The opening reception for this retrospective by Regina ceramic artist Jack Sures was last night. Today at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, a symposium is scheduled to reflect on Sures’ work and his long career as an artist and educator in Regina.

As a city we enjoy a pretty strong reputation for the amount and quality of ceramic work, both functional craft and fine art, that is produced here. Born in Brandon in 1934, Sures studied in the United States, Europe and Japan. In 1965, he arrived in Regina and was instrumental in setting up ceramics and printmaking programs at what was then known as the Regina Campus of the University of Saskatchewan. You can read more about Sures here.

Today from 1-5 p.m., Sures, along with curators Timothy Long and Virginia Eichhorn, critic Matthew Kangas and several fellow ceramic artists including Mel Bolen and Ruth Chambers, will discuss his practice. There will also be a screening of a film by Linda Corbett called Jack Sures: A Sensual Touch.

Tactile Desires runs at the MacKenzie until Jan. 2. It will then embark on a tour of Canadian art galleries throughout 2012.

And if you’re in the mood for a little music after, Sures’ son┬áBen, a well-known Winnipeg-based singer-songwriter, will be performing at Artesian on 13th at 8 p.m. ($12 adv., $15 door). To close, here’s the video for his song “Gone to Bolivia”.