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The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is delighted to welcome glass artist Jessica Carrara to the Visual Artists Directory! We hope you will join us in a warm welcome by visiting her listing and using the links to visit her website and Facebook page, and giving her page and posts a like. Here’s more about the artist in her own words:
I have always liked to draw and paint. Before I ever touched a piece of stained glass I used draw stained glass designs because I liked the line drawings. Once I learned how to craft glass into stained glass panels in the early 80’s, I was hopelessly hooked. Over the years I have explored mosaics, sandblasted glass, torch work and fused glass. I love it all! Each medium of glass work offers its own unique qualities and can be combined with other facets until you have an incredible piece of work.
In 1983 I started my first stained glass studio and knew that I would be doing this the rest of my life. Thirty years, and many commissions, classes and clients later it has all been a great investment of time. I attended the World Glass Congress Expo in Las Vegas, Reno and Seattle. I was on the Board of Directors for the International Guild of Glass Artists from 1992-1995. I had the pleasure of doing work for Jimmy Buffett in the mid-nineties and Sammy Hagar’s website in the late nineties. I have completed 7 large church windows for Zion Lutheran Church in Medford since 2000. I received a Ruby Award in 2013 from the North Valley Soroptimists for our Flowers of Hope; a program where our students and customers build 8” x 8” glass panels to be given to women diagnosed with breast cancer. We collect them all year, have an Artist’s Reception with all the panels on display, then deliver them to Women’s Imaging at Rogue Valley Hospital for Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. This is our 10th year and we have collected over 600 panels.
The last few years I have been concentrating more on glass fusing. The challenge with stained glass, for me, was to get more detail in the design. Fused glass really allows you to do that. Stained glass done well, can be difficult, exacting and demanding. Glass fusing is more free and open and the possibilities are endless.
Ashland Gallery Association January 2014 Exhibits
Ring in the New Year with the Ashland Gallery Association First Friday Art Walk, January 3rd, from 5 to 8 pm!
Stroll the galleries in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Pick up a Gallery Tour Map at any member gallery or the Chamber of Commerce.
Enjoy this free community event filled with spectacular artwork, live music, refreshments and conversation with other art enthusiasts!
Most exhibits run throughout the month of January.
Visit our website for more information about all of the exhibits: ashlandgalleries.com
Weisinger’s Family Winery
Bruce Barnes Watercolors
BRUCE BARNES combines a love of the outdoors with his painting. He has hiked and painted often in Oregon, California, Canada, and across Europe. His sketchbook, paints, and brushes are always part of his pack.
Late in his career as an engineer, at the urging of an artist friend, Bruce began studying art and watercolor through a U.C. Berkeley weekend extension course. This soon led to an invitation to become a member of the Berkeley Watercolor Society, which built his confidence.
He and fellow-artist/wife Nancy left Berkeley in 1993 to spend a happy decade living near Mount Shasta, California. They moved to the Rogue Valley in 2002, where he paints en plein air with The Artists’ Workshop in Jacksonville, and The Rogue River Artists Group.
Barnes is a juried member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, and featured in Ashland Magazine. Dozens of his paintings are now displayed in homes and businesses across the country, with a few in Europe.
More of his paintings may be seen at Gallerie Karon in Ashland. He welcomes commissions to paint private homes and favorite scenes. He may be reached at his Ashland studio at 541-201-1947.
JEGA Gallery & Sculpture Garden
Bodacious Contemporary Art
Be prepared for a bodacious mix of contemporary art including: stone sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints and outdoor art for your garden.
Current exhibit includes artwork from the following artists:
JEGA Hours: Tue-Sat at 11-4pm & by appointment. Open 1st Fridays art walks until 8:00 p.m. Please contact us for more information: [email protected] or telephone (541) 488-2474.
Illahe Studios and Gallery
Steven Cornett & Holly Kilpatrick – “Trajectory Series”, a collaboration in printmaking, painting and glass arts
Our first exhibit of the New Year will be a collaborative project, “Trajectory Series” from Holly Kilpatrick and Steven Cornett. Holly, a printmaker/painter layers imagery, texture and color to create rich, dynamic abstract pieces and glass artist. Steven Cornett produces hand blown lamps, bowls and sculptural forms with impeccable craftsmanship.
