Studio Glass Show Opens Friday

Beyond Readsboro –

Blown Glass Vase, Title: "Corolla" by Ed Branson

“Corolla” Blown Glass by Ed Branson

Contemporary Studio Glass

Confluence has for its third show of the season an invitational exhibit that will feature the finest studio glass artists in the region. It runs August 5 through September 10. The public is invited to a wine and cheese opening reception on Friday, Aug 4, from 5-7 p.m.

“Beyond Readsboro – Contemporary Studio Glass” is curated by Bill LeQuier and Mary Angus of Readsboro, a couple who are themselves glass artists – a sculptor and glass blower, respectively.

“Beyond Readsboro” features nine glass artists from southern Vermont and western Massachussetts: Lucy Bergamini, Ed Branson, Robert Burch, Genevieve Cole, Robert Dane, Robert DuGrenier, Josh Simpson, Randi Solin, and Jen Violette. Among them these glass blowers and sculptors have won 38 awards, been exhibited in fine art and craft venues and are part of the permanent collections in art museums throughout the country.

Blown Glass, Title: "MegaWorld" by Josh Simpson

MegaWorld”, Blown Glass by Josh Simpson

LeQuier and Angus have known most of these artists for decades and have shown with them at Southern Vermont Art Center and other venues. They are thrilled that they have agreed to exhibit at this little gallery in an off-the-beaten-path location. Work chosen for “Beