PREMIERE Warm Glass Exhibition Opens July 10th!
(WEST PALM BEACH, FL): PREMIERE Warm Glass Exhibition at the Armory Art Center opens on Friday, July 10, 2009, the first glass show of its kind in the Center’s Colaciello Gallery. Artwork from both faculty and students in the newly established Warm Glass Department at the Armory Art Center will be featured. Awards, including Best in Show, will be presented by Jeffery Sabean, Store Director of Tiffany & Co. of Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, Florida. Tiffany & Co. is providing the Best in Show recipient with an exclusive crystal Tiffany & Co. bow box with etching. A formal presentation of this award will be made at 6:30 pm on Friday, July 10 at the opening reception.
This is the first time in the Armory’s 23 years that a show in its galleries is dedicated to featuring works in warm glass. Due to two phases of facility renovation in the past five years, the Jewelry Department at the Armory has been able to add ventilation, enameling kilns, cold working equipment and saws to meet the growing interest and demand for a Warm Glass program. The term warm glass refers to fusing, slumping, and other glass processes which take place at temperatures between 1100 and 1700 degrees Fahrenheit (600 to 925 Celcius). Another term for these processes is kiln-forming, as pieces are fused together in a closed kiln to join pieces of glass. This process lends itself to careful design layout possibilities prior to entering the kiln. Since the glass is not actively manipulated while it is hot, this also enables the use of molds and forms to create desired shapes for both functional and sculptural work.
Ann Fay Rushforth, Director of Programming at the Armory Art Center, in concert with Camille Perrin, newly appointed Manager of the Warm Glass Department, have been instrumental in facilitating the growth of the glass offerings at the Armory, developing a year-round teaching staff of four, in addition to recruiting a visiting artist in glass to participate in this winter’s Visiting Master Artist Workshop Program. Since 2005, the program’s annual enrollment has grown over four times due to exciting new course offerings in glass, made possible by the studio improvements at the Armory Art Center.
The Jewelry and Warm Glass Studio will be open the night of July 10th for those interested in visiting with faculty and viewing demonstrations. Students of all levels and abilities can take day and weekend classes to learn the art of warm glass to make jewelry, slumped bowls and plates as well as other sculptural pieces. Those who wish to sign up for a class in the Warm Glass Department the evening of the opening on July 10th will receive 10% off of the tuition price.
Opening Reception: July 10th, 6-8 PM
Awards Presentation: July 10th, 6:30 PM
Exhibition Dates: July 10 – July 25, 2009
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 10AM - 4 PM & Saturday 10AM - 2 PM
Celebrating its 23rd season, the Armory Art Center provides opportunities for individual growth and self expression through participation in studio classes, exhibitions, lectures and other educational programs. With more than a dozen state-of-the-art studios and a student population of nearly 3,000, the Armory Art Center is the community art center in the Palm Beaches. It is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit.
For more information on the Armory Art Center, or to sign up for classes, go to www.armoryart.org or call (561) 832-1776.