In a continued celebration of the 70-year anniversary of Orange Coast College, the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion is displaying the talent of its staff and instructors.
In a month-long event, students, faculty and community members participated in art talks from Leland Means, Kevin Meyers, Holly Topping and Roger Whitridge being held on different days across the exhibits time in the gallery.
Director of the arts pavilion Tyler Stallings said they wanted to create a casual sense to the talks by advertising them as Noon Time Tuesday Artist Talks in the gallery. Guests were encouraged to bring their own lunch during the talks.
Meyers, a ceramics teacher held the first of four events at the gallery on Oct. 23, giving insight to his transition from practical clay work, into a more conceptual and free-form artistic approach.
“I was 19 when I started my own business. It was mainly utilitarian work.” Meyers said. “Once I went to school, the volume of my work was still massive, but I ended up negating the utilitarian aspect.”
Meyers then motioned to the 12-foot by 12-foot grid of ceramic pots on the wall behind him.
He explained that he twisted and manipulated them in such a way they wouldn’t be useful as anything except art.
“This piece also has everything in it that can seriously harm or kill you,” Meyers said. “It has plain lead I brought up from Mexico as well as barium and chrome, but its seductive so I keep on using it.”
Rows of chairs were filled in front of Meyers with several students choosing to sit on the ground once all the seats were occupied, bag lunches in-hand and ready to participate.
“I’m trying to create a pathway for students who graduate, to come teach,” Meyers said. “I think it’s my obligation as an educator to come into that realm and try to help.”
Meyers said it’s very difficult to get students into those positions because of teachers’ tendency to stay with their job for long periods of time, so he makes it a priority to not only teach them how to make the art, but how to teach others the same techniques.
He also had a display to his right which held several other warped ceramics on it.
“This is an abstraction from a tea pot, hopefully you can tell. It’s still vessel like so it still holds some utilitarianism,” Meyers said.
Meyers and Stallings discussed how ceramics date back to ancient times and how interesting the departure from architecture and practical objects was.
“It’s so funny how ancient clay was fire, water and earth together — its rather poetic,” Stallings said.
Lunch talks were held for Topping and Means on Oct. 30 and Nov. 6 and Whiteridge’s talk was held Tuesday.
Admission to the gallery is free and the exhibition will continue running until Dec. 1. The hours for the Arts Pavilion in the fall are Monday through Wednesday 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., Thursdays 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday from noon until 4 p.m.