Arts column

Don’t miss seasonal Gladding, McBean tours
By: Paul Apfel - special to The News Messenger
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The Lincoln art scene is bursting with activity this spring. Festivities include the Feats of Clay reception Saturday, the Lincoln Hills Art Association show at the downtown Umpqua Bank branch, the upcoming Artisan’s in the Lodge show on May 15, and Feats of Clay tours and activities throughout May. The Lincoln Hills Painters Club show, hosted by Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation in their Sixth Street gallery ended April 6. Painters Club President Diane Pargament said “Lincoln Arts has been very supportive of our new Painters Club and we appreciate the opportunity to have had our first show in their gallery.” Rhonda Campbell informs us that the Lincoln Hills Photography Group has returned to Mina’s Coffee House and Gallery in the Lincoln Hills shopping Center at the corner of Del Webb and Sun City Boulevard in Lincoln Hills. According to Rhonda, “The show has black/white, color, local shots and not-so-local shots. All framed to perfection and reasonably priced.” Check them out at the club’s website at Rhonda gets bragging rights this month because her website will be in the Shutterbug photography magazine, under Web Profiles by Joe Farace. And, speaking of websites, Jean Cross has just unveiled her new site at She will also be a featured speaker at a Friends of Lincoln Library presentation on Tuesday, May 10 at 2 p.m. in the Willow Room of the Twelve Bridges Library. Cross, a former sculptor at Gladding McBean, will present “The History and Art of Gladding, McBean. The public is invited to the presentation. The Lincoln Hills Art Association’s Umpqua show features 21 art pieces from local artists Diane Aman, Terry Banderas, Patricia Branham, Ron Clawson, Jody Douglas, Rudi Franke, Chuck Gebhardt, Judith Huth, Maggie McGurk, Charles Sterling and Duane Spurling. The show continues through May 9. Thirty-two Lincoln Hills artists are signed up for the Artisan’s in the Lodge show to be held in the Orchard Creek Lodge on Sunday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Art works will be displayed in the lodge’s hallways and living room area. And then we have Feats of Clay, now in its 24th year, through May. Featured this year is the opening reception at the historic Gladding, McBean factory from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, followed by 90-minute factory tours that run Wednesday through Sunday from May 4 through May 30. Reception tickets are $25 and admission is by advance ticket sales only. Tour tickets cost $12 for general admission and $10 for children, seniors and Lincoln Arts members. Lincoln Arts asks that children under 8 years of age not be brought on tours. Tour participants are also asked to avoid wearing open-toed shoes. For information about events and to purchase tickets, call 645-9713 or e-mail or visit the website at