Works by Wendy Spicer Heiges and Shawn Patterson Heiges on display in May

The Adams County Arts Council will feature an exhibition of mixed media by Wendy Spicer Heiges and Shawn Patterson Heiges during the month of May. A First Friday opening reception is scheduled for Friday, May 6, 5-7:00 p.m. and is open to the public. The show will remain up through May 26.

Artists and sisters-in-law Wendy Spicer Heiges and Shawn Patterson Heiges reunite with a show in the Gallery entitled “Beginnings,” a nod to their first collaboration some twenty years ago. Influences of the natural world weave throughout the show in the way both artists use line, shape, form, and color. Outdoor raku and wood barrel firings crackle and char Shawn’s ceramic work, which both contrasts and complements the refined elegance of Wendy’s frames and mirrors.

Artist and Designer, Wendy Spicer Heiges, is featuring mixed media picture frames, mirrors, as well as jewelry, studied design at Drexel University. She creates her compositions using acrylic paints and papers on various shaped mirrors and frames. Spicer Heiges attributes her work style to lessons learned through study and practice. Works created from different cultures and periods in history inspire her.

Ceramic artist Shawn Heiges is inspired by the interdependent and changing communities of the natural world. She focuses on creating organic vessels and groupings connected by their shared environment and shifting life cycles: birth, growth, degeneration, and death. Raku and barrel firings transform the clay color and surface of her work, yielding vivid hues and/or charring the clay body to appear aged and fossilized.

For more information about Beginnings and other upcoming Arts Council exhibitions, events or art classes at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, visit or call (717) 334-5006.

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