MCC-Penn Valley hosts ‘Strictly Figurative’ ceramics show through March 20

Some lovely and amazing ceramic artwork is not to be missed at Metropolitan Community College.  MCC-Penn Valley’s own full time art faculty and Carter Art Center Gallery Director Bernadette Esperanza Torres is featured in a spectacular exhibit opening at the Gallery on the MCC-Penn Valley campus on Feb. 5.  Torres’ work joins that of 14 other award winning ceramic figurative artists on display.

“Strictly Figurative:  Invitational” kicked off with an opening reception from 6:00pm-9:00pm at the Art Center Gallery on Feb. 5 and continues with a special First Friday event on March 4.

First Friday, March 4th details:
  • MCC-Penn Valley Carter Art Center
  • Gallery Hours:  1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Gallery Reception:  6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Meet the two local ceramic artists who spearheaded the “Strictly Figurative: Invitational” exhibit.
Two other ceramic exhibits are also open for viewing for the duration of the art showing, which run through March 20.  Details of all three exhibits are below.

“Strictly Figurative: Invitational”

  • Cathy Broski — “The Giver”
  • Valerie Bunnell — “Gravity”
  • Mark Chatterley — “The Watcher”
  • Kina Crow — “Un-medicated Menopausal Woman and Her Understanding Husband”
  • Lisa Clague — “Honey Bee”
  • Debra Fritts — “Nature’s Sign”
  • Misty Gamble — “Capriccio Anticlassico”
  • Linda Ganstrom — “Belle(e): Kathryn”
  • Arthur Gonzalez — “The Skeptic”
  • Margaret Keelan — “Mend”
  • Clayton Keyes — “Time Out”
  • Cheryl Tall — “Zelda”
  • Bernadette Esperanza Torres — “She Bloomed Where She Was Planted”
  • Holly Wilison — “The Lens of Myself”
  • Janis Mars Wunderlich — “Rocking the Boat”

“The Sound of Color”

  • A solo exhibit of nationally known ceramic artist Bede Clarke who is also the Ceramic Professor at The University of Missouri- Columbia.

“The University of Missouri- Columbia Ceramics Graduate Student Exhibition”

  • A group of seven ceramic graduate students showcase their artwork.

Some other news of note from Bernadette Esperanza Torres:

  • She is featured in KCStudio Magazine in their February/March issue as one of Kansas City’s top 12 Ceramic Artists to collect. Look for “Gallery of KC Ceramics”
  • She will be featured in “50 Women: A Celebration of Women’s Contribution to Ceramics” at The American Jazz Museum – Mar. 15-May 15


blooming dreams
Artist: Bernadette Esperanza Torres, Title: Blooming Dreams — Featured in KC Studio Magazine — on view in the MOCA permanent collection at The Nerman Museum at JCCC


Artist: Margaret Keelan from California, Title: “Mend” — On Display: Strictly Figurative: Invitational, Carter Art Center Gallery


bede clark
Artist: Bede Clarke, Title: “The Sound of Color” — On Display: Carter Art Center Gallery