While there is a deep pleasure in bringing clay to young people every week, watching and helping them make their ideas into reality before their very eyes, there is also a deep challenge in honoring that play, and bringing the spirit of play back into the studio. For 6 years, Joy Bridy has taught clay at Shepherdstown Day Care, and shows the influence of play on her studio work in ‘Play’ at the Fire Hall Gallery, Charles Town WV.
Opening Reception: Friday, May 8, 6-8pm
Fire Hall Gallery, 108 S.Samuel Street, Charles Town WV
“Each Thursday morning, I take clay to children 3-5 years old, and with a quick pace and open mind, watch them make their ever-changing ideas happen. From bathtubs for dogs to fantastical characters on playgrounds, each child discovers their own unique interests and abilities, building skills and confidence through process and experimentation. When I come back to my studio, there is residual energy left from their big creative minds. I try to capture that spirit in my own way, remembering that play is the work of the child, and sometimes of the artist.”
Start your weekend right by stopping by for some new clay works, snacks by Carol Sanders and Real Good Food, a little wine/beer/punch, and conversation with friends and neighbors.
As a sneak-peak, one of the treats of this exhibit is a collaboration between Joy and Vanessa Morris (Blue Ridge Salvage and Over the Mountain Studio Tour), who made the pedestals for the exhibit out of salvaged lumber. These stands make the exhibit shine, and are truly complementary to the work and spirit of ‘Play.’
The exhibit is up through May, and gallery hours are 10-5 daily.
See you soon!