“For the first year, member artists are curating the shows of fellow member artists,” Newell said. “(We are) honoring our members and trying to involve them on every level.”
Three exhibits that will utilize all three of the Smithy Pioneer’s floors will be presented this season. “Person, Place, Thing” will be available through June 23. “Revisionary: Saturated Mindscapes” will be open July 1 through Aug. 1, and “Beyond the Blueprint” will be on view Aug. 12 through Sept. 15. Artwork inspired by the national hydrofracking debate, including paintings and installation art, will be part of the “Revisionary” exhibit, according to Newell. For information on curator-artists, visit the Smithy’s website.
In August, the Smithy Pioneer will feature an exhibit by local artist Nate Katz, Newell said.
The Katz show “explores a different perspective,” Newell said. Katz, who has autism, “has a methodical approach to his artwork that is really unique.”
The gallery has undergone extensive restoration and revisions, Newell said, with a “revamped” second floor that has increased exhibit space, a refurbished floor and newly exposed original brickwork.
“I’m so proud of all the work that we’ve been doing this past year,” Newell said.
Arts classes will continue this summer, Newell said.
“The pottery studio has become such a warm and welcoming home for people in the community,” Newell said. “They have so much fun and the work that they’re doing is incredible.”
Adult pottery classes are offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. See the Smithy’s website for times and instructor information. Open pottery studio is available Wednesdays through Saturdays. See the Smithy’s website for exact times and fee information.
For information on children’s and teen’s pottery classes, visit the Smithy’s website.
Fundraising activities are an important part of this summer’s programming, according to Newell. A new campaign involving the entire Smithy staff will begin this week, according to Newell, and an event, “Raise Your Stein to Support the Arts” is planned for July 29.
“We are on a completely upward trajectory,” Newell said. “We are gathering momentum by working closely with the community and businesses to create a place for the public to engage with the arts.”