Now through December 31st, Salmon Falls Gallery in Shelburne Falls is hosting 16 different glass artists, all who are part of the Vermont Glass Guild. Their works fill the 2 featured exhibit spaces and cover an array of techniques including hot (furnace-worked), lamp (torch or flame-worked), warm (fused/slumped), as well as samples of cold-working.
Local glass artist, Josh Simpson is a member of the Vermont Glass Guild, which reaches exceptional artists even outside of Vermont. The Guild supports its members by providing excellent networking opportunities to the public and other artists. It also creates a great sense of community amongst the artists.
Below are the statements from some of the artists whose works will be exhibited at Salmon Falls Gallery as part of the group exhibit:
OUT OF THE ASHES
This collection of Robert's work was born out of tragedy: the historic barn on his property burned to the ground in October 2015. He's been using the metal and cast iron pieces (missing, of course, their wooden handles and parts) from farm implements and antiques that were left behind in the debris, to create stunning sculptures. Many of the pieces in the Out of the Ashes series at first glance appear to be encased in ice; not until the viewer comes close is it revealed that the sculpture is made with glass.
Lori Pietropaoli took her first fused glass class the day after moving to Vermont. She quickly became hooked on the combination of color and construction, continuing to develop her skills at the Davis Studios. She studied under Alyssa Oxley, Micaela Wallace, Morgan Madison and Alicia Lomne. She is frequently inspired by the Vermont landscape and architecture. Ms. Pietropaoli explores variation – where the construction and finishing follows the same methods, yet the results are unique. She achieves distinctive outcomes through the specific choice of glass in each piece. Pieces shown are inspired by the light at different times of a single day.
Reflections represents Josh Simpson’s latest exploration of different ways to use murruni and latticino cane. In the Blue New Mexico pieces, he stretches straight cane into sweeping curved patterns that cast interesting shadows on the interior glass. In the clear pieces, he creates a multilayered “vase within vase” effect. These new works reveal Simpson’s decades-long interest in employing the traditional vessel form as a medium for playing with depth, reflection, transparency, and point of view.
Josh Simpson is a Western Massachusetts glass artist whose work includes vibrantly colored sculptural pieces often inspired by astrophysical or cosmological themes. Simpson has spent nearly half a century making glass objects that embody his fascination with color, form, pattern and complexity.
Mary Angus, Readsboro, VT
Chris Sherwin, Sherwin Art Glass, Bellows Falls, VT
Randi Solin, Solinglass, Brattleboro, VT
Dominique Caissie, Terrapin Glassblowing Studio, Jaffrey, NH
Dave & Melanie Leppla, Mad River Glass Gallery, Waitsfield, VT
Robert Burch, Brandywine Glassworks, Putney, VT
Zak Grace, Zak Grace Glass, Brattleboro, VT
Robert DuGrenier, Robert DuGrenier Associates, Inc., Townshend, VT
Monique LaJeunesse, Michael Trimpol, Little River Hotglass Studio, Stowe, VT
Lori Pietropaoli, Williston, VT
Matt Seasholtz, Seaholtz Glass Design, Johnson, VT
Josh Simpson, Josh Simpson Contemporary Glass, Shelburne, MA
Ann Conlin, Tewksbury, MA
Lucy Bergamini, Vitresse Glass, Brattleboro, VT
Wesley Fleming, Holyoke, MA
Exhibit runs through the end of the year. For more information, visit SalmonFallsGallery.com or call the gallery at 413.625.9833.