Wellington Art Society To Feature Artist Barbara Powell At Feb. 10 Meeting

Two ceramic pots created by artist Barbara Powell.

The Wellington Art Society will feature a demonstration by local artist Barbara Powell at its Wednesday, Feb. 10 meeting.

The meeting and presentation will take place through the Wellington Art Society’s virtual Zoom link, which is distributed via e-mail to all members. A meet-and-greet will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the member spotlight and a brief meeting. The event will conclude with a demonstration by Barbara Powell of saggar-fired ceramics. The public is invited. RSVP by e-mail to presidentofwas@gmail.com.

Originally from western Massachusetts, Powell’s professional career focused on environmental protections. She is now centered on clay and enjoying the local South Florida art scene.

Powell gets her inspiration from “nature and the ancient forces of water and time on the varied geology.”

“I mostly wheel-throw my pottery, and depending on the surface of the clay and firing methods, I can create either brilliant dimensions of color or subtle earthly palettes. I love working between these two extremes,” Powell explained.

She muses that even after working in this medium for many years and developing an in-depth knowledge of the materials, the final outcome always remains largely unforeseen, as the fire itself has the final signature.

Powell is a previous director for the Wellington Art Society and Women in the Visual Arts. Currently, she is a member of the Ceramic League of the Palm Beaches, the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta and the Partners for Art and Design in Miami.

In addition to working at her home studio, Powell teaches wheel-throwing classes at the City of Palm Beach Gardens, hand-building classes at Wycliffe and workshops at the Lighthouse ArtCenter.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of Powell’s classes are temporarily on hold. However, she is offering several fun Fire Friday events at the Lighthouse ArtCenter. Most of the work is done in an open-air environment, since a kiln is used. For more information about Fire Friday and other fun opportunities, visit www.lighthousearts.org/select-fridays.html.

Enjoy Powell’s art on her web site at www.powellceramicart.com, or follow her on Facebook @bpowellceramicart and Instagram @bpowellceramicart. Contact Powell directly at (561) 685-7325 or powellceramicart@gmail.com.

The Wellington Art Society is a nonprofit charitable organization in its 40th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community. For more info., visit www.wellingtonartsociety.org.