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Wednesday, September 6th, 2006
Smashing Art Glass Exhibit Opens September

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Pamela Fulcher Rockport Center for the Arts 361-729-5519 September 6,  2006

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ROCKPORT CENTER FOR THE ARTS UNVEILS NEW EXHIBIT

ROCKPORT, TX -- “Art Glass” , a specialized exhibit featuring the works of six artists,  will be on display in the Garden Gallery at the Rockport Center for the Arts September 13 – October 7.  The show is running in conjunction with the “Furniture in Art” exhibit in the Center’s Main Gallery.  Exhibitors include Gini Garcia, Ellen Abbott and Marc Leva, Glenn Krum, Lorrie Harrington and Joyce Kaminski.  There is no charge for admission.

The pieces in the exhibit feature two methods -- blown glass and pate de verre. 

Glassblowing is the process of forming glass into useful shapes while the glass is in a molten, semi-liquid state.  Originally developed in ancient Egypt, the pate de verre technique consists of pressing or melting crushed glass into a mold. “Over the past two decades glass has become one of the hottest mediums in the art world,” noted Pam Fulcher, art director for the Center.  “Modern technology has merged with creative forces enabling artists to fashion pieces that are not only dazzling in their originality, but affordable and functional as well.  After receiving a B.F.A. in industrial and environmental design, Garcia opened a hot glass design and fabrication center in San Antonio in 1998.  Using blown glass as a filter for light, each of her creations is designed with the overall environment in mind.  Recent clients include AT&T, Wells Fargo, and Warner Bros., as well as numerous restaurants and hundreds of residential commissions. Ellen Abbott and Marc Leva have been working in glass as a team since 1976 after a serendipitous afternoon propelled them into the burgeoning studio glass movement.  Abbott’s lifelong series of art classes and

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Marc’s craftsmanship and problem solving skills have enabled them to design and create architectural glass in a range of styles using sandblasting, laminating and related techniques for residential and corporate interiors.

Krum’s experience as a petroleum scientist and engineer are reflected in the technical attention he has devoted to glass blowing.  Having studied with nationally recognized glassblowing artists, he is now satisfying his interest and enthusiasm by working with glass at all temperatures.  According to Krum, “Taking a solid like glass and being able to mix and enhance colors through a heating process involves the skills of an engineer, the eyes of an artist and the heart of a scientist.” A resident of Rockport, Harrington has been working in glass art for over 20 years.  She has studied art under many renowned artists, including Teresa Justice.  For 10 years, she was the owner/operator of The Niche, a gallery, studio and teaching facility in Rockport. Kaminski moved to Rockport from Houston eight years ago.  While living in Houston, she dabbled in oil and watercolor painting.  It wasn’t until she relocated to Rockport that she became interested in glass and it immediately became her medium of choice.  Several months ago, she purchased The Niche Gallery from Lorrie Harrington.

A non-profit organization, the Rockport Center for the Arts is dedicated to providing an environment that nurtures the expression and appreciation of art for residents and tourists alike. For more information on the “Contemporary Sculpture” exhibit and the Center’s offerings, please call 361-729-5519.

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