HOLLY KILPATRICK is a sculptor, printmaker, and an encaustic artist. Primarily a self-taught artist, she has gleaned instruction over the years from kindred artists who have shared their expertise with her, as well as her own research and experimentations. While pursuing her own path to formal art education, Holly has become an arts education specialist and advocate. Holly is currently the Coordinator of Education Outreach at the Schneider Museum of Art.
STEVEN CORNETT began working with glass in 1989 at Virginia Commonwealth University. While there he earned his BFA in glass and ceramics in 1992. He then attended the MFA program at Rochester Institute of Technology before returning to VCU to receive his MFA in glass in1996. Steven continued to refine his skills while working for various glass artist including Dale Chihuly, in Seattle,Wa. He currently creates glass in a small studio in Talent Oregon.
Join us for the Artists’ Reception, held during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk on January 3rd, 5 ~ 8 p.m. Ring in the New Year with other art lovers and meet the artists. Wine and light refreshments will be served along with the music of Laura Christine Anderson.
Ashland Art Center
Oil Paintings by David Gordon
David Gordon’s expressive paintings show his heightened awareness of color relationships and his freedom of application. His art urges viewers to focus on those experiences that are fresh and beautiful. Visit David in his studio at the top of the stairs above the main level.
Special Show in the Classroom:
Stop motion animation is a very simple medium and one with immense potential! See examples and techniques for stop motion using clay, paper, fabricated puppets and sets, or even found objects. AAC will be offering classes in stop motion in 2014, this show is an opportunity for us to hear from you, to get feedback on what type of learning opportunities you would like to see in this broad and beautiful medium.
With artists Steven Cornett, Evie Ault, Patti Wessman, Terry Cooper Sullivan
We are proud to represent such a high level of craftsmanship with the four glass artists that will be featured in this year’s Group Glass Show. Evie Ault, Steven Cornett, Patti Wessman and Terry Cooper Sullivan skillfully take the craft of glass in unique directions and forms using both hand blowing and fusing techniques. Join us for the Artists’ Reception, held during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk on November 1st from 5 ~ 8 p.m. Enjoy the crisp autumn evening with other art lovers and meet the artists. Wine and light refreshments will be served along with the music of Lincoln Zeve.
Over the past 20 years I have been inspired and motivated by all aspects of art glass. I settled upon the craft of fusing (kilnformed glass) and the various techniques associated with it, such as sandblasting, enameling, pattern bars, mold making, casting and painting.
I’ve been drawn to the strong and colorful designs that are developed in repetitive patterns. First I start by cutting strips of glass then rearrange the glass into a design. After fusing the design into a solid piece of glass with the new pattern, I incorporate the various techniques mentioned above and form the final piece of art.
Steven took his first glassblowing class in 1989 with Kent Ipsen, a man known for his life sized lead crystal castings. His interest sparked, Steven entered the glass program at Virginia Commonwealth University, and went on to earn his BFA in glass and ceramics by 1992. During his undergraduate coursework at VCU, Steven transitioned quickly from student to teacher. He was appointed by the faculty to teach both introductory and then advanced courses. His talents as a glassblower enabled him to land a full-ride scholarship for both his undergraduate work at VCU and a Masters program at Rochester Institute of Technology. While attending R.I.T. from 1993-1994, Steven was once again recognized for his creativity and skill, and was enlisted to teach glassblowing, glass-casting, sand casting, cold-working and glass fusion to undergrads. Tom Farbanish, a well-known glass artist trained under Italian Glass Master, Lino Tagliapietra, recruited Steven as a Teacher’s Assistant. Impressed by Steven’s technical ability, Tom asked Steven to assist on a personal project that was eventually shown in Washington D.C.
In 1994, Steven returned to VCU to finish his coursework, and obtained his M.F.A. in glass by 1996. Steven then headed west to Seattle, and started teaching both beginning and advanced courses at the Seattle Glassblowing Studio. In 1997, he was quickly snapped up by “Team Chihuly,” where he worked on such projects as the Bellagio Hotel installation in Las Vegas; Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon in Paradise Island, Bahamas; Sleeping Lady Retreat in Leavenworth, Washington; and Dale Chihuly’s own personal Pergola Ceiling and Pergola Pool in his Seattle residence. In addition to his full-time work with Chihuly, Inc., Steven also free-lanced for nationally known glass sculptor, Martin Blank. In 1999, Steven was promoted to gaffer (lead artist) for Chihuly’s “Portland Press Special Edition” art pieces. He remained in that position for 2 years before moving to Ashland, Oregon to open Gathering Glass Studio where he was owner/ artist until 2005. He currently creates custom work in studios in the Rogue Valley near his home in Ashland, Oregon.
