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Port Chester Clay Center Presents National Exhibit

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Port Chester's Clay Art Center has just opened an exhibition featuring work from over 80 clay artists from all over the United States. The exhibit, called "Figure it Out," opened with a bang last Saturday night as over 100 people packed the small gallery off of Grace Church Street in Port Chester.

For half a century the Clay Art Center (CAC) has been recognized as both the premier ceramic facility in all of Westchester. As the largest and most active facility in the county, the CAC's mission is to offer a stimulating space for studio practice, exhibition, and education opportunities to better serve the community.

According to the CAC's Program Director Leigh Taylor-Mickelson, every year for the past five years the CAC has hosted a theme-based national invitational exhibit. This year's exhibit focuses on capturing the human figure in a functional clay form.

"This exhibit really highlights the breadth of what's in the field," Taylor-Mickelson said standing inside the CAC's gallery. "It presents a challenge to create a piece within the frame of the exhibit."

The majority of the works on display at the gallery are functionally-based or vessel-oriented and are inspired by the human form, according to the center. The exhibit features everything from teapots to coffee mugs to salt-and-pepper shakers, and everything can be purchased for the right price.

"It is interesting to see how different artists approach the theme," Taylor-Mickelson said. "Some exaggerate human-like features, while other are more subtle. It's fun to see artists apply their own voice to the project."

The exhibit will be on display and for sale at the Clay Art Center's Main Gallery located on Beech Street in Port Chester from now until March 31. The gallery viewing hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is free to the public.

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