Rivkah M. Walton, Sculptor
12/13: COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE COMPLETED
A bronze relief, "House for a Collector," for a new house on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, WI, commemorates the architects, builder and stone mason, date and place, and some of the special interests of the owner, Paul Woelbing. Designed for the brick wall of the exterior entryway of the brick, stone and glass house, it is an imagined still life composed largely of the tools of the trades bearing the logos/names of the firms, along with the signatures of the principals "grafitti'd" into the unfinished "back wall" behind the bricks. Careful examination reveals the homeowner's initial (W), an early Tiffany logo, a vintage motorcycle license plate, the date of construction (2013), a lake stone, and an animal who inhabits its perfect self-built house.

The plaque will be installed in early January 2014, and the house will be dedicated in the summer months.

Foundry work by John Phillips Casting, LLC.
9/10: TWO PIECES IN NW ARTISTS' COLLECTIVE SHOW
1 EXHIBITION: 2 LOCATIONS
September 3 - October 22, 2010
West Mt. Airy, Philadelphia

Rivkah Walton joins fifteen other members of the Northwest Artists' Collective (NAC) in an exciting, eclectic juried show of diverse media. Her prize-winning Jenn "Alla Prima" was chosen for the Allens Lane Art Center, and In Remembrance, for the Mount Airy Contemporary Artists Space (MACAC). This is a rare opportunity to view In Remembrance, an intimate assemblage piece that combines a ceramic self-portrait with ephemera from the life of the artist's father.

The public is invited to attend two receptions:

Opening Reception at Mt. Airy Contemporary Artists Space
25 West Mt Airy Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119
Friday, September 24, 2010
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Closing Reception at Allens Lane Art Center
601 West Allens Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19119
Friday, October 22, 2010
6:00 - 9:00 pm

The show is open regular hours at each venue; please see allenslane.org and mountairycontemporary.com, respectively, for hours and directions. Both venues will also be part of the annual POST - Philadelphia Open Studio Tour - West of Broad - October 2 & 3.
8/10: RELIEFS ON EXHIBIT DURING AUGUST
Eight reliefs and one assemblage by Rivkah Walton will be on view in the Atrium Gallery of Cathedral Village from Friday, July 30, through Monday, August 30, 2010. Included are four imaginative depictions of biblical women, a self-portrait, several portraits of individuals (and one greyhound!), and a mixed-media construction on themes of liberation.

The public is invited to the informal artist's reception on Friday, July 30, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, and to view the exhibit at their convenience throughout the exhibition.

The Cathedral Village community is located at 600 East Cathedral Road, at the intersection of Ridge Avenue, in the Andorra section of Philadelphia (19128). Use the first entrance and park along the main drive. Enter the front doors of the main hall and use either the stairs or elevator to reach the second floor gallery area.
4/10: PORTRAIT STUDY TAKES PRIZE IN PAFA SHOW
Rivkah Walton's terra cotta portrait study "Jen Alla Prima" has received Third Prize in the 2010 Continuing Education Exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. "The Philosopher (Portrait of Ming Lu)," a fully-realized terra cotta portrait, has also been juried into this annual show.

The exhibition, which opened on Friday, April 9, 2010, and continues through Friday, April 29, includes sculpture, paintings, prints, and drawings. Gallery 128 is located on the first floor of the school's Hamilton Building, on the Northwest corner of Broad and Cherry Streets in Center City, Philadelphia 19102.

Gallery 128 is entered, without charge, from the Cherry Street entrance. Exhibition hours are Monday - Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sundays 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.


8/09: RIVKAH WALTON OFFERS 3 CLASSES/WORKSHOPS IN PHILADELPHIA
This fall, Rivkah Walton is offering three sculpting opportunities at the Allens Lane Art Center in the West Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia. It's an easy 20-minute drive from Center City, tuition is reasonable, and there's plenty of free parking on site. Come study in this supportive atmosphere:

Form-ation: An Introduction to Sculpting in Clay
Seven 3-hour Sunday Sessions
Oct 18 - Dec 13 (skip Nov 29, Dec 6) • 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Adults and mature teens

Come experience the basics of sculpting in clay and learn to –
- see and shape planes, volume, and texture;
- identify balance, proportion, and gesture;
- make, use, and take care of your tools and materials;
- understand the historical context of sculpture, from “primitive,”
to classical, to abstract.
We will use a step-by-step process to cast a "subject," sculpt an organic form, and finish it for firing or casting. This course will give you the basic skills and understanding that will support further explorations in portraiture and figurative or abstract sculpture.

