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August 5, 2011



Baltimore Clayworks is proud to host Apiary,
A solo exhibition featuring the work of Leigh Taylor Mickelson. An abstract sculptural show of botanically inspired works, Apiary runs from August 13th to September 24th, 2011 with an opening reception on Saturday, August 13, from 6 to 8 pm. Admission is free.

Artist Statement: Both the Lure and Botanical Duet series feature abstracted elements of nature – the plants and pollinators of my imagination.  While the forms and colors are all inspired by actual species, they evolve into something else in my hands - they become part of me, and the outcome is an amalgam.  This series in particular gives homage to one of the most recent inspirations for my work: a plant’s will to pollinate.  For me, the private “business” of flowering plants reveals a world that mimics human interaction to a fascinating degree.  In addition, the forms found inside plants, once magnified, divulge a beauty that is regrettably unseen by the naked eye.  In my work, I aim to capture the essence of these organic forms, reveal their beauty, and hence celebrate nature’s will to attract and therefore produce. 

An apiary is a bee-yard; a place where bees are kept.  For this exhibition, we are the bees and the gallery is our hive, our yard.  The abstracted botanicals provide us with visual sustenance.  They feed us by nourishing and satisfying our senses.  The result, hopefully, is just as sweet as honey – happiness.

The exhibition will be shown in the suite of galleries at Baltimore Clayworks, a not-for-profit ceramic art center located in the Mt. Washington neighborhood in northwest Baltimore. Founded in 1980, Clayworks is housed in two renovated buildings, and offers classes, artists' spaces, exhibitions and programs in the community. Hours: Mon- Sat, 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, call Baltimore Clayworks at (410) 578-1919 or visit or 5707 Smith Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21209.


Baltimore Clayworks is generously funded with a grant from the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Awards,


Media Contact:

Mary Cloonan
Exhibitions Director
(410) 578-1919 ext. 18