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June 16, 2014

Ceramic works translate landscape's pattern, colors

JOHNSTOWN — Artist Kevin Turner explores a limitless world of ceramic sculpture as he presents a one-man show at Bottle Works.

A display of sculptures that are desirable to the collector or home decorator will highlight Turner’s “A Sense of Place,” which will be on exhibit from June 26 through July 26 at the Art Works building of Bottle Works, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johns­town.

Angela Rizzo, Bottle Works executive director, expects to display a good number of pieces that will be representative of Turner’s wide range of talent.

“He was part of a show at Bottle Works four or five years ago which involved other artists, but this will be his first one-man show for us,” Rizzo said.

“His pieces are quite powerful as he takes ceramics to another level.”

Turner is an associate professor of ceramics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He works at the university’s Robertshaw Building.

His undergraduate work was at the University of Mississippi, where he earned a bachelor of fine arts degree.

He earned his master’s in fine arts from Southern Illinois University.

Turner said in a written statement that he is interested in the interactions and responses between the landscape and its inhabitants.

“My work often refers to the characteristics of the landscape as well as the images and shapes created upon it, or the fingerprint so to speak, that is left behind,” Turner said.

With that in mind, he strives to combine characteristics from the landscapes.

“It involves patterns, shapes and colors that come from both flora and fauna, doing so with the intention of capturing, preserving and understanding my own memory and perception of these environments that I have lived in and experienced," Turner said.

Turner, a Mississippi native, was honored with two Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

His exhibits and awards come from all over the world.

His shows include “The Elegant Line” at Ohio State University, “Kerameldon Ceramics Multiplex International” in Verazdin, Croatia; “Table Wares” at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh; and others in Florida, Minneapolis, San Angelo, Texas, and Kansas.

He also presented in South Korea and “Museo Internazionale Delle Cermamiche” in Faenza, Italy.

Turner received the Jane Crater Hiatt Fellowship for contemporary art from the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, Mississippi.

An opening reception for the Art Works exhibit will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 26.

“Kevin will be on hand to discuss his work and answer any questions people may have concerning the pieces,” Rizzo said.  

A donation of $5 will be asked from nonmembers of Bottle Works.

Tom Lavis covers Features for the Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on LavisTD.


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