Raymond Avenue Gallery, 761 Raymond Ave., will present the pottery of Lee Love and paintings by Jean Shannon Aug. 28-Oct. 2. The opening reception for the show will be held Friday, Aug. 28, 6-8 p.m.
Lee Love was introduced to ceramics through Warren Mackenzie and the Minnesota and Wisconsin potters associated with him.
“I learned to make functional pottery for everyday use,” he stated. “It wasn’t until my first visit in 1993 to the town where I was born, Sakai, Japan, just outside of Osaka, that I learned that the 16th-century tea master Sen No Rikyu was also from Sakai, and had lived very close to my Japanese relatives’ neighborhood. After realizing this, I knew I had to learn more about tea ceremony and the ceramics used in it.”
Jean Shannon saw her first Hiroshige woodblock prints at the age of five in the hallway of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unitarian church in Madison, Wis.
“After focusing almost exclusively on woodblock prints for 15 years, I’ve started to paint ‘portraits’ of some of the toys I’ve collected. These paintings have surprised me, made me smile, and I hope they bring a smile to their viewers too,”Shannon said.
The clay, sculptures and paintings of gallery owner Joseph G. Brown will be on view in the lower level gallery. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, noon-4 p.m.