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'Conceive, Construct, Embellish' exhibit coming to Village Theatre gallery

Seven Californian artists will feature their unique style of ceramic art

Danville's Village Theatre and Art Gallery is set to hold an opening reception for its upcoming “Conceive, Construct, Embellish” exhibition on May 3.

The exhibit will feature clay, porcelain and mixed-media ceramic sculptures contributed by seven California artists, each with their own highly distinct style of art, according to gallery director Marija Nelson Bleier.

“This latest endeavor is not an exhibition of traditional and conventional ceramics; the works on display will pique the viewer's curiosity and are sure to awe and inspire,” she said. “(The ceramic arts) have evolved into art for the sake of art, as three-dimensional works of beauty that are used to be playful, striking or to tell a story.”

Viewers will see work such as a seven-foot-tall clay pipes that have been repurposed into storytelling totems by Palo Alto native artist Tom Franco, to the interactive display by Eureka’s Shannon Sullivan consisting of small and delicate porcelain pieces that resemble stones and shells

“In my sculptures, I aim to capture the moment or the trace if a memory by incorporating specific objects and geographic references,” featured artist Malia Landis said. “I am interested in how we assign meaning to objects and places through these memories and experiences.”

Other featured artists include Mark Messenger, a painter and sculptor whose work focuses on creating “anachronistic images and objects derived from history, religion, mythology, contemporary life, media, and art;” Berkeley local Wesley T. Wright, who works primarily with stoneware clay to address environmental and existential issues; Berkeley Potters Guild member Cuong Ta, who places a strong emphasis on line and the interplay of positive and negative space; as well as local sculptor Gregory Byard.

The opening reception on May 3 will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Village Theatre and Art Gallery, 233 Front St. in downtown Danville. Complimentary refreshments will be served and the event is free to all ages.

The exhibit will be shown through June 16. The art gallery is open to visitors Wednesdays through Fridays noon to 5 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only.

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