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Vermont Glass Guild: Group Exhibit
From Friday, November 01, 2019 -  10:00am
To Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 06:00pm
 Contact (413) 625-9833 or salmonfalls@megaplanet.com


SHELBURNE FALLS, MA— Salmon Falls Gallery is delighted to host 16 glass artists who are part of the Vermont Glass Guild. Their work fills our 2 featured exhibit spaces to the brim, with works in all sorts of glass-working techniques: hot (furnace-worked), lamp (torch or flame-worked), warm (fused/slumped), as well as samples of cold-working.
The guild was established in 2010 and has 24 members with 10 associate members. Shelburne, MA glass artist Josh Simpson and Holyoke flame worker Wesley Fleming are both associate members of this Guild, showing that the Guild reaches outside of Vermont to bring exceptional glass artists into their membership. In meeting with this group of artists I heard some of the ways in which the guild supports them. One important support is the networking opportunities with other members and to the public. The second is the educational opportunities for the members themselves. Member Chris Sherwin (Sherwin Art Glass) spoke of making his first glass insect in a workshop at associate member Wesley Fleming’s studio in Holyoke, MA. And everyone I met seems to know that member Lucy Bergamimi is bringing her expertise to making French patisseries as well as to the exquisite glass jewelry she makes. In other words, the Guild helps create community for these glassblowers.
Below are the statements from a selection of the Vermont Glass Guild artists exhibiting at Salmon Falls Gallery this November and December.

Robert DuGrenier
Townshend, Vermont
This collection of Robert's work was born out of tragedy: the historic barn on his property burned to the ground in October 2015. He's been using the metal and cast iron pieces (missing, of course, their wooden handles and parts) from farm implements and antiques that were left behind in the debris, to create stunning sculptures. Many of the pieces in the Out of the Ashes series at first glance appear to be encased in ice; not until the viewer comes close is it revealed that the sculpture is made with glass.
Lori Pietropaoli
Williston, VT
Lori Pietropaoli took her first fused glass class the day after moving to Vermont. She quickly became hooked on the combination of color and construction, continuing to develop her skills at the Davis Studios. She studied under Alyssa Oxley, Micaela Wallace, Morgan Madison and Alicia Lomne. She is frequently inspired by the Vermont landscape and architecture. Ms. Pietropaoli explores variation – where the construction and finishing follows the same methods, yet the results are unique. She achieves distinctive outcomes through the specific choice of glass in each piece. Pieces shown are inspired by the light at different times of a single day.

Josh Simpson
Shelburne, MA
Reflections represents Josh Simpson’s latest exploration of different ways to use murruni and latticino cane. In the Blue New Mexico pieces, he stretches straight cane into sweeping curved patterns that cast interesting shadows on the interior glass. In the clear pieces, he creates a multilayered “vase within vase” effect. These new works reveal Simpson’s decades-long interest in employing the traditional vessel form as a medium for playing with depth, reflection, transparency, and point of view.

Josh Simpson is a Western Massachusetts glass artist whose work includes vibrantly colored sculptural pieces often inspired by astrophysical or cosmological themes. Simpson has spent nearly half a century making glass objects that embody his fascination with color, form, pattern and complexity.

Exhibit runs through the end of the year, reception on December 7, from 3-5pm with music by Loren Feinstein. For more information, SalmonFallsGallery.com or call the gallery at 413.625.9833.

Participating Artists:
Mary Angus, Readsboro, VT
Chris Sherwin, Sherwin Art Glass, Bellows Falls, VT
Randi Solin, Solinglass, Brattleboro, VT
Dominique Caissie, Terrapin Glassblowing Studio, Jaffrey, NH
Dave & Melanie Leppla, Mad River Glass Gallery, Waitsfield, VT
Robert Burch, Brandywine Glassworks, Putney, VT
Zak Grace, Zak Grace Glass, Brattleboro, VT
Robert DuGrenier, Robert DuGrenier Associates, Inc., Townshend, VT
Monique LaJeunesse, Michael Trimpol, Little River Hotglass Studio, Stowe, VT
Lori Pietropaoli, Williston, VT
Matt Seasholtz, Seaholtz Glass Design, Johnson, VT
Josh Simpson, Josh Simpson Contemporary Glass, Shelburne, MA
Ann Conlin, Tewksbury, MA
Lucy Bergamini, Vitresse Glass, Brattleboro, VT
Wesley Fleming, Holyoke, MA

Location Salmon Falls Gallery