Thursday March 11, 7:00pm – Chandler Swain, The Value of Art in the Community

Chandler is a master studio potter living near Almonte. Besides her studio practice and teaching week long intensive courses at her home/studio each summer she has worked for decades in organizing non-profit events to promote the work of other visual artists.

I was trained in graphic design, painting and drawing at art college ( with 3 very inspiring years in England) and then majored in ceramic art at Sheridan College near Toronto. I have been a studio potter since the late 70's.
I have found it rewarding to work in organizing events to promote the work of other visual artists. A big project for me for over 20 years was coordinating The New Art Festival in Ottawa.( ). Another project I created and have helped coordinate is an annual invitational ceramics exhibition in Ottawa, Ontario called 260 Fingers. ( ). As a result of that experience I felt able, along with my friend and ceramic art colleague, Richard Skrobecki, ( ) to establish a gallery of fine craft in our community in 2012 which has become a beacon for excellence in hand made art in this part of Canada. The gallery, now solely owned and under Richard's brilliant direction, is called General Fine Craft ( ) and is in Almonte, Ontario. I live and work near Almonte in Blakeney on the Mississippi River.