Join us for Art in the Yard on 9/24 from 10a-4pm! Follow the map to participating artists homes where they will be displaying & selling art in their yards, home studios or garages! This unique event gives you an opportunity to meet the artists and view their exclusive work.
Visit at least 10 of the participating artist homes and you will be entered into a drawing for several PRIZE PACKAGES that will be announced at the end of the event! Prizes include donated works of art by our participating artists, gift certificates & merchandise from local businesses.
Be sure to pick up your stamp card and get your card stamped by each artist you visit to qualify! Turn your card in at the end of the day (by 5pm) to the Island Arts Council's tent at Good Hops Brewery. (You do not need to be present to win.)
You can download the Interactive Map
or you can pick up a copy at Island Arts Council tent at Good Hops Brewery or various businesses before and during the day of the event.
The Island Arts Council's tent will be open from 9:00a to 5:00pm for more information and assistance.
Click on the picture or button below to download the PDF. You can either use it as an interactive map on your Smartphone or print it for a hardcopy.
Our mission is to promote awareness, understanding and appreciation of the literary, culinary, visual and performing arts in the island community, in order to enhance the quality of life in our area.
Champion the arts in Pleasure Island
Support practicing artists and local art organizations
Encourage economic development through the arts
Facilitate the growth of our community into a regional arts destination.
We seek to expand the arts throughout our island. Click below to find out how individuals, art organizations and artists can join in our mission.
YiFenn Strickland is a studio potter/maker of ceramic objects. When she is not making pots, she teaches ceramic classes at Leland Cultural Arts Center and works at Port City Pottery and Fine Crafts where she is a member. YiFenn is also represented by New Elements Gallery primarily for her sculptural work.
YiFenn has a multicultural and multidisciplinary background. She was born to Chinese immigrant parents in Laos and came to the US under president Carter’s Refugee Act of 1980.
YiFenn was formally trained as an engineer, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, and worked as a software developer for 10 years. After taking some time to raise a family, YiFenn took a career turn to study oil painting and then ceramics. She was hooked from the first moment she touched clay in 2012 under the direction of master potter Hiroshi Sueyoshi.
YiFenn and her family reside in Kure Beach, making it their home since 2006. Today, she lives with her husband and the youngest of their three grown children.
Drawn to wabi-sabi objects, nature & human forms, I create work primarily in clay. I believe my fascination with clay originates from its tactile quality, its connection to the earth and the many challenges and possibilities this medium offers.
I feel that I am a perpetual student of clay. The influences in my work range from East to West and from the mountains to the sea. I like the challenges of working with different clay bodies, different surface treatments and enjoy the freedom of creating sculpturally inspired functional forms, with emphasis on lines and surfaces. While the sculptural work I create lies between representation and abstraction, my functional pieces often take on the wabi-sabi aesthetic and may include brush work or abstract glaze design. I’m inspired to create work that mimics nature, evokes memories, echoes a moment in time and articulates human emotions.