Lincoln Arts to host gala opening for Feats of Clay

By: Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter
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The 22nd annual Feats of Clay will be spotlighted April 25 during a 1920s to 1930s speakeasy-themed gala benefit and reception Monte Carlo night. “It’s a lot of fun,” said Claudia Renati, Lincoln Arts’ executive director. “You not only get to step back in time but you get to gamble at craps, poker, roulette and blackjack. You also get to be in the middle of a modern art ceramic show.” The benefit/reception will be inside the Gladding, McBean clay factory on the corner of Sixth and G Streets from 6 to 10 p.m. April 25. The event is the largest of its type in Placer County, Renati said, with an expected attendance of about 500. Tickets are $45 per person, and must be bought in advance from Lincoln Arts, located on the corner of Sixth and F streets. The gala benefit and reception serves as a fundraiser for Lincoln Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the arts in Placer County, Renati said. The gala will also mark the first chance the public has to see the Feats of Clay juried art show, which will run Tuesdays through Sundays from April 28 to May 31. Other Feats of Clay activities include: Friday, April 17: Teams of Clay pits area businesses in competition to create artwork on the spot that represents their line of work. Begins at noon in Beermann Plaza. Sign up by Monday. Tuesday, April 28 through Sunday, May 31: Gladding, McBean tours from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. $12 per person, with group rates available. Tours run 90 minutes and feature a 1 ½ mile walk. Tours are wheelchair accessible. Children under the age of 10 not allowed. Saturday, May 2: ClayFest is open to the public and features local ceramic artists showing their work, ceramic demonstrations and hands-on family activities. Held in the downtown area. For more information about these events, call Lincoln Arts at 645-9713 or go online at Brandon Darnell can be reached by e-mail at