Children’s Fraktur Art Workshop w/ Rachel Yoder

Bring die Kinner (the children) out to learn about fraktur art and the popular PA Dutch folk art motifs (hearts, tulips and distlefinks). The Children will create their own crayon resist water color paintings focusing on symmetry, color palette and what the motifs symbolize to them.
This workshop is free, but donations for supplies are appreciated.  To register, email clayonmain@gmail.com and let us know how many will be participating so we can get a head count!
This workshop runs in conjunction with Rachel Yoder’s exhibition of work in the same style.

Rachel Yoder, a PA Dutch folk artist with deep familial roots in the Oley Valley, will exhibit her work at Clay on Main’s gallery from January 27 to February 17.  The opening, on Sunday, January 27 from 4-6pm, is free and open to the public.  Viewers can expect to see brightly colored painting of abstracted figures and patterns derived from plants and animals in a bold graphic style, often painted on wood.  Her work is focused on contemporary interpretations of fraktur style painting and portraits of der Belsnickel.  She has exhibited at Tyler School of Art, Kutztown University and The Hex Factory gallery.  Yoder explains, “Clay on Main is where I have always envisioned my work being able to shine; especially since my family is out of Oley, and it’s a very special and sacred place to me.”

Yoder earned a BS in Art Education from Tyler School of Art in 2011, then spent three years teaching art in Philadelphia before deciding to return to the Oley Valley where she has deep Pennsylvania Dutch roots in the Fisher and Deturk families.  Besides being close to family, the area is also a rich source of inspiration for her artwork because of the palpable Pennsylvania Dutch culture and heritage of this area.  This past spring, she also received her MFA in Communication Design from Kutztown University.

In addition to paintings and decorative objects, Yoder is also an author and illustrator; she has illustrated two bilingual children’s books.  She both wrote and illustrated Penny Olive; Davey Applebutter was written by Douglas J. Madenford.  Both books were written to engage young people and help preserve Pennsylvania Dutch culture. Yoder lives and works in Boyertown, Pennsylvania with her husband and three children.

Rachel Yoder: PA Dutch Folk Art

Rachel Yoder, a PA Dutch folk artist with deep familial roots in the Oley Valley, will exhibit her work at Clay on Main’s gallery from January 27 to February 17.  The opening, on Sunday, January 27 from 4-6pm, is free and open to the public.  Viewers can expect to see brightly colored painting of abstracted figures and patterns derived from plants and animals in a bold graphic style, often painted on wood.  Her work is focused on contemporary interpretations of fraktur style painting and portraits of der Belsnickel.  She has exhibited at Tyler School of Art, Kutztown University and The Hex Factory gallery.  Yoder explains, “Clay on Main is where I have always envisioned my work being able to shine; especially since my family is out of Oley, and it’s a very special and sacred place to me.”

 

Clay on Main’s Annual Holiday Boutique

Join us as we turn our entire gallery space into a holiday boutique filled with handmade items to be sold.  Our Co-Op members are hard at work making everything from ceramics to textiles- there’s something for everyone!
We have several Open House dates, and will be participating in the Fall Into Winter Tour November 17 & 18, 10-5pm.  Boutique will be open regular gallery hours: Sundays 1-4pm, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays 10-2pm, Wednesdays 12-9pm- or give us a call!  If someone is in the studio, we can gladly have visitors for a special appointment!

Stop in during Half Moon shows and browse the gallery, or during classes and workshops too!

 

Opening Exhibition: Kristen T. Woodward

Join us in the Clay on Main galleries for an exquisite new show of works by Kristen T. Woodward, entitled ‘Canaries In The Coal Mine’.  Kristen has been a professor of art at Albright College since 1998 and encaustic artist exhibiting throughout the country.

Kristen’s exhibition at Clay on Main encompasses multi-dimensional concepts, interwoven between two new bodies of work.  These two series, while displayed each in their own right, play into similar concepts that Woodward has been exploring for years.  Her ease of use with the encaustic medium lends itself to the rich surfaces she creates and the narrative that changes with each viewing of the work.  These paintings engage, then transform before your eyes.  Don’t miss this stellar new work from Kristen!

Show runs from September 16th, through October 21st.

Exhibition Opening: September 16th, 4-6pm.  

Learn more about Kristen and her work: http://faculty.albright.edu/art/ktwoodward/

‘Working Surface’ Opening Exhibit

Join us in the Clay on Main galleries as we invite local artists and friends of Clay on Main who have previously shown within our walls to exhibit work that focuses on the treatment and application of ‘surface’.  Exhibiting artists will include, Mary Ann Conway, Rhonda Counts, Lisa Gauker, Dolores Kirschner, Pirjo L’Esperance, Ron Schira, and Joshua Steffy and includes works of ceramics, painting, encaustic, and photography- all showcasing the different approaches to creating surface.

Opening Exhibition runs from 4-6pm.

Show runs May 20th- June 17th.

Reflections II Opening Reception

Visual artist and graphic designer Amanda Condict will curate a follow-up to 2014’s exhibit of female artists, titled Reflections, this September and October at Clay on Main in Oley. Ron Schira, art critic for the Reading Eagle, called that show “a thinking show with strong imagery,” and this iteration is sure to continue to gently provoke and inspire, with a touch of humor.    Join us for this opening for an opportunity to talk with the artists!

 

Artists exhibiting in the show:

Michele Byrne

Amanda Lee Condict

Mary Ann Conway

Caren Dissinger

Angela Faust Izzo

Cathy Jones

Tina Louise

Sharon McGinley

Pam Roule

Adrienne Trafford

 

The public is invited to the opening on Sunday September 24 from 1-4pm, and the show will be up until October 22.

Bob Wood: Retrospective, Opening exhibition May 7th

Join us in the Clay on Main Galleries as we invite local artist and historian Bob Wood into the space to display his work spanning many years.

Opening: May 7th, 4-6PM

Show runs: May 7th- June 4th, 2017.

 

Can’t make it to the opening?  Check out our gallery hours to see when you can catch this show!