DOTTIE OWEN GREAT ROOM | GALLERY
269 Oak Avenue [second floor] Spruce Pine NC 28777 828.765.0520
10:30AM to 5:00PM Monday – Saturday
The roots of the contemporary glass art movement run deep in Western North Carolina. The “Sphere of Influence” exhibit invites you to follow the international careers of sixty-one of these accomplished glass artists. Together they have stimulated a “pass it on” mentality, sharing their work through exhibitions and teacher-student or mentor-apprenticeship in a global intergenerational community.
Their collective experience and vision have been pivotal in changing perspectives in other glass cultures around the world. This exhibit illustrates their professional journeys encompassing 35 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America; moving from coast to coast across 44 states in the US; and their countless contributions throughout North Carolina. Their talents and efforts established WNC as the leading center of contemporary glass in the nation.
From Asheville to Winston-Salem, communities in North Carolina have supported the excellence of our glass arts by establishing educational programs, museums, art councils, and gallery shows. A majority of the artists found their way to the area through the glass residencies, core student programs, and classes at Penland School of Crafts. And many more elected to live and work in the Toe River Valley of WNC, working closely with Toe River Arts, promoting an art culture.
“Sphere” exhibit is proud to highlight the impressive accomplishments of our region’s glass artists. Enjoy their signature work and track their career journeys depicted on the world map and collated in a special edition, handcrafted book by Deana Blanchard and Chuck Young. These artists have successfully established a worldwide glass arts tradition and network, both first and second-generation.
-Curators Robin Warden and Kate Groff
Above from top: Mark Peiser, Courtney Dodd, Kenny Pieper