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Six CR arts students' work in state-wide conference
By Paul DeMark
Apr 23, 2014 - 2:16:34 PM

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Six College of the Redwoods art students will be showcased in an exhibition entitled ''Animal Instincts (Primal)'' at the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art (CCACA).

The conference, held in downtown Davis, Calif., is a widely celebrated event gathering national and international ceramic artists. The CR students participating are Rachel Budai, Jeremy Farrell, Keith Fleury, Jessica Stokes, Crystal Thorpe and Samantha Williams-Gray.

The gallery hours are Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

''Animal Instincts (Primal'' is an exhibition which is the culmination of the CR Portfolio Development and Exhibition Preparation course, taught by CR Art Professor Shannon Sullivan and now in its sixth year. Participants have shared studio space and creative energy for the past three months, each creating a dynamic portfolio. This exhibition features work of a predominately mammalian nature. These pieces, although varied from artist to artist, maintain a theme of human and animal relations, our primal urges/necessitations, and a celebration of figurative form.

Farrell, although he goes by ''Made in China,'' was, in fact, made in America. His sculptures, paintings and cast ceramic forms are a provocative look at consumerism, culture and the beast within. He has shown many times yearly around California since 2008.

Born in San Diego, Calif., in 1988,Fleury has been drawing since elementary school. While studying studio art in Humboldt County, he was re-introduced to clay and began making wood-fired ceramic sculpture. Inspired by animation, graffiti, pop and folk art, his work is reminiscent of otherworldly toys and hyper-cute mutant dolls. He has shown work throughout California, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Stokes is a second-year ceramics student. Stokes was born in Hot Springs, Ark., in 1975 and lives in Arcata. Currently, Stokes sculpts using clay as her medium and also enjoys wheel throwing as well as pen-and-ink drawing. Stokes uses her intuition and love of nature to guide her work. This is the first showing of her work.

Thorpe is an artist from the blackberry brambles of Washington State. Her art often mirrors her internal state: inquisitive, amused, hungry. She has shown works in Eureka, where she resides with her two beloved adopted goldfish.

Samantha Williams-Gray is a Tlingit Indian born in the mountains of Oregon and raised in the wilds of Humboldt County. As a member of the only autonomous indigenous Native North American nation never defeated by the U. S. government, Samantha infuses her spirited art with the strength, determination and indomitable will of her proud ancestry.
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