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June show by Brenda Scott features pottery and mixed media pieces, many of which are inspired by bees.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - A variety of wood-fired pottery mugs are included in Brenda Scott's show 'Hive' at the Spiral Gallery.

Bees have made their way to the Spiral Gallery this month.

Brenda Scott's pottery and mixed media show "Hive" will be featured in the gallery at 341 S. Broadway St. through the end of June.

"I've had some of these things in my mind for years, and this year I finally had the chance to make them," Scott said.

Bees are featured on pieces like mugs, magnets and vases. Scott made stamps featuring bees and honeycomb that she imprinted in the clay.

"I love bees," Scott said, noting that she was scared of them while she was growing up. "I really enjoy watching them in my garden as they visit all the flowers."

Many of Scott's mixed-media pieces use recycled packaging. She kept numerous cardboard boxes over the years and then used them to create collages and shadow box pieces.

"I'm obsessed with packaging," she said. "We get all of this stuff in the mail, and it comes in the most amazing packaging."

Several of the mixed media pieces have items like dandelions and bees made from polymer clay. Scott described using the clay as "kind of like painting in 3-D."

"It's very different from traditional clay," she said.PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Many bees are featured in Brenda Scott's latest Spiral Gallery show.

One of Scott's favorite pieces in the show is a statue of the Greek god Demeter, who was the goddess of agriculture and also known as the mother of bees.

Scott is excited for community members to see "Hive."

"A bunch of things went wrong on the way to the final firing, and I almost thought I wouldn't be able to have a show at all," she said. "When I unloaded the kiln, these things survived. It's a relief to finally have it up and have people stop by."

If you go

What: "Hive," featuring art by Brenda Scott

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays in June

Where: The Spiral Gallery, 341 S. Broadway St.

More information: Facebook.com/thespiralgallery


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