Plate It Up!

Here is the press release from this exciting opportunity! There are some very impressive potters, I am honored to be apart of this show.

Textured, stains, cone 5 oxidation

Copper tacks, wire, stoneware beads

NEWS RELEASE FOR 100 Artists Show – 2011

Date: January 12, 2011

Contact:  Mary Lou Zeek, 503-581-3229

 Artist:  “Plate it Up” – 100 Artists Show

Show Date: Tuesday, February 1st – Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Opening reception: First Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 5-7pm.

SALEM, ORE – For the 9th consecutive year, during the month of February, the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery will be presenting their annual 100 Artists Show, benefiting CERF (Craft Emergency Relief Fund). The theme of this year’s show is “Plate it Up” and appropriately, the 100 participating ceramic artists were asked to create a plate using this as their starting point. Each clay artist was sent a clay bag which represented 25 lb. bag of clay, this was sent “as is” to represent the raw material they would be using.  This bag was not packaged or boxed, but rather processed directly by the postal service. The bag itself was to be part of the packing when each plate was shipped back to the gallery. Each artist, starting with the exact same idea, has had over three months to transform, build, infuse, reduce, glaze or reinvent the ceramic piece into their own unique work of art.

The gallery has also asked 10 artists who have participated in the last 8 years of the February show. These 10 artists are not ceramic focused, they were asked to create their piece with the “Plate it Up” theme, and raising awareness for CERF+ in mind.

The exhibit will open on Tuesday, February 1st at 12:00 pm Pacific Time.  The public will be invited to bid on their favorite artwork via a silent auction that will run through Friday, February 25th at 5:00 pm Pacific Time.  Beginning bids are $25.00 with minimum increments of $5.00.  The entire show will be posted online at  Bids can be made in person at the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery or by calling 503-581-3229. 

CERF+’s mission is to strengthen and sustain the careers of craft artists across the United States.  CERF+ is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization and is the only one of its kind in the United States.  They accomplish their mission through direct financial and educational assistance to craft artists, including emergency relief assistance, business development support, resources and referrals on topics such as health, safety, and insurance. CERF+ also advocates, engages in research, and backs policy that supports craft artists’ careers.  (

Participating artists:

