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Art & Soul: The Visual Arts - Opportunities To See And Purchase Art For Holiday Gifts This Weekend

Dec 12, 2019

Covered jar by Kay Yourist
Credit Yourist Studio Gallery / youristpottery.com

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local visual arts community.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by state and local arts leader Omari Rush and special guest Kay Yourist of Yourist Studio Gallery in Ann Arbor.

The studio gallery is one of several places holding special events and sales the weekend of December 13-15 in Ann Arbor to purchase unique gifts of art and support local artists.


About Yourist Studio Gallery

Kay Yourist of Yourist Studio Gallery
Credit Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Yourist Studio Gallery is a synergistic, residential, artistic community dedicated to excellence in our personal ceramic works and in our educational offerings.  It nurtures creative spirit through shared energy, sharing and teaching of ideas, and by providing a community workspace that allows for individual growth.  It provides exhibition opportunities for our artists whose works are professionally developed.

They strive to maintain a mutually sustainable healthy ceramic studio environment through the example of resident artists, through the practice of our instructors educating students, and by students themselves, using the highest etiquette of cleanliness at all times, in all studio areas.

Their regularly changing gallery exhibitions feature local and national ceramic artists as well as our very own studio artists.  Their annual Holiday show features the works of the Yourist Studio Community of Artists and each summer we exhibit our works under one tent at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.  They are an evolving, growing community of creative, inspired people who are passionate about clay.

They offer:

  • Classes for adults and children
  • Workshops
  • Monthly tool time demonstrations
  • Community Studio Workspace
  • A pottery tool shop
  • A gallery exhibiting the works of celebrated clay artists, potters, printmakers and painters

Spacious studio with skylights has:

  • Pottery wheels
  • Slab roller
  • Clay extruder
  • Work tables
  • Work sinks
  • Glaze room with studio glazes
  • Spray booth
  • Cone 6 oxidation firing
  • Cone 9/10 reduction firing

Yourist Studio Gallery Annual Holiday Show & Sale
Credit Facebook / facebook.com

Yourist Studio Gallery Annual Holiday Show & Sale

See an exciting selection of exceptional ceramic art at our 2019 Holiday Show and Sale, where they're featuring the best work from our resident artists and selected students. And, as is their custom, they're presenting it all in a festive atmosphere with great company, tasty food and drink, and lots of seasonal conviviality.

The opening reception takes place on Friday December 13 from 5-8 PM.  The show on Saturday, December 14 from 10AM-6PM and Sunday, December 15 from 11 AM-5 PM, while sales run through December 24.

Nisson Glass Holiday Art Party

Glass Art from Nisson Glass Art
Credit Nisson Glass Art / nissonglassart.com

Larry Nisson of Nisson Glass Art will hold his annual holiday art party/show on Sunday, December 15 from 10AM-4:30 PM.  This is part of Ann Arbor's Winter Art Tour, which runs December 13-15.  For more details on the Nisson Glass Art Party, check out the Nisson Glass Art Facebook page.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu