Tuesday, September 27, 2016


“Art At the Mill” will feature teapots and other vessels created by The Millrace Potters along with the mixed media photographic overlays created by Celina resident Virginia Burroughs at their upcoming art exhibit opening with an artists' reception at historic Bear's Mill on Friday, October 7. Entitled “Autumn Brews,” the display in the Mill's Clark Gallery will include leafy nature photography and clay vessels for holding and serving tea and coffee. Sweet and savory finger food plus drinks will be offered from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.; the artists will speak about their work, methods, and inspiration at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibit, on display during Mill store hours, closes on Sunday, November 6.

According to Marti Goetz, Executive Director of Friends of Bear's Mill, much excitement surrounds the unveiling of new work by the Millrace Potters. “These artists have been creating beautiful functional and decorative pieces for many years, and Mill customers are eagerly awaiting the unveiling of their latest creations,” Ms. Goetz stated. “Virginia Burroughs' fantastic art photography will wonderfully complement the graceful shapes and interesting glazes of our ceramic artists,” she concluded.

Teacher, writer, and artist Virginia Burroughs has overlaid her photographs with photo segments and mixed media to help explore the reality of the scenes and enhance impressions of natural phenomena. “Various definitions of overlay include 'cover the surface with a coating, lie on top of, become more prominent than' or 'something laid as a covering over something else,'” Ms. Burroughs explained. “I like to think that this series of Nature Overlays revisits precedents from the past, but greatly revises them in my effort to share my impressions of and responses to our natural surroundings with others,” the artist concluded.

The Millrace Potters Collective, Julie Clark, Dionne Mayhew, Rita Wiley, and Loretta Wray, are good friends who share technical information, research, labor, and at times studios; this exhibition created unique challengers to the artists, as teapots and coffee serving vessels have many pieces and parts that require assembling. However, by adhering to the ultimate goals of balance, function, art, and design, each potter has created a series of unique and useful pieces.

Julie Clark along with her husband Terry is the previous owner of Bear's Mill; she continues to maintain a working studio in her barn home adjacent to the Mill. Versailles resident Dionne Mayhew was once the Mill's store manager, and creates her pottery in Julie's studio. Current Indianapolis resident Rita Wiley has collaborated with Julie for over 35 years, and will soon move to her new home just down the road from the Mill. Troy, Ohio native Loretta Wray, who also once managed the Mill store, lives and maintains a studio on a farm near New Castle, Indiana, and often shares her studio and soda kiln with other members of the Collective.

The figurative and functional porcelain vessels of award-winning ceramic artist Kim Anderson and the colorful mixed media pieces of Lynette Waters-Whitesell will remain on display at the Mill through Sunday, October 2. Bear's Mill is open 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. Sundays. Historic Bear's Mill is owned and operated by Friends of Bear's Mill, a non-profit organization, and is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road about 5 miles east of Greenville. For more information, contact Bear's Mill at 937-548-5112 or www.bearsmill.com.

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