The exhibit, featuring ceramic sculptures like the one above, runs April 6 through June 2 with a reception on Saturday, April 13,  from 6 to 8 p.m.
The exhibit, featuring ceramic sculptures like the one above, runs April 6 through June 2 with a reception on Saturday, April 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.
"Mothers and Their Dreams" will come to life in ceramic sculpture by Linda Lewis in the exhibition gallery at Lanesboro Arts Center. The exhibit runs April 6 through June 2, with a public reception on Saturday, April 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. The reception is being held in conjunction with the Ibsen Festival in Lanesboro that weekend.

The exhibit features ceramic sculpture, colorful and reminiscent of the adobe reds of New Mexico - the place where Lewis's sculptural talents were unleashed in a workshop given by a narrative sculptor a few years ago.

After working 34 years as an educator in public schools, Lewis is now a full-time artist, creating figurative sculptures from clay and exhibiting at nationally-recognized, juried art festivals, galleries, exhibitions and most recently at SOFA Chicago.

In each piece, a story is told. "Mothers and Their Dreams" deals with balancing the everyday drudgery of life with the joys and struggles of being a mother and ending up a fulfilled individual in the end. Armed with that often humorous frame, Lewis gives life to her beloved motherhood theme. The angst of mothers, the shared laughs, the demands placed on moms - in short, all that mothers choose and can't avoid, is the current focus of her work.

Her pastel tones contrast with starker black lines that all contribute to underline the gestures, moods and dreams that come to define motherhood. It takes all these moments to make a mother - no more, no less.

The sculptures are all coil built with stoneware or earthenware clay.

"I love to tell stories with clay because it connects us to one another and helps explain who we are," Linda says.

The slips, oxides and glazes are applied in layers to add depth and fired at cone 04. A glazing technique that encourages crazing adds more dimension to the surface. When a black overglaze is applied to the multi-fired surface and sprayed off, the black settles into the cracks and crevices giving the surface a sketch-like appearance. The pieces are a bit like three dimensional watercolors - fluid, textural and spontaneous - providing enough details to draw the viewer in but leaving individual interpretation for each piece.

The exhibit is sponsored by Commonweal Theatre Company, celebrating the Ibsen Festival in Lanesboro from April 12-14.

"Mothers and Their Dreams" is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

For more information, one may visit www.lanesboroarts.org or call (507) 467-2446 or email info@lanesboroarts.org.