Wednesday, August 28, 2013

CLAY! Exhibit and Workshop with Beth Holyoke and Käthi Seidl

Glen Helen Atrium
August 31 – November 3, 2013
Opening reception
 Sunday, September 15, 2 – 4 pm
Artist talk: Sunday, September 15, 3 pm.  Free

Hands-on Strawbale and Earthen Plaster Workshop with the Artists
Saturday September 7, 12 - 4 pm and Sunday September 8, 1 - 4 pm
Call 769-1902 ex 103 to register.  Cost: $150. 

Come help sculpt an earthen bench while learning the basics of building with strawbales and earthen plaster. 

The public is invited to watch Holyoke and Seidl sculpt on site using earthen plaster (clay, sand and straw) over Labor Day weekend and through the first week of September. Earthen plaster, less durable than fired clay, will eventually wash away if left exposed to the elements. The artists are fulfilling their desire to combine their work as ceramic artists with their ‘other’ career as strawbale builders.

Inside the Gallery, Beth Holyoke’s fired clay figurative and animal sculptures will be featured along with earthen plaster reliefs that Holyoke and Seidl will be sculpting on site. Outside on the patio, the artists will be creating a figurative sculpture using earthen plaster with the “intention of leaving it to nature to take it back, change its shape and reveal what is underneath the surface”.

Holyoke and Seidl, working as artistic partners, have created three public art handmade tile mosaic benches, a mosaic sculpture made of handmade tiles, and a 1% For Art sculpture project for the City of Kettering. Holyoke has had numerous local and regional exhibitions of her drawings, fiber, clay and paper work. Seidl created a floor mosaic at the Dayton Art Institute to complement the exhibit, Ancient Rome, and has shown her tile and mosaic work in local galleries.

The Gallery is located in the Vernet Ecological Center (formerly the Glen Helen Building) at 405 Corry Street in Yellow Springs. Show hours are 10 am to 4 pm daily.  Admission is free.

For more information please contact Alice Robrish, Gallery Coordinator at 937-767-1312 or email