MCC Hosts Annual Holiday Ceramics Sale & Faculty Exhibit

(Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 4, 2005) - Manatee Community College (MCC) will host a multifaceted event on Friday, Dec. 2, at MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West, that includes a ceramics show and sale; an exhibit of artworks by talented faculty members; and an opportunity to meet the artists at an opening reception.

The Annual Holiday Ceramics Show and Sale of one-of-a-kind stoneware, raku and porcelain works by MCC students and faculty is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in room 124, Art Building, number 10. High-quality ceramics priced from $5 to $75 are sold on-site and local customers may order custom-made pieces to be delivered prior to Christmas. Proceeds will go toward a new kiln intended to be ready for use in time for the opening of a new Art Building in Fall 2007. With the help of Professor Ted Camp, students will actually participate in the builiding of the kiln. 

An opening reception for the Annual Art Faculty Exhibition will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the fine art gallery. The exhibit showcases a broad range of artworks by MCC full-time and adjunct instructors. Artists displaying their work include James Alexander, Ted Camp, Sherri Hill, David Kinsey, Joseph Loccisano, Jamie Tracy, Drew Webster and Sue Wyar.

Alexander's drawings incorporate geometric forms into a framework of marks that stem from random sketching. Recent paintings by Kinsey, the winner of a George and Helen Segal Foundation grant, have a landscape quality. Tracy exhibits his abstract photography nationally and it appears in multiple public and private collections. Other works on display include utilitarian and sculptural ceramics by Camp; sculpture-on-a-chain by Hill; new figurative prints by Loccisano; documentary photography on "the rise of the old Skyway Bridge" by Webster and message-oriented graphic designs by Wyar.

Refreshments will be served and the reception is free and open to the public.The exhibit continues through Jan. 19. The gallery will be closed for the college's winter break Dec. 19 through Jan. 1. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (941) 752-5251.

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