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It has been the dream of Artists Rae Holton and Jodi Kerr to create a place to showcase artists and workshops, and the Art Corral has accomplished that dream

RAMONA MCCALLISTER - Rae Holton stands in front of some of her works of art at the new Art Corral at the former location of Meandering Maker.Some big changes are taking place at 160 NE Seventh St.

The previous location of Meandering Maker has now become The Art Corral, with business owner, sculptor and clay artist, Rae Holton. She will be facilitating art classes beginning March 17, and Makers Markets and events beginning in May.

Former business owner of Meandering Makers, Jodi Kerr, reached out to Holton approximately one year ago to come and help teach some clay classes. Both artists had a common dream to have a community art center.

"We were trying to reach out and find a bigger place, because she could not run her Meandering Maker out of here and have a community art center. We needed more space for that, and they had a lot of equipment in here," said Holton.

Eventually, after looking for the right place that had the right space for her dream, Kerr and her husband found a place in La Pine that would facilitate her Meandering Maker business. Jodi will continue to teach classes at Holton's Art Corral, as well as other Central Oregon makers. They are looking to showcase the talents of Central Oregon makers in a variety of art forms. They are looking for artists who are the masters of their trade, including fine art.

"We are just kind of working together to develop that, where we are the hub for creators to come in and either work if they want to have a space as an artist member, create workshops (they take a small overhead), makers markets and pop ups, "explained Holton of the arrangement at the Art Corral.

"Meandering Maker was born in Prineville," said Kerr of her business, which will now be centered in her new location in La Pine. "It is the heart of the people that gave me the courage to continue to grow as a business and as a person. The Art Corral is an extension of the vision of creating community. I am excited to get back to meandering and thrilled with the legacy that started here."

Holton will also showcase her ceramic and pottery, as well as some of Kerr's home décor and paint supplies. There will also be number of Central Oregon artist works for sale in the Art Corral, and during the makers markets. There were four artists featured during the ribbon cutting by the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce on Friday, March 11, including 1life (hand dyed clothing, accessories and home goods), LA Florals (watercolor bookmarks, cards and stationary), a jewelry and silver artist and another potter.

Holton was born Redmond, and she is a fifth generation Central Oregonian. Her great-great grandparents homesteaded in Oregon, and art has been engrained in her family DNA.

"I have always been an artist, and I come from a family of artisans — they work on everything from wood to glass, and Mom did ceramics when I was young. It's always been there," she explained of her artist heritage.

Holton moved to Corvallis when she was 10 years old, and when she 18, she set out to explore the world. In her travels, she became interested in clay and took college classes for art and sculpt courses.

"Sculpture and clay grabbed me, and that is where I have been ever since."

In 2009, in San Marcos, California, Holton started a pottery studio. She grew the business for eight years into a full-service clay studio with eight wheels and several kilns, to serve the community. Holton later completed studies in raku, saggar and pit fire techniques under Rico Piper, renowned potter and raku master. She has also studied in sculpture and 3D design under Dick Marcusen, master sculptor.

Holton is an accomplished artist, experimenting in her younger years with a wide variety of media. Her style and genre are primarily clay, sculpture and pottery, with an organic flowing artsy form based in nature.

"I have sold across the western states, and I have pieces and collections across the globe."

Holton has shown and sold her work in museums, galleries and juried competitions, as well as art shows across the western United States and in private collections around the world.

Although she works primarily in clay, she has also cast in bronze, and one can find some of her work in a wide variety of media as dictated by the piece.

"The swirling and flowing shapes and designs in my work are a reflection of my strong connection to the natural elements and the way energy moves," commented Holton of the inspiration for her artwork, in her bio on her website, starrflowerstudios.com.

To find more of examples of her work, the Starrflowerstudios.com website has visuals of her wide spectrum of abilities and artforms in clay.

The Art Corral is planning on conducting a makers market every Saturday, beginning in May. It will correspond with the CROP farmers market, opening one half-hour after CROP. Interested clients should call for an appointment, or sign up online at https://theartcorral.as.me/

"One half-hour after crop, we will be considered the next step in makers, beyond the farmers market," noted Holton of the makers market, which will be within walking distance of the farmers' market.

After returning to Central Oregon, Holton enjoys her new business venture and playing in her home studio.

"Creating is my passion. As I strive for the most effective way to express my vision, I am continually pushing the limits of my media. As a result, I am continually broadening the realm of possibility. Life is art. Dare to Sculpt your dreams," Holton concluded.

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The Art Corral

Owner: Rae Holton

Address: 160 North Seventh St.

Contact: 541-362-4811

For an appointment, go to https://theartcorral.as.me/ or call the above number


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