Thursday, November 10, 2011

Art: Up Close & Personal-November 14 2011. Donna Rizzo- Dance & Ceramics

Art: Up Close & Personal-November 14 2011. Donna Rizzo- Dance & Ceramics
Art: Up Close & Personal
Donna Rizzo
 Dance & Ceramics
November 14
 6 - 7:30 pm

Williamson County Public Library
 (main conference room)
 1314 Columbia Pike
 Franklin, TN 37064

In it's third year, the Arts Council is proud to present this evening series for 2011.
Some of the most renowned local artists will share an up-close and personal glimpse into their lives and their work.

Rizzo talks about her art direction, “After dancing all my life, I turned to clay. My choreographing, performing and teaching children have definitely had an impact on my clay world. The themes I used and characters I portrayed in dance are now finding themselves in my ceramic sculptures and functional pottery. Hopefully they reflect the love, joy and playfulness I find in making them.”

            She continues, “I work with clay at different temperatures using both electric and raku kilns. Each piece dictates how it will be fired and glazed. Most of my pieces move or suggest movement from rocking horse teapots to children swinging, dolls hanging, dresses evoking rhythms to southern churches illuminated by candlelight. My dance studio has now become a clay one, and you may find me there happily improvising and creating one of a kind pieces looking for homes.”

            Rizzo exhibits her work nationally through arts and crafts shows and galleries. In Nashville, her work can be seen at the Arts Company, Atelier, the Lequire Gallery, Art and Inventions Gallery and the Bryant Gallery. Her work is on permanent display at the Tennessee Arts Commission and her Rocking Horse Teapot received an honorary mention in the Biannual “Best of Tennessee Craft Show” at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville.

            Rizzo is a well-known dancer, choreographer and former co-director of the Tennessee Dance Theatre, an innovative company that performed throughout the United States and abroad. In recognition of her contributions in the field of dance, Rizzo received a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Award and the Governor’s Award in the Arts. She now works full-time as a studio clay artist, infusing her creations with the energy and spirit she once expressed through dance.


  This series is underwritten in part by The Arts Build Communities program, which is funded by the Tennessee General Assembly and administered in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission and The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

The lecture series is free and open to the public.
 Light refreshments will be served.


Come mingle with some of the notable artists from our area and beyond.
 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

January 10: Snowed out, rescheduled for August
 February 7: James Threalkill, painting
March 14: Mark Ivie, painting, model design, and sword choreography
 April 11: Shelley Snow, painting
 May 9: Rachael McCampbell, painting

Series resumes August 8

August 8: Alan Daigre, Furniture Maker & Hand Tool Craftsman
 September 12: Deborah Gall, painting
 October 10: Marcia Billig, public art and sculpture
 November 14: Donna Rizzo, dance and ceramics

The series is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.
 Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 428-3845 or email

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