Opening: Thursday, August 12 at 6pm
Washing up smooth, sometimes shiny, sea glass tumbles along the ocean’s edge, long after breaking from its origins. It can take hundreds of years before these coveted pieces come to shore, but our Sea Glass exhibition offers you a shorter wait. Opening August 12th, Sea Glass pairs Lisa Tubach’s sensuous painted underwater scapes with John Geci’s bold and elegant blown glass vessels. It’s a mesmerizing combination.
About the Artists
Tubach’s paintbrush dips into ethereal underwater worlds, defined by brilliant, bold-toned sea life. Channeling her zest for protecting tropical ecosystems into painting stunning tableaus, she gives us big strokes and remarkable detail as we enter coral installations, move through grasses and into grottos. Her oil and acrylic paintings on canvas and guaches on paper are informed by her conservation work: immersion with shark conservationists in Belize, coral garden maintenance in Hawaii, invertebrate collection in Puget Sound, reef documentation in the Bahamas and next, perhaps, a trip to Iceland where she wants to “dive into fissures” to examine their geo-thermal state. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Tubach graduated from Macalester College, earned an M.F.A. from Michigan State University, and a certificate in digital video production from New York University. She is Professor of Art at James Madison University and has had exhibitions and artist residencies throughout the globe.
Geci’s studio sits atop a hill in Western North Carolina, where he considers his medium, he says, “as a canvas to display the inherent beauty…of the glass”. A master glassblower who found his calling in college, John Geci soon traveled to Penland School of Craft in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, to immerse himself in the art. After studying and apprenticing with leading local artists who imparted many techniques and approaches, Geci landed the first-ever glass residency at EnergyXchange, an innovative small business incubator based on sustainability. For two decades, the artist has produced his own distinctive designs known as J. Geci Glass. Geci’s vessels are in galleries and private collections across the country. Active in the dynamic local arts community, he chairs the glass jury at the EnergyXchange and is a member of the robust Toe River Arts Council.
Find John Geci’s luminous vessels paired with Lisa Tubach’s striking renderings of underwater worlds at the upcoming exhibition, Sea Glass, August 12th – September 25th at Amy Kaslow Gallery. Visit www.amykaslowgallery.com for more info.
Amy Kaslow Gallery is located at 4300 Fordham Rd NW.