FLORENCE, S.C. – Ceramic, painting and photography exhibits will open at Francis Marion University in August as part of the university’s Art Gallery Series.
“Vessels,” ceramics by Hiroshi Sueyoshi, will be on display Aug. 8 through Sept. 28 in the Hyman Fine Arts Center gallery.
Paintings by Dr. John W. Baker will be shown Aug. 8 through Oct. 26 in the Smith University Center gallery.
“Natural Selections,” photographs and sculptures by Tom Herzog, will be exhibited Aug. 15 through Sept. 28 in the Hyman Fine Arts Center gallery.
The exhibits are open to the public, free of charge, and may be viewed between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
A reception celebrating the shows will be held from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5, in the Hyman Fine Arts Center.
A native of Tokyo, Japan, Sueyoshi works primarily in thrown and hand-built porcelain using the Japanese neriage and nerikomi techniques of sandwiching and faceting uncolored and colored porcelain. Sueyoshi studied at Tokyo Aeronautical College and Ochanomizu Design Academy prior to becoming an apprentice with Masanao Narui in Mashiko, Japan in 1968.
He moved to the United States in 1971 to help design and build Humble Mill Pottery in Asheboro, N.C. Since then, Sueyoshi has lived in North Carolina and has worked with Seagrove Pottery as a production potter and with the Sampson Arts Council in Clinton as a pottery instructor. Currently an artist in residence, Sueyoshi works and teaches at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, N.C. His pieces are in many private, corporate and institutional collections around the country.
The late John W. Baker, for whom the music/art wing of the Hyman Fine Arts Center is named, was the founding vice president for academic affairs and dean of Francis Marion College, later serving as dean of students as well as chairman of the Department of Fine Arts.
Having received his doctorate in music composition, Baker composed in a wide range of styles for various vocal and instrumental ensembles. He performed often on clarinet: with symphony orchestras and chamber groups for the love of classical music, and in pick-up gigs with Dixieland and swing bands for the pure fun of it.
A longtime admirer of modern art, when Baker later began to paint, his ultimate goal was to provide multiple images overlaid and intertwined, occupying a single space in a manner analogous to musical counterpoint or polyphony. In addition to solo shows at FMU, the Florence Museum, and galleries in Columbia and Winston-Salem, Baker’s paintings have been accepted in numerous state and regional juried exhibitions.
Herzog is a native of Wyoming and lived in Montana for 30 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in art from Montana State University-Billings. Recently he moved to Florence with his wife, Teresa. He continues to paint and sculpt in his studio. His watercolor paintings have won numerous awards in national and international juried competitions. His work may be found in corporate and private collections throughout the country.
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