Press Release: Metuchen artist Linda Vonderschmidt-LaStella has groups of ceramic wall-works included in two exhibits with Openings Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13. The Straube Center, Pennington, NJ hosts seasonal exhibits. The "Heteraclite...Every Manner of Eccentric...Art Show," on view from Nov.12 through Dec. 31, will include Vonderschmidt-LaStella's "Veiled Women Series". These eleven wall sculptures are double-layered 12"x12" tiles exploring the "veiling" of women.
The first Ceramic Invitational at the Museum of the City of Trenton at the Ellarslie Mansion opened on Saturday. This carefully-crafted exhibit by Museum Director Brian O. Hill, includes work by 30 ceramic artists from around the country. Six primarily large wall sculptures by Vonderschmidt-LaStella are part of the show. Her largest mandala to date, "The Cosmic Hug...the Mandala of the Canticle," a 5'd. wall sculpture, is included, as well as a 3'x3' porcelain work "The Seasons". The show remains until January 4, 2011. Interestingly, even as her work is on view in Trenton and environs, the artist continues to work from her Metuchen studio Earthsongs on a commission for the new Capital Health Hospital in Hopewell, NJ. This is a 200+sq.ft. mural set for permanent installation in the hospital's dining area on the theme of community.