Weve all heard of the Gold Rush, which put Colorado on the map and led to statehood. But soon after, there was also a Clay Rush, during which ceramic artists like Artus and Anna Van Briggle began to flock to the Rockies. And as the intervening century has revealed, they havent stopped coming since.
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As a result, Colorado Clay, a biennial held for decades at Foothills Art Center, is a dependable popular attraction. The exhibit is a juried effort, and this time, the selector is renowned ceramic sculptor Adrian Arleo from Montana. Typically, established talents skip juried shows, but not in the case of Colorado Clay: Katie Caron, Caroline Douglas, Marie E.v.B. Gibbons and Jonathan Kaplan are among the fourteen artists involved.
The show gets under way with a reception and award ceremony tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at Foothills, 809 Fifteenth Street in Golden; both the artists and the juror will be in attendance. The show also marks the unveiling of Foothills newly renovated galleries; for details, including a schedule of artist talks, call 303-279-3922 or visit www.foothillsartcenter.org.
March 12-May 2, 2010