Bay Arts Alliance to unveil three new summer exhibits on July 2

PANAMA CITY — Bay Arts Alliance will unveil new exhibits in three galleries this summer from the work of local artists.

The main gallery will feature the “Fired Up” exhibition that includes pottery from nine local artists: Pavel Amromin, Mary Kay Griffith, Jillian Heusohn, Tammy Marinuzzi, Kelly McLendon, Jaweria Rizvi, Cynthia Smith, Nolan Windholtz and Mandy Yourick.

On July 2, ceramic artist Nolan Windholtz will help kick off the exhibitions with the first Raku Encounters exhibit displayed at the Center for the Arts. Raku is ancient Japanese hand-modeled pottery that is usually fired at a low temperature and rapidly cooled to create a unique finish to wares.

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Bay Arts Alliance officials announced “Fired Up,” an exhibition of pottery pieces, will be on display at the Center for the Arts this summer.  Ceramic artist Nolan Windholtz will help kick off the exhibitions with a Raku Encounters exhibit in the main gallery.

Visitors will have the option to select a piece of Windholtz pre-thrown pottery to decorate using a raku glaze, and once the pieces are glazed, they will be fired on site.

“Instant excitement is what I felt when I first had the idea of ​​creating a ceramics exhibit. Mainly because it’s a medium that resonates within me,” said Tori Haudenschild, education and events manager of Bay Arts Alliance. “I knew right off, we would want to include specific elements that would provide an educational aspect to the show. This way, someone that hasn’t been exposed to pottery will be able to come in and understand the process from beginning to end.”

For the exhibition, each artist will present two pieces created based on the prompts of raw and joy. Visitors can see how versatile clay can be and the prompts provide an even platform for the viewer to interpret. Each artist will also include additional works to showcase their styles.

“Fired Up” will be on display at the Center for the Arts this summer.

Bay Arts Alliance invites the community to join the opening reception July 1 from 5-7 pm at the Center for the Arts, 19 E. Fourth St. Admission is free, with complimentary wine and light refreshments provided.

“When Tori approached me with the idea of ​​’Fired Up,’ she was bubbling with so much passion, I thought it best to just stay out of her way and let her do her thing,” said Jayson Kretzer, executive director of Bay Arts Alliance. “I’m glad I did because she has put together a fantastic show that really highlights the high levels of talent we have here in our ceramics community.”

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