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Clay sculptures ‘unearthed’ at Arts Clayton Gallery

This sculpture, titled ‘Serial Hugger,’ is part of a month-long Arts Clayton Gallery exhibit. The exhibit features the work of Juried Art Competition winner Gingerlou Fulton.

This sculpture, titled ‘Serial Hugger,’ is part of a month-long Arts Clayton Gallery exhibit. The exhibit features the work of Juried Art Competition winner Gingerlou Fulton.

— Visitors to the Arts Clayton Gallery this month will find themselves face to face with a robust woman whose arms are perennially stretched out wide.

She has a floppy patch of red hair hanging over one side of her long face which is marked with a dour expression. Why is she so sullen? Is it because a lover has left her? Can it be that she’s lost her job and all she has left in life is her ability to dole out great big bear hugs? Perhaps she’s stuck in a perpetual state of depression.

Or maybe it’s because she’s made of stoneware clay and has no body below her belly button.

The figure, ambiguously named the “Serial Hugger,” is part of a month-long exhibit of work by clay artist Gingerlou Fulton, who won Arts Clayton’s Juried Art Competition earlier this year. The exhibit, titled “UnEarthed,” is the July companion piece to the gallery’s two-month “Travel” exhibit. Both exhibits run through July 26.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held Friday from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the gallery, 136 South Main St. in Jonesboro. Several pieces of clay and wire jewelry and paintings made by Fulton will be on display along with her figures, which show people in contorted, 3-D Picasso-esque poses.

The gallery will host several activities this month to tie in to the exhibit. Creation Stations for children and their families will be held July 19-20 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to teach kids how to make memory collages. Advance reservations are required and it costs $5 per person to participate. Call 770-473-5826 to reserve a spot.

The gallery will also host a jewelry-themed “Corks & Canvas Workshop” with Fulton July 26 at 6:30 p.m. The class is titled “Wire Jewelry 101.” Reservations are required and it costs $40 to participate. Call 770-473-5410 to make a reservation.