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New Ceramic Trail showcases Hocking Hills art, culture and history

Published: September 2, 2015 2:47 PM

HOCKING HILLS, OHIO — Travelers will soon be able to experience southeast Ohio ceramics history, culture and art in a new and immersive way. The Southeast Ohio Contemporary Ceramic Trailopens Friday, Sept. 18 with 19 distinctive stops and a celebration of the region’s rich ceramic heritage that embraces the artistic expression of today's contemporary ceramics.
The Trail will help visitors to southeast Ohio's Hocking Hills region, which is rich in natural and cultural attractions, discover a host of historical and contemporary ceramic treasures. A partnership between artists and arts organizations throughout southeast Ohio, the Ceramics Trail features stops at artists' studios and shops all around Hocking County, Lancaster and Roseville, as well as exhibitions in Athens, Nelsonville and Zanesville.
“The Southeast Ohio Contemporary Ceramic Trail is an excellent addition to the experiences available to visitors in the Hocking Hills and Southeast Ohio,” said Executive Director of the Hocking Hills Tourism Association Karen Raymore. “Travelers are looking for compelling stories and authentic encounters with local culture and history. This new trail is an outstanding way to share with them the region's rich ceramic heritage."
The Trail kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 with an opening reception at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens. Other events marking the trail's significance include Starbrick Clay National Cup Show at Starbrick Gallery in Nelsonville, Friday, Sept. 25 and the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, with a grand prize award of $20,000.
Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio, Hocking Hills offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make every day feel like Saturday, with plenty of Admission: FREE activities. The region boasts a wide variety of affordable lodging, from camping, cabins and cottages to hotels and inns.  In addition to hiking trails, parks and forests, the Hocking Hills is the zipline capital of the Midwest, with 50 ziplines being offered via three distinct guide services.  Unique gift and antique shops, canoeing, horseback riding, golf, spas and more add to the allure of the Hocking Hills as the perfect place to unplug.Complete traveler information is available ExploreHockingHills.com or 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).

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