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Animals in Clay first show of 2013 at Tracy’s Grand Theatre Center for Arts

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POSTED January 30, 2013 8:58 p.m.



TRACY - The first exhibition of 2013 at Tracy’s Grand Theatre Center for the Arts features animals in clay.

The show features Bill Abright, Evan Hobart, Maile Iwanaga, Monica Van den Dool and Wesley T. Wright from Feb. 2 through March 9. The exhibition opens on Saturday, Feb. 2, from noon to 2 p.m. with a catered reception sponsored by the Grand Foundation. A Gallery Talk with participating artist and guest curator, Evan Hobart will be presented on Saturday, Feb. 16, from noon to 2 p.m. The events are free and open to the public.

These Californian artists are connected in several ways; each creating narrative works depicting animals, while working in clay. Historically animals have been the inspired subject matter for art across thousands of years, across the world. This exhibition continues that tradition with a survey of contemporary ceramic works exploring a variety of themes, selected by participating artist and guest Curator, Evan Hobart.

 “For centuries artists have used animals in their work, from religious iconography, mythology and story-telling, to purely visual delights,” noted Hobarts. “In a mysterious and misunderstood world far from the chaos of humanity, animals have existed side by side with humans since time immemorial, and have repeatedly appeared as art object throughout the years. Each artist I’ve chosen for this exhibition has been profoundly affected by the natural world, and it has entered into the imagery and narrative of their works. They explore visionary languages – some with a more light-hearted approach, while others are somber – and have chosen clay as their preferred material to crate with.”

The gallery at 715 Central Ave. in Tracy is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call 831-6858.

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