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Now through April 1, 2023



The Taos Ceramics Center Gallery is truly honored to present “Forces of Nature” featuring the works of celebrated Santa Fe ceramic sculptor, Sharon Brush, and the ethereal charcoal imagery of Taos artist, Melissa Kennelly. The show will run from February 4, 2023 through April 1.

    The exhibit’s title speaks to what inspires the work of both artists, forces of nature. Moved by time’s imprint on the elements of our lives and the power of natural forces upon our Earth and atmosphere, Sharon and Melissa have simplified color, line, texture, and form to yield hauntingly quiet, yet powerful expressions of their

respect for our natural world.

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Sharon Brush has been a ceramic artist and teacher for over 30 years. She received her MFA in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design and her BFA in ceramics from the State University of New York at New Paltz. In 1999, she was awarded an artist residency at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana.

   Brush notes, "I have always been drawn to objects whose history is written upon their surface: River rock worn smooth from centuries of tumult; the bleached, chewed bone found on the desert floor; the bare-bones landscape of the American southwest... these things speak to me of timelessness and mystery. It is all that I don’t know, that deepens my viewing experience. The influence of such objects and landscapes seep into every piece I create.”

   Sharon’s work is held in hundreds of public and private collections throughout the United States.


“I use a byproduct of fire – charcoal – to depict water, sky, and landform to strike an emotional chord in the viewer,” says artist Melissa Kennelly. Largely self-taught, Melissa attributes her success in her artwork to keen observation, practice, and a diverse career.

   Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Melissa earned a BA from Baldwin-Wallace College in English with a minor in Environmental Studies. She moved to Taos in 2004 to pursue a life in the arts and in the mountains. After a few years, however, Melissa opted to pursue a

law degree for practical matters. Following seven years of law practice and the untimely death of her spouse, she once again chose to make art her priority. An avid outdoorswoman, Melissa’s most recent work has been inspired by her time roaming through remote Icelandic landscapes. She plans to wander the arctic tundra in Norway and Finland later this summer.

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 TCC Gallery Hours 

Wednesday: Noon to 5PM

Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10AM to 5PM

Sunday: Noon to 4pm

CLOSED Monday & Tuesday

114 Este Es Road, Taos, New Mexico



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