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David McCune International Art Gallery
William Bethune Center for Visual Arts
Professor Silvana Foti
Gallery Executive Director
The David McCune International Art Gallery at Methodist University will host “Elemental,” a showcase featuring ceramic artist Akira Satake and painter Victoria Pinney. The showcase will open Sept. 22 and run through Nov. 17.
The opening reception for “Elemental” will begin in the gallery at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 22. The gallery will be open Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. It will be closed Sundays, Mondays, Oct. 18, and Nov. 11.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION ARTISTS:
Akira Satake was born in Osaka, Japan, and has been living in the United States since 1983. Satake has been awarded the National Award for Excellence in Contemporary Clay by the Philadelphia Museum. “A Craftsman’s Legacy,” a national weekly television series on PBS, has featured his life and work. In 2003, Satake relocated from Brooklyn, N.Y. to Swannona, N.C. He is widely sought after for workshops and lectures, and has been invited to give classes in France, Belgium, Israel, Australia, Bali, England, Portugal, and Scotland.
Victoria Pinney is a largely self-taught artist who works in an open studio in Asheville, N.C.’s River Arts District. She uses a mixture of oil paint and elemental substances, such as wax and sand, to give her art a historic feel. Pinney is one of a select group of curated artists included in the Western North Carolina Design Guide. In 2015, she was featured in “American Art Collector.” In January 2016, she was recognized as an Emerging Artist in “Art Galleries and Artists of the South.”