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New exhibition opens this week at at MacNider Museum in Mason City

MASON CITY – Hank Hall, of Spirit Lake, IA, will be featured in a solo exhibition in the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s Center Space Gallery. Off Center: Ceramics Works of Hank Hall opens on Friday, July 6 and will be on display through Saturday, August 25, 2018. The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum is free to visit and is open to the public.

Hall won Best in Show during the Iowa Crafts: 42 exhibition in 2015. As prize for his win he was awarded a solo exhibition in the Museum’s Center Space Gallery in 2016. Hall was in the process of moving, however, and did not have access to his studio or an excess of artwork. He asked that we put off his exhibition until he was settled and able to create some new works. The Museum is now happy to feature his clay and mixed media sculptures in a 2018 exhibition.

“The name of my show is ‘Off Center’ because that is how I work with clay today. Centering clay was the first skill I learned when I began on the potter’s wheel. From that point on, I began to experience great freedom as I experimented with how I made my clay objects, especially teapots. Now I purposely alter the parts that I throw on center to make what I see as interesting, entertaining, and sometimes humorous constructions. I like to push, twist, and experiment with every part of the construction process, looking to be a little ‘off’ of what would be considered traditional with my use of materials. Being ‘off center’ in my approach to clay construction allows me to entertain myself on my journey towards personal expression. If others get a kick out of my work, it doesn’t get any better than that!” – Hank Hall

Please join the Museum in celebrating Off Center: Ceramics Works of Hank Hall with an opening reception on Saturday, July 7 from 3 – 5 p.m. Enjoy light refreshments and get a chance to speak with the artist. Hank Hall will be giving a brief artist talk at 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public – all are welcome.

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But can he make an exquisite pitcher for water is the question. The ancient predecessors of the Persians were the best. Finely elegant and sturdy their methods of glazing for durability have been lost to time. Craftsmanship beyond compare. But has it. I’m rooting for you Hank. Get ‘er done.

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