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ARTSPACE AT ST. RITA'S MEZZANINE GALLERY

 

Wasanii : Young African-American Artists

of the Progressive Academy

 

and

 

Window Creations Woven Glass

 

January -- March 2010

 

 

In recognition of Martin Luther King Day (January 18) and

Black History Month (February), ArtSpace/Lima and St. Rita's

are pleased to feature the art of three young artists of the

Progressive Academy of Lima Senior High School. 

 

Complementing their work are colorful and original pieces

of woven glass from Window Creations in Fort Jennings.

 

 

 

Exhibit Statements

 

   

 

 

Teacher's

Statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist's

Statement

     

 

 

Young Artists of the

Progressive Academy

 at Lima Senior High School

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Ashley Jennings

William Jackson

Bridgette Walls

 

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“The color of the object illuminated partakes of the color of that which illuminates it.”

Leonardo da Vinci

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“The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color."

Hans Hofmann

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Artists have always used color as a means of personal expression, whether is be on a conscious or subconscious level. It is vital for artists-in-training to experience and understand color and color theory so that they are equipped with the tools necessary to use color to its fullest extent as they develop their own personal, artistic style. Inspired by the works of famous artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Jim Dine…student artists of Lima Senior High’s Progressive Academy are in the process of experimenting with color through use of both watercolors and oil pastels.

 

All of the featured student artists are sophomore participants in the art program of the Progressive Academy. Aside from their passion for visual art, these students are also active in other LSH programs such as the performing and culinary arts.

 

Mrs. Kristin Lee

 Art Educator

 Lima Senior High

 Progressive Academy

 

 

   

 

Window Creations

 

Background: I have been working with glass for over 20 years. Most of my time has been spent designing and fabricating stained glass for churches and homes.  Over the years however as technology changed, I began to work more with melting glass into new shapes and forms. We have developed and trademarked a new glass art form called Dimensional Glass . This is a method where we create glass murals that mount to the wall.

 

The Medium: Glass is incredible to work with, offering both color and transparency. Sometimes working with glass is like a dance, when I begin to change its form it moves with me, but sometimes it seems to have a mind of its own creating a moment of unpredictability. There are times in the studio when I start a new project with one thing in mind only to find out somewhere in the process I alter the design. Flexibility is a key to success when working with glass that is 1200 degrees or hotter.

 

Techniques: Glass can be worked when it is hot, warm or cold. When glass is around 2100 degrees it can be poured or blown. When it cools to around 1400 degrees it can be bent and shaped. Once the glass cools to room temperature it can then be cut, ground and polished to change the form once again. It is the combination of these techniques that I use when fabricating my artwork.

 

Inspiration: My artwork has been inspired by my relationship with the Lord. I often wake up in the middle of the night with inspiration for designs.

 

Goal: It is my desire both to show the great versatility of glass and also create within the viewer a wonder at how the piece was made. When viewing my artwork, I hope you will be able see something different each time you view the piece.

Reggie Buehrer

Window Creations, LLC and

Crystal Creek Glass, Inc.

 

Contact the artist: reggie@crystalcreekglass.com

Learn more about Reggie’s studio: bstudios.net and crystalcreekglass.com

 

 

 

 

Young African-American Artists of the

Progressive Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Jackson

 

 

Bridgette Walls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Ashley Jennings

 

 

Bridgette Walls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Jackson

 

 

Ashley Jennings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Jennings

 

 

Ashley Jennings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Jackson

 

 

Bridgette Walls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Jennings

 

 

Bridgette Walls

 

 

 

Window Creations Woven Glass

 

         
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cast Your Net

 

 

Cool Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out of Africa

 

 

Crystal Thread

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forest Moss

 

 

Freedom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grandma's Scarf

 

 

Jellyfish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remembering Autumn

 

 

Seaweed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whimsical

 

 

Yellow Jacket