“Masters of Glass: Peter Wright & Peggy Pettigrew Stewart” opens with a 1st Friday Artists’ Reception from 5 to 8 p.m. May 3rd, with Artist Talks beginning at 5:45 that evening; the exhibition showcases two of the gallery’s newest artists. While each works in glass their styles and process are remarkably different. The glass art of Pettigrew Stewart has won awards both nationally and internationally. She attended the famed Pilchuck International Glass School in Washington and the Academé Taller in Spain and is one of the early pioneers working in Float glass. She’s extensively studied coldworking, sandblasting and sand carving in addition to kiln forming and casting. Pettigrew Stewart combines multiple processes to create her unique glass art and is one of just a few U.S. instructors to teach the Verre’ Eglomise ™ glass technique. Her glass is bent to release prismatic color that is evident in all of her works, ranging from human face-to-glass expressions to individually themed bowls. Peggy Pettigrew Stewart continues her decades-long fascination and experimentation with translucence and transparency, with color and light.
Artist Peter Wright spent twenty years in commercial construction before, as he says, “I began to seek alternatives for the second half of my life." Following a life-long interest in art eventually led to his being completely drawn in and seduced by hot glass. Studying at the famed Pilchuck Glass School as well as the Penland School of Crafts in NC, Wright quickly excelled: “I am fascinated by the endless possibilities this material has to offer. I love working with color and surface, gesture and form.” A fascination with all types of indigenous arts, especially Native American, African, and Pre-Columbian shaped his influences and the statements Wright wishes to express with his glass. Acid-etching or sand-blasting to remove shine ensures that viewers of his glass sculptures recognize his material only after they have responded to its form.
The exhibition runs through May 19th.