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Post Time:Aug 18,2008Classify:Industry NewsView:496

Inside the Riverton Museum at the Crane House presents glass that art junkies can't exactly see right through.

Thirteen artists from the Glass Art Guild of Utah are showcasing their artwork at the museum until Sept. 13.

This year is the guild's 10-year anniversary, but the museum in Riverton is a new venue.

Almost 80 pieces, ranging from party plates, sushi sets to jewelry, are on display in two of the museum's rooms. Although different, the works have one thing in common - they're all made of glass.

"Glass is some kind of new of an art form," said Suzanne Larson, the guild's president. "Not everyone understands how much science is involved in creating artistic glass."

Larson said an infinite amount of patience is required to work with glass.

"My kiln doesn't cook the same two days in a row," she said.

Sometimes an artist finds a nice surprise inside a kiln after the glass cools off and the labor finishes, get exactly what he or she anticipated, and other times it's a disaster, Larson said.

"That makes it a little bit more exciting," she said.

Larson has eight pieces in the show. Any guild member who submits at least one piece gets it into an exhibit. The guild consists of more than 54 artists.

"Our members range from people who're brand new at making glass, to people who have been in the business for 30 years," Larson said.

The guild meets every two months to share new techniques and hold demonstrations, helping each other with the craft and learning about the art world.

Although they might use the same techniques, all the pieces are unique, as artists envision them differently in their minds.

"I think it's one of the reasons we're all enjoying seeing each other's work so much," Larson said.

This year, the guild has four exhibit locales: Salt Lake City Public Library in July, Riverton Museum at the Crane now, Patrick Moore Gallery and Frame and the Red Butte Garden, which starts in November.

"If you have a show that allows everybody to get something in, that's a great way to get started," Larson said.

She said exposure is the main thing to an artist.

Guild Vice-President Jodi Mcraney Rusho has shown her work at the museum in the past and suggested the museum display other guild members' pieces, said Cynthia Oliver, the guild's public relations chair.

Riverton City owns and maintains the Riverton Museum at the Crane House. Volunteers run the museum and organize the programming.

"Our goal is to keep a show in that gallery year-round," said Leesa Lloyd, who chairs the museum's board.
About the guild
* For more information about the Glass Art Guild of Utah, visit glassartguild.com. For more information about exhibit hours or other museum events, call 801-253-3020. The museum is located at 1640 W. 13200 South. Admission is free.

Source: The Salt Lake TribuneAuthor: admin

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