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Water|Ways pre-exhibit activity to highlight locals

SIERRA VISTA — Water within the desert brings up a series of conversations.

From its environmental significance in the state to its emotional impact on Arizonans, a traveling Smithsonian exhibit will explore the relationship between water and people.

Water|Ways will come to Sierra Vista’s Henry F. Hauser Museum from Jan. 12 to Feb. 25, 2019. The exhibit will go to 12 sites in Arizona over a two-year period that began in June.

To celebrate the coming exhibit and get the community to engage with it, the museum is hosting a special pre-exhibit event on Saturday.

Water|Ways Glaze a Piece will take place at the Pottery Studio located at 3020 E. Tacoma St., from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

During the event, 12 children (ages 10 to 17) and 12 adults will take a pottery class and create their own water-inspired plate or mug.

Museum curator Nancy Krieski said participants will be creating something based around whatever their concept or imagination of water conjures for them.

“Part of the Smithsonian exhibit talks about spirituality and artistic expression,” she said. “This is our way to include them into our companion exhibit and get the community involved.”

Participants’ creations will actually be a part of the companion exhibit the museum creates.

“After they glaze a piece, they won't see the final product until it is put on display in the companion exhibit,” she said. “We will highlight the artist, display their names and what their inspiration was with plaques and a title for the piece.”

There will be two classes: one for the adults from 10:30 am to12:30 p.m., and a 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. class for the children.

Krieski will be at both to explain the exhibit to those creating pieces.

This event does have limited space, and Krieski said all the children’s spots have been taken. There are still three spots available for adults.

As are all of the companion events to this Smithsonian exhibit, this is free.

For more information or to register for the event, visit www.sierravistaaz.gov/event/water-ways-glaze-a-piece.

For more information on the traveling Smithsonian exhibit, visit www.waterwaysaz.org.

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