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Saturday, November 2 was the opening day for the Glass Art Guild of Utah’s Annual Glass at the Garden show and sale at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City. This year, 37 of the guild’s artists are participating, and on opening day, there were over 1000 pieces of beautiful fused glass art!
The opening reception was lively with visitors who came to admire the glass, perhaps purchase items for themselves or for holiday gifts, and to congratulate the artists who were recognized this year for their amazing talent and creativity.
The show runs through December 17 and is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission to the glass show is free of charge.
Below, you’ll find photographs of this year’s award winning art. Congratulations Artists!
Best of Show Overall Dan Cummings “Look at You, Look at Me”
Best of Show Jewelry Jodie McDougall “Cactus Necklace”
Best of Show Fused Glass (Non-Jewelry) Barbara Wesley “Aspen Spring”
Award of Excellence Lampwork (Jewelry or non-jewelry) Jodie McDougall Beaded Necklace
Award of Excellence Fused Glass Jewelry Mary Young “Murine Set”
Award of Excellence Fused Glass Art Linda and Tom Stout “Yellow and Black Millefiori”
Award of Excellence Mixed Media Lori Scharf “Pink Iris”
Award of Excellence Mixed Media Honorable Mention Connie Lundberg Poppies (the body of work)
Award of Excellence Functional Art Ben Booth “Symbols”
Award of Excellence Functional Art Honorable Mention Dana Worley Cast Oval Boxes
Award of Excellence Wall Art Barb Busche “Distant Autumn”
Award of Excellence Wall Art Honorable Mention Diane Whittaker Tapestries pieces
Jurors’ Choice Awards
Onno Mattheus “Portal”
Barb Busche “Colors of Fall”
Diane Whittaker Murine Bowl
Our artists are looking forward to their annual glass art show and sale at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit us November 2 through December 17 during regular garden hours to find a variety of artisan-crafted one-of-a-kind gifts. Artists’ reception November 2. Free admission to the art show!
In March 2019, several members of the Glass Art Guild of Utah participated in a mold-making workshop taught by fellow guild member, Jodi McRaney-Rusho. We learned about white clay and how to knead, roll, and shape the clay to our desired forms. Several students made texture tiles that can be used to create a pattern in fused sheet glass. Other students made plate and bowl molds in unique shapes. These molds will be used to slump or drape glass. Glass casting molds were also explored. Jodi used her ceramic kiln to fire the tiles and molds to a bisque state, which makes them capable of withstanding the high temperatures used with fused glass.
We are looking forward to seeing the glass pieces created from these fun ceramic and plaster molds!
For other fun and informative fused glass classes offered by the guild or its members, check our Classes section of the web site!
June 12 & 19, 2019
Members of the The Glass Art Guild of Utah learned to create a glass Coral Reef scene in a lighted shadow box. We made components for our pieces by firing them in the kiln and lampworking them using a torch. The components were arranged on three layers of glass and then each layer was fired at a different temperature to give the layers depth. The next step was to wire LED strip lighting to illuminate our scenes. A handy on/off switch that sits close to the frame allows the LEDs to be easily turned on and off.
Many thanks to our instructors: guild members Kerry Collett, Jodie McDougall, Onno Matteus, and John Whittaker.
Special recognition goes to Onno Matteus who developed this technique.
In March 2019, the Glass Art Guild of Utah enjoyed a terrific class given by member artist Wayne Jacobsen on how to create murrine cane. Murrine first appeared in history over 4000 years ago and was popularized by Venetian glasscrafters in the early 16th century.
Artists stacked glass in Wayne’s stainless steel pot design, learned about the order in which glass flows through the pot, and then pulled over 100 feet of murrine cane. The group also learned how to create intentional designs in murrine.
Additionally, artists got to try out Wayne’s Lazy Chops murrine chopper and got a demo of his electric, programmable murrine chopper.
We look forward to seeing how the Guild’s artists will incorporate this technique into their artwork!
We’ll be returning to Red Butte Garden this fall for our annual Glass in the Garden show and sale, November 3 – December 18, 2018. Make sure to include a stop at the Garden during this time for beautiful, one-of-a-kind artisan gifts.
The garden is open daily. Most days we’ll have artists on-hand to talk about our art and assist you with purchases.
Artists’ reception: To be Announced
The Glass Art Guild of Utah is pleased to announce the awards for its Spring Show and Sale. The exhibit is being held at the Pioneer Theatre’s Loge Gallery, which is on display through the end of May (see previous articles, below). The Guild recognizes the artists for their skill, creativity, and uniqueness in fused glass art. Here is the list for the 2018 show:
Best of Show, Connie Lundberg
Best Fused Art, Ben Booth
Best Functional Fused, Dana Worley
Best Lampwork, Onno Matheus
Best Novelty, Jan Harris Smith
Most Innovative or Technically Difficult, Diane Whittaker
Best Mixed Media, Diane Whittaker
Best Fused Jewelry, Lori Scharf
Our artists have been hard at work the past few months preparing for the Guild’s Annual Spring show. This year, the show will be held at the Pioneer Theatre’s Loge Gallery in Salt Lake City.
Artists have prepared a variety of wall and 3-D art that will be on display during the run of Mama Mia, May 11 through 26. All artwork is available for sale, and artists will be on-hand during each performance to assist with sales, answer questions, and talk about the medium they love!
Guild artist Lori Scharf will be participating in this year’s annual Art and Soup fundraising event. This local event, now in its 30th year, supports the CNS Charitable Care Program which provides charitable home health and hospice care to thousands of uninsured and underinsured low-income Utahns across the state.
To find out more about this event, visit the Community Nursing Services’ web site at https://www.cns-cares.org/art-soup, and to find out more about Lori, visit her artist’s page at http://www.glassartguild.org/?page_id=193.
Thank you, Lori, for supporting this vital fund-raising event in our community!