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November exhibit showcases ceramic ‘Intuition’ at Charles City Arts Center

November exhibit showcases ceramic ‘Intuition’ at Charles City Arts Center
“Denial” by artist Madalyn Vorrie is one of the pieces to be displayed in November at the Charles City Arts Center. An opening reception will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at the Arts Center. Submitted photo
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The Charles City Arts Center will exhibit ceramic sculptures by artist Madalyn Vorrie in a November exhibit titled “Intuition.”

The exhibit will kick off with an opening reception sponsored by Tellurian Brewing on Friday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Arts Center.

November exhibit showcases ceramic ‘Intuition’ at Charles City Arts Center
Madalyn Vorrie

Intuition is a collection of “alien flower” sculptures that Des Moines native Vorrie created as she attempted to find peace after a pregnancy loss. The exhibit is in honor of her son, Jayce Thomas Vorrie.

“My process of creating sculptures reflected my hope, joy, and grief during and after my pregnancies. It was very therapeutic to sculpt my ‘alien flower’ forms,” she said.

“I used contrasting forms, such as spikes and ruffles, to describe the conflicting feelings I experienced during my healing journey. I counted on my intuitive process to express my experiences in the movement, gesture, texture, and color of my sculptures,” Corrie said.

The overall theme of the work in the exhibit is that life is beautiful, but very complex. Vorrie said she considers the idea interesting that beauty can also be dangerous, and she works to express that feeling in the work she creates.

Vorrie earned her BFA in ceramics and BA in art education-painting from UNI and currently teaches art at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows High School.

“Teaching helps me understand others and their feelings, as it helps me to understand and express my own feelings,” she said. “My artwork is abstract and expressive. Students create and say things all the time which helps inspire my work.”

The artist said she hopes the people who come see the exhibit will walk away with a greater awareness of pregnancy loss and hopefully be better equipped to discuss that, with the hope that they might find healing in the process.

The Charles City Arts Center is located at 301 N Jackson Street across from Central Park. For more information call 641-228-6284 or email




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