'Back to the Table'

Curated by Nancy Bruno and Puneeta Mittal

In our multimedia fast food society, meals are often eaten on the run, on the couch, in front of a computer or television. Considering the current state of the dinner table this exhibition welcomes us to reclaim this important ritual with our friends and family while reminding us all that dinner tables are not only a place to collect mail and are meant to be utilized as a place for human connection. Tables tops are a space where families and friends congregate around, the future of a country or a cause is feverishly discussed and decided, dreams are fulfilled and at times promises broken.

From heart to hand to hearth, ceramic artists are asked to reflect to reestablish the connections and discussions to the table to express the inter-connectivity of society. Make a statement – personal or universal – express joy, pleasure, beauty, hunger, pain, prejudice, war, peace, humor, anger, envy, lust, love, history, whimsy… Create a one of a kind abstract interpretation or place setting, monumental centerpieces or a simple flower vase, which will be part of a curated communal table.

Exhibition on View: February 21 - March 15

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 22, 7-10pm

at The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101 (View Map)

Also: Ceramic Donations, Bowls 

All artists are encouraged to donate a bowl to the Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Empty Bowls began almost 30 years ago as a charitable event by artists and students to raise funds to end hunger and food insecurity. What began in one local community in Michigan became a grassroots movement happening in communities throughout the world. The concept is simple, there will be a one-night event in March where guests will have the opportunity to make a $20 donation and select a handcrafted ceramic bowl to take home as a reminder of those who have been less fortunate. There will be a table of food to fill your bowls provided by local restaurants and personal donations.


All proceeds from the Empty Bowls collaborative fundraiser will be donated to Hour Children, a local organization providing healthy meals to local families in need: Hour Children Food Pantry 

Photo:  Jen Dwyer

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