Artist Residents at Castle Hill Closing Reception

Thursday, March 19 at the Castle Hill Gallery
Rachel Stevens shows off one of her sculptures (Courtesy photo)

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill is excited announce our 3 month Artist in Residency happening from January – March 2020. We invited 2 artists to join us. One from Austin Texas, and the other from Louisville, Kentucky, both are sculptors who work in ceramics. For the past 7 years that we have been doing the Winter Ceramic Residency Program that we have always had functional potters apply. So it’s great to have two sculptors working in the studio.

This year we have Rachel Stevens who is working sculpturally on whimsical totems, and sculptures. She works completely from memory. Creating figures, animals, her work is extremely beautiful work that you can spend a lot of time looking at the intricate details. Stevens states: “I've been doing clay sculpture on and off for more than thirty years. It served two purposes in my life: (1) it provided escape, either temporarily (weekends and evenings), or permanently (always my underlying hope), from the law practice for which I was never well-suited, and (2), more importantly, it gave me a deep, passionately held sense of personal fulfillment which nothing else ever had. Though that sense of meaningful work (it's really more play than work) is now shared with my writing, there's no doubt in my mind that the process of creating something unique to me, whether it be a great story or a singularly expressive piece of sculpture, is essential to my enjoyment of life.”

The other Resident is Juliet Ehrlich. She is working on Bas Relief, as defined: bas-relief \bah-rih-LEEF\ noun. art : sculptural relief in which the projection from the surrounding surface is slight and no part of the modeled form is undercut; also : sculpture executed in bas-relief.

Juliet is  working on a new series called Journeys: She says “the “Journey” in my title speaks to the imaginative, emotional travels that take flight when our senses are quickened by something that moves. I hope the viewer responds to my work by making myriad, wonderful, small sojourns. Places within themselves, and places outside themselves.”

Their work will be on display in the Gallery at Castle Hill, 10 Meetinghouse Road through March 25th.

Castle Hill started this Ceramic Artist Residency Program in 2012 once we purchased 12 Meetinghouse Road that had accommodations right at the main campus at Castle Hill and near to the ceramic department. Ceramics is a vital place to be in the winter months as well as in the Summer months! Castle Hill offers workshops in clay all winter long.

For more information on the Ceramic Programs or any other of our workshops happening go to: www.castlehill.org


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