New Exhibition Opening at Peters Valley School of Craft

On display are exceptional examples of contemporary crafts by Peters Valley School of Craft’s resident artistic staff and visiting instructors. The eclectic show features objects in metal, ceramics, fibers, fine metals, photography, woodworking, and mixed media, reflecting the array of courses offered at the school. Opening Reception June 3rd, 5 to 7pm. Gallery is open daily June 3rd through September 4th from 10am to 6pm.

Layton, NJ, May 23, 2017 --( Peters Valley School of Craft is pleased to announce a new exhibition, Making Matters: Fresh Perspectives in Fine Craft, in the Sally D. Francisco Gallery from June 3 through September 4, 2017 with an opening reception from 5-7pm on Saturday, June 3rd.

Each year Peters Valley School of Craft invites over 150 artists to teach workshops in each of its 8 studios: Blacksmithing, Ceramics, Fibers (Surface Design & Weaving), Fine Metals (& Jewelry), Photography, Woodworking (& Woodturning), and Special Topics (Mixed Media: Glass, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, etc.). These nationally and internationally recognized artists come to Peters Valley from nearby, around the country and worldwide.

Peters Valley hosts master, mid-career and emerging Artists-in-Residence, along with the visiting instructors. For the workshop season Artist Fellows in blacksmithing, fibers, fine metals, photography, woodworking, and special topics join the Ceramics Department Head to manage the studios. Each studio also has a Studio Assistant.

Making Matters will prove an inspiring show featuring a wide range of styles, techniques, and materials for each craft media. Bennett Bean, a world renowned ceramist who resides locally in Blairstown, NJ created decorative vessels created with his signature combination of techniques. His M#1860 Vessel is made of pit-fired, painted and gilded earthenware. Bennett will be teaching some of his processes in a workshop this weekend, May 20-21.

Anna Gunnarsdottir’s “Black and White” is a diptych wall hanging made of silk hand felted on Icelandic wool. The artist uses traditional techniques, but has developed her own unique way of felting. Anna will be traveling from her native Iceland to Peters Valley this August to teach a workshop combining felt and lighting. Students will create and decorate sculptural felted shell forms in which a lighting fixture will be placed inside resulting in a beautiful and calming light.

The Gallery at Peters Valley School of Craft is located at 19 Kuhn Rd., Layton, NJ 07851 and is open daily from 10am – 6pm.

Peters Valley School of Craft is a non-profit educational center for the exploration, promotion and practice of fine craft, located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Funding for Peters Valley is provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and New Jersey Historic Trust, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Marie & John Zimmermann Fund, Windgate Charitable Foundation, Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation, John A. & Margaret Post Foundation, New Jersey Cultural Trust and by the generosity of its members and individual donors. Please visit for more information.

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For more information, please Contact Gallery director Brienne Rosner at: or call (973) 948-5202.
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