Opening Reception: Friday, March 3 from 5-8pm
The Glass Art Society (GAS) is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage excellence and development of the glass arts, and to support the worldwide community of artists who work with glass. GAS selected Norfolk, VA’s Chrysler Museum of Art and its Perry Glass Studio as host for the 46th annual conference in 2017.
Tying into the creativity that the GAS conference, artists of the Washington Glass School and the Virginia Glass Guild are creating a joint exhibit at Virginia’s Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (March 3- June 4, 2017). Titled “EMBRACING NARRATIVE: Artwork of the Washington Glass School and the Virginia Glass Guild”, the show was juried by Diane Wright, Curator of Glass, Chrysler Museum of Art and Sheila Giolitti, Mayer Fine Art Gallery.
Many of the artists from the Washington Glass School plan to attend the opening reception.
“We do have a four-hour drive, but it’s worth (it),” said Erwin Timmers, Co-Director of the school. “We feel very honored to show our work in such a magnificent space.”
It’s also apropos for the show since the school has “focused on the sculptural aspect of glass and the storytelling” during its 15-year existence, he said.
Featured Washington Glass School artists include: Michael Janis, Tim Tate, and Erwin Timmers, Audrey Wilson, Diane Cabe, Sean Hennessey, Allegra Marquart, Syl Mathis, Elizabeth Mears, Debra Ruzinsky, Nancy Weisser, Erin Antognoli, Steve Durow, Jennifer Lindstrom, Sherry Selevan, and Jeff Zimmer.
Virginia Glass Guild artists include: James Akers, Tim Spurchise, Sarah Vaughn & Caitlin Blomstrom, Samuel Spees, Julia and Robin Rogers, Kimberly McKinnis, Nate Avery, Ali Rogan, Ben Carl Riley, Charlotte Potter, Hollister Weber, Clay McGlamory, Dugrae Collective, Jude Scholtzhauer, Elaine Abrams, Kathleen Little, and Caroline Riley.
Embracing Narrative: Artwork of the Washington Glass School and the Virginia Glass Guild
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
400 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
March 3 – June 4, 2017