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July 25, 2014
Come to an evening hosted by Hawk Galleries to benefit Glass Axis' relocation and glass art programming!
Hawk Galleries "represent modern masters that celebrates the use of glass as a fine art medium". It was founded in 1986, originally located in the Short North Arts District, but since then has moved to its new location in the heart of Downtown Columbus, near the Westin Hotel. They represent major artists working in glass as well as painting, sculpture, metal, wood. Showcased artists range from those emerging into the studio glass art movement to Louvre caliber artists. Notable artists who have been represented by Hawk Galleries include Dale Chihuy, Lino Tagliapietra, Christopher Ries, Dan Dailey, Jon Kuhn, Martin Blank, and many more.
Admission is free, however your generous donations are more than welcomed and greatly appreciated. Accessible parking near the front door at Main Street.
Thursday, July 31
5:30 - 7:00pm
153 East Main Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Proceeds from this event will support Glass Axis relocation and glass art programming.
July 22, 2014
Alan Barr had his education in glass art at the Ohio State University (2003) and the Centro Studio Vetro (2003) in Italy. However, even before then, Barr has had multiple exhibitions both in New York and Ohio. Prior to teaching at Glass Axis in 2004, he assisted other glass artists at OSU for three years. Of his own creations, Barr says:
"My current artistic interest lays in fortune - not monetary - rather chance, coincidence, and destiny. It always seems that fortune is never without a sense of irony. I think anyone who's heard Anthony Jeselnik's comedic set on irony and death might begin to understand the thought behind some of my work. Showtime has a series called Dexter which is very good at demonstrating fortune, death, and irony. These influences have lead me to realize that death is really the only fortune that is absolute and my recent artwork has been a twist on the fact that nothing we do during life can free us from death."
Catch him at Glass Axis this Saturday, July 26th at 4:00pm. Demos are free and lasts roughly 2 hours.
July 5, 2014
We have another opportunity for you to help with getting the new Glass Axis location ready.
We are getting ready to start construction and the new location needs a base painting before we start.
On Jul 7th through the 13th we are planning a volunteer painting preparation and painting party. Our goal is to get the ceiling and walls painted before the main build-out begins. Your help is needed.
So how do you sign-up?
We're using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.
Please sign up for New Building Prep - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/juHQae
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
Please feel free to share with your friends or anyone else who may want to help out!
Can't volunteer but still want to help Glass Axis with the move? You can donate here or call 614-291-4250.
June 28, 2014
Saturday | Jun 28th | 4-6pm
Every last Saturday of the month Glass Axis presents free demonstrations. Watch as an artist makes their personal best. This in-depth demonstration shows the step-by-step process and finesse of creating glass art. In Jun, we feature Sam Drumgoole. This month’s last Saturday demo will feature glass artist Sam Drumgoole, who has been working in the field since he was 15.
About Sam Drumgoole
Sam’s glass career began at the School of Arts in Rochester when he was 15 years old. After meeting Dale Chihuly, who served as an inspiration to focus more seriously on glasswork, he attended the Pilchuck Glass School for an entire summer. Sam moved to Seattle to work more closely alongside Dale in his production studio upon graduating high school. After 4 years of work in Washington, he moved back to New York to further his education at Alfred University. Sam is now living in Columbus, OH, working as a professional artist. He is also the co-owner of The Columbus Glass Art Center.
May 24, 2014
Carson Wedlake: Details from a Diffuse Reflection
On view May 8 through 24, 2014
Glass Axis is pleased to present Carson Wedlake as the second part of our Student & Recent Graduate Showcase exhibition, with his new installation "Details From A Defuse Reflection."
Wedlake is interested in light, architecture, and a physical interaction with artwork. Here he creates a natural wood archway with a fused cane glass skylight. People are invited to walk though the archway, around the archway, and lay underneath to see how the glowing defused light. With a nod to artist James Turrell, the framed glass transform to becomes a framed artwork made of light.
Carson Wedlake is a process based artist that is interested in the optics, strength, and tension found in the glass medium. His work explores architecture, spatial relationships, and light.
Kelsey Finnie Spontaneous Actions: Doodles in Glass
On view April 10 through 26, 2014
Glass Axis welcomes Kelsey Finnie, the first in our Student & Graduate Showcase series. She is a 2013 Ohio State University graduate.
Kelsey explores the use of glass cane, which is traditionally used as a surface decoration in vessels, to draw through space. Finnie's free form cane doodling leaves the margins of her notebook to create an all encompassing experience of walking through a drawing.
"Doodles are spontaneous in action. The thought is about bringing doodles to life and in the present. I don't have a plan when bending and shaping them and even setting them up; it's a very spontaneous and organic experience and form."
Finnie is currently a Teaching Assistant at Ohio State University and an Instructor at Glass Axis.
May 16, 2014
Saturday | May 31 | 4-6pm
Every last Saturday of the month Glass Axis presents free demonstrations. Watch as an artist makes their personal best. This in-depth demonstration shows the step-by-step process and finesse of creating glass art. In May, we feature Sten Neuber. Watch as Sten uses various pick-up techniques to create peanut and other nut-shaped vessels.
About Sten Neuber
"I’ve been working in glass since 2002, where I started at the Toledo Museum of Art in their high school program. I’ve studied art and glass at both Kent State and Bowling Green State University, receiving my BFA in glass from Bowling Green. Post graduation, I spent 2 months in Venice, Italy taking a glass class under Mattia Salvadore. I currently work as a studio technician, high school glass teache,. and a public demonstrator. I also work as the assistant and cold worker for Toledo artist, Matt Paskiet. My work on my own time is very inspired by nature; Mostly by animals but also the funny things in life that remind me of animals."
