Wendy Werstlein, new tenant of Jacksonville Center, wins Best in Show at Staunton art festival
Wendy Werstlein, potter and new tenant at The Jacksonville Center, recently won “Best in Show” at the Art in the Park festival in Staunton.
Art in the Park is a two-day festival and juried art show at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton, Va. This was the event’s 46th year, attracting an estimated 5,000 visitors. Werstlein, one of the 50 accepted artists and owner of Wrenn Pottery was awarded prize money and a 2013 solo exhibition at the highly regarded Staunton Augusta Art Center.
“It is an honor to have won, and I am excited about the challenge of making work for the solo exhibition. The prize money will go toward saving for my own kiln. It feels great to have such positive feedback about my work and an opportunity to create a body of work for the Staunton Augusta Art Center over the next year,” said Werstlein.
Werstlein recently became a tenant at The Jacksonville Center where visitors can catch a glimpse of her working on the wheel in her studio or see her newest creations. She uses porcelain clay that is fired in a gas kiln to cone 10. All pots are microwave, dishwasher, and oven safe. Werstlein describes her pottery as “moving towards a more organic appearance, often altered away from the perfect circle of the wheel. I seek to infuse my work with a sense of movement; the soft stroke of the hand giving comfort and thanks through use.”
For more information on Wrenn Pottery, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit wrennpottery.com or The Jacksonville Center for the Arts at 220 Parkway Lane S. in Floyd. To contact the center, call 745-2784, email email@example.com, or visit jacksonvillecenter.org. The center’s hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.
– Submitted by Brandi Gray, Jacksonville Center for the Arts
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