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New Hoyt Exhibit Features Married Ceramicists

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – A new exhibit at Arts & Education at the Hoyt in New Castle, Pa., features the works of two ceramicists – Kirk Mangus and Eva Kwong – that used clay harvested in the Shenango Valley.

“Married in Clay: The Pennsylvania Years” opens at The Hoyt Jan. 4 and runs through March 29. The show features the works of the husband-and-wife duo, who for years collaborated across studio space, materials and ideas.

Mangus, a Sharon native, was mentored by Toshiko Takaezu before attending Rhode Island School of Design, where he and Kwong met. Among the influences in his works are comics, prehistoric animal figures, Japanese woodblock prints and American ceramic traditions. He worked as the head of the ceramics department at Kent State University from 1985 until his death in 2013.

Kwong was born in Hong Kong and moved to New York as a teenager. Her works draw inspiration from nature and organic forms and often focus on opposites such as male/female, land/air and solid/ hollow.

“The featured work isn’t what you might typically view from Mangus or Kwong on Google. But it is, nonetheless, representative of the transition each individual artist was making while building his/her own career,” The Hoyt said in its release.

Also on display at The Hoyt is “Ancient Influences in Clay,” curated by Circle K Gallery founder Christian Kuharik. The exhibit in the Blair Sculpture Walkway features several regional potters influenced by Asian pottery traditions.

A public reception for “Married in Clay” will be held Jan. 12 5 to 7 p.m. Standard gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 724 652 2882 or visit HoytArtCenter.org.

Pictured: Kirk Magnus’ ‘Girl With a Ponytail’

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.