''Dining in VI''

You've heard the expression ''everything but the kitchen sink''? The art exhibit ''Dining in VI: An Artful Experience'' at 18 Hands Gallery doesn't go quite so far, but it does offer ''everything that you can find on the dining room table,'' says Karen Skipper Cruce. Featuring works ranging from place settings to candlesticks, the exhibit is part of the popular Heights summer street festival White Linen Night. Cruce, herself a ceramics artist and co-owner of the gallery, expects the event to draw as many as 1,000 alabaster-clad viewers that evening who will discover ''forms and finishing that they may never have seen.'' Particularly mesmerizing, Cruce teases, are works by three artists who employ sandblasting as a way to finish their work. ''This is the first year we have had the technique represented,'' she says. Thirty artists from all over the United States, ranging from students studying ceramics to professional ceramics artists and ceramics professors, have submitted more than 100 pieces to the show and are vying for top honors. One artist will receive a Best of Show award and cash prize.

6 to 9 p.m. 249 West 19th. For information, call 713-869-3099 or 18handsgallery.com. Free.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Aug. 3. Continues through Sept. 21, 2013

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