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Reflections in Art
Center Exhibits Glass Sculpture from Regional Artists
sculpture that loomed in the center of the glass-glistening gallery
truly reflected the artist's vision and the amazed expressions on all
who glanced upon it. "This is stunning!" exclaimed a woman admiring
Christopher Ries's Spring, a marvel of lead crystal with pristine pink
hues as vibrant as the season it evokes.
$220,000 sculpture is one of the larger pieces of "Reflections in
Glass," an invitational exhibition of glass art on display through Jan.
23 in the Wayne Art Center's Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Gallery. The
exhibit is in conjunction with Craft Forms 2009, the 15th international
juried exhibition of contemporary crafts now on display in the center's
"Reflections in Glass" showcases 33 regional artists whose work on
display includes kilnformed, blown, cast, lamp-worked, engraved,
slumped, painted and mixed with other media Objects take the form of
abstract sculpture, jewelry, vases and bowls among many objects.
The curator for the exhibition is Arlene Silvers, director of glass
events at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia. "She selected all
the artists for the exhibit," said Nancy Campbell, the Wayne Art
Center's executive director. Her selections represent a wide range of
techniques used by today's glass artists.
The exhibition's anchor pieces are three towering sculptures by Wilkes-Barre-area
artist Christopher Ries. The sculptures, Spring, Desert Flower and
Harmony, are made with flawless engraved optic lead crystal and take
on an ethereal quality as the viewer encounters a plethora of visual
impressions and prisms depending on the angle and reflection of light.
His works are owned by major corporations and art museums as well as by
such well-known folks as former model Cindy Crawford, singer Lionel
Richie, former senator and space explorer John Glenn and Gov. Ed
Rendell. But come with a deep pocket if you intend to take one of Ries's
grand sculptures home with you. Harmony sells for $80,000, Desert
Flower $152,000 and Spring $220,000.
Other exhibitors' pieces on display include the patriotic, Philadelphia
resident Miles Van Rensselaer's Wait (in response to 9/11), an
American flag held in extended hands; the functional, Aliquippa, Pa.
resident Milissa Montini's Meditation Bench; and the whimsical, North
Wales resident Pat Owens' dancing figures in
This is the second year for a curated companion exhibition to Craft
Forms (last year's companion exhibit featured wood artwork). This year
Craft Forms features 99 artists exhibiting crafts in metal, wood, glass,
clay, fiber and mixed media. Campbell pointed out that Craft Forms
attracts established and emerging artists from throughout the country
and abroad (this year's list includes Korea and Tasmania). In fact the
juror, Bruce W. Pepich, executive director and curator of collections of
the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin, had the daunting task of selecting
from more than 900 entries from all over the world. "They really look
forward to this show; it has national exposure," pointed out Campbell
about Craft Form's artists.