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Welcome from Lincoln Arts executive director Claudia Renati

By: Claudia Renati
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Welcome to the 24th annual Feats of Clay exhibition. For one month, we in Lincoln celebrate our heritage and all things clay. For the fifth year, we have accepted entries from Canada and Mexico, making Feats an international show. We are truly excited by the fine and varied show that juror Donna Billick has chosen for us. Each year, we always say that it can’t possibly get better and we are, happily proved wrong! This has been a difficult time for the arts in California. Our state is in the middle of an epic budget crisis, and our funding from them, which had been slashed for several years, has dwindled to almost nothing in 2011. Grants are hard to come by, and businesses are also feeling the pinch. I can’t say that the cuts haven’t hurt us but, we are very grateful to the people of Lincoln and the businesses who stepped forward to help us stage this wonderful event and keep our organization afloat. Many, who had little to give, realized the importance of the arts and reached into their pockets and dug deep. Others gave their time as volunteers. Whether their gift was time, a few dollars, or thousands, we appreciate each one of them and thank them from the bottom of our hearts. Since Lincoln Arts’ mission is to support and promote visual, literary, and performing arts and culture for the people of Lincoln, and encourage artists and artistic endeavors, we will continue to bring concerts, classes, and shows for all to enjoy – and, of course, Feats will continue. How could it not? Enjoy this sumptuous exhibition, take a docent-guided tour, have fun at Clayfest and tell your friends. We are incredibly proud of what you will see here and the friendly people who will welcome you to the factory, the exhibition and our All American town of Lincoln.