Franklin Street Gallery and Gift Shop in Watkins Glen held an open reception for ceramic artist and potter Ann Harper on Friday. The event which happened in congruence with Fridays on Franklin and Village Christmas, was a success, with many people coming in to view Knapp's work as well as the many pieces on display in the gallery.
The new Artist in Focus exhibit was created by Franklin Street Gallery’s arts coordinator, Maria McMahon. The gallery will feature a different exhibiting artist each month with a reception held in conjunction with Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce’s Friday on Franklin events on the first Friday of each month.
“It’s difficult to see an artist’s full range of talent from just one piece,” McMahon said. “The Artist in Focus exhibit is an opportunity display multiple works by the artist together, so patrons get a better sense of the artist’s style and motivation. Our Friday reception is the perfect time for gallery visitors to meet the artist.”
Ann Harper has lived in the Ithaca area for over 35 years. She received an MS in Art Education with a concentration in ceramics from Elmira College in 1999. Her work includes ceramic art, fused glass and jewelry incorporating glass, stoneware and sea shells fragments although her favorite medium to work with is glass.
Her work is inspired by the forces of nature. She is particularly inspired by her great interest in and deep concern for the environment which are reflected in her fossilization of plants and leaves including weeds.
To view or purchase Ann Harpers work you can visit www.annharperpottery.com or check out her work on Instagram be searching @handinnature.
Franklin Street Gallery is a community arts center operated by The Arc of Schuyler, a nonprofit organization providing supports to people with developmental disabilities. For more information, visit Franklin Street Gallery at 209 N. Franklin Street in Watkins Glen or call 607.535.2571.