Through November 3, Schantz Galleries in Stockbridge presents a stunning collection of Swedish artist Bertil Vallien’s signature sand-cast glass sculptures and installations. The exhibition of unique glass sculptures reveals the artist’s thoughtful exploration of the multi-faceted relationship of the human journey.
Friday, August 9
Stockbridge, MA (August 2019) A new exhibition by Dale Chihuly will open at Schantz Galleries in Stockbridge on August 1 and run through September 22, 2019. Chihuly is an American artist noted for revolutionizing the studio glass movement and elevating perceptions of the glass medium. His ambitious architectural installations have been placed in notable cities, museums, and gardens around the world, and his work is in the permanent collections of more than 200 museums. Schantz Galleries provides visitors with a more intimate setting in which to experience Chihuly’s work.
Dale Chihuly, Beryl, Blue and Opaline Chandelier (detail), 2019, 93 x 60 x 57" ©Chihuly Studio
Artist Reception Friday, July 12
Clarity of vision, incomparable technical skill, and an insatiable energy for discovery have placed Lino Tagliapietra in the highest echelon of his media. The spectacular new works in this exhibition astonish with their extraordinary murrini, intense coloration, and original techniques. We are inspired by his relentless and exuberant pursuit to convert clear, molten glass into a beautiful, personal, and moving expressions. Glass art has been forever changed by his contributions to the field, and as his audience, we are enlivened anew by his ability to capture and visualize the ineffable essence of the human experience.
Lino Tagliapietra, Hanoi, 2019, Blown glass, 12.5 x 11 x 5.5"
To manipulate glass, space, color, and light in the service of object-making takes training, dedication, and talent. But to manipulate glass, space, color, and light in the service of ideas takes an even deeper commitment. Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “Talent for talent’s sake is a bauble and a show. Talent working with joy in the cause of universal truth lifts the possessor to new powers.” The breadth of ways that artists master the demanding medium of glass is exceeded only by the variety of narratives and subjects they use in search of answers to existential questions—what matters in life, what is our purpose, how do we achieve harmony? As individual viewers, we approach works of art from our own unique perspectives, each of us recognizing our journey towards understanding of self and the world in a different story or subject. Art melds the personal and the universal, reflects our subconscious, and ignites our humanity—but this process looks different for everyone.
The artists in Drawn to Glass— Paul Marioni, Dick Marquis, Charles Parriott, Preston Singletary, Lisabeth Sterling, April Surgent, Cappy Thompson, Veruska Vagen, Ulrica Hydman Vallien, Bertil Vallien, Jen Violette, David Walters, Hiroshi Yamano—represent a panoply of perspectives in this search for universal truth. Each one, through unique approaches to glass-making and unique narrative content, serves as a guide through the often-turbulent adventure we call life. This range of voices represents a powerhouse of talent and ideology, each artist producing beautiful and provoking art.