Back to All Events

Opening Reception: Molly Anne Bishop + Joe Kraft, "Blues"

Two of our very favorite artists, Molly Anne Bishop and Joe Kraft, have collaborated on a new exhibit for Quirk's Main Gallery featuring their ceramics, drawings, prints, paintings, and more. Blues opens Thursday, February 21 with a reception to be held that evening from 5 -8 pm.

Blues is a self-imposed restraint, a way of feeling and the result of friends working in a studio together. We chose to use blue as our primary palette to create visual cohesion between our different bodies of work. This limit was, in fact, a permission to dive deep into the exploration of a color. We spent a lot of studio time talking about the sensitivity of blue; this show is a result of those conversations.

Born and raised in Virginia, Molly Anne Bishop graduated from the VCU craft/material studies program in 2012. Working mostly in clay, she draws inspiration from lizards, popular sports, and travel. She has been a resident artist at Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana, Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Greece, c.r.e.t.a. in Rome, and the International Studio in Jingdezhen, China.

Joe Kraft is a working artist in Chicago, IL. He received his BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2012. Upon graduation he received a Windgate Fellowship Grant and spent time traveling the Southwest to experience and research Land Art. He has been an artist in residence at Lillstreet Art Center, the AIR Ceramic Center in Vallauris, France, Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark and Ash Street Projects in Portland, OR. While his primary medium is clay, Joe’s practice is rooted in drawing, which drives all other parts of his artistic work.