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Ceramic Instructor Kuharik Organizes Local Ceramic Invitational at Winner ACC

9/12/2013 —

“WaterFire Sharon” is hosting a Ceramic Invitational at the James E. Winner Jr. Arts & Culture Center (ACC) on September 14, 2013.  The best artists and educators in the field of ceramics from within a 70 mile radius of Sharon were selected and invited to participate in the gallery show which will feature functional pottery, ceramic sculpture and ceramic installations.

Organizing the show is Christian Kuharik, Penn State Shenango ceramic instructor, who noted that “some of the biggest names in ceramics within Western PA and OH will be exhibiting in the show.”  The show will be open to the public September 9 – 29 but will host extended hours from 10:00 a.m. to Midnight along with food and entertainment during “WaterFire Sharon” World Fire. 

In addition to the 24 artists exhibiting at the Ceramic Invitational, the entire three-floor venue will be transformed into a gourmet art & culinary experience.  “Nova Cellars Winery, Fractured Grape Wine Cellars, Webb Winery and Wilhem Winery  will be located on the third floor of the building in the ‘Theatre on 3’,” said Dayna Sear, Executive Director of WaterFire Sharon.  “There will be a strolling violinist, an acoustic group and entertainment by Butch Nichols & Company from 2:00 pm - Midnight, but one of the most exciting features is Vince Cianci, Transfer, PA, and his partner Chef Theo Gumbs who will be creating gourmet culinary delights in the afternoon and early evening.” 

Chef Theo Gumbs, a native of the US Virgin Islands, is one of the Caribbean’s most accomplished chefs combining regional flavors with world cuisine.  He has been featured on national broadcast stations such as Canada’s CTV, CBS Fox 5 Washington, DC and New York’s CW11 Morning Show.  Chef Theo has also been a featured chef for many years at the “Taste of the Caribbean” in Montreal, Canada as well as the “St. Croix Food & Wine Experience” named one of the Ten Best International Food and Wine Festivals by Forbes Travel for the past three years.     

“In keeping with the WaterFire World Fire theme, we really wanted to transform the ACC into a quality artistic experience mimicking one you might have in Paris or Rome,” said Nathan Matt, Executive Director of the ACC.  Other attractions that day include a remote Daffin’s Candies and Wendell August Forge stores in the front lobby.  Forgers from Wendell August will also be on hand providing demonstrations and interactive experiences until dusk.

The Ceramic Invitational will have a formal gallery opening on Thursday, September 12th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. which is open to the public.  During the reception , there will be a tribute to Kathy Koop, former professor at Westminster College, who passes away earlier this year.  “Kathy was much respected in the ceramics field,” said Kuharik.  “We are grateful to her family for allowing us to display her work.” 

Other artists featured in the show are:

Cheri Anderton-Yarnell - Artist; Franklin, PA

Trisha Bishop - Slippery Rock University Professor; Slippery Rock, PA

Bill Campbell - Campbell Studios; Cambridge Springs, PA

Scott Cornish - Community College of Allegheny County Professor; Pittsburgh, PA

Joe Delphia  - Community College of Allegheny County  Professor; Pittsburgh, PA

Gerry Dinnen - Community College of Allegheny County Professor; Pittsburgh, PA

Ed Eberle - Eberle Studios; Homestead, PA

Walter Herrmann - Columbus Arts Center; Columbus, OH

Dale Huffman - Carlow University Professor; Pittsburgh, PA

Bob Isenberg - Pottery Dome, Grove City, PA

Chuck Johnson - Edinboro University Professor; Edinboro, PA    

Brian Kane - Western Carolina University; Cullowhee, NC

Christian Kuharik - Penn State Shenango Instructor &Circle K Studio; Sharon, PA     

Kirk Mangus - Kent State University Professor; Kent, OH

Missy Mc Cormick - Youngstown State University Professor; Youngstown, OH   

Mike Moseley - Youngstown State University Professor Retired; Youngstown, OH  

Ron Pivovar - Thiel College Professor Retired; Greenville, PA       

Lee Rexrode - Edinboro University Professor; Edinboro, PA                                 

Jon Schwarz - Artist; Pittsburgh, PA                                                             

Sarah Scott - Artist; Sharon, PA 

Gary Spinosa - Artist; Cambridge Springs, PA                   

Ian Thomas - Slippery Rock University Instructor; Slippery Rock, PA                                              

Dick Wukich - Slippery Rock University Professor Retired; Slippery Rock, PA


 “It is very exciting to see this high caliber art event happening in Sharon,” commented Sear.  “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Art & Culture Center to enhance the ‘WaterFire Sharon’ experience.”     

Created by artist Barnaby Evans, “WaterFire” was first demonstrated as a public arts installation in Providence, Rhode Island in 1994. Since then “WaterFire” has been replicated in Kansas City, Columbus, Singapore, Brussels, Venice and most recently Rome. Each WaterFire event is created around a different theme and often customized to be area specific. All WaterFire events are free to attend.

“WaterFire Sharon” hosts “World Fire” on September 14 and “Up and Around” on October 12.  For more information about “WaterFire Sharon”: or to learn more about Vendor, Volunteer or Giving Opportunities please contact their offices at 724-981-5882 x111 or info@waterfiresharonpa.org  –Information about each “WaterFire Sharon “ event can be found at www.waterfiresharonpa.org

For additional information contact:

Dayna Shaw Sear, Executive Director WaterFire Sharon



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