February 22 - April 30, 2021
Opening Reception: Friday, February 26, 7 - 9 pm
Showalter Hughes Community Gallery
The late Helen Bennett was well known in the ceramics community for decades as an artist, mentor, and owner of the Bennett Pottery Company, which she opened with her husband Rae after moving to Central Florida in 1969. Part of her role was to create “special formulas” of clay for many local artists. Bennett studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and Penland School of Craft in the 1960’s and taught at Loch Haven Art Center (now Orlando Museum of Art) and Valencia Community College. She exhibited at all the major outdoor art festivals for over 15 years, including Winter Park, Coconut Grove, and Disney Festival of the Masters and received many awards for her unique work.
Ken Austin is recognized as the founder of the Central Florida Watercolor Society and as the former president of the Watercolor Art Society in Houston, TX. Ken, a retired architect and city planner, has created artwork that reveals his interest in both modern and traditional styles. His paintings have been featured in numerous Watercolor Society exhibitions, galleries, and museums throughout the United States. He has served as a popular faculty member at Crealdé School of Art for many years prior to his recent retirement from teaching. Curated by Barbara Tiffany and Crealdé Senior Faculty in Ceramics Doug Bringle.407-671-1886