Glass Art Society Conference 2017 Opens June 1–3

The 46th annual Glass Art Society (GAS) conference, Reflections from the Edge: Glass, Art, and Performance opens this week in Norfolk, VA. The main venues will be centered around the Norfolk Chrysler Museum of Art and its Perry Glass Studio.

EMBRACING  NARRATIVE: Artwork of the Washington Glass School and Virginia Glass Guild at the Portsmouth Arts & Cultural Center

EMBRACING NARRATIVE: Artwork of the Washington Glass School and Virginia Glass Guild at the Portsmouth Arts & Cultural Center – through June 11, 2017

If you are in town for the event, be sure to check out some of the amazing exhibits – including “Embracing Narrative – Artwork of the Washington Glass School and the Virginia Glass Guild” at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center.

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The Virginia Glass Guild (VGG) has an exhibit of glass work by members at Norfolk’s Slover Library  - with GAS Conference reception on ​June 1, 2017  6:30-8:30pm.

Norfolk, Chrysler Museum and Chrysler Glass Studio Host Glass Art Society International Conference

norfolk GAS conferenceThe Glass Art Society (GAS) will hold their 46th annual conference, Reflections from the Edge: Glass, Art, and Performance at Norfolk, VA’s Chrysler Museum of Art and its Perry Glass Studio. From June 1–3, 2017, attendees will experience technical glass demonstrations on various glass processes and topics; lectures on science and art; and special events such as a local gallery hop, goblet grab, international student exhibition, and live and silent auction. Participants will also witness one of the Studio’s most exciting features, its groundbreaking theatrical glass performances, for which the Studio is quickly establishing a national reputation.

“We are thrilled to have selected Norfolk for the first time as our host city for the 2017 GAS conference,” said Pamela Koss, Glass Art Society Executive Director. “Artists from across the country and around the world will be introduced to the expansive glass collection of the Chrysler Museum and discover the state-of-the-art Perry Glass Studio.”

Both the Museum and the Glass Studio also serve as an anchor for Norfolk’s blossoming arts district. New Energy of Norfolk, or NEON. A number of arts venues in Norfolk and adjacent city of Portsmouth will feature exhibits of glass artwork, including Glass Wheel Studio and  The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, the latter featuring an incredible showcase of works by artists of the Washington Glass School and Virginia Glass Guild.

The 2017 GAS conference is co-chaired by Diane Wright, the Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass; Charlotte Potter; and community volunteers Virginia Hitch and Colin McKinnon.

“The Chrysler Museum of Art is extremely pleased to host the 2017 Glass Art Society conference,” Wright said. “We are eager to welcome so many artists working in the field of glass to Norfolk, a community with a tremendous passion for supporting the arts, especially glass. For this conference we invite the international glass community to explore the deep history that glass has to offer, as well as to highlight some of the future movements in the field.”

For more info about the 2017 Norfolk Conference – click HERE.

About the Glass Art Society
The Glass Art Society is an international non-profit organization founded in 1971 whose purpose is to encourage excellence, to advance education, to promote the appreciation and development of the glass arts, and to support the worldwide community of artists who work with glass.

Washington Glass School Comes To Town: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

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Elizabeth Mears; torchworked glass, mixed media

“Embracing Narrative” – the joint exhibition of glass works by artists from the Washington Glass School and the Virginia Glass Guild opened this weekend at Virginia’s Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (PACC). Juried by Diane Wright, Curator of Glass, Chrysler Museum of Art and Sheila Giolitti, Mayer Fine Art Gallery, the exhibit kicks off the events that lead up to the 46th annual conference being held at the Chrysler Museum and the Perry Glass Studio in June, 2017. 

Opening night of Embracing Narrative at the Portsmouth Art Center.

Opening night of Embracing Narrative at the Portsmouth Art Center.

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.

L-R Erwin Timmers (Washington Glass School)  Sheila Giolitti (Mayer Fine Art Gallery), Gayle Paul (Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center), Diane Wright (Chrysler Museum), Michael Janis (Washington Glass School).

L-R Erwin Timmers (Washington Glass School) Sheila Giolitti (Mayer Fine Art Gallery), Gayle Paul (Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center), Diane Wright (Chrysler Museum), Michael Janis (Washington Glass School).

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.

For this exhibit, PACC joins with the Chrysler Museum of Art and regional art facilities to celebrate the art of glass as Norfolk hosts the Glass Art Society Conference from June 1-3, 2017.

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

Chrysler Museum Curator of Glass, Diane Wright, talks about the works in the Embracing Narrative exhibit.

Chrysler Museum Curator of Glass, Diane Wright, talks about the works in the Embracing Narrative exhibit.