Llama, Llama, Duck & Clay: Photographs and Pottery at the Butternut Gallery

Llama, Llama, Duck & Clay: Photographs and Pottery

The Butternut Gallery & Second Story Books is pleased to welcome photographers Lesli and Kirk VanZandbergen and potters Archie Johnson and Ruth Cohen, whose work is on display in the current exhibit LLAMA, LLAMA, DUCK & CLAY, on view at the gallery through July 8, 2012.

During this exhibit the Butternut will be open Wednesday-Saturday 11am-5pm. (Starting in July, we will also be open Sundays from 12- 4.)

The VanZandbergens and Johnson and Cohen of Mud & Fire Pottery have been regulars on the Artists’ Open House Weekend for many years and have exhibited often in the gallery.

Archie Johnson and Ruth Cohen have been working in clay (as seen above) since the early ’70’s, making functional, decorative and sculptural works that have continuously evolved through the creative process and attentive work.  This year both were honored with Honorable Mentions in focus – exploring our regional sense of place exhibit at the Butternut where Archie also won Best Of Show for his “Pitcher.”

While commercial photography is the VanZandbergens’ profession, Lesli and Kirk have been inspired by their surroundings in Brackney since 1989. The setting of their renovated 1830’s barn along with wildlife, both natural and domestic, have figured greatly in their creative work. Their recent work of local farms can be seen upstairs at The Summerhouse Grill, where fresh, local, real is the motto; it also pretty much sums up the work in this exhibit, which gives us whimsical, sometimes humorous encounters at Wise Acres Farm, Ardith Mae Farmstead and more, including the portrait below that captures what chickens believe about themselves.

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