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Excitement mounts as Galleria glass exhibition prepares to arrive in Denver once more
January 19, 2015
Summary: Glass art exhibition Galleria gears up for its annual show, arriving in Denver on April 14 and 15, 2015, with the best and brightest of the world’s glass artists showing off their skill.
Glass blowing is an art form that has been around for thousands of years. The modern glass artist uses much the same tools that were employed by his historic counterpart, but new uses of colour and greater imagination have taken this ancient craft to a whole new level.
Those wishing to experience glass blowing at its very finest need to be in Denver, Colorado, this April 14-15 when Galleria comes to town. Opened to the public for the first time last year, after years of being a business to business event, the Galleria glass exhibition was incredibly well received, with attendees marvelling at the skills and creativity of the artists exhibiting their wares.
One of the unique features of the Galleria glass exhibition is the fact that all pieces on display have been blown specifically for the event. Artists see it as the premier show at which to showcase their talents and to admire the abilities of their fellow glass blowers, with Galleria acting as a glass art gallery for the best and brightest stars of the industry.
Galleria was so popular with attendees in 2014 that planning for the 2015 show began as soon as the exhibition hall doors were closed. Returning to its roots as a focused business to business event, this year Galleria will once more share and celebrate this incredibly complex art form.
From the organizers of the incredibly popular BIG Industry Show, Galleria affords attendees the rare opportunity to purchase high end pieces direct from the artists. Artists are available to discuss their work and to share their passion for self expression through glass. The emphasis is on functional glass art and every piece on display has been blown with practicality as well as beauty in mind.
Galleria’s purpose is to showcase the abilities of glass artists from within the US and from overseas. The array of glass blowing talent present within the exhibition hall is astonishing and attendees will marvel at the intricate designs that artists have conceptualized and created specifically for the show.
Galleria has already built itself up a strong reputation for being the must-attend event of the year for all those with an interest in glass blowing and now the 2015 show looks set to further enhance the show’s credentials. From self-taught artists to relative newcomers who are continuing to push boundaries within the industry, Galleria will be packed with anyone and everyone with a passion for glass.
Online registration for the show is already open at http://www.biggalleria.com/registration and those wishing to attend are encouraged to act fast.
For the latest information on plans for the 2015 Galleria glass exhibition on April 14-15, visit http://www.biggalleria.com/
Chris Vela (VelaG) started working with glass 10 years ago at Polomar College in southern California. Polomar offered traditional Italian style soft glass. It was there where he found the aesthetic and what he wanted out of glass. To make simple beautiful shapes. His goal is for your eye to follow an elegant line; that is the piece.
Ease began blowing glass 16 years ago in SF. After a short time in the Bay area he relocated to Seattle and joined forces with some of the northwest finest pipe makers. Together they established one of the most influential glass collectives of the time, Glass Works Park. The collaborative approach they explored acted as a catalyst in the industry at a time when it was much less common for multiple artists to work together on the same piece.
I am a Pacific Northwest local, living in Washington state. I have been working glass for 15 years and am stoked to be a part of this cutting edge art community. There are so many different styles of advanced techniques, which is what makes our trade so unique. Most recently I have been working with line work, fillas, lathe work, and crucible techs… striving for clean and technical. I love that I am able to switch up my styles and learn and grow as an artist. I look forward to seeing how our glass community will continue to evolve as well as myself.
Lacey (LaceFace) St. George was born in Grants Pass, Oregon in 1983. Being a child of the northwest, Lacey was exposed to the blossoming art form of glass and pipemaking from an earily age. Determined from the begining to create things of beauty and be her own boss, Lacey fell in love with glass the moment she began working on the the torch.
It was early in life when Matt Robertson knew he was meant to be a professional artist. He spent many years working in different mediums before discovering glass blowing while attending Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario in 2003. Matt completed Sheridan’s Craft and Design Glass program where he learned techniques in both soft (soda lime) and hard glass (borosilicate) from established international artists. Matt has been living and breathing glass ever since.
Born in 1951 in Fort Belvoir , Virginia and raised in Honolulu , Hawaii , Robert's formal education ended after one year of college. He apprenticed with a professional lampworker for two years in the mid-seventies and then sold his own designs at outdoor craft fairs for ten years. In 1987 he took a class from Paul Stankard that opened his eyes to the possibilities of his medium.