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Artist Ruth Berelson & Friends Open Pop Up Gallery In Hastings

Ruth Berelson & Friends will exhibit their work in "Ceremics: Looking to the Future, Celebrating the Past," in Hastings beginning Thursday, Oct. 3.
Ruth Berelson & Friends will exhibit their work in "Ceremics: Looking to the Future, Celebrating the Past," in Hastings beginning Thursday, Oct. 3. Video Credit: Danny LoPriore

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Sculptor Ruth Berelson is celebrating the approach of her 90th birthday by joining nine of her students in a Pop Up Gallery in Hastings.

The exhibit, "Ceramics: Looking to the Future, Celebrating the Past. A Teacher's Journey," will run Thursdays through Sundays, Oct. 3-27 from 1-5 p.m. A reception is planned for this Sunday, Oct. 6 from 1-5 p.m.

The artist, ceramic sculptor and teacher is curating an exhibit of her 40 years of work and the work of several of her students. The exhibited work ranges from representational to abstract, from "pots and pans" to complicated sculpture.

"I have lived in Westchester for 57 years, worked as a ceramic sculptor for 40 years, taught ceramics and aesthetics for decades," Berelson says. "Now, nearing 90, I am keen to showcase some of the ceramic artists who studied with me, as well as my own latest, perhaps last, series. I believe this exhibit will illuminate the endless and wondrous flexibility of clay as an artistic medium—from “pots and pans” to complex sculptures."

Student and co-artist Bob Miranti said, "Berelson's new series explores the transforming beauty of aging, both of people and objects, man-made and natural, where traces of the past remain while a new beauty is forged. ... or, to quote Berelson, 'When Iron turns to lace.' "

"There are 10 artists participating in the exhibit, each with their own approach, message and style," Miranti said. "This is the first time that this group of artists are exhibiting together. This exhibit is Ruth's 90th Birthday present to herself."

Berelson said although most of the artists have had solo or group shows, this is the first time they are all showing together. Participating artists; Doris Montagna, Monique Brooks, Rene Murray, Judith Leire, Marilyn Richeda, Martin Meisel, Lily Schor and Carol Wilkinson, are associated with the Clay Art Center in Port Chester.

"Some of the work is figurative, some abstract; some is as precise as an X-acto knife; some, in the wabi-sabi tradition, is loose and weathered," Berelson said. "All is hand-built. As with every exhibit, each artist feels this is a work in progress, and that what is currently evolving is really better. I think I speak for each one of us in saying that we hope viewers will come away with just a little of our passion for clay."

The Pop Up Gallery is located at 541 Warburton Avenue, just north of Main Street.

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