Dec 9, 2012

Class Glass


     An glass art exhibit at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is well worth visiting during your holiday running around...a respite from the hustle and bustle as it were (have lunch at the cafe too!) But don't wait too long, it closes on January 6th.

(From the museum website)

Psychedelic Mania: Stephen Rolfe Powell's Dance with Glass

October 6, 2012 through January 6, 2013
The work of Alabama-native Stephen Rolfe Powell, an internationally recognized master glass artist, will be highlighted in a retrospective exhibition organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts as a part of the national celebration of the fiftieth-anniversary of the American Studio Glass movement.
Powell’s work employs a traditional Italian murrine technique, incorporating thousands of tiny beads of vibrant color that he blows and stretches into suggestive, anthropomorphic shapes. His inventive handling of blowing, swinging and torching the molten glass, combined with tongue-in-cheek titles, offer a fresh departure from conventional glass vessels.
With 80 works by Powell, all compiled from his personal reserve collection, the exhibition focuses on Powell’s oversized blown glass vessels and asymmetrical sculptures. Primarily drawn from his Teasers, Whacko and Screamer series, made between 1988 and 2011, the exhibition also includes the early ceramic works and glass prototypes that convey Powell’s artistic development.

(This exhibition is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and is also sponsored by Joan Loeb; Corinna and Barry Wilson; Loree and Owen Aronov, and Teri Aronov; Linda and Larry Puckett; Arts Alliance for Contemporary Glass; Dawn and Adam Schloss; Servisfirst Bank; Winifred and Charles A. Stakely).

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