Octopus’s amphora

An eight-armed cephalopod grips the tree-painted surface of an amphora-like vessel, created by ceramics artist Chris Cantello. “I am always pushing the edges of my understanding,” says the artist. “I strive to make each piece of work reveal its gift.” Cantello’s ceramic pieces and photographer Arnold Kessler's latest work comprise the new show at the Chico Art Center, 450 Orange St., Suite 6, opening with a reception on Friday, June 29, at 7 p.m. The show runs through Sunday, August 5.