Artist of the Month

Ann Keechddff

This MLUC retrospective (on display May 12 through June 11) gives Ann Keech an opportunity to reflect on how making art has enriched and impacted her life, magnifying her awareness and awe of the visual world. Much of this comes from doing art with her own children and grandchildren, 30 years as the ‘Clay Lady’ at MLUC, decades of designing play-and-learn activities and workshops at Please Touch Museum, and 16 years as a member of the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, the nationally recognized collective of found object artists.

After 30 years of sharing her knowledge of UUism and her creativity, Ann is retiring as the Clay Lady. We will honor her during the service and at a reception on May 13. All children and adults are invited. A birthright, fifth-generation UU, Ann has deep roots in UUism. Studying the UUA curriculum, she incorporated clay-creating ideas for classes. She took the children’s finished work home to dry in her kiln. The fired pieces were returned for display at MLUC and then went home with their creators. One of Ann’s favorite clay forms is our UU symbol, the chalice. As the children designed and made their own clay chalices, they heard the story of how the chalice became our symbol.

For many years, Ann also organized the annual MLUC Children and Youth Art Exhibit, which combined art and social action. She is an exhibiting member of Philadelphia Sculptors, and her work has been exhibited in shows and shops along the East Coast. Her award-winning found object assemblages have been selected for juried exhibits throughout the East Coast and for the International Assemblage Exhibit, Berlin, Germany. In addition, her work is included in American Style Magazine 2005, has been given special recognition by the Philadelphia Inquirer’s art critic, and featured in the beautiful book Found Object Art 2. Ann encourages people of all ages to play with clay. You’ll discover an easy, engaging material to explore and create with. She hopes her found object work will inspire you to find the stories in common objects, reminding us of another time. Who used that? Where has it been? How was it lost? See her work at:

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 12, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Fireside Room Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri;  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Sunday

Past Exhibits

Souls Shot Art Exhibition (February 8 - April 1)

Center for Creative Works (December 15 - January 30)

Tiantian Li (November 8 - December 13)

Enzhao Liu (September 21 - November 2)

Nasty Women Art Show 

Alice Dustin (March 12 - April 17)

Linda Dubin Garfield/Elsa Wachs (January 15 - February 20)

Center for Creative Works (December 4 - January 8)

Edwina Brennan (September 11 - October 16)

Visual Arts Group (July - September 10)

David Gerbstadt (June 1 - June 26)

Members Art Show (April 5 - May)

Mickie Rosen (February 24 - March 17)

Elynne Rosenfeld (January 13 - February 21)

Barbara J. Zucker (October 22 - November 30)

Constance Cullpepper (September 12 - October 8)

MLUC Visual Arts Group (July 1 - September 10)

Robin Hotchkiss (June 3 - June 29)

Brian H. Peterson (May 8 - May 31)

Members Art Show (April 9 - May 3)

Barbara Bugliani & Mary Kane (April 9 - May 3)

Ellen Carver (February 11 - March 9)

Ted Ellis (December 21 - January 25)

Center for Creative Works (November 25 - December 14)

Ruth Wolf (October 19 - November 23)

Pam McLean Parker (September 5 - October 12)

Visual Arts Group Made You Look (July 5 - August 31)

Noah Addis: Future Cities (June 1 - 29)

Members Art Show (May 1 - June 6)

Nancy Agati (April 2 - April 27)

Mark Mellett (February 26 - March 31)

Select Invitational Show and Fabric of Peace Quilts (January 17 - February 23)
Featuring paintings by Leslie Bowen, Giuliana Calabi, Mary Kane, Sandi Neiman Lovitz, and Valetta

ArtWell Group Exhibit (December 7 - January 12, 2014)

Laszlo Bagi: Almost All Trees (October 27 - December 1)

Betsy R. Miraglia: Paper / Print / Collage (September 15 - October 20)

Members Art Show (May 4 - September 8)

Amie Potsic: Made in China and Endangered Seasons (March 21 - April 28)

ARTsisters: Recycled, green art (February 16 - March 17)

Dumpster Divers: Upcycling Trash to Treasure (January 5 - February 10, 2013)

Emmy Lou Packard: Retrospective presented by her son Don Cairns (November 25 - December 31)

Kassem Amoudi: Narrative figure and color field paintings (October 13 - November 18, 2012)