Wednesday, March 16, 2016

News You Can Use: NOW!

News You Can Use: NOW!

Sometimes two heads (in this case two galleries) are better than one!  Join us as we open our newest exhibition, NOW! NEW WORK, NEW ARTISTS, in collaboration with ArtsWorcester, a membership organization representing the arts of Greater Worcester.
NOW! NEW WORK, NEW ARTISTS is a juried exhibit of the next generation of regional artists. The exhibit, running simultaneously at both ArtsWorcester and the Craft Center from March 19 to April 16, 2016, opens with public receptions Friday, March 18. At the Worcester Center for Craft, 25 Sagamore Road, the reception will run from 5:30 to 7:30 PM; at ArtsWorcester, 660 Main Street, between 6:00 and 8:00 PM.  Both receptions are open and free to all; people are encouraged to visit both venues.

"Both the Craft Center and ArtsWorcester want to give visibility to quality, and to create a marketplace for artists," says Honee Hess, Executive Director of the Craft Center.  "And what a pleasure it has been to discover so many younger talents in the area-it bodes well for Worcester."

The exhibit was juried by Roger Hankins, Director of the Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross. Prizes will be announced simultaneously at both galleries at 6:30 the evening of the opening reception.

All artists are under the age of 40 and reside or work in Central Massachusetts.  They include Loretta Adams, Jennifer Amenta, Jessikah Ann, Ryan Arruda, Tess Barbato, Amanda Bastien, Matthew Burgos, Melanie Christopher, Deanna Degon, James Dye, Katie Dye, Christian Farren, Sharon Freed, David Gates, Amanda Gibson, Leslie Graff, Ben Gragen, Marissa Grossi, Katie Lee Haley, Meaghan Hardy-Lavoie, Anne Harris, Alisa Harrison, Scarlett Hoey, Sarah Hudson, Molly Jackson, Rey Jay, Timothy Carney Johnson, Nicholas Kantarelis, Nastasia Lawton-Sticklor, Marybeth Lensel, Sarah Margolin, Kate Murphy, Nina Nguyen, Sean O'Gara, Irina Parfenova, Desiree Petty, Cesar Rodrigues, Emily Sandagata, Robb Sandagata, Brittany Severance, Justin Sliwoski, John Wesley Small, Rebecca Smith, Pamela Stolz, Joanne Stowell, Terrasa Ulm, Hank VonHellion, Lauren Walsh, and Sarah Williams.

 Many, many thanks to the potters, glazers, cooks, event volunteers, staff, and ticket-holders for making our first Pasta Dinner! since 2008 a grand success.  Catered by Dianna's Neighborhood Bistro, the food was yummy but the plates were...well, divine!  Each plate represented a different aspect of our mission to sustain craft: a skilled or novice potter making, parties of creatives decorating, almost 200 appreciators collecting, and all of us enjoying an opportunity to assist the Worcester Center for Crafts in its journey toward sustainability for itself and for the crafts that it represents.

Our Volunteer Planning Committee who worked on the amenities and creating interest included Birgit Straehle, Matthew Sanchez, Lucas Gallant, Tracy Dill, Tina Zlody, Jessikah Lipton (AIR), and staff Tom O'Malley and Candace Casey. 

The Worcester Center for Crafts' Artists in Residence Program is a way to "sustain craft" and insure the next generation of artists carrying on craft traditions. Open to aspiring artists in clay, glass, and metals (and those who might work across more than one medium), the Worcester Center for Crafts' Artists in Residence Program is designed to support the growth of pre-professional artists. Residents are chosen through a competitive process and are with the Center for 1 to 2 years.

Application and Important Dates
Artists in Residence terms generally begin in September and go through 10 active months, culminating with a group exhibit in the Krikorian Gallery. Applications are accepted beginning in January of the year that a resident hopes to start. The application deadline is APRIL 1, 2016 or until the available spots are filled, whichever comes first.
The application package includes a resume, slides of your work, an application form and references. Please use the official application. APPLY NOW!

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