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New Voices

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New Voices
April 19 – May 31, 2018 at Montague Gallery

Six rising stars in the world of glass art will make their first appearance together.

All of the artists are in the early stages of their careers, yet each has already begun to draw national, and in some cases, international attention for their work. Montague Gallery, which opened last year, has thus far shown work by established artists, but owner Dani Montague felt it was important to show how the art of glass is evolving through the voices of a new generation of artists who are taking the medium in exciting directions.

“Every artist in this exhibit is someone people are talking about,” said Montague. “They’re inventive, they’re passionate and their work is inspiring. We’re extremely proud to showcase their work in this very special and diverse group show.”

While all six artists are now based on the west coast, they each arrived at Montague Gallery by a different route. And although most acknowledge training in classical techniques, such as those famously attributed to the Venetian school, each one sets a new tone in the expression of their art in glass.

For instance, two artists in the show, Alix Cannon and Jason Christian, are from Seattle, arguably the west coast’s glassblowing center of gravity, and have spun out of the orbit of Dale Chihuly and the Pilchuck Glass School. Christian’s repertoire includes complex blown glass dragon sculptures. Cannon creates patterned rods of glass called cane, which she uses to blow elegant vessels.

Tali Grinshpan, who is from Tel Aviv and now based in Walnut Creek, tackles emotional and visceral themes to tell a visual story using pâte de verre, which literally means “paste of glass.” This technique was invented in France in the 19th century and yields subtle gradations of color impossible to reproduce with any other glass working process.

Another local, Evan Kolker, whose home base is in Oakland, uses glassblowing and metal sculpting techniques to painstakingly render his lifelike designs of pitcher plants, some of which require more than 100 hours to produce.

Aya Oki, an international transplant who moved from Japan to San Bernadino, California, so impressed her fellow glass artist Jason Christian that he introduced her to Montague. She blows glass through created structures that she says is an experience, “like having an exciting conversation with a good friend.”

The sixth member of the group is Robert La Montagne, who hails from Fairbanks, Alaska. His work combines traditional glass blowing techniques with woodworking to reflect his life experiences in the northern latitudes.
New Voices April 19 – May 31, 2018 at Montague Gallery Six rising stars in the world of glass art will make their first appearance together. All of the artists are in the early stages of their careers, yet each has already begun to draw national, and in some cases, internatio...
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