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Wayne County Council for the Arts Presents
“Expressions in Clay and Urban Imagery”
by Howard Skinner and d. dargan teska

Howard Skinner is a graduate of the School for American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology and he also earned his Masters in Art Education from Rochester Institute of Technology. Currently he is an artist and high school art teacher at North Rose-Wolcott
Central School. Skinner Pottery is ceramic ware that is functional as well containing decorative elegant form elements. There are three major methods of pottery firing used: high fire stoneware, low fire glassed ware using flash firing for finishing effects, and peel away slip

The high-fire stoneware ceramics uses natural ash glazes to create vibrant earth tone pottery. Low fire glaze surfaces are combined with flash firing for smoked pattern effects. Low fire glazes are also used with crackle pattern from carbon smoked peel away slip application.
The forms range from large vases to decorative jars and also decorative wall platters which may contain a computerized collage image in the middle.
Fused glass is another area of functional form creation. Recycled window glass is formed in the kiln, using original ceramic molds to slump glass into. Colored glass or etching cream is used to develop the surface design.

d. dargan teska has worked in a wide variety of media and used a broad array of subject matter. They include acrylic paint, oil paint, graphite, intaglio, dry point, lithography, mono-printing, mono type, pulp painting, analog and digital photography, fused glass and ceramics. The current exhibition will feature urban imagery. She has spent the past four or five years recording images in New York City and Chicago and they inspired her to create this body of work. While many of the pieces feature dogs, people and buildings, the pieces are really about the composition, light and color. She states, “I am interested in creating pieces that in of the moment”. She received her Bachelor of Arts from SUNY in Potsdam and Master of Arts at SUNY Oswego. A variety of her exhibitions include Looking Back, A Retrospective at NRW High School Gallery; Oswego Art Guild Juried Show; and Solo Exhibition, Pancho & Lefty in Manhattan, NY. She has a permanent collection at Reliant Federal Credit union and has received numerous awards at the NY State Fair juried art show for photography and art work. Debra most recently retired from North Rose-Wolcott High School after 32 years of teaching and continues to be an Adjunct Art Professor at SUNY Oswego.

In the Members’ Gallery, Wayne Arts presents Kathy Houston, a retired art teacher who taught art in the public school system for thirty years. Her work represents a variety of subjects, styles and media such as pastel, oil, watercolor, mixed media and drawing. Her interest in photography began in the early 70’s and has had an opportunity to teach photography classes. Her personal photos reflect her travels in the United States, Canada and Europe. Kathy is a professional artist who has been very active in exhibitions in Webster Art Club, Penfield Art Association and the Pittsford Art Group for several years.

The Exhibit will run from November 5th to November 27th, 2010. The public is invited to an opening reception to be held on Friday, November 5th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Wayne Art Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Visit this exciting exhibit and stop by our great Gallery Gift Store. Wayne County Council for the Arts is located at 108 W. Miller Street, Newark. For more information, call (315) 331-4593,


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