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New series: The Mushroom Managerie

ceramic sculpture

This project began as I declared 2023 to be my personal

"Year of the Mushroom". —Wendy Bale


I hope you will have an opportunity to view the exhibition Art that Matters to the Planet 2023: Interconnectivity at Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, NY. My ceramic installation is part of the "biodiversity" section of this year's signature show based on the insights described in two books: Suzanne Simard's "Finding the Mother Tree" and Peter Wohlleben's "The Hidden Life of Trees". I listened to the audio versions of both books during the creation of these works.


In addition to this inspiration, I dove into field guides and learned about fungi—nature's most beautiful sculptures.  This led to spore prints (see my blog about that), paper cuts, and eventually (with the opening of Pearl City Clay House), ceramic sculpture. I am honored to have this work, The Mushroom Menagerie juried into this show.


Art that Matters to the Planet 2023: Interconnectivity

opens June 24, 2023, and will be on view through October 8, 2023

Opening Reception WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2023, 6 PM – 9 PM

Mushroom Menagerie guide button
The Mushroom Menagerie pictorial guide
Spore Print—shown above the menagerie 
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