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19th Annual Texas Clay Arts Association’s member show fills Rockport Center for the Arts’ Main Gallery

All New York Women Group Exhibit NO NET ENSNARES ME in the Garden Gallery

This year’s Texas Clay Arts Association member show, The Six Pack Show, will showcase works from over 60 artists across Texas and beyond. Since 1999, TCAA has held an annual exhibition, open to all current TCAA members. In 2006, the annual members' exhibition, formerly known as Attachments took on a new name: The Six Pack Show. Members were invited to submit work that fits within the dimensions of a six pack of longnecks (5 1/2" x 7 1/2" x 9 1/2"). The result was a fun and imaginative exhibit that has become an annual tradition.

Jennifer Quarrels, TCAA President comments, “The show is open to all TCAA members, so we often have students showing work alongside emerging and seasoned professional artists. It's a great opportunity to see a wide variety of ceramic art from different parts of the state. The work ranges from traditional pottery to sculpture, and everything in between. Every year, I'm excited to see the diversity and breadth of work submitted. Texas has an incredible, vibrant clay community, which is what makes this show a success year after year.”

Every other year, the exhibition is held in conjunction with San Angelo's Ceramic Weekend, which includes a National Juried Exhibition, visiting artist workshops and several other fun clay events. In odd numbered years, the exhibition is held in other cities around Texas.

Stan Irvin, TCAA member and retired professor of Art from St. Edwards University in Austin says of the Six Pack Show, “Successful clay artists need community. I'm not quite sure why this is more true for clay artists than for artists working in other mediums, but whenever I participate in a clay show or workshop, I always find a community of sharing people who have worked tirelessly to make it happen. Fortunately, the Texas Clay Arts Association has for many years provided an important framework around which clay artists can build community on a state level.”

No Net Ensnares Me to show in the Garden Gallery

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will,” asserts Jane Eyre in Emily Brontë’s novel of the same name. To create art is also an act in self-sufficiency, intelligence, and courage and the eleven New York women artists curated by Lauren Amalia Redding into No Net Ensnares Me assert their own independent wills to make their art. Fastidious technical knowledge, exploration of materials, and emphasis on craft and skill demonstrate that these artists, and their artworks, speak in a voice as clear as Eyre’s.

Both shows run from May 20 through June 10. A gallery talk and reception will be held on Saturday, May 20 starting at 4:30 pm.

About Rockport Center for the Arts

Rockport Center for the Arts, a vibrant multi-disciplinary non-profit arts organization of 47 years with over 700 active members, is located on Aransas Bay in Rockport, Texas. It is dedicated to providing an environment that nurtures expression and appreciation of art for residents and visitors. The City of Rockport, famous for its vast colony of more than 800 artists, has been identified as “The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America” by John Villani and “Top 10 Artist Colonies” by Allen Bunting in Coastal Living Magazine.

Rockport Center for the Arts is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday from 1 to 4 PM. Admission is always free. For more information call (361)729-5519 or visit

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