2002-10-26 / Community

‘Masks & More’ Makes Debut

‘Masks & More’ Makes Debut

Watch out for winter wonders in the windows of The Crafts Shop in the Wave Building, 88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The Studios of Pottery by Susan will feature "Masks & More" in an exhibit and sale starting Friday, November 1 with a reception from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

In keeping with the season, masks in clay and glass, by Norma Allende, will adorn the shelves and walls. Some eerie, some contemplative, some provocative, some grotesque, they all will peak your imagination.

Allende, born in Argentina, is a sculptor and glass artist. She has used her creativity in all media and currently teaches art to middle school students in Rockaway. In her current body of work, which grew out of recent experiences slumping and molding glass in a kiln, Allende stretched her ideas using clay as her medium and created masks of every emotion. Allende’s sculptures are included in Artsplash, a group exhibit by Rockaway Artists Alliance now on display at Ft. Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area.

New works by Susan B. Locke will also be exhibited. Vessels with cut out designs are featured in various sizes, shapes and functions. Locke’s studio is well known in Rockaway and is the only studio offering gas fired functional pottery locally.

Winter weather requires warm accessories. Fabric designer and weaver, Elizabeth Connolly, will show her new scarves and blankets. Connolly is known for her use of color combinations and her baby blanket designs are in great demand.

Join the artists on Friday, November 1, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at "Masks & More" at Pottery by Susan’s Crafts Shop at 88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, ground floor.

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