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April 1-16: Ceramics exhibit by emerging artist and teacher

FREDERICK, Md.—A ceramics exhibit by an emerging artist and teacher will be on display at Hood College April 1-16 in the Whitaker Campus Center Gallery.

Deirdre Tighe’s “Zephyr and Flit: Action and Reaction in Relationships” exhibit will showcase her sculptural, ceramic vessels as an exploration of what she describes as the whimsy of nature and the human experience. She is in Hood College’s Master of Fine Arts program.

Her pieces are inspired by her relationship with her late sister. Tighe says a “zephyr” is a soft breeze, and “flit” describes the reaction to the breeze, such as grass or flowers moving. To her, this action and reaction symbolizes her relationship with her sister.

Tighe lives and works in Maryland. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in art and design from Towson University. She then attended Hood College for her graduate certificate in ceramic arts and her Master of Arts degree. She has taught for nonprofits and private studios in the Baltimore area, and she has exhibited at Towson University, Howard Community College, Hood College and several art festivals across the state. Her work is online at

Tighe says the sometimes small, intimate scale of her work conveys an atmosphere of whispering conversations and shared secrets. Her body of work represents a formal exploration into the construction of an alternative language, concerned with her relationships and interactions, and the subject is the drama, tension and harmony created.

The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tighe will give a gallery talk at 4:30 p.m. April 2 in the Whitaker Gallery, and a reception will follow from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Both the reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public.

For more information about this exhibit, contact Lisa York, curator of the Whitaker Gallery, at