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"Collage and Clay - An Artist's Vision: Sheila Giddens"
2000-03-10 until 2000-04-14
Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation
Watkinsville, GA, USA United States of America

Opening at the 1902 OCAF Art Center on Friday, March 10 and continuing through April 14, 2000, is a new solo art exhibit of clay art by ceramic artist Sheila Giddens. The exhibit, titled Collage and Clay - An Artist's Vision, will display more than thirty pieces of her recent art including ceramic vases, jewelry, and sculpture in the Members' Gallery at the 1902 OCAF Art Center, 34 School Street, Watkinsville, Georgia.

In describing her art, Giddens states, I like to work with clay because it is very forgiving in the early stages and in the final stages I wonder a lot on what my final product will be. Giddens, a recognized ceramic artist, employs the Yamazaski Technique of Japanese Art of Rice Paper Collage to create many of her unusual pieces. Giddens said, The only limitation I have in using this unique process is my imagination. Most of my art involves some form of wildlife which was introduced early in my life by my father.

Audrone Kirschner, OCAF's Visual Art Director, explained that in addition to the monetary merit award, Giddens was given an opportunity for a solo exhibit for her best in show entry to SOUTHWORKS 1999 Juried Art Exhibition.

Donald Locke, juror for the SOUTHWORKS 1999 Juried Art Exhibition and a well-know artist, writer and art critic, stated that in making the selection of Giddens' work, he was impressed with the unusual style of Lady Pompadour, a clay/collage teapot selected for the top award. Locke said, The combination of rice paper and clay creates a quality seldom found in modern clay vessels.

Giddens, a resident of Marietta, Georgia, has been active in several Atlanta area art organizations for a number of years and she has received numerous awards and recognition for her ceramic art. Her clay art and colored pencil drawings are held in a number of private collections.


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