New ceramic museum, solo shows open Friday at ASiF |

New ceramic museum, solo shows open Friday at ASiF

“Mad Hatter”, Ceramic Teapot, by Natalya Sots
Submitted photo |


Who: Museum Collector Kenneth Underwood & Acrylic Painter Linda Galusha

What: Foothills Ceramic Art Museum, Inaugural Exhibit and Lecture

& Acrylic Paintings by Linda Galusha

Where: ASiF Studios, 940 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley

When: Friday, Sept. 9, 5-8 p.m/Early Bird Viewing 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. / Lecture 6pm

Contact: Amanda Paoletti, 530-210- 3162 /


The inaugural exhibit of the Foothills Ceramic Art Museum and new work by Nevada County muralist and studio painter Linda Galusha will be shown Friday at Artsits’ Studio in the Foothills in Grass Valley.

ASiF will offer a reception from 5 to 8 pm.,with a lecture on the ceramic museum at 6 p.m.


The ceramic art museum will have a collection of over 750 internationally renowned artists, never before seen by the public.

Collector, owner and founder, Kenneth Underwood began collecting in the early 1980s. His collection features over 750 ceramic works by world renowned artists and is now open to the public for the first time ever at the museum’s new home at the Artists’ Studio in the Foothills (ASiF) in Grass Valley, CA. New selections from Underwood’s permanent collection will exhibit about every two months in rotating, thematically curated shows, each with a focus on a particular genre, style, region or technique.

“FCAM is the first step toward my long-time dream of a ceramics museum for the Sierra Foothills of Northern California”, Underwood said. “My collecting began in 1981 and reflects my roots in North Carolina, my working years in Southern California, my retirement years in Northern California, and my travels around the world. The collection is very eclectic, with a focus on functional and sculptural, 20th and 21st century studio pottery, i.e., handmade, one of a kind, artist work”.

FCAM’s Inaugural Exhibit, “A Blaze of Color,” is an eye dazzler… no muted colors in this show.

“A Blaze of Color” features the works by over 35 international artists and some local favorites, including: Carl Block, Jeff Campana, J. B. Cole, Neolia Cole, Patrick Crabb, Charles Chrisco, John Donoghue, Marsha Elam, John Glumpler, Ray Gonzalez, Richard English Harvey, Otto Heino, Gary Lord, Naira Barseghian, Tony Natsoulas, North State Potteries, Scott Nunnelly, Masuo Ojima, Ben Owen III, Marsha Owen, Owens Pottery, Joseph Pelka, Sarmite Rakhlin, Andy Romero, Duncan Ross, Beverly Saito, Porntip Sangvanich, Jenny Lou Sherburne, Natalya Sots, Peter Sparrey, Fred Stodder, Steven Vachon, Derek Voien, Michael Weinberg, Kurt Weiser, Joe Winter, Sandra Wyner.


The second part to this exciting evening at ASiF is a solo gallery exhibition and opening reception for Nevada County muralist and studio painter Linda Galusha..

Galusha’s current works are referenced from photos of local landscapes taken by her daughter. Her current exhibition at ASiF has been selected to exhibit at the SFMOMA’s Artists’ Gallery at Fort Mason in San Francisco.

With origins in Canada and British Columbia, Galusha recalls her early travels through the beautiful foothills of Grass Valley and Nevada City over the years, and how each time she passed through, the wonder of how she might make it her home some day seemed never to leave her. Three years ago this September, she followed her wonder, and made her move. Her new home and studio in Grass Valley, its gorgeous surroundings and the community of artists she now calls her own remind her daily of how right she was.

Galusha and the Foothills Ceramic Art Museum’s exhibitions will be on display at ASiF Gallery now through Sept. 24. ASiF Studios is located at 940 Idaho Maryland Road in Grass Valley, and is open to the public Tuesday — Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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