Published: July 17, 2012
Sandwich Glass Museum is presenting its summer exhibition “Sandwich Redux.” The exhibit, on view August 1⁏ctober 31, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the contemporary studio glass movement. This invitational exhibit welcomes some of the nation’s renowned glass artists to create an innovative interpretation of a piece from the museum’s collection reflecting the glass made in Sandwich from 1825 to 1907.
On view in the special exhibition gallery on the first floor, the exhibit opens with an artists’ reception on August 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
Featured artists include Chris Belleau, Ricky Bernstein, Ed Branson, William Gudenrath, Eben Horton, Sidney Hutter, Benton Jones, Jon Kuhn, Fritz Lauenstein, Michael Magyar, Yukimi Matsumoto, Billy Mayer, David McDermott, Jim Poore, Chris Sherwin, Josh Simpson, Debbie Tarsitano, Nancy Tobey and Beth Williams.
The exhibit is curated by Dorothy Hogan-Schofield, the Sandwich Historical Society and Glass Museum’s longtime curator and an authority on Sandwich glass.
Iconic works made in Sandwich by the talented craftsmen of the Nineteenth Century are presented alongside the works of contemporary artists, focusing on the form, function or sheer artistry of the original pieces.
The exhibition features 31 new designs and 27 original pieces drawn from the museum’s collection. Featured collection pieces include blown, pressed, threaded and decorated glass.
The 40-page catalog accompanying the exhibition has more than 100 photographed images of the designers’ work as well as artist statements. Published by the Sandwich Glass Museum, the $5 catalog is available online and the in the museum’s store.
On Thursday, August 2, at 5:30 pm in the Hirschmann Theater, the museum hosts director/producer John Waterman as he presents his documentary My Glass Odyssey . The film is the recipient of the Silver Lei Award from the 2012 Honolulu Film Festival and the Silver Ace Award from the 2012 Las Vegas Film Festival. The film is free to the public and will feature a Q&A with the director following the film.
The museum is at 129 Main Street. For more information, www.sandwichglassmuseum.org or 508-888-0251.
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