Friday, November 21, 2014


Pottery by Julie Clark, Dionne Fleming and Loretta Wray plus jewelry created by Richmond, Indiana silversmith Terri Logan will be on display during the final “Art at the Mill” exhibit of this season which opens on Friday, December 5 and continues through December 31. The opening night reception will take place during Bear's Mill's annual Candlelight Open House on December 5 from 6 to 10 p.m.

“This exhibit is entitled 'Adorn,' because the ceramic artwork can adorn the home while the timeless jewelry adorns the body,” said Julie Clark, gallery coordinator for Bear's Mill. “In addition to offering unique pieces to adorn yourself or your home, this exhibit offers one-of-a-kind gifts that will be treasured long past the holiday season,” Ms. Clark explained.

Terri Logan earned a Masters degree in Art Therapy, uniting her love for her chosen career field, psychology, with her love for art and providing a professional career that utilized the arts in many forms. However, after 18 years as a psychotherapist, she decided to become a full-time artist; she describes this decision from a psychological perspective, saying that she makes jewelry because of the intimacy the function allows, and uses metal and stone because they are inherently strong materials with a rich historic value and intrinsic links to our civilization. Her work has garnered many awards and prestigious gallery placements.

Julie Clark has maintained a private pottery studio adjacent to Bear's Mill for 35 years. “Inspiration for my clay work comes from the history and beauty here, which I am honored to enjoy daily,” she said. Her pieces feature modern elements which are inspired by the historic site, pairing rustic and contemporary in appealing combinations that seem totally appropriate and natural.

In 1993, Dionne Fleming moved to Darke County, where she began working with Julie Clark in her studio. “Julie has taught me so many things about clay, firing, design, and form; and I continue to learn with her,” the Salt Lake City native stated. Dionne, who works full time at a job unrelated to art, says that she is drawn to natural shapes and surfaces, and hopes to continue her pursuit of the endless possibilities of ceramics. “Pottery is my creative outlet; it fills my soul,” she explained.

Loretta Wray says that she enjoys producing functional pieces that can be used on a daily basis. “I hope that when someone takes a piece of my pottery home, they will use it and enjoy it,” Loretta stated. The ceramic artist built her own salt/soda kiln on her small farm near New Castle, Indiana, where she pursues her dream of creating pottery that connects with people and with nature.

Artworks by Gary Hovey and Dan Knepper will remain in the Gallery at the Mill through November 30.

“Art At the Mill” receives financial support from Darke County Endowment for the Arts. Art exhibits are on view during regular Mill store hours, 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. daily. Historic Bear's Mill, owned and operated by Friends of Bear's Mill, a non-profit organization, 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

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