Fused Glass is an art form believed to date back at least as far as Ancient Rome and possibly even to the Greeks. It is a difficult medium to “paint” with involving high heat and kilns and requires a knowledge and skill that few have mastered as well as the three artists that Art Connections Gallery will feature at 2019’s first Second Saturday Soiree.
Local Fayetteville artist Donna Sarafis is known both for her award-winning glass representations of birds, flowers, and landscapes as well as for her teaching of special techniques in glass. Falling in love with fused glass in 2001 while living in Seattle and painting tile murals with a watercolor technique that she had developed, she began to “paint with light”. This has led to numerous awards for her works. She has developed innovative and new techniques in the kiln formed world that she teaches and shares with others in her Dancing Light Fused Glass Studio with her husband John Sarafis, a glass artist himself.
Rene Palmer Armstrong of Dickenson states that “Creating is essential to me—it completes my life.” She has worked primarily in fused glass but is not bound by traditional designs or applications. Instead, she combines the glass with canvas, polymer clay, and even found objects such as carved wooden faces or art deco treasures to bring a concept to a final destiny that could only be done with the merging of various media. Her works will include several that feature the carved wooden faces of woodcarver Mike Duhon.
Leslie Friedman will join us from the Dallas area to show her works that encompass both realistic and nonrepresentational offerings. The landscapes of forests have so much depth that one wants to reach into the forests. Her simple and clean contemporary nonrepresentational pieces give a sense of quiet and reflective energy, something that she offers as “zen”. She frequently combines her glass with metal sculpture that she has also designed as part of the composition of the work. Leslie has garnered awards at various shows across the country and has shown her work with Artful Home’s website and magazine.
The reception for this incredible and unique show will be this Saturday, January 12, 4-7pm, with music by Kendra Kinsey. The gallery will be celebrating owner Deborah Johnson’s birthday that night with her favorites, bubbly and chocolate. Come celebrate that wonderful lull between the holidays and spring when there is time to get together with friends, enjoy some wine, listen to some incredible music, talk to interesting artists, and enjoy the large variety offered at Art Connections.