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HMOA kicks off Women’s History Month with new exhibits

March 2, 2019
An exhibit of work by Jeff Shapiro will be on view at the Huntington Museum of Art from March 7 through May 26. Shapiro will present a three-day workshop at HMA titled "Slab Construction and Textured Surfaces" on March 8-10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

HUNTINGTON — The Huntington Museum of Art has three new exhibits that are going up. Here’s a look at those exhibits, two of which will be celebrated Sunday afternoon with a special opening reception.

From 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 3, the museum, located at 2033 McCoy Road, is hosting an opening reception for two new exhibits, “Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in The Johnson Collection,” which features paintings from this Spartanburg, South Carolina, collection that features women’s paintings from the late 1890s through the early 1960s. That exhibit will be up through June 30 in the Daywood Gallery.

Also on exhibit will be “Women Artists of the Mountain State” that will be up through June 30 in the Bridge Gallery featuring works from the permanent collection of such West Virginia female artists as Blanche Lazzell, Edith Lake Wilkinson, June Kilgore, Grace Martin Frame Taylor, Paula Clendenin and others.

Both exhibits are presented in memory of women’s art historian Chris Petteys. The opening reception will include a talk by Martha R. Severens, former curator of the Greenville County Museum of Art and longtime collaborator with The Johnson Collection, presenting The Dr. Lawrence B. and Shirley Gang Memorial Lecture on “Central to Their Lives,” an exhibit of artwork by female artists of the South, borrowed from The Johnson Collection. Severens is the author of several books, including “The Charleston Renaissance” and “Andrew Wyeth: America’s Painter.”

At 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, The Huntington Museum of Art will welcome ceramic artist Jeff Shapiro (the Walter Gropius Master Artist in March) as he will be speaking at HMA about his work during a free public presentation.

An exhibit of work by Shapiro will be on view at the Huntington Museum of Art from March 7 through May 26. Shapiro will present a three-day workshop

at HMA titled “Slab Construction and Textured Surfaces” on March 8-10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.hmoa.org or call 304-529-2701 for information on workshop fees.

A New York native, Shapiro studied ceramic arts while living in Japan for close to 10 years. His work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in the collections of The Carlo Zauli Museum, Faenza, Italy; The Massachusetts Museum of Fine Art, Boston; and The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, among others. Shapiro, who lives and works in upstate New York with his wife, Hinako, has led workshops in many countries and built two wood-fired kilns in Italy.

Shapiro is both a master potter and a master storyteller. He has an extensive background in Japanese ceramic techniques and works in a variety of genres, from sake cups and tea bowls to abstract sculpture and largescale works. His unique ceramic style fuses traditional and contemporary visions and is characterized by a combination of elegance and handmade earthiness. Shapiro embraces natural irregularities that emerge through his process. “I respond to the beauty that exists in the imperfections of nature,” writes Shapiro. “A torn leaf, a crack in a cement wall, a twisted branch, a shaft of lightning cutting through the night sky — all have the potential to be dimensions of beauty that feed the artistic soul and creative process.”

For more information on events at the Huntington Museum of Art, visit www.hmoa.org or call 304-529-2701. HMA is fully accessible.