Tuition $170, plus $25 materials fee covers clay, armature and casting materials, and firing. A short list of recommended basic sculpture tools will be provided at the first class.

ART & SPIRIT SERIES

Fertility: Figurines, Amulets, and Plaques
Two 3-hour Thursday Evening Sessions
Sept 24 & Oct 1 • 6:00 - 9:00 pm
A Workshop for Adults

From time immemorial, people of all cultures have sought to ensure the fertility of themselves, their land, and the work of their hands. Come explore ancient fertility symbols – female and male figurines, flora and fauna – and create your own figurine, wearable amulet, or wall plaque as a focal point for your own prayer or meditation. In the first session, we will explore the historical images and plan our own; in the second session we will bring our creation to life.

$50 tuition, plus $25 materials fee includes polymer clay and basic tools.


Make Your Own Mezuzah Case
One 3-hour Sunday afternoon session
Oct 25 • 2:30 - 5:30 pm
A Workshop for Adults and Mature Teens

Most Jewish homes have a mezuzah case on the doorpost of the house; many also have them on the entranceways to rooms inside. Come learn the ancient history and purpose of these ritual objects and the scrolls they hold, similar practices in other traditions, and the wide variety of ancient and contemporary styles. (Discover the secret code on the inner parchment, too!) Then create your own mezuzah case for your home or as a wonderful gift, using polymer clay and symbols important to you. After a quick baking, take it home that day!

$26 tuition, plus $10 materials fee includes polymer clays, basic tools, and light snack. Feel free to bring small heat-resistant items to include in your piece.

Check them out and register at allenslane.org/artclass.htm!
5/09: TWO NEW CONSTRUCTIONS IN JUNE EXHIBIT AT THE CLAY STUDIO
Rivkah Walton's two new assemblage/constructions, "In Remembrance" and "Fragments of a Future Dream I: Exodus," have been chosen for the annual juried Associate Artist's exhibition at The Clay Studio. The show, which includes diverse figurative and functional works, opens with a "First Friday" reception on June 5, from 5 to 9 pm, and continues through Sunday, June 28, 2009.

The Clay Studio is an internationally-recognized non-profit institution supporting all aspects of the ceramic arts through classes, artist residencies, exhibitions, and a sales gallery in the Old City gallery and restaurant district of Philadelphia, PA. The gallery and shop are located at 137 North Second Street (southbound), and are open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am - 7 pm, and on Sunday, 12 noon - 6 pm. Closed Mondays.
4/09: "FRAGMENTS OF A FUTURE DREAM I: EXODUS" SHOWN AT PAFA

Rivkah Walton's new construction/assemblage "Fragments of a Future Dream I: Exodus" has been juried into the Annual Continuing Education Exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. The exhibition opens with a public reception from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, on Friday, April 3, 2009, and closes on Friday, April 24.

The exhibition, which includes recent sculpture, paintings, prints, and drawings, is located in the school's first-floor Gallery 128 in PAFA's Hamilton Building, on the Northwest corner of Broad and Cherry Streets in Center City, Philadelphia 19102.

Gallery 128 is entered, without charge, from the Cherry Street entrance. Exhibition hours are Monday - Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sundays 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
1/09: "THE ADVOCATE" IN PRINCETON, NJ SHOW

Rivkah Walton's sculpture entitled "The Advocate" is featured in an exhibition entitled "24/7 Access: Ten Associate Artists From the Philadelphia Clay Studio" at the Princeton Day School. The exhibition in the Anne Reid Art Gallery runs from January 7 to January 29, 2009.

The juried exhibition includes both functional and sculptural work by ten of the forty Associate Artists of The Clay Studio, an internationally recognized non-profit institution promoting all aspects of ceramic art.

Princeton Day School is located at 650 Great Road, Princeton, NJ 08540. The public is welcome to view the exhibit 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday when school is open and by appointment on weekends. For an appointment, call (609) 924-6700.