From the Ground Up XXIII-2007

From the Ground Up XXIII was an exhibiiton providing a showcase for contemporary clay artists representing a regional perspective.  The show opened May 4, 2007 and ran through June 30, 2007 at the Las Cruces Museum of Art.  Studio potter and visiting ceramics instructor at New Mexico State University, Miranda Howe, was the juror. 

Forty four artists submitted work.  Twenty three artists were accepted and there were fifty two pieces in the show.  Three members of the Potters' Guild of Las Cruces were accepted into this prestigious show, Klyf Brown, Walker, below, Elizabeth Fisher and Suzanne Kane. 

Over $1775 was awarded in purchases, prizes or cash.  Best of Show was awarded to Olvidio Giberga for "Standing Male Vessel with Smoke in His Eyes" below, $250 cash award sponsored by the Potters' Guild of Las Cruces.  2nd place was awarded to Pete Wysong for "Pelican Parade", a $200 cash award sponsored by the New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists.  3rd Place went to Renee Brown for "Teapot", a $100 cash award sponsored by the Potters' Guild of Las Cruces.

There were 3 purchase awards sponsored by the Museum of Art, City of Las Cruces.  Winners were Marie Weichman for "Chocolate Bar", Jake Allee for "Hammerhead Vase" and Chris Leanard for "Gato Borracho".

There were also 3 Honorable Mention awards given away.  A Giffen Grip sponsored by Giffen Tech, Inc. was given to Joe Krasean for "Miscellaneous Domestic".  New Mexico Clay sponsored a $50 gift certicificate which was presented to George Rodriquez for "NCECA Baltimore".  And a $25 gift bag from Starbucks Coffee Co. was awarded to Jill Bals for "Three Forks".

The Aaron Gara Memorial Award was awarded to Elizabeth Fisher for "Blossom and Fester" (above).  This $50 prize was given by the Potters' Guild of Las Cruces in memory of member Aaron Gara.