The 2014 Taos Art Glass Invitational, a month-‐long series of exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and demonstrations, including live glass blowing is coming to Taos, New Mexico Oct.11th through November 9, 2014.
This fifth invitational, which became a biennial event in 2010, features more than 200 works of art from the national and international art glass arena, alongside top artists of the region working in glass, displayed at seven participating galleries.
It includes both juried artists and featured artists whose work will be exhibited in the small, accessible art-‐historic environment of Taos — one of the quirky art capitals of the US.
The invitational kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 with an Official Grand Opening—exhibitions of both juried and featured artists at the seven participating galleries. The galleries are David Anthony Fine Art, Copper Moon Gallery, Total Arts Gallery, Mission Gallery, RC Gorman’s Navajo Gallery, El Monte Sagrado Grand Bohemian Gallery, and the Wilder-‐Nightingale Gallery. The winning categories include Best in Show, Best in Sculpture, Best in Wall, Best in Functional, Best in Wearable, Most Original, Most Technical, and Best Expression.
All work included in the invitational is available for purchase.
About the featured artists:
Inspired by Scandinavian glass and schooled in both the United States and Japan, Hiroshi Yamano is considered a master artist and teacher whose work in is the collection of Museum of Arts and Crafts, Itami, Japan and many others collections around the world.
Herb Babcock is a pioneer of fine art glass in America, and an influential teacher and advocate for over four decades.
Martin Janecky, from the Czech Republic is the recipient of the Salvador Dalí World Prize by the European Union of Arts. Janecky creates representational sculptures of musical instruments and vintage-‐inspired circus performers characterized by a haunting gothic lyricism.
Artist-‐philosopher and admirer of Walt Whitman, Paul Stankard is recognized for the intricate, fragile beauty of flamed-‐worked still life sculptures of botanical and insect life in clear crystal. In 2004, New
York’s Museum of Arts in Design staged a retrospective of his work, “Paul Stankard: A Floating World.”
Paul Schwieder, born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, speaks of the “grand sweeping gestures” of the Canadian prairie as an influence upon his molten glass forms. Currently living in Umeå, Sweden, he studied
at the Orrefors Glass School in Sweden as well as at the University of West Bohemia in the Czech Republic. His creative breakthrough came when he began sculpting blown glass with a sandblaster, which gave him the ability to augment or diminish elements of the originally conceived form.
Here’s a sample of some of the activities…
October 11 – Official Grand Opening, all galleries – 11am – 5pm, free event
October 17 – Glass-Blowing Demonstrations on Taos Plaza with Ira Lujan and friends: Simi Majuri (Finland) will be demonstrating graal technique, Peter Wright (NM), Spooner Marcus (NM), Tony Jojola (NM), and others. 3pm – 8pm, free event
October 18 – Graal Technique, a lecture by Simi Majuri (Finland) –at David Anthony Fine Art – 2pm
October 18 – Glass Feathers, a lampwork glass demonstration by artist Summer Sarinova (NM), Copper Moon Gallery – 2-5pm
October 23 – Retrospectives and Inspirations, a lecture by artist and educator Herb Babcock (2014 Juror and Featured Artist, MI) at the Harwood Museum of Art, 7pm. $10 members, $12 non-members
For more about the Taos Art Glass Invitational, visit www.tiganm.org/invitational.html