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Work by area artists shows variety of expressions in clay

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Recent work by six local ceramic artists and educators is now on display in Bethel College’s Regier Gallery.

“Made in Ceramica” includes sculptural and functional pieces by Andrea “Andy” Corcoran, Debi Cox, Michelle Jeffries, David Long, Dylan Seeney and David Self.

All live in Wichita and teach in Wichita and the surrounding area. Together, they call themselves the Clay Cartel.

Formed in 2014, the group has a primary interest in “promoting the ceramic arts through functional, non-functional and sculptural works of art,” David Long wrote in a statement for the group.

“As the current exhibit [title] suggests, ‘Made in Ceramica’ reflects the wide variety of expression that is possible through clay. Although clay has a strong representation in many other states within the U.S., there is very little work in the local art establishments where painting and photography dominate.

“It is our hope that the depth and variety of our work and expression finds a voice that speaks to our patrons and finds its place as a viable art medium that is respected within our community.”

Four of the six artists teach at Wichita-area high schools: Corcoran and Jeffries at Wichita Northwest, Cox at Maize and Self at Wichita Heights. Long is professor of art at Bethel College and Self is also an adjunct instructor at Friends University. Seeney is an instructor at the Wichita Center for the Arts.

“Made in Ceramica” will be on display through March 20, with an artist reception March 19 from 6-8 p.m. in the gallery area.

Regier Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays 2-4 p.m. Admission is free.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2014-15 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2014-15. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

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