WRA alumnus Gair opens '14-'15 Moos Gallery season

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Western Reserve Academy alumnus Stuart Gair will be the featured artist in the Moos Gallery through Oct. 25.

Gair's exhibit, entitled Recent Work by Stuart Gair, will showcase a variety of handmade pots that are fired in an atmospheric kiln. During the firing process Gair introduces soda ash at a high temperature, which adheres to the pots to create a shimmer effect.

"I selected the work because it is my most recent and demonstrates new explorations of the ways in which I am firing kilns," said Gair, a 2007 WRA graduate. "It also captures new ways in which I am creating forms that accentuate the results of my firing methods."

Gair credits his art teachers, Alan Doe and Tom Armbruster, for inspiring him during his time at WRA and setting him on his career path.

"Mr. Doe taught me numerous techniques for conveying ideas in a two-dimensional perspective. He also introduced me to photography, which is very prevalent in the ways I gather source material that I translate onto the surface of my pots, either by carving or scratching through the clay," Gair said. "Mr. Armbruster introduced me to clay, which immediately grabbed me and consumed much of my high school career. If he had not done so, I probably would not have taken a ceramics class in college and ultimately devoted my life to the field."

Armbruster is eager to see his former student's work on display.

"Stuart's work with clay expresses a highly refined beauty," Armbruster said. "The relationships between form and surface are sensitive and demonstrate his commitment and respect for this material. We are extremely lucky to have Stuart sharing his artwork with us in the Moos Gallery."

The detail in Gair's pottery is designed to draw the viewer closer to the work.

"I make pottery that is intricately decorated and utilitarian in nature. It is important that each piece is approachable and highly functional to establish trust with the viewer and invite closer examination," Gair said. "As a student of history, I'm drawn to the essence of strength found in architecture, masonry and the work that has endured through time. Surface treatment provides me the opportunity to explore these interests through the subtleties of architectural pattern, detail and geometry."

Gair's exhibit is the first in a series of featured artists in the Moos Gallery for the upcoming school year. Diane Talmadge will present an exhibit of her paintings from Oct. 10 through Nov. 16, and David Bryan Lile will feature his photography from Jan. 9 through Feb. 22.

In addition, several exhibits are scheduled to display the work of WRA's talented art students. The WRA Art Club will present its work from Nov. 21 through Dec. 17, the Studio Art Class will be featured from Feb. 27 through April 1, the Art II Class will display its work from April 3-15, the Art I Class will be on display from April 17-29, and the exhibit of work from the woodworking and photography students will close out the year from May 1-17.

The Moos Gallery is open Monday through Saturday. The gallery is located in the Knight Fine Arts Center at the corner of Hudson-Aurora Road and North Oviatt Street in Hudson.

To learn more about the work done in WRA's art studios, visit the visual arts' page at wra.net.

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