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Instructors at Creative Arts Center display their artwork in latest exhibit

Local artists and those taking classes at the Burbank Creative Arts Center had the opportunity to display their art pieces during the Holiday Arts and Craft Boutique last month.

Now, the dozens of instructors at the center have their moment in the spotlight during the center's current exhibit, the Art Instructors' Show.

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Through Jan. 25, attendees at the facility will have an opportunity to see the intricate art pieces that the center's teachers have created.

There are ceramic pieces, paintings and jewelry on display that were created with different techniques that highlight the expertise of the instructors.

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"It's good for our students to know the quality of the work of their instructors," said Virginia Causton-Keene, the center's director. "It's also important for our instructors to be able to express and show their talents."

Barbara Rog, a 38-year instructor at the Creative Arts Center, was in the ceramics room behind the center's art gallery Tuesday morning, teaching her intermediate-level pottery class.

That morning, she demonstrated the techniques of centering, opening, raising the walls and closing the top off a piece of clay while using a pottery wheel.

Before getting her hands dirty with clay, Rog showed her class some example pieces she had recently made, which included a bird feeder and two candle holders.

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However, it only took her about 15 minutes to make another ceramic art piece similar to the bird feeder she had made previously.

"I've been throwing for about 40 years, so I do make it look easy," Rog said. "I usually tell my students that I'm sorry that I make it look easy."

Having been involved with the Creative Arts Center for nearly 40 years, Rog said she is honored to have her pottery pieces showcased in the exhibit alongside her peers.

She added that she hopes that those who come by the gallery and see their work or those who take art classes at the center feel inspired to start their own art project or try something new.

Instructors Debbie Henson and Jack Paul Miller, who were waiting at the gallery Tuesday morning to pass the time before they started their classes, concurred with Rog, adding that it is encouraging to see their colleagues' works on display.

"I hope the people that do come to see the gallery recognize the capabilities we have and can provide to the city," Miller said. "We've not only got the pottery class, but we have drawing classes, painting classes and a little bit of everything."

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