The Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard Presents the Semi Annual Show and Sale December 6 - 9, 2018

Vicki Heller will be showcasing and selling artwork she has created over the last year, alongside over 60 artists from the Harvard Ceramics Program studio community, at the 2018 Ceramics Program Holiday Show and Sale.

New this year, there will be wheel throwing and hand building demonstrations by exhibiting artists at the opening reception. Vicki Heller will be leading a hand building demonstration on Thursday, December 6th, 2018 from 5:00pm - 6:00pm.

The studio is located at 224 Western Ave, Allston, Massachusetts 02134. See the full schedule of events below:

Opening Reception:

Thursday, December 6th from 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Light refreshments and wine will be served. New this year, there will be wheel throwing and hand building demonstrations by exhibiting artists providing an opportunity for the public to view techniques and skills represented by the work on display throughout the weekend in Gallery 224, the Ceramics Program's dedicated exhibition space. Vicki Heller will be leading a hand building demonstration on Thursday, December 6th, 2018 from 5:00pm - 6:00pm.

Ceramics Program Show and Sale

Friday, December 7th from 10:00am - 7:00pm

Saturday, December 8th from 10:00am - 7:00pm

Sunday, December 9th from 10:00am - 7:00pm

Also, be sure to check out what's going on next door to the studio, the second annual Allston-Brighton Winter Market hosted by the Harvard Ed Portal, which will feature vendors of crafts, artisan goods, gifts, and fine art as well as live music, food and drinks for purchase, a beer garden, and additional interactive art opportunities. We hope to see you there!

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Art Ramble 2018 "Nature Meets Narrative" Exhibition in Concord, MA Features Vicki Heller's "Be Fruitful and Multiply". Runs from September 15 - November 30, 2018.

ART RAMBLE 2018: “NATURE MEETS NARRATIVE” curated by Anne Eder

The Umbrella Arts & Environment Program presents Art Ramble 2018, an outdoor art installation in the Concord Hapgood-Wright Town Forest in collaboration with the Concord Natural Resources Division.

Exhibit dates: September 15 – November 30, 2018.

Opening Reception: Sunday, September 16, 2:30-4:30pm, Benches at Fairyland Pond 
2:30 - 3pm, Artist Margaret Moody Puppet Show, "Badger Meets the Fairies."
3-4pm Reception with Artists
4-4:30 Brief Curator Walk 

Mythologies and folklores tend to be rooted in specific geographies. For example, the fairytales of the Brother’s Grimm are set against the backdrop of the Black Forest; the desert sands gave us The Arabian Nights; Hawaii’s magic and root vegetable, taro, inspire many a tale. Artists work in this installation will respond to the Town Forest with work that either draws on or inspires fictional or factual narratives related to these Concord woods. These narratives may be purely imaginative, or related to the history, seasonal changes, or the endemic flora and fauna of the Hapgood-Wright Forest. Underlying this exhibit is a belief in the ability of the natural world to fire the imagination, in the elemental role of active imagination in developing resourcefulness, and in fostering stewardship by forging connections through art and story. In our fairytales and fictions, we find hope and proof that difficulties may be overcome. 

Exhibit Artist Special Event Schedule
Sun. Sept. 16, 2:30-4:30pm,  Opening Reception and Margaret Moody puppet show
Sat. Sept. 22, 1-3pm,   Workshop making tiny ladders with woodworker Paul Ruhlman
Sun. Sept. 23, 1-3pm,  Fan Fiction Story hour with Julie Nussbaum
Sun. Sept. 30  1-3pm, First curator walk with Anne Eder  
Sat. Oct 13, 1-3pm,   Woods walk and collecting with Lee Kennedy
Sat. Oct. 20, 1-3pm    Mold demo with Stephanie Osser
Thur. Oct. 24, 7:30 - 9pm,  Full Moon Walk and Storytelling with Dave Smyth
Sun. Oct. 28, 1-3pm,   Second curator walk with Anne Eder

Special Events location: Benches by Fairyland Pond in Hapgood-Wright Town Forest,
Walden & Thoreau Street, Concord, MA 01742

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Vicki Heller Featured in Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry 80th Anniversary Art Auction

Vicki Heller grew up in Detroit, MI, and became interested in ceramics and painting at an early age, participating in fine arts programs at an international arts camp in Traverse City, MI since age 7. She attended the University of Michigan and graduated with a degree in ceramics and painting in 1982. After moving to Boston, she joined the Radcliffe Pottery Studio [now the Harvard Ceramics Program] where she continues to work.

She exhibited in a number of galleries in Michigan and Chicago, and regularly participated in major art fairs in Detroit and Ann Arbor until she entered medical school. Dr. Heller is an assistant clinical professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School and an assistant gynecologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Prior to medical school, she spent 6 months in Florence, Italy, sculpting and exhibiting a series of works based on Tuscan architecture. She has made series of sculptures focusing on ways that man shapes his environment for utilitarian purposes, including transportation, landscaping and architecture. While at Harvard Medical School she created a variation on a theme of a well-known New Yorker Magazine cover by Saul Steinberg. The graphic satirized the distorted view of the world and NYC by a New Yorker replacing it instead with an equally distorted view of the world by Harvard Medical School. The image was made into a poster, a t-shirt, and was also published as a cover of the Harvard Medical School Alumni Bulletin.

Since medical training, full time practice as an obstetrician-gynecologist, and raising a family, Vicki transitioned to making smaller works including mugs and boxes encompassing imaginary animals and clay whistles.

Dr. Heller has recently retired from private practice to spend more time sculpting.

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The Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard Presents the Semi Annual Show and Sale December 7 - 10, 2017

The Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard will present its annual Holiday Show and Sale December 7-10, 2017 in its state-of-the art facility at 224 Western Avenue, Allston, Massachusetts.

Nearly seventy artists will present an extraordinary selection of ceramic work in this annual exhibition. From functional dinnerware to sculptural masterpieces, this popular exhibition has something for everyone and attracts several thousand visitors each year. Free cups made by the exhibiting artists will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis during the festive Opening Reception on Thursday, December 7, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. The Show and Sale continues Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 8, 9, and 10, from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Gallery 224, the Ceramics Program’s dedicated exhibition space, will showcase works from artists participating in the Holiday Show and Sale.

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