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Ceramic Art Show Opens in White Plains

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Jo-Ann Brody, a Peekskill artist, said she was honored to rework and display her “Women, Words, Redux” dangling sculpture in the ArtsWestchester’s eARTh ceramics exhibit that debuted Wednesday evening.

“All of us artists we are in love with the clay, the earthiness of it and the connection it has to the first artwork created,” Brody said of the ceramics show that explores sustainability and the environment. “This is a show that truly takes the clay away from being the craft from downstairs.”

In 2008, Brody displayed a series of dangling clay pieces inspired by mother Earth and female goddess figures with words such as “lady luck,” “women cry, cry for justice,” and “wuss” inscribed on the back. She then remixed the piece and added “Redux” to the title for the eARTh show.

Golden tree sculptures, a series of earth-toned dishes, dishes arranged in the shape of a water ripple, and others emerged from the hands of 68 New York artists. Leigh Mickelson, who spent a year curating the exhibit, said she pitched the environmental subject because it was something “near and dear to my heart.”

“I really believe in handmade objects. We’re showing people that they’re an alternative to mass produced goods. They’re intimate. When you buy a handmade object you’re touching something an artist touched,” said Mickelson, an Ossining resident who is the program director at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester. “Each artist approaches the theme from a different angle. Some artists revere scenery, some make a call to action, some are more open-ended, some are more specific.”

The eARTh exhibit, which is on display through Nov. 23., also features a cup collection contributed by local Westchester residents and a “Community Tabletop” counter saturated with dishes and table accessories made by 35 artists.

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