A reception for Contemporary Terrain will be held Thursday, Jan. 12, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Stephanie Danz and Alison Helm, two artists with work in the exhibit, will give an informal talk about their work at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided and admission is free.
From the abstracted, conceptual works of WVU’s own Helm to the playful mosaics by Chris Dutch of Charleston, Contemporary Terrain features the work of nine West Virginia glass artists. Many of the artists find inspiration in the landscape of West Virginia, particularly Leona Mackey, a retired art teacher from Huntington, and West Union-based artist Martha Reynolds. Other featured artists include Ron Hinkle, Barrie Kaufman, Elizabeth Braun and Robin Hammer, who collaborates with Dutch as the artist duo, DutchHammer.
“I found myself intrigued by what working West Virginia artists were doing today with glass,” says guest curator Sally Deskins. “I wanted to organize an exhibit not only of contemporary, conceptual artists challenging the media and perception thereof, but with respect to artists continuing the traditions of glass blowing, etching and painting in their own way, to showcase the breadth of talent amongst the whole state.”