PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Strand Center for the Arts is excited to showcase the work of ceramic artist, Nancy Armitage, at the Strand Center Artist Store in February. The store is located within the art gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh, NY and carries various wares of local artisans, crafters, and artists. Everything from handmade jewelry, to books written by local authors, ceramic bowls, mugs, and vases handcrafted by area potters is on display.

Nancy Armitage was born and raised in the Adirondacks, and currently resides in Plattsburgh, NY. Armitage received her BFA in Ceramics and Printmaking in 2015 at SUNY Plattsburgh. From there she was introduced to the Clay Studio at the Strand Center for the Arts. At present she is the Clay Studio Facilitator, running kilns and ensuring members and students all have positive experiences creating their art pieces.

In Armitage’s own work, she is intrigued by her natural surroundings. She is always experimenting and trying something new while staying true to her beliefs concerning the interplay of form and function. These crucial characteristics of pottery are always butting heads. It’s a constant battle in favoring one side versus the other. For herself, she enjoys challenging the form but it’s never left without function.

David Monette, Gallery Director at The Strand Center for the Arts stated about Armitage’s work, “It’s wonderful to have Nancy in our Artist Store. Her pottery is truly unique. For instance, she can take a medium like clay and make it look like metal or leather. It’s really something to see!”

This unique artist store and our gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, from 10:00 AM until 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 AM until 2:00 p.m. For more information on this store, upcoming events, concerts, or classes happening at The Strand Center for the Arts, please call 518-563-1604 or visit www.strandcenter.org.

The Strand Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a high caliber arts center and theatre, providing the best of visual arts, music, dance, and theatre to the community.  The SCA is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the United Way, The Adirondack Foundation, Stewart’s Shops, and the Cloudsplitter Foundation.

The Strand Center for the Arts’ Diamond Sponsor is NBC 5; Platinum Circle Sponsors are The University of Vermont Health Network, Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital, Meadowbrook Healthcare, and Twinstate Technologies. The Strand Center for the Arts’ Gold Sponsors are Northern Insuring Agency, Inc., Boire Benner Group, Best Western Plus – The Inn at Smithfield, Casella, 97.5 Eagle Country, and Jeffords Steel and Engineering Company.