Last updateThu, 29 Jan 2015 3pm

Clay Festival wrapping up

    The Steelville Clay Festival, which is going on throughout the month of May at Gallery Zeke, continues this weekend with a pair of events on both Friday and Saturday.

    Jazz singer-songwriter Erika May will perform live music at the art gallery in Steelville on Friday, May 23. May will perform “Double Trouble,” a collection of Tango Etudes for Solo Flute by composer Astor Piazzola and a suite of her own original music composed during her three-month artist residency with the Steelville Arts Council. May is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and will perform on the guitar, cello, and flute. She is also experimenting with the combination of acoustic and electric instruments, along with digital looping and other electronic devices, to produce new and unique soundscapes.
    Her performance of “Double Trouble” will be a pleasure for the audience, and it is a free concert for the public, although seating is limited due to the pottery exhibition currently on display at Gallery Zeke. Be sure to arrive early and get your seat.
    The doors at Gallery Zeke open on Friday at 6 p.m. The music will start at 7 p.m., and there will be refreshments provided as part of the event. Several of the potters participating in the pottery festival taking place this month will also be in attendance, so it is a great time to meet them and discuss their work.
    The Clay Fest at Zeke’s continues on Saturday, May 24 with a Live Panel Artist Demonstration inside the gallery from noon until 4 p.m. Potters Jamie Zane Smith, Mort Hill, Stu Ha’o, and Iren Tete will demonstrate their individual ceramic techniques simultaneously for the audience that afternoon.
    Feel free to drop by and meet the artists and watch them at work. Bring the kids, as it is an up close demonstration, and you can learn a great deal about the various pottery techniques, as well as interacting with the artists as they create new pieces.
    A reception for the artists will immediately follow their demonstration on Saturday, with live music from 4 to 6 p.m. The public is invited.