TERRY COOPER SULLIVAN
I was fascinated the first time I saw glass being blown, well over 20 years ago. I knew then that I would love it and someday work with this molten mistress. The opportunity arose in 2003 when a glass studio, Gathering Glass, opened in Ashland, Oregon. Beginner classes were offered and after the first class I knew that the wait was worth it. I continued classes and learning at Gathering Glass, working for studio time by assisting Steven Cornett and Scott Carlson. In 2007 I converted a garage into a glass studio and have continued to learn and create with Steven. My work has been in the Ashland Art Center, Ashland Artworks, and the Blue Heron in Ashland.
At times I strive to perfect the form and let colors enhance. Flawless shapes are a rare but exhilarating achievement with glass. Sometimes though, it is enough to let the glass create shapes and relationships with light that only glass can achieve.
I have always been captivated by patterns and structures in nature. I once saw a mural that depicted the microscopic and the cosmic showing their similar structures and I loved it. I will travel far and wide to view rock formations up close, spend hours watching wave patterns in the river or at the coast, and as a gardener observe vein patterns in leaves and rows of vines in fields.
Color is my other love. Having worked for almost 30 years in clay and glazes I have to see the color in my head because what one sees in the raw liquid glaze is not what one gets in the finished piece. I am now working with glass, and what I see is what I get, with the lovely addition of colors melting together to form new yummy treats.
(Medford, OR) – May 1, 2013– Light and color dance and play, casting reflections as the viewer moves around works of art created from glass. In the current exhibit at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center, the seductive medium of glass is exhibited in a variety of mediums by 4 very talented local artists. Glass Act, the latest Main Gallery art exhibition, presents giant hand-blown grape cluster sculptural installations, nature and spirituality-inspired stained glass, colorful kiln-cast forms, and landscapes in layered glass.
Glass Act features Rogue Valley glass artists Evie Ault, Darla Baack, Mike Korpa, and Randall Perkins. The exhibition opens Friday, May 10th at 10:00 AM and will be open all day Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12th during Art In Bloom. A special artists’ reception open to the public and free of charge will take place May 17th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM during Metro Medford’s Third Friday. All are welcome to see the exhibition during these special events and during the Rogue Gallery & Art Center’s open hours, Tuesdays- Fridays from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturdays from 11:00 – 3:00PM. Randall Perkins will be offering a special artist’s tour on Saturday, May 11th at 3:00PM. The show runs through June 21.
Evie Ault creates her one of a kind glass sculptures and forms through kiln formed glass techniques, or fusing. Using complex patterns and bold, opaque color combinations, Evie’s artwork reflects her joy in the journey into what is achievable with glass.
Darla Baack , a stained-glass artist, says of her work, “An abstract piece based on the natural world requires the viewer to be an active participant who not only considers the work but is also willing to patiently become a part of it, accepting the rhythms of nature and the pace of the soul.”
Mike Korpa creates landscapes in melted layers of glass, working in sheet glass with various sized frits (small grains of colored glass), forming individual pieces by lampworking (firing the piece with a torch).
Randall Perkins has been blowing glass since 1970 and is inspired by his wife’s gardens and the ever changing landscape. As an artist, Randall relies on repeatable shapes to build scale and form for each hand-blown glass sculptural installation.
This exhibit is sponsored by Southern Oregon Subaru and curated by the Rogue Gallery & Art Center. All exhibitions are open to the public and offered free of charge. The Rogue Gallery & Art Center offers a variety of exhibition opportunities for local and regional artists. For more information, please visit www.roguegallery.org or stop by in person during open hours.
The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is the Rogue Valley’s premier non-profit community art center founded in 1960 to promote and nurture the visual arts in the Rogue Valley. The Art Center showcases emerging and established regional artists, presents fine crafts by area artisans, and offers a broad range of visual art classes and workshops for all ages. RGAC is located in Medford at 40 South Bartlett Street. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are open every third Friday until 8:00pm.
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