Saturday, December 29, 2012

Well, we're at the end of the year and and the end of our first 5.5 months of business. We've done quite a lot since our days of getting organized and getting open. And your response has been amazing!

Since July, 13 we have had four exhibitions with public openings, several community events, Friday music nights, and poetry and prose readings.

Your participation has been overwhelming! You have come out in all kinds of weather to support your local artists and causes, and we all appreciate your support.
 Our Christmas Season got off to a solid start with the Indiana County Tourist Bureau's Member Mingle followed by Downtown Indiana's Light Up Night.
You met our artists in the window on Saturdays, and some of you received gifts made by your children in our Make & Take workshops.
So, in writing this I just want say thank you for an incredible 2012 and that I am looking forward to working with you again in 2013.

Looking ahead we have 10 incredible exhibitions scheduled for 2013. We will be starting off with the Indiana County Quilt Invitational. What better way to celebrate art in January than with a quilt show? The work of 7 Indiana County quilters will be showcased in January. Curator Sandy Burwell helped to choose the quilts and to arrange the show. I think you will be impressed with the variety of work and skill displayed.
Plan on coming out for the show opening Friday, January 11, from 6 to 8.  The Simple Groove will be the musical entertainment.

And January holds so much more in the way of musical entertainment. Our Live Music Friday evenings from 6 to 8 will return with local favorite Grist for the Mill performing on January 18 and our perennial favorite Al Craige playing Jazz Guitar on January 25.  And Cindi Kordell will return on Tuesday afternoon, January 8 from  1 to 3. All music events are BYOB.

Thank you again and here's to a Busy, Prosperous and Arts filled New Year!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Bob Bonnet

Bob started his pottery career in 1974 and continued making functional ware for 6 years before he decided to suspend it for a more regular income. in 2001, he returned to the work he truly loves.

He is mostly self-taught with a few ceramics courses thrown in. Making a living as a carpenter, handyman, plumber, electrician, construction company owner and operator, and as a salesman, has provided him with a wide variety of skills and experience that he can bring to the physical and technical demands of working with clay. 

Bob says, "I want the large size of the piece, the well-crafted form and the bold decoration, to be one-of-a-kind pieces that will be displayed prominently and make a dramatic statement."

Potter's Tour Exhibition
Celadon Bowl

Bob incorporates intricate, yet subtle details into his pottery that catch the viewer's eye and coerce you to take a closer look. 

It most of his work, he embosses the clay with various materials that allow for a textured appearance. 

To learn more about this artist and many others, please visit The Artists Hand Gallery, "Where Artists and Patrons Meet, 732 Philadelphia Street!"