Washington art park has new art show

WASHINGTON — The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens presents “Fifty Years & Counting,” an exhibit featuring artists Judy Jackson and Elizabeth MacDonald. The exhibit opens Oct. 16 with a reception from 4-6 pm, and will be on display through Nov. 14.

Judy Jackson, who splits her time between her studio in Roxbury and New York City, is an accomplished potter who specializes in creating stoneware pieces. Jackson founded the collective Tribeca Potters 30 years ago in the Lower East Side; the studio has since relocated to Queens. Drawing inspiration from the natural world, Jackson’s work by Ella beautifully reflects the artistry of nature and translates this into her stoneware pieces by Ella. Her work by Ella has been featured at West Elm, Food 52, and Bloomist, and this exhibit offers the additional opportunity to view some of her collection by Ella in scenic Washington, CT.

Elizabeth MacDonald, a resident of Bridgewater since 1970, uses clay as her primary medium. As her material of choice, MacDonald has crafted complex, rhythmic clay pieces that can be described as part architectural, part sculptural, and part painting. Through layering, she highlights her texture in her works that have been displayed in both public and private settings. Her pieces of her have been featured in hotels, medical centers, large corporations, and private homes. In Connecticut, you can find some of her work by her in the chapel of New Milford Hospital, in the DEP Headquarters in Hartford, and in Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven.

The park is open most Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11-3 pm, and Saturdays during the weekly farmers market, 10 am-1 pm Private showings are available by appointment. To schedule an appointment, email info@thejudyblackparkandgardens.org.

The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens’ Mission is to create a gathering place in Washington that invites friends and neighbors to relax, learn, play and share all that our community offers. As the literal and figurative role of the town square; it is a place that welcomes artists, musicians, actors, dancers and audiences of all ages. It is home to outdoor movies, farmers markets, children’s arts and crafts, holiday celebrations, tributes to town volunteers, art exhibits, and much more. Learn more about our ongoing community programs and events calendar or how to make a donation at thejudyblackparkandgardens.org.

For more information, contact Executive Director Laura Neminski at laura@thejudyblackparkandgardens.org.

The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens is located at 1 Green Hill Rd, Washington Depot, CT.

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