Susan Nutter. A Retrospective Ceramic Exhibit

Susan Nutter

A Retrospective Exhibit in Coleman Hall, Part of a Fundraiser for Gualala Arts. NOW 50% OFF!

Opening Saturday, April 3, 2021, 11 am. Continuing through Sunday, May 2, 2021. Members preview Friday, April 2, 2021.

Coleman Hall at Gualala Arts Center


“Susan Nutter: A Ceramic Retrospective”

NOW 50% OFF all of Susan Nutter’s works on display in

Coleman Hall at Gualala Arts

Saturday, April 3, 2021.

Effective April 16, all of Susan Nutter’s works on display in Coleman Hall at Gualala Arts are now 50% off the original price!

“Susan Nutter: A Ceramic Retrospective” is a new exhibit scheduled to open in Coleman Hall at Gualala Arts on Saturday, April 3, 2021. The exhibit features the works of this marvelous local artist. Opening day hours are 11 am to 7 p.m. Members are invited to preview the exhibit on Friday, April 2 from 11 am to 4 pm. The exhibit continues through Sunday, May 2, 2021.

Susan Nutter has made a life of extracting beauty from what many of us would simply see as “lumps of clay”. Her devotion to the creative arts has a long history. As Nutter explained, “Professor Matt Kahn lit my artistic spark at Stanford in the late 50s. I experimented with various paint media for the next 40 years and then I discovered CLAY!”

Under the fine instruction of Joe Rodriguez at Skyline College in San Bruno, California, Nutter began sculpting what she calls “my ceramic paintings.” Her strong desire to create her three-dimensional view of the stormy sea or a desert scene or a political message against oil spills or just a slice of nature’s beauty was a constant exciting challenge.

“Eventually I had the good fortune to have a studio at the Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica and enjoyed the nurturing environ of this artistic community and the opportunity to show my work in the Center’s gallery. I   was also proud to win awards and to participate in other juried shows conducted by the Pacific Rim Sculptors, Mendocino Art Center, and Skyline College.”

Concomitant with this growth in her creative art was an equal desire to learn new techniques and attend wonderful workshops with wood-firing kilns in the Sierra or with such nationally famous ceramicists as Paul Soldner and Rudy Autio. Her knowledge and expertise was enriched during her travels visiting the studios of such foremost national ceramicists as Eduardo Veda in Ecuador and Franz Josef Altenburg in Austria or a Nazca family who replicated the designs of the early Nazca culture in Peru, or a lone potter in a distant Ecuadoran village. Added Nutter, “at home, I had the good fortune to take special workshops by prominent visiting sculptors such as Stephen DeStaebler at the Mendocino Art Center and benefit from the experienced teaching of Robert Zvolensky at the Community College.”

Gualala Arts is pleased to present Susan Nutter’s works. The retrospective opens April 3, and will continue through Sunday, May 2, 2021. The Arts Center is open daily from 11 am. to 4 pm. Nutter tells us that “clay has been a joyous gift to me during this later phase of my life.” Gualala Arts is pleased that she’s sharing it with us.

In addition to Susan Nutter’s work, two other artists are also featured in the Coleman Hall fundraiser for Gualala Arts. Follow the links to information about Sharon Nickodem and Ann Savageau. Stop in and see them all!