James Aarons – Mokelumne Hill, CA

Aaron Ashcroft – Salt Lake, UT

Jerilynn Babroff – Mount Tremper, NY

Brin and Dale Baucum – Memphis, TN

Antoinette Bradenhorst – Lincolnshire, IL

Gayle Bair – Bainbridge Island, WA

Hayne Bayless – Ivoryton, CT

Heidi Bedebrede  –  Davis, CA

Scot Cameron Bell – Portland, OR

Brad Benn – Edina, MN

Shane Blitch – Portland, OR

Patrick Bodine and Nancilee Yeates Bodine  – Wiggins, MS

Elaine Bolz – Corrales, NM

Steven Branfman – Newton, MA

Jennifer Brazelton – San Francisco, CA

Robert Briscoe- Harris, MN

Glen Burris – Jefferson, OR

Janet Buskirk – Portland, OR

Barb Campbell – Corvallis, OR

Page Candler – Campbellsville, KY

Sarah Chenoweth Davis – Portland, OR

Doug Casebeer- Snowmass, CO

Carla Beebe Comey – Carbondale, CO

Circa Ceramics – Chicago, IL

Craig Clifford – Appleton, WI

Rita Ruth Cockrell – Columbia, SC

Cindy Coulina – Sunnyvale, CA

Shaun Craig – San Diego, CA

Diana Crain – Petaluma, CA

Nuala Creed – Petaluma, CA

Robert Crystal – Cornwall, VT

Doug Dacar- Salem, OR

Patricia Davoust – Warrenville, IL

Marlie DeSwart – Bolinas, CA

Barbara Donovan – Baton Rouge, LA

Sandy Early – Denver, CO

Steve Eichenberger – Lake Oswego, OR

Susan Filley – Chapel Hill, NC

Mary Fischer – Dripping Springs, TX

Rhoda Fleischman – Brownsville, OR

Lawrence Fox – Sacramento, CA

Toby Atticus Fraley – Washington, PA

Frank Gaydos – Philadelphia, PA

Bill Geisinger – Sebastopol, CA

Robin and John Gumaelius and Family – Cosmopolis, WA

Don Hall – Turlock, CA

Babette Harvey – Portland, OR

Bridget Hauser – Dripping Springs, TX

Sam Hoffman – Corvallis, OR

Pat Horsley – Portland, OR

Jacquline Hurlbert – Lake Oswego, OR

Sharon Jackman – Laguna Niguel, CA

Cindy Jenkins – Seattle, WA

Barb Jensen and Mick Marineau – Portland, OR

Bill Jones – Gambier, OH

Diana Kersey –  San Antonio, TX

Nina Koepcke – San Jose, CA

Jim Koudelka – Portland, OR

Barbara Knutson – Ft. White, FL

Jessica Kreutter – Denver, CO

Larry Kruzan – Pekin, IL

Ann Lahr – Corvallis, OR

Erin Lambers – Marshall, TX

Merle Lambeth – San Diego, CA

Lane Melody – Branford, CT

Irene A. Wytzka Lawson – Custer, WA

Susan Leise – Kearney, NE

Susannah Lints – Vancouver, WA

Bill Lee – Knoxville, TN

Clay Leonard – Manhattan, KS

Tony Longo – Santa Barbara, CA

Nils Lou – Willamina, OR

Lisa Maher – La Joila, CA

Kirk Mangus – Kent, OH

Tammy Marinuzzi – Lynn Haven, FL

Frank Martin – Maryville, TN

Deborah Maxwell – Kimball, MI 

Danny Meisinger – Spring Hill, KS

Jenny Mendes – Chesterland, OH

Erin Moran – Portsmouth, NH

Kim Murton – Vancouver, WA

Ragner Naess – Brooklyn, NY

Kristin Nelson – Seattle, WA

Jean Cappadonna Nichols – Fort Meyers, FL

Kelly O’Briant – Julian, NC

Hiroshi Ogawa – Elkton, OR

Lisa Orr – Austin TX

Tom Orr- Portland, OR

Aiyana Pearson – Sacramento, CA

Beth Peterson – Martinsburg, WV

Joseph Pintz – Bowling Green, OH

Jim Ransom – Salem, OR

Doug Ratliff – Rancho Cordova, CA

Rebecca Ravenal – Bethesda, MD

Clauda Reese – Austin, TX

Leslie Ann Rice – San Jose, CA

Lori Richter – Freeport, IL

Scott K. Roberts- Durango, CO

Justin Rothshank – Goshen, IN

Hope Rovelto  – Philadelpha, PA

Cybele Rowe – Silverado, CA

Cheyenne Chapman Rudolph – Bradenton, FL

Nancy Salamon – West Chester, PA

Amy Sanders – Charolette, NC

Jan Schachter – Portola Valley, CA

Chris Schafale – Fuquay Varina, NC

Gail Kolis and Phil Sellers – North Adams, MA

Maria Simon – Portland, OR

Patricia Simons – Berkeley, Ca

Robyn Slakey – Carmichael, CA

Jacob Sorenson – Richmond, VA

Kate Speckman – Salem, OR

Adrienne Stacey – Portland, OR

Vincent Suez – Upland, CA

Sara Swink – West Linn, OR

Beth Tarkington – Marietta, GA

Glenda Taylor – Topeka, KS

Lillian Thibodeau – Arroyo Seco, NM

Melanie Thompson – Hood River, OR

Jason Trebs – St Paul, MN

Emily Trick – Dayton, OH

Anna Von Rosensteil – Portland, OR

Holly Walker – Randolph, VT

Gerry Wallace – Orinda, CA

Natalie Warrens – Portland, OR

Carole Warburton – Avon UT

Catherine White – Warrenton, VA

Kelly Wilkes – Fayetteville, AR

Lana Wilson – Del Mar, CA

Phillip Wilson – Grand Rapids, MI

Betsy Wolfston – Eugene, OR

Lynn Wood – Santa Rosa, Ca

Zak Zaikine – Sebastopol, CA

Lynn Zimmer – San Diego, CA

Invited artists from past shows:

Kristin Kuhns – Salem, OR

Boris Bally – Providence, RI

Karen Croner – West Lake Village, CA

Chris Giffin – Jefferson, OR

Elizabeth Bauman – Keizer, OR

Lisa Kaser – Portland, OR

Darcie Leighty – Salem, OR

Robert Schlegel – Banks, OR

William Skrips – Blairstown, NJ

Emily Stuart – Salem, OR

The Mary Lou Zeek Gallery, located at 335 State Street in downtown Salem, Oregon is the premiere place for purchasing contemporary arts and crafts.  Open hours are 12 pm to 5:30 pm Tuesday through Friday, and 12 am to 5 pm on Saturday.  The gallery is closed on Sunday and Monday.  To preview the upcoming show and see work by many other Northwest artists, visit

By Deborah J. Bassett-Maxwell

Graduate of Kendall College of Design, Grand Rapids, MI Owner of Red Mudd Studio, Kimball, MI

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