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The DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts proudly announces that its featured artist for 2019 is DeLand resident ceramist Carly Gibran. Her work will be featured on the festival poster and T-shirts.

Mark your calendars for the unveiling of the official artwork 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the historic Athens Theatre in DeLand.

A whirling dynamo of “get-things-done,” Gibran juggles a professional ceramics studio with an active family life with her husband and two young sons, while teaching classes and selling her work at festivals and galleries.

She has a long history with the Museum of Art – DeLand, also. Gibran took art classes for children at the museum when it was at the corner of North Garfield and East New York avenues, and later interned at the museum as she completed her degree in art at Stetson University.

The story of her path to ceramics is paved with charming anecdotes that she tells with a sense of humor Mark Twain would have loved.

Gibran got started in porcelain, she says, because as a youthful novice she bought a potter’s wheel that came with a 50-pound bag of clay. When asked by the clerk what kind of clay she wanted, she was too embarrassed to admit she knew nothing about clay. She blurted out the only thing she knew — porcelain.

Later, when she worked with more forgiving stoneware, she realized she had started out with a difficult and temperamental medium.

Gibran prefers porcelain now for its translucency and fine grain.

“It feels like cream cheese,” she said.

She likes to create works that are light and airy, and received grants early on to study bone-china techniques in England.

Gibran’s work is heavily influenced by fiber arts and textile designs. Her mother was an interior designer, and Gibran grew up around piles of fabric, templates and patterns — all things that got translated into her ceramics.

Her work is wheel-thrown or hand-built with embellishments carved or impressed into the clay. She uses color sparingly and produces one-of-a-kind works and small editions.

Gibran’s work is carried at Arts on Douglas in New Smyrna Beach. She teaches adolescents at Casa Montessori and a weekly evening class at Jane’s Art Center in New Smyrna Beach.

The unveiling of the DeLand Fall Festival poster featuring Gibran’s work is sponsored by Merrill Lynch – Ogram, Higbee & Associates, DeLand.

For more information about the festival’s popular patron program for art collectors, and sponsorships to support the event, which was voted “Best Florida Outdoor Fine Art Festival,” visit www.DeLandFallFestival.com or call the Museum of Art – DeLand at 386-734-4371.

The DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts, a program of the Museum of Art – DeLand, will take place Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23 and 24, along Woodland Boulevard in historic Downtown DeLand.


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