FIRST FRIDAY | Fire Up! November 2

Posted on Oct 10, 2018 in Events, MAINFRAME News

First Friday / Fire UpFrom pedestal to table, Mainframe Studios showcases ceramic artists. Guest exhibitors are joining Mainframe Studios artists to show what clay can do! Come join us Friday, November 2nd from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. RSVP via Facebook here!

As always, our open studio events are free and open to the public. We feature a different genre of art each time so visitors can learn more about the variety of art disciplines represented at Mainframe Studios and in our region. While you’re here, visit our 71 studios, listen to a guest musical performance and enjoy food and drink by The Tangerine Food Company.

This month’s featured artists:

  • Judy Goodwin // Figurative sculpture in clay
  • Diane Hayes // Expressive figurative pieces and fanciful botanical forms
  • Linda Lewis // Narrative sculptures in clay //
  • Emily MacFarland // Brightly patterned functional porcelain pottery //
  • Marion Nehmer // Finely crafted ceramics created with the intent to be used everyday //
  • Deb Anderson // Tableware featuring alternative firing techniques //
  • Katherine Chandler // Clay as canvas //
  • Brian Roberts // Stoneware sculptures referencing farm buildings and their purity of geometric forms
  • Jennifer Rogers // Multimedia installations inspired by domestic spaces and natural patterns //
  • Mitchell Spain // Technically compelling sculptures and functional porcelain vessels //

But wait! That’s not all. Fans are invited to meet James A. Autry and learn about his most recent books. A former Fortune 500 executive, Autry is the author of fourteen books, plus a poet and a consultant whose work has had a significant influence on leadership thinking. Although retired, Autry continues to write and speak on a variety of topics.

Autry recently released his first novel, The Cold Warrior: When Flying Was Dangerous and Sex Was Safe, was inspired by his military service as a jet fighter pilot in Europe during the cold war flying the F-86F and F-100D fighters with the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing in Chaumont, France. Autry later rose to the rank of Major in the Iowa Air National Guard. Then, Autry’s newly released, Mississippi Memories, features 77 poems that harken back to his early days of growing up in the south. For young readers, check out Autry’s recent book for children, co-authored with his son, Rick. Everyday Virtues, is a collection of stories gleaned from the world’s folk tale traditions intended to give parents, grandparents, and other caregivers a valuable tool in luring kids, even for a short while, away from their digital obsessions.

James A. Autry has written the introductions to several books, and his writings have appeared in many anthologies and magazines. In 1991 the Kentucky Poetry Review published a special James A. Autry issue. Before taking early retirement in 1991 Autry was Senior Vice President and President of the Meredith Group, at the time a 500 million dollar magazine publishing operation with over 900 employees. Autry lives in Des Moines, Iowa, with his wife Sally Pederson, the former Lieutenant Governor of Iowa.

Beaverdale Books will have all three titles available for purchase.