Nature’s beauty is expressed in ceramics, photography

The exhibit during March at the Gallery at the Park in Richland features two wonderful artists — Jill Smith and John Clement. Like February’s art installation, this exhibit is a mix of three-dimensional and two-dimensional works, with Jill Smith providing clay works and John Clement showing photography. Stop by the gallery sometime this month to see intricate hand-sculptured totems coupled with beautiful photographs of nature.

Jill Smith has a long history of working with clay. She studied ceramics at the University of Puget Sound and later received a master’s degree in fine arts from Whitworth. In 1972, she established her own professional pottery studio, Clay Fox Pottery. Smith’s current work explores high fire stoneware and raku — two distinct techniques for firing pottery.

For the Gallery at the Park exhibition, Smith displays pieces called “Future Fossils,” which resemble rock walls, and totems. Inspired by the natural world, she uses the fluidity of clay and earth pigments to create lasting works of art. If you’re interested in taking pottery classes from Jill, check out clayfoxclayschool.com.

John Clement has been in the photography business for about 40 years, and during that time his work has received more than 60 regional, national and international awards and been accepted into numerous galleries and art shows, including the Washington State University Museum of Art. Clement also has 17 murals on display in CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders.

Clement’s photography and Smith’s clay works complement each other because both bodies of work are based around nature. For Clement, photography is a way of sharing God’s creation with others. Using proceeds from his work, he supports a number of Eastern Washington-based nonprofit organizations such as Young Life Ministries, Boys and Girls Clubs, the Walla Walla Hospital Foundation and many others. Visit his website, johnclementgallery.com.

The exhibit will be in the Gallery at the Park from March 6 to March 30. The artist reception will be held on March 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Workshops

Lisa Day will hold a two-day mosaic design class on March 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and March 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. The fee is $80 for members and $90 for nonmembers. Day will provide most of the necessary supplies. To see some of Day’s work, check out the mosaic wall and paint pot in front of the Gallery at the Park.

On May 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Barbara DePirro will lead a class on collage and mixed media. You will discover how to create works of art using various techniques and products. By the end of the day, you will have a reference guide to assist you with future projects. Most supplies will be provided. The cost of the workshop is $115 for Allied Arts members and $125 for nonmembers.

The Gallery at the Park is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays at 89 Lee Blvd., near the entrance to Howard Amon Park in Richland. Visit online at galleryatthepark.org.

View the archived March 2018 issue of The Entertainer

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I am a Seattle University alumna with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. In 2016, I worked as a publications intern for the Seattle International Film Festival, where I wrote film descriptions that appeared on the SIFF website and in the catalog handed out at the Festival. Currently, I write monthly articles about the Gallery at the Park in The Entertainer, an entertainment newspaper for the Mid-Columbia area. I am also a freelance web designer with experience in HTML and CSS coding and in graphic design.