City of Sanford, NC
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Municipal Pottery & Art Exhibit Open to the Public

The City of Sanford invites the public to stop by the Sanford Municipal Building any week day from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. to view its new pottery and art exhibit.

The exhibit is located in the building’s upper floor lobby and includes a case dedicated to Sanford’s Sister City initiative. The highlight of the display is a clay horse that was given to the City by the government of Yixing, China in 2014 as a gift to commemorate our official Sister City relationship.

Also on display is the official Memorandum of Understanding between Sanford and Yixing in both English and Mandarin, several teapots hand made by Yixing artists, photos of the Sister City signing, and more.

The lobby exhibit includes a separate display of local art. The Lee County Arts Council loaned paintings created by Charles Melby, Joy Pearce, Shirley Romero, Doug Rowe, and Maria Rowe. The Railroad House Historical Association loaned several pieces of North State Pottery.

Rounding out the display are a face jug and vase by Kevin Brown of North Cole Pottery. Brown traveled to Yixing in 2015 and displayed face jugs in the city’s 8th Yixing China International Ceramic Culture and Arts Festival. Brown was the only United States artist in the festival.

“The Lee County Arts Council is proud to be part of this new exhibit showcasing community artists at City Hall,” says Council president Joann Thaxton. “The timing is perfect as we are heading into a month full of art events that we’re calling ‘ARTS-tober’ and even our local government is on-board.”

The exhibit is another way that Sanford is focusing on being an arts destination, notes Mayor Chet Mann. “We have beautiful and interesting murals and now visitors to City Hall can stop and see handmade local art as well as experience what connects us to the people of Yixing which is pottery.”

The pottery and art exhibit is not the only artwork on display in the Sanford Municipal Center lobby. A prominent feature of the room is a large brick relief sculpture of the City of Sanford seal. The room also boasts four sculpted clay panels commemorating Heins Telephone Company, one of the last independent telephone companies in North Carolina.

For more information about the Sister City initiative or the pottery and art exhibit, contact Public Information Officer Kelly Miller at 919-777-1133 or

Sanford Municipal Center Lobby Art

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