Juror Bios & Statements

Current Show


It has been a pleasure for Mark and me to jury Galley West’s Spring Show. So much local talent to choose from! The flowers and trees are blooming all around us and we wanted to reflect that inside throughout the show.
We were impressed with the quality and variety of the work. The only challenge was fitting as much of the work we had approved into the space.
Congratulations to all the artists. You inspire us!
Diane Heart and Mark Preu


Diane Hart:

From an early age, handwork has fascinated and inspired me.  In 1976 I had the opportunity to throw my first pot on a wheel at an art center.  From there I went to college and on to an apprenticeship in order to learn the art and craft of pottery.  Since those early days, I have had extensive experience teaching classes and seminars for art institutes, in the studios where I have worked, and at the college level.  Charlotte F. Speight and John Toki also feature my work in the fifth edition of Hands in Clay.

Being a teacher has reinforced my ability to use multiple techniques for crafting objects out of different kinds of clay as well as building different kinds of kilns.  Work as a “production” potter for several different companies has taught me speed and efficiency at the wheel.  My creative work has led me to collaborate with many other artists, including potters, painters and photographers.  I have also been involved with setting up cooperative studios as well as starting my current business that features both my pottery and my husband’s photography.

Currently I favor crafting high-fire porcelain ware (though raku fired pieces continue to be a significant part of my artistic repertoire).  Porcelain lends itself to the kind of carving and reshaping I like to do once I’ve thrown a piece on the wheel.  When it comes to glazes, the ocean inspires me to create a watercolor effect on my pieces.  My goal is to bring these technical and aesthetic elements together in order to evoke a sense of warmth and comfort in my pieces.

Mark Preu:

I love living on the edge- the border between land and water. Here on Cape Cod there is an abundance of shoreline. Ocean beaches, bays, salt marshes, ponds and lakes. Behind them are dunes and hills and woods. Drawing on a life-long knowledge of the area, I return again and again to familiar places, trying to capture special moments when weather, light, and composition come together in extraordinary beauty.

I produce all my work in my home studio. The prints are made with pigment inks, and all materials are acid free to ensure a lasting piece of art.

While Cape Cod is my home turf, on my website I also have galleries of my work from other places, which I am expanding as my travels continue.

North American Nature Photography Association
Art Foundation of Cape Cod
Cape Cod Art Association- juried artist member
Cape Cod Museum of Art
Cotuit Center for the Arts