Art Exhibit Artist’s Profile: Won Yin

by Steve Mayer & Won Yin
Riderwood Arts Council

We recently talked with three artists whose works are on display at the Art Exhibit II which opened in June; the exhibit is located at Lakeside Commons in the Encore Theater lobby, hallway and upstairs in the Lakeside lobby. The exhibit is presented by the Arts Council of Riderwood which also juried the works. Check out the August and September editions of the paper for more artist profiles.

Won Yin majored in Design at the University of Michigan where she became interested in ceramics. She worked as an art teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools  when in 1975 she met Richard Lafean, a master teacher in ceramics and director of the Columbia (Maryland) Visual Art Center (later a part of Antioch College).  She opened a ceramics studio with a reduction kiln in her home and joined the Thought Gallery, a co-op in Annapolis.  She returned to teaching, mostly as a ceramics teacher until retirement in 1998.

She and her husband moved to Riderwood in 2005; she feels extremely privileged to teach ceramics here under the PGCC SAGE program.  Won says “it is so exciting to teach here because our residents have such incredible backgrounds. They create what they wish; all I have to do is facilitate their efforts.”

The current exhibits at both Lakeside Commons and Montgomery Station will remain until September and then rotate to Montgomery Station and Village Square from September to December. In September the Arts Council will jury art for a new exhibit at Lakeside Commons; any resident or Staff member may submit art for consideration by the jury.


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