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Lauren Clark Fine Art, in collaboration with glass art curator Mary Childs, presents Celebrations in Glass, introducing the works of three East Coast based artists: Mariel Bass, Shannon Floyd and Leckie Gassman.

Each artist approaches the medium of glass with a fresh, innovative vision.

Mariel Bass, a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, is currently an instructor at the MIT Glass Lab, and has managed studios in the British Virgin Islands and St. Petersburg, FL, and worked with some of the best known names in Glass Art.

Shannon Floyd, also a Mass College of Art graduate, has participated in workshops at the Penland School of Craft and the Pilchuck School, and has been a resident artist at the Worcester Center for Craft and Salem State University.

Leckie Gassman is a graduate of Alfred University. He has been a teaching assistant at the Pilchuck School and many other institutions, and is currently on staff at the Penland School of Crafts.

The opening reception for Celebrations in Glass is Saturday, July 23rd, from 5-7pm at Lauren Clark Fine Art, 684 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. For further information, email marychildsgallery@gmail.com, lauren@laurenclarkfineart.com, or call 413.528.0432.

The show runs through August 8, 2022.

Mariel’s one of a kind glass sculptures are inspired by her love of nature, specifically flora, fauna, and the sea. Bass studied fine art and glass at Massachusetts College of Art, and after managing studios in the British Virgin Islands and Florida, returned to New England where she continues
to create her unique sculptures and installations.

Drawn to the simple beauty and the constant challenge of working with glass Shannon draws inspiration from Scandinavian and mid century modern design to create contemporary objects ranging from decorative to functional that are simple yet elegant and modern.

All of Gassman’s work is individually blown and engraved freehand, and this particular collection is inspired by his time in the outdoor cafés of Barcelona. They are positive in emotion but also have a bit of loud conversation in the imagery. For Leckie, these pieces reflect the experiences of people interacting and connecting with each other.

 

Mariel Bass, "Intuitive Swimmer"

Mariel Bass, “Intuitive Swimmer”