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Edinboro professors Chuck Johnson and Lee Rexrode selected for ‘WaterFire Sharon’

Sept. 9-29 ceramics invitational exhibition also includes work of 9 EU alumni


Ceramics works by Edinboro University professors Chuck Johnson and Lee Rexrode, as well as EU alumni Bill Campbell, Scott Cornish, Gerry Dinnen, Ed Eberle, Walter Herrmann, Christian Kuharik, Jon Schwarz, Gary Spinosa and Dick Wukich, have been selected for inclusion in the “WaterFire Sharon” Ceramic Invitational. The gallery show will be open to the public Sept. 9-29 at the James E. Winner Jr. Arts & Culture Center in Sharon, Pa.

On Sept. 14, the gallery will feature extended hours from 10 a.m. to midnight along with food and entertainment as part of the WaterFire Sharon World Fire event.

Show organizer Christian Kuharik, professor at Penn State Shenango, noted that the best artists and educators in the field of ceramics from within a 70-mile radius of Sharon were invited to participate in the gallery show, which will feature functional pottery, ceramic sculpture and ceramic installations.

“Some of the biggest names in ceramics within Western Pennsylvania and Ohio will be exhibiting,” Kuharik added. 

The Ceramic Invitational will have a formal gallery opening on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 6-9 p.m., which is open to the public.  During the reception, there will be a tribute to Kathy Koop, former professor at Westminster College, who passed away earlier this year. “Kathy was much respected in the ceramics field,” said Kuharik.  “We are grateful to her family for allowing us to display her work.” 

Created by artist Barnaby Evans, “WaterFire” was first demonstrated as a public arts installation in Providence, Rhode Island in 1994. Since then WaterFire has been replicated in Kansas City, Columbus, Singapore, Brussels, Venice and most recently Rome. Each WaterFire event is created around a different theme and often customized to be area specific. All WaterFire events are free to attend.

For more information about “WaterFire Sharon,” including a full schedule of events, visit