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Down to Earth Exhibit

The second Down to Earth exhibit will be held at The Arts Scene in West Chester, PA, from November 9 - December 8, 2007 during regular gallery hours. The exhibit will display over 100 pieces (for sale) by juried potters who work with the earth to make objects to be used with food, and furniture makers who create surfaces intended to be used with food, creating a sort of "triptych" of food, vessel and foundation. Artists are "local," living within approximately 100 miles of Chester County. 


The mission of Down to Earth is to display functional art that is intended to enhance the culinary experience: to celebrate the intrinsic value of eating locally grown food using handmade art, and to build community by introducing people to their local farmers and artists. To produce food and nurture growth requires farmers’ diligence and attention to the earth - artists create forms that contain, present, and enhance food. Farmers and artists transform what the earth provides, which in turn nourishes our bodies and our souls. - Lyla and Claire

Ceramics Juror: Gwendolyn Yoppolo, MFA (see juror's statement on participant page)

Coordinators: Lyla Kaplan, Exhibit Curator, and Claire Murray, Special Events Curator

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Down to Earth Exhibit

During the events, the Southeastern PA Buy Fresh Buy Local chapter will receive 15% of the exhibit item sales. During the closing reception, all proceeds from the donated empty bowls will go to Community Gardens of Chester County, gardenscc.org


**Click here to download the form for advance ticket purchase**

Or email tickets@downtoearthexhibit.org, or call 610-228-4224 - the deadline to receive your ticket order is NOT Nov 4 as indicated on the form, but we need to hear from you at least a day before the show you want to attend

Friday, Nov 9, 7pm – 10pm

Opening Reception


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  • Local light fare catered by Café Menta, wine, beer & music by jazz harpist Gillian Grassie
  • Special presentations by Jane Herold, studio potter who focuses on the importance of pots in daily living, and Bill Kreider, fine furniture maker who salvages I beams and vintage wood
  • $25 in advance or $30 at the door (kids under 12 are free)

Saturday, Nov 17, 6pm – 10pm

“Mugs, Microbrews, Music & Movies” (BYOB)


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  • Featuring musical performance by Hoots and Hellmouth, WXPN’s artist to watch, and a special screening of
    “Seeds of Spring” by up-and-coming local filmmaker Rich Hoffmann
  • Sample Victory Brewery’s beers
  • Arrive early to purchase your mug of choice to sample the beers! (average price $25 for a mug)
  • Cafe Menta open
  • $15 in advance or $18 at the door (kids under 12 are free)

Monday, Nov 26, 7pm – 9pm

“Slow Burn” Chef’s Tasting (BYOB)


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  • Featuring presentations by Slow Food Philadelphia, Restaurant Alba’s premier chef, Sean Weinburg, who cooks with local ingredients, flame and embers, and woodfire potter, Willi Singleton, who digs Hawk Mountain clay, and uses local materials for glazes
  • Guests can purchase a plates of various participants to sample the chef’s concoctions
  • $12 in advance or $15 at the door (kids under 12 are free)

Saturday, Dec 8, 6pm – 10pm

“Empty Bowls” (BYOB) No Reservation Necessary


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  • The basic idea for “Empty Bowls” is simple: artists donate ceramic bowls, guests choose their bowls to eat a meal together and to take home as a reminder that there are always Empty Bowls in the world. 100% of the donations for the bowls go to a local organization that fights hunger. Our Empty Bowls recipient is Community Gardens of Chester County, a local non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of the county’s low-income residents through community gardening and greening. Meals will be donated by local restaurants/caterers. Suggested donations are $20 for one bowl, $30 for two. (More info at emptybowls.net)
  • Silent auction bidding ends at 8pm
  • Featuring music by the Llama Dalis, (formerly Neopseudo), and includes furniture maker, Michael Biddeson

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Down to Earth Exhibit

The Arts Scene, 530 E. Union St, West Chester, PA 19380, 1 mile from the Westtown exit off of Route 202 / West Chester Bypass, close to the intersection of E. Market St. and S. Adams St., in the Goodwill Business Park, behind the new West Chester Senior Center. Plenty of free parking. 610-644-6555.  The Exhibit is open during regular gallery hours. Art Gallery: Tues - Fri 11am - 7pm, Sat, 11am - 5pm, Cafe Menta: Tues - Fri 11am - 3pm. Open during events.

Down to Earth Exhibit


Down to Earth Exhibit

Throughout the exhibit, bids can be placed on special pieces of artwork. Bidding ends on Dec 8 at 8pm. Artists will receive half of the winning bid monies, and the Southeastern PA BFBL chapter will receive the rest.

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Down to Earth Exhibit



  • Mr. & Mrs. Robert D. McNeil

  • Kimberton Whole Foods

We care for the earth by promoting organic & bio-dynamic farming methods. We conduct our business in a respectful & ethical manner while building strong cooperative ties within our larger community.  In a more personal way, we support each individuals quest to learn more about healthy choices in diet & lifestyle. Finally, we are commited to honoring each customer with outstanding service.  Kimberton Whole Foods markets to the local community and supports Organic Farmers and Local Businesses in the Health Industry, and proudly supports community events such as Down to Earth.



Kimberton: 610-935-1444, Downingtown: 610-873-8225, Douglassville: 610-385-1588





  • 5 County Arts Fund



The Down to Earth Exhibit  (not special events) was made possible through the 5-County Arts Fund, a Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency.  It is funded by the citizens of Pennsylvania through an annual legislative appropriation, and administered locally by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.  The PA Council on the Arts is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.  The 5-County Arts Fund is also supported by PECO, an Exelon company.  Some Montgomery County projects are also funded, in part, by an appropriation from Montgomery County.  For additional information about these grants, visit the Cultural Alliance online at  philaculture.org

Craftsmanship that will last for centuries


  • Inverbrook Farm: inverbrook.com, a sustainable family farm with a commitment to  environmental stewardship, strengthening the community, and an enjoyable livelihood


Organizational Sponsors

Other Sponsors

  • WIlliam Anderson, Longview Development, LP
  • Carousel Toyota
  • Vickers Tavern

And special thank you to:

  • Our steering committee, Louise Schorn Smith and Jenna Webster
  • The Arts Scene and Cafe Menta
  • Volunteers who make it happen!
  • Those of you who stop by!
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Celebrating connections between functional art, local food, & community.


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