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Professor's show exhibits new work from recent sabbatical

April 16th, 2018

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – David Long’s show, currently in Bethel College’s Regier Art Gallery, represents an exploration of a new form.

Long is professor of art at Bethel. His chosen mediums are small metals, photography and – as with the current show – ceramics.

“Exhibit A: Art of David Long” opened Oct. 6. The reception for the show is part of this year’s Fall Festival at Bethel and will be Oct. 13 from 6-8 p.m. in and around the gallery in Luyken Fine Arts Center.

During Long’s sabbatical last fall, he says, “my initial intent was to come up with a new line of work.”

Long has always done “functional” pottery, and the new form was the tray, many of which are displayed in “Exhibit A.”

“I enjoyed the whole process, working with the changes in each edition,” he says.

“I call the show ‘Exhibit A’ because everything is still in process from the sabbatical,” he adds.

“These aren’t in the show, but I also worked on figurative sculptures. None of those are complete – they’re still works in progress.

“This show highlights ‘small work,’” he concludes. “The trays are the largest things here.”

In addition to the trays, the show includes “footed jars” (containers with stands and lids), bowls, pitchers and other functional objects.

Long, who has taught at Bethel since 2001, has two B.A. degrees and three graduate degrees: an M.A. in ceramics from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, an M.A. in art history from Arizona State University, Tempe, and an M.F.A. in ceramics from Wichita State University. He frequently exhibits locally and is represented by Tree House Pottery of Dillsboro, N.C.

“Exhibit A: Works of David Long” is in the Regier Gallery through Nov. 3.

Regular Regier Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Extra hours for Fall Festival are Saturday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The gallery is closed Oct. 22-24 for Bethel’s fall break. There is no admission charge.

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