Guild Holds Artists’ Talk at Oley Studio, Gallery

POTTSTOWN PA – Art as a community resource, and its use to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, will be subjects of talks by ceramicist Dolores Kirschner, and artist and instructor Constance McBride, respectively, being offered in person by the Pottstown Area Artists Guild on Oct. 19 (2021; Tuesday) at 7 p.m. at Clay On Main, the art gallery and studio at 313 Main St., Oley PA.

The event is free and open to the public. Masks are required. Advance registration is requested, and available here.

Kirschner owns and operates Clay on Main as a non-profit art community and studio resource center, providing a variety of clay arts programs. McBride (whose works appear at top) began “The Lonely Girls” Project in 2011 to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, a memory-robbing and debilitating disease, after McBride’s mother moved from her home to an assisted living facility.

The project started as a portrait of her mother, and grew into a collection of works inspired by the women with whom she lived. With ceramic sculpture and installations, McBride explores issues most experienced by women via themes of aging, identity and memory.

One of the project’s goals is to raise research funding for Making Sense of Alzheimer’s, a creative space managed within the University of Pennsylvania and intended to understand the past, present and future of Alzheimer’s.

McBride earned a bachelor of arts degree from Arcadia University in Glenside PA. Her exhibitions include a Contemporary Forum Grant Recipients Show at the Phoenix Art Museum, Craft Forms at Wayne Art Center in Wayne PA, The Clay Studio National in Philadelphia, and Beyond the Brickyard at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena MT. She currently lives and works outside Philadelphia, teaches classes at Clay on Main, and is actively involved with Delaware Valley art communities.

Kirschner receive her degree from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. In addition to her work as a sculptor and installation artist, she said she “is committed to the power of arts to change lives.” For several years she operated her own clay studio, and for the last 15 years she has developed and nurtured Clay on Main.

Clay on Main schedules community classes and workshops in clay for adults and children, hosts professional workshops, collaborates with other non-profit organizations to offer learning opportunities through art, and conducts public lectures and events. It is accompanied by a cooperative gallery to display and sell members’ and guest artists’ works; and the Half Moon Cafe, a venue for local musicians.

Photos provided by the Pottstown Artists Guild