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Christina Stock Photo Julie Edgett is in the second year as Pecos Valley Potters Guild president. She is seen here handling pieces from her Thomas Collection, which she will bring to the show.

The 38th Pecos Valley Potters Guild Arts and Crafts show offers a wide variety of art

By Christina Stock

Vision Editor

The 38th annual Pecos Valley Potters Guild Art Show and Sale takes place at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center, 912 N. Main St., Nov. 8 to 10. Doors open Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PVPG president Julie Edgett said about the event, “I am hoping to convey that this is our harvest. All year, the artists have been working. We don’t grow vegetables or fruit, but we make things, so we are bringing our harvest, hoping that the public will enjoy them and find things that they like.”

This will be the the second time the guild will have a special evening kicking off the show on Friday. This year, the theme is Wine and Clay Soiree.

“Last year, we tried to do a black and white elegant kind of gala,” Edgett said. “This year, it’s going to be more warm colors, more homey, with lots of beautiful fall decoration. I hope people will come and see it, as these are the fruits of our labors. People work countless hours that go into make the pottery, the jewelry, the weavings or the paintings. Every piece that is purchased has a piece of that artist in it.

“We are going to have nice hors d’oeuvres Friday night and there will be beer and wine available for purchase and also on Saturday afternoon. There is to be a concession stand right at the convention center on Saturday and Sunday. So people can come, wander around, eat and drink and buy more,” Edgett said.

Friday night, Nova Rush (Ila Perry) will perform from 5 to 7 p.m.

Asked what she will perform, singer and songwriter Perry said, “My music of course, I’ve got some covers prepared that I would like to do. I am playing only two hours this time, which is enough for me to play material that will make everybody happy. I haven’t played the Potters Guild before, it’s my first time doing it. But I am excited and looking forward to it.”

Nova Rush is well-known throughout the area, having performed at many events and most locations that offer live music. Perry’s music falls into the indy music, to be specific, it is a indy music sub genre. “If you want to go in depth, it’s more like neo-soul-indy, which is more like new indy,” Perry said. “It is soulful in a way, but fresh and new to people.”

To get an impression of her style, visit her YouTube channel or instagram.com/ila.novarush or like her Facebook page, novarushmusic.

On Friday, the silent auction will open. “We are asking each person who has a booth to donate one piece to the silent auction,” Edgett said. “That is going to be our fundraiser for the guild this year to help us purchase some supplies that we need for the studio (at the Roswell Museum and Art Center) here.”

PVPG was established in 1979 and is a group of talented potters who are motivated to further the ceramic arts in Chaves County. The guild is focused on continuing art and art education in Roswell. RMAC’s studio is under the guidance of instructor Aria Finch, who will be at the event as well.

Finch is truly the clay lady of Roswell. “I enjoy that,” she said and chuckled. “We always say, we’re the ones with the dirty hands.”

Asked how many years she has been working with clay, Finch said, “A total of 52 from the time I left grad school; in different organizations. I’ve taught seven years in public school, two years at the college and 40 years here at the museum. It’s something that’s very enjoyable for me.”

Finch enjoys going to the show. “I think it’s wonderful. The students here make the pieces, we take them out of the kiln and they’re in a mess. You take them and put them into a setting that is nice and ‘boom,’ you get to see what they really look like. All the beauty and all of the finesse. Sometimes when I look around the show, I go, oh, I don’t remember that one and it’s beautiful. And we get to meet and reacquaint ourselves with artists that travel, so we have jewelers that come from El Paso and a woman that makes purses that is a fiber artist and painters and print makers. We have a variety of people and we acquaint ourselves with them and enjoy the company and get busy selling the work.”

One of these artists is Kay Allison, a retired art teacher who had taught at Mountain View Middle School. “After I retired, I was able to come in (RMAC) in the daytime and work more. I’ve been doing the Potters Guild Show since 2004, I think.”

Allison is bringing an unusual style of pottery to the show. When interviewed at RMAC, she had just removed some of her bisqued clean white bowls from the kiln and was working with contact paper, layering flower motifs on it. “I taught batik in middle school,” she said. “This is kind of similar to it. Just instead of wax you are using the decal.”

After painting watered down glazes in random washes over the surface, she has to wait for it to dry, before adding more shapes, repeating the process several times. The shapes laid down first appear to be in front of the others, creating a stunning effect in the finished art piece.

Another artist representing the clay art community is Mary Waide Beauchemin. “I do mainly clay sculptures,” she said. “That’s what I love and enjoy doing. I’ve done something like 50 or 60 Old Testament prophets and also, I do painting: acrylic, oil, pastel — all the mediums.” Waide Beauchemin counts herself as one of the lucky ones who has been able to combine her creative passion with productivity. “I was an art major in college and I’ve taught for 27 years in public schools. It is part of me,” she said. Her paintings vary from realistic to impressionistic to abstract. “Subjects are far-ranging from people to animals to landscapes and impressions that may relate a theme or a story,” Waide Beauchemin said.

Asked why she decided to sculpt prophets of the Old Testament, Waide Beauchemin said, “I didn’t. I just started sculpting and I had a friend that pointed it out, that that’s what it was looking like. I don’t know what I am going to do, I just start and whatever comes out is what it is.”

About the show, she said, “We have a variety of things that are bound to appeal to them (the audience) and this is our opportunity to show the public and give the public a chance to be involved and buy unique work.”

Then there is Edgett, whose style stands out in it’s sleek minimalistic style. “My style is simple shapes and clean lines — a modern Asian feel. That’s what my work is,” she said.

This style was developed by Edgett after the loss of her husband three years ago. To honor him, she created the design and named it the Thomas Collection. “That’s what I hoped for. He was a one-of-a-kind standout guy, and if people buy my work and use my work and appreciate my work, that’s helping me to honor Tom. He was a very modern person from Boston. I on the other hand was always old-fashioned kind of a girl. The work I used to do was very gauzy, pastel colors, abstract flowers, that was my style. When he passed away I wanted to do something to honor him.”

On Saturday and Sunday, visitors can see a variety of jewelry, paintings, photography, textiles, soaps, metal work, collages displayed by the local and regional artists, which range from traditional to innovative. Each day there is a chance to win gift cards from some of the local restaurants. The silent auction will close on Saturday at 4 p.m.

For more information, visit pecosvalleypottersguild.com or its Facebook event page.