Portraits and pottery in one art show might not seem like an obvious pairing. But it’s a tradition at the Orion Art Center, where the sixth annual Portraits and Pottery Show had its opening Thursday night.
“I know it’s unusual,” said OAC Director Lauren Dinneweth. But she told a full house gathered for the opening reception that she loves this show.
“To be able to look at a person and capture their essence … is something truly special,” she said. “And it’s not easy. Even the artists among us will tell you it’s not easy to do.”
Dinneweth found a uniquely qualified juror for the show. Christine Laikind is an adjunct professor at the Center for Creative Studies. A painter, she also owns Firebrick Gallery and Pottery Studio in Rochester.
“She was really impressed with the quality of the work, and the depth and breadth,” Dinneweth said.
Almost 70 works of art in all mediums were entered in the show. Best in Show was awarded to Harry Villalonga for his portrait of his daughter, Christy. First Place went to Chelsea Einheuser, a student at the Center for Creative Studies. She said she painted her larger-than-life-size oil self-portrait, entitled Eclectic, for a portrait class in which the teacher “wanted us to go big.”
Second Place went to Mike Hendrix for Out of the Wood, a mixed media, three-dimensional head of a man. Third Place went to Alan Brown for Hunter-Scavenger-Maiden-Witch, also a three-dimensional, mixed-media piece.
The exhibit runs through Dec. 12. The art center is located at 115 S. Anderson in downtown Lake Orion. Hours are Wednesday – Friday, noon - 6 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. during exhibits, or by appointment. For more information call 248-693-4986 or orionartcenter.org.