For nearly a lifetime, Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York has promoted the benefits of art education through the hands-on medium of clay. Each fall, since 2007, students, instructors, administrators, board members, and contributors pause to celebrate the history and accomplishments of this eminent arts organization at its annual benefit. This year’s event, Hand in Hand, will take place on Thursday, October 17 at the Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison and will recognize another lifetime of work – that of Standard Ceramic’s Turnbull family.
For three generations, the Turnbull family of Pittsburgh has operated and grown Standard Ceramic Supply Company, creating a business that stands side-by-side with artists and educators in the clay community. The Turnbulls are pleased to support Clay Art Center in its annual fundraising event.
Over the years, Clay Art Center has touched the lives of thousands of people, each expanding outward with a new appreciation of beauty and a hunger to create. This community of clay artists is a dynamic group of individuals, often working in solitary focus, sometimes collaborating, and regularly sharing ideas at workshops, retreats, and exhibitions. Within the past year, the center provided over 1,000 scholarships to youth and adults for community arts programs that serve nearly 3,000 people annually. Regular exhibitions reach thousands more. These programs are funded in part from proceeds from the annual benefit celebration.
This year’s event promises to be an exciting evening. Over a dozen local eateries and taverns will provide signature cocktails and a luscious tasting menu. Live and silent auctions will offer some art gems and other treasures. After a short presentation to honor the Turnbulls, the gala will be complete with dessert and dancing into the night.
If you will be in the upstate area in October, make plans now to attend this event. Visit https://www.clayartcenter.org/events-calendar/2019/10/hand-in-hand-annual-fall-benefitto purchase tickets or to make a donation.