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Silver City, NM — Once again Clay Festival is holding a Juried Exhibition judged by featured artist Julia Galloway. This year's theme distinguishes itself from past events when entries consisted of two components, a vessel and a tile and this year we are limiting the exhibition to "Only A Vessel." Each artist was invited to submit entries of his or her interpretation(s) of a vessel. Artists are not limited in design or functionality, but the main judging categories will be "fanciful" or "functional."

The Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society will host several special events on Saturday, August 18, in commemoration of the 152nd anniversary of the founding of the Fort. All events will take place on the grounds of the historic military post and hospital, at Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark. The facility is located north of US Highway 180, 1.3 miles north of the Village of Santa Clara, and six miles east of Silver City.

On August 21, 1866, Company B of the 125th Infantry Regiment U.S. Colored Troops, under the command of Lt. James M. Kerr officially established Fort Bayard, which was named in honor of a Union general killed at the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia in December 1862. Since then the fort has played a major role in the history of the nation, New Mexico, and the local area. It served for over thirty years as an active military post during which time it played a major role in the conflicts with the Apache groups resisting white settlement, including the struggles with forces led by Victorio, Cochise, and Geronimo. In later years the post became an Army hospital, then a Veterans medical facility, and finally a State Hospital. It was granted National Historic Landmark status in 2004.

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Silver City, NM — Opportunities abound throughout the week to make CLAY Fest more accessible.

This year, Clay Festival is again offering lecture buttons for $25.00. The buttons will cover admission for all nine lectures being offered throughout the week. Purchased singly, lectures are $10.00.

Silver City, NM — CLAY featured workshop artist Julia Galloway will speak at Western New Mexico's State University's Parotti Hall Monday, July 16, at 6 p.m. Her lecture, titled "Contemporary Pottery Today," will examine the role pottery plays in our everyday lives and how the art has evolved. Galloway is a utilitarian potter and Professor of Art at the University of Montana, Missoula. Her workshop, which began July 9, focuses on pouring pots.

An exhibition of Galloway's work will be showcased during an opening reception Wednesday, July 18 at Bear Mountain Lodge's Blue Dome Gallery from 5-8 p.m.

Silver City, NM — CLAY Festival, which runs from July 16 - July 21, has several lectures scheduled throughout the week presented by artists, conservationists and cultural experts.

On Monday, July 16, anthropologist, historian, preservation planner, and teacher Pete Eidenbach will examine the history of the La Luz Pottery Factory in his lecture "Rowland Hazard III and the La Luz Pottery Factory" at Seedboat Gallery from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

SILVER CITY: Silver City Museum announces pottery techniques by Master artist Oralia Lopez from Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua for ClayFest to take place Saturday, July 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dr. John Bezy will give a presentation about the prehistoric roots of modern Mata Ortiz at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Master artist Oralia Lόpez from Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua will be at the Silver City Museum Annex located at 302 Broadway on Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. She will be demonstrating the intricate technique used to paint pottery including elegant forms, precision designs and beautiful colors. Oralia will have a wonderful selection of work by many other fine Mata Ortiz artists for purchase at reasonable prices starting at $20.
At 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m., Dr. John Bezy, author of the book The Artistry and History of Mata Ortiz, will be making a presentation about the prehistoric roots of modern Mata Ortiz ceramics.
Children and their families can make a one-of-a-kind Mimbres style clay plate as a souvenir of the 2018 ClayFest. Participants will roll, shape and decorate a clay vessel. Taking place in the Museum's Education Room, 312 West Broadway, this education program is completely free to all. A suggested $5 donation will help to support the museum's education programs, collection care and schedule of changing exhibitions.
Please join us for the demonstration, presentation, and sale in the Museum Annex, 302 West Broadway and for family activities in the main Museum, 312 West Broadway. For more information please telephone the Silver City Museum 575-538-5921, Ext 2.

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