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Lyla Arenfeld and Sarah Heitmeyer
Surrounding Delight
February 13 – March 23, 2018
Reception February 13, 5 – 6 pm

Surrounding Delight presents two artists’ exploration of clay’s potential to build contemplative compositions, using the tile’s modular nature. Transforming space through ornate patterns and textures, Surrounding Delight addresses the bridges between history and craft, traditional and contemporary clay practices, and installation and object.

Lyla Arenfeld is an artist and maker living in Kingston, New York. She enjoys investing time and attention to craft in order to celebrate beauty and explore ornament. Making tiles, pottery, and jewelry by hand are timeless acts that connect her to history.

Lyla earned her MFA and BFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She worked at Harvey Meadows Gallery in Aspen, CO and exhibited nationally with the Artstream Nomadic Gallery based out of Carbondale, CO. She was a lead potter at Hoyman-Browe Earthenware Pottery in Ukiah, CA and completed residencies at Flynn Creek Pottery in Comptche, CA and the Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, CA. Find more on her website.

Sarah Heitmeyer is a ceramic artist based in Fishkill, NY. Her studio practice is centered in channeling artistic visions of beauty and mindfulness into installations and objects in everyday life. Her art and installations are created using a combination of traditional hand techniques, industrial practices, and innovative design tools.

Sarah is a graduate of the MFA program at SUNY New Paltz and received her BFA from Alfred University. She completed a post baccalaureate program at Colorado State University, an internship at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, a residency at Flower City Pottery, and an internship for KleinReid. She has worked for Kala Stein Design, ModCraft Tile and the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center and teaches ceramics at Art Centro and Computer Aided Design at SUNY New Paltz. After this decade of dedicated research, she has joined a growing community of makers and designers in the Hudson Valley of New York. Find more on her website.