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Strange Days Exhibit

July 9, 2021 - September 4, 2021

The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Friday, July 9 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm and the exhibit will remain on display until September 4, 2021.

“My work is an ever-changing representation of my journey through life,” said Dodson, who chose the exhibition title, Strange Days in relation to not only the current COVID pandemic, but as a reflection of the general genre of his artwork.  “I fully embrace mystery and strangeness.”

Visitors can expect a variety of ceramic works, but Dodson said, “The exhibit will represent a full spectrum of mediums. I find some ideas and concepts cry out for a certain medium for execution.” Strange Days will feature many pieces created out of wood, found objects, ceramic, metal, and acrylics.

NEW! “Strange Days” will close with a reception on Friday, August 20 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Gallery admission and receptions are always free, open to the public, and kid-friendly.

Featured artist: BG (Bob) Dodson

Primarily a mixed media artist, Dodson feels it suits the mix of concepts he attempts to visualize. A lot of his work stems from his interests in science, technology, and religion. He believes these are the fundamental tools humans use to seek answers to questions such as, “Why are we here?” or “What purpose do we have?” It’s through his artwork that Dodson addresses these human complexities.

Admittedly he has recently found himself in a ceramic phase; using a clay extruder and having preference for raku firings, Dodson expressed, “I love and hate the uncertainty of raku, but when it turns out as expected, it’s beyond fantastic.” The feeling of the unknown within Dodson’s artistry is revealed often; from beginning processes to the end results. “In the act of creating, all things are possible and what I emerge with is only a representation of choice after choice after choice — a metaphor for life as well.”

We are partnering with local small business, Jameson and Pearl, to bring a fresh new take on exhibit reception refreshments! Find out more and order online at

Art Center East exhibits are free and open to the public. COVID restrictions apply: please social distance and wear masks when entering the building.

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July 9, 2021
September 4, 2021
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