April 4, 2014
Goodbye Grandview: A Glass Axis Member Exhibition
On view June 5 through August 16, 2014
Application deadline: Monday, May 12.
Glass Axis is looking for members to submit to the Farewell Exhibition, Goodbye Grandview, which opens June 5, 2014.
This will be the last exhibition in our current space. It will showcase members that have been with Glass Axis for years, as well as new faces. We would love to see how your work has evolved during your time at Glass Axis. Please submit work from the past as well as present. Because this exhibition is so personal to our members, please include a brief summary of your experiences, memories, or involvement at Glass Axis over the years.
This show will be a time for us to celebrate the amazing memories we have had in Grandview as well as looking forward to new experiences at 610 W. Town St.
Please send the following to email@example.com by Sunday, May 4:
Up to FOUR images (jpeg)
Summary of your time at Glass Axis (how long you've been involved, how you got involved, specific memories, experiences, etc.)
Bio Contact info: current phone number, address, email address, website
Submission deadline: Sunday, May 4
Artists notified: May 9
Selected artwork drop-off: Friday, May 30
Opening reception: Thursday, June 5, 6-8pm
Artwork pick-up: August 20-23 (this date subject to change due to relocation considerations)
April 4, 2014
Saturday | April 26 | 4-6pm
Every last Saturday of the month Glass Axis presents free demonstrations. Watch as an artist makes their personal best. This in-depth demonstration shows the step-by-step process and finesse of creating glass art. In April, we feature Molly Burke. Watch as Molly combines blown glass with hot sculpted bits. She will be using molds to blow into, as well as non-traditional bit-making techniques.
About Molly Burke
Molly J. Burke is a glass and installation artist who lives and works in Columbus, OH. Burke received her MFA from The Ohio State University in Glass in 2009, and currently is the Assistant Director for Graduate Studies at Columbus College of Art & Design. Burke is interested in the observation of details and the repetition that occurs in our environment, specifically focusing on cellular structures, growth systems, and insectaries. She creates artwork that magnifies that circumstance. Burke’s work has shown her work throughout the U.S. and the U.K.
April 4, 2014
Please consider donating to our power2give.org fundraiser. power2give.org is "a way to mobilize and empower individual donors while giving non-profit organizations located in Franklin County the ability to raise additional funds for their arts and culture projects." This is an ongoing fundraiser until our goal of $6,666 is reached. Please click here to donate to our project!
About this Project
Imagine the look on a group of high school student’s faces as they watch an experienced glass blower create a vase right in front of them. What a thrill it would be for the more adventurous students to learn how to blow a glass ornament! These experiences can be life changing and open up whole new worlds for these students. Glass Axis coordinates efforts with the local school systems and colleges to ensure that interested individuals can have the opportunity to learn and appreciate the glass making experience.
Glass Axis is a non-profit glass studio that offers demonstrations and hands-on classes to members of our community. We offer a special focus on people with disabilities, low-income youth, and recent or soon to be graduates. Our community also includes artists that work in glass, from professional to emerging artists, hobbyist and weekend art-warriors, students or first-timers. This depth of talent allows us to offer an experience to students that they may not be afforded through any other venue.
You can help this cause by donating to our next purchase of our most basic material: Glass.
A shipment of 6,000 pounds of glass will cost $6,000. Including the power2give administrative processing fee of $666 increases that need to $6,666. This purchase will allow us to run our program for the next quarter of the year. This includes over 60 courses that will have an impact on approximately 186 students. This also includes almost twenty demonstrations that will be viewed by over 270 students.
Pledge $1 or more: Receive the knowledge that a grateful art studio couldn't do this without you.
Pledge $10 or more: The above reward and a special one of a kind posting on our social networking pages.
Pledge $25 or more: The previous awards, plus a thank you note from one of our local artists.
Pledge $50 or more: You'll get recognition on our social networking sites and a personal thank you note from the Executive Director of Glass Axis.
Pledge $100 or more: Each award listed above and your name will find a special place on our website.
Pledge $500 or more: Each award listed above and a thank you note marked with a one of a kind glass stamp. You will enjoy this unique thank you note (even more so, if the paper holds up to the 2000 degree glass).
Pledge $1000 or more: Each award listed above and the added bonus of being invited to participate in the creation of the glass stamp used in the custom thank you note. And the additional treat of your name listed on the donor wall at the Glass Axis gallery.
March 14, 2014
Saturday | March 29 | 4-6pm
Every last Saturday of the month Glass Axis presents free demonstrations. Watch as an artist makes their personal best. This in-depth demonstration shows the step-by-step process and finesse of creating glass art. In March, we feature Emlyn Strzempka.
Emlyn's Artist Statement
"My current body of work, 'Looking for Love in the All Wrong Places,' is based off of sketches and drawings that I translate into glass objects. It includes my spunky and carefree personality but the purpose of creating the pieces has had a deeper meaning. Each piece has been part of a coping mechanism for my love life throughout my '20 something' stage of life. The graphic and blatant subject matter tells the story of loves lost in different situations, but expressed from an animalistic point of view. I see myself as one of these silly creatures, getting caught up in yet another frivolous yet heart-breaking relationship."
Emlyn started blowing glass in 2010 at Bowling Green State University, where she later graduated with her BFA in glass and metalsmithing.In 2013, she was offered the technician apprenticeship at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, where she really began developing her hot sculpting aesthetic.
She currently works at the Glass Center as an instructor. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Middle West, including the Toledo Museum of Art.