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Posted: Monday, February 21, 2011 12:30 pm

Art lovers from the Sun Cities and throughout the Valley gathered over the weekend at the Lakeview Recreation Center to admire and purchase handcrafted juried clay art.

Sun City Clay Club members showcased some of their finest pieces of work Saturday and Sunday as part of the 23rd annual juried show, with this year’s theme being “In Flight,” allowing artists to handcraft items that had something to do with flying.

On display at more than a dozen tables were ornate, intricately hand-crafted owls, dragons, butterflies and birds, among other works, suited for homeowners’ China cabinets and coffee tables.

With more than 140 pieces on display, Jean Smith, who was in charge of this year’s show, said club leaders were impressed with the craftsmanship by fellow club members and the number of high-quality items on display and for sale.

“We have a very nice representation of in-flight pieces of art, and I think our guests have enjoyed viewing what has been on display,” Smith said. “We are certainly proud of all the hard work our club members have put into this show to make it a success.”

The artwork on display showcased artists’ ability in hand building, wheel throwing and sculpting, with 47 different awards, including the Best of Show and People’s Choice Award, going to those who demonstrated excellence in their particular field.

These individual categories also included a special novice group, meaning beginners had the opportunity be noticed and receive recognition for their craftsmanship.

“There is a huge interest in clay, so we always welcome our novice members to take part in this show,” Smith said.

With rainstorms canceling other West Valley events, Smith said crowds had been steady over the course of the two-day show and were right on par with attendance numbers during the past few years.

“This is the place to be if you appreciate fine art and want to get out for the weekend without getting wet,” she said.

Zach Colick can be reached at 623-876-2522 or

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