What do you get when you have 10 artists sculpting with clay?
Twenty dirty hands, of course! Also, lost of beautiful pottery.
So when 10 Galena-area artists decided to join forces to offer a self-guided tour of their pottery and sculpture studios, Twenty Dirty Hands was the inspired pick for the group’s name. That was back in 2000, and although the group has grown significantly since then, the name stayed the same. In the meantime, the Twenty Dirty Hands Pottery Tour became a well-established Northwest Illinois fall tradition, with 21 artists slated to participate this year.
If you can’t make it to their neck of the woods in October, you can still view the group’s work by visiting the Contemporary Arts Center of Peoria this summer. “We have exhibited for several different galleries but that’s a first for Peoria,” said Twenty Dirty Hands member Chris Lemmon when reached via Facebook.
Paul Eshelman and Ron Hahlen represented Twenty Dirty Hands at an artists reception on July 19.
The exhibition, which is on view through Aug. 24, features work by 14 artists. Here’s a preview, with thanks to CAC Executive Director William Butler for walking us through the center (which we’ll tell you more about in the near future)!
Photos by Sergio Barreto