An exhibit of works by ceramic sculptor and educator Penny Michel will open Thursday, June 3, at Combine Art Collective, 130 E Rose St. in Walla Walla.

Hours at the gallery in the Showroom on Colville are from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday.

Michel was born in Carthage, Tunisia. Her ceramic art, a combination of obsession with ancient cultures and civilizations along with a love of clay, was cultivated during youthful summers spent near Phoenician ruins, she said.

Her sculpted vessels, urns and figures often contain writing and hieroglyphic-like images — visually accurate as though recently unearthed memorabilia of ancient deities and idols.

Michel’s artwork will be on exhibit throughout June. Find out more at or email See Michel's work at


Annie joined the U-B news staff in 1979 and since 1990 has written Etcetera, a daily community column. She was promoted to a copy editing post in 2007. She edits copy, designs and lays out pages, including the weekly arts and entertainment guide Marquee,