Art Glass Exhibition Opens at Imagine
“Soul Cages: An Exploration of Change, Time and Process,” featuring the work of R. Jason Howard, will be on view throughout July at Imagine, the fine arts and fine craft gallery at 38 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. The exhibition, which showcases Howard’s flame-worked glass sculptures, ornaments and functional pieces, opens 6 to 9 p.m. July 6, as part of the village’s First Friday celebration. Refreshments will be provided, along with entertainment by the Usual Suspects. “This series is about inner life forces,” says Howard, of Skaneateles, a progressive glass artist who specializes in borosilicate flameworking. “The simple bubble is the genesis of all blown forms, perhaps even the soul of glass. I prefer blown glass forms because they capture a unique part of the handmade artistic process—the human breath. “In these works, I’ve tried to ‘let go,’ allowing the bubbles to expand as large as they can without exerting too much control over their shape,” he says. “Piercing the bubbles with a flame leaves only their pure essence: These captured forms are reduced to their absolute basic structure or inner life force. They are not stitched or woven, but rather blown, manipulated, and finally revealed. Layers of fumed gold and silver amplify their ability to capture, hold and reflect light’s divine mystic qualities.” Howard, owner of Cicada Glassworks, began working with glass in 1997 as a senior at Hamilton College, under the tutelage of Robert Palusky. After a two-year internship as Hamilton’s ceramic studio technician and a scholarship to the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, he began studying both off-hand glassblowing and flameworking with such renowned artists as Cesare Toffolo, Emilio Santini, William Gudenrath, Robert Mickelsen, James Nowak, Suellen Fowler and Loren Stump. Howard’s work is in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and has been shown at Snyderman-Works Galleries in Philadelphia, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass in Dallas and the Glasshouse Gallery in Seattle. Imagine is located in the lakeside village of Skaneateles, nestled in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York. It represents artists from across the country and Canada, along with many Central New York artists, to create one of the most diverse contemporary art collections in the area. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (315) 685-6263 or go to www.imagineskaneateles.com or www.facebook.com/imagineskaneateles.