Clay Art Center’s annual fall benefit a resounding success

PORT CHESTER, NY – A Night Under the Stars has helped ensure that the Clay Art Center not only brings a sustainable art medium to life in our community and around the world, but will continue its life-changing missions for generations to come.

From the clay art center

The Clay Art Center celebrated 65 years with its 15th annual fall benefit on October 15 at an outdoor tent event on its grounds in Port Chester. A fabulous crowd enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of great company, great food from Plates Catering and fantastic live music from the John Clay Quartet while celebrating the impact the CAC and its community have made throughout of the year to support the creation and experience of the ceramic arts. They also viewed the auction items featuring unique ceramic artwork by local and national artists in person before bidding online.

“As always, a fabulous evening with wonderful friends who feel like family,” said one of the guests.

Emily Peck, Executive Director of the Clay Art Center, was overwhelmed by the generosity of all the donors who raised over $134,000 to keep the Clay Art Center and its vital programs strong and ensure they continue to have an impact in the community. “Thank you to the Clay Art Center community for their generous support in continuing to make the power of creativity accessible to everyone,” she said.

NYS Senator Shelley Mayer, Port Chester Village Administrator Joan Grangenois-Thomas, NYS Assemblyman Steve Otis, CAC Board Member Sally Ng, CAC Executive Director Emily Peck and Reena Kashyap, Director Emeritus. (Clay Art Center)

The annual fall benefit is an opportunity for friends of the Clay Art Center to celebrate together while supporting its artist and community programs. The funding provides more than 1,000 scholarships to underserved and at-risk youth to take courses where they grow and thrive, provides emerging artists with a place to gain experience and skills through the residency program, supports the exhibition program that showcases the work of emerging and established ceramic artists at the Clay Art Center and funds general operations that allow the CAC to recruit and retain its dedicated staff.

The Clay Art Center was founded in 1957 by Katherine Choy and Henry Okamoto. Unbeknownst to them at the time, the center would become an 11,000 square foot non-profit arts center that offers programs to professional artists, students, collectors and the Port Chester community at large.

The Clay Art Center is a nationally recognized non-profit center for the advancement and practice of the ceramic arts offering exhibits, clay classes for adults and children, studios for artists from the clay and awareness programs in the community. It is located at 40 Beech Street in Port Chester. The opening hours of the gallery and the BOUTIQUE are Monday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.