Stoneware Gallery 35 years
WAG celebrates 35 Years of the Stoneware Gallery
Long running co-operative to have exhibition in WAG Gallery Shop
The work of 17 contemporary ceramic artists, who are members of one of the longest running co-operatives in Canada, will be on display in the Winnipeg Art Gallery Shop from February 7 to March 9, 2014.
Founded as a co-operative in 1978, the Stoneware Gallery has been a major influence on the direction and appreciation of ceramics in the country. This exhibition celebrates that legacy.
In addition to the exhibition pieces on display, guests can sip wine from gorgeous porcelain goblets or have some tea in a stoneware tumbler while they peruse the show and celebrate this milestone; the WAG Gallery Shop has received over 100 mugs, goblets and tumblers, all handmade and available to purchase at the opening reception, Friday February 7, 6-9pm.
“Long running co-operatives, like the Stoneware Gallery, are a vital part of the art community helping artists grow creatively and become empowered economically”, says Stephen Borys, Director & CEO of the WAG. “The Stoneware Gallery has been a strong influence on the direction of ceramics nation-wide, and we are pleased to celebrate their legacy here in our own Gallery Shop.”
Included are works by former member Steve Robinson (1955-2013), and retiring members Marusia Foster and David Krindle who left the gallery January 31. Replacing them, are the newest members, Rachael Kroeker and Andrew Thomson, who joined the gallery on February 1.
The additional members are: Mike Astill, Barbara Barfour, Colleen Chamberlin, Ken Chernavitch, Anne Fallis-Elliott, Steve Jorgenson, Kathryne Koop, Merilyn Kraut, Alan Lacovetsky, Judy Marchand, Valerie Metcalfe, and Kevin Stafford.
The free public opening reception is on Friday February 7 from 6-9pm in the Winnipeg Art Gallery Shop.