicate China painting and work with underglaze that takes a lot of practice. So, she’ll talk about her successes and hurdles and how she’s built a professional life.”
The next day, April 1, Gallaspy will teach a participatory workshop in the Kimball Clay Studio.
“Participants will work with Lauren and learn about China paints and a surfacing technique called luster,” Scudder said. “This workshop is open to all ability levels, even those who don’t have ceramic background. And those who do have ceramic backgrounds can take their skills to a new level.”
Hicks’ April 7 art talk will, like Gallaspy, be about her career and technique, but her workshop on April 8 will address different works that aren’t in the “Groundbreaking” exhibit.
“Giselle has some beautiful, meticulously designed ceramic works that are like tiles and resemble pillows that are on display, but she is also known for delicate pinch coil pots that aren’t showing,” Scudder said. “So, we will get to learn more about these pots during her workshop.”
The technique Hicks will teach is known as the coil and pinch method.
“This is an incredibly accessible technique for anyone working in the ceramics medium,” Scudder said. “We wanted to program a workshop where anyone working in clay could use this information. So, people who work with a throwing wheel that uses exactness and symmetry could go beyond themselves with the hand-building method, and vice versa.”
Registration for the two workshops can be done by visiting http://www.kimballartcenter.org.
Selecting Gallaspy and Hicks to come to Park City was a process that started early in programming “Groundbreaking,” which was brought together by Exhibition Director Nancy Stoaks, MacDonald said.
“Nancy curated the exhibit that included 12 exemplary and award-winning artists,” MacDonald said. “From those 12 we vetted who were available and who had interesting techniques the community would be interested in learning about and who would be interested in sharing their philosophies with our community.”
When Stoaks programmed “Groundbreaking,” she wanted to find artists who were finding new ways to work with clay.
“I was interested in putting together an exhibition that examined ways in which different artists are pushing the boundaries with the medium,” she said. “So, we’re really excited to bring these artists to our community. It’s great to combine what we’re offering in terms of exhibitions with the educational side of things.”
“These two art talks is a way for us to reach out to people who are interested in the ceramic-making process,” MacDonald said. “When people hear about a ceramics show, they usually think about a mug or plate. So, we wanted to shake that up and show what is really possible in the world of ceramics.
“This ‘Groundbreaking’ exhibit was really important for us because it showcases a medium that is thriving with our Kimball Clay Studio.”
Scudder said art talks and workshops such as these mean a lot to Kimball Art Center members and the community in general.
“They will be able to connect with these artists and learn something they can apply to their own techniques,” she said.
Ceramicist Lauren Gallaspy will give an art talk about her work at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 31, and ceramicist Giselle Hicks will give an art talk at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 7. Both events will be held at the Kimball Art Center, 1401 Kearns Blvd. The events are free and open to the public. RSVPs can be made by visiting http://www.kimballartcenter.org.
The day after each art talk, the artists will give a ceramics workshop from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Registration is required. To register, visit http://www.kimballartcenter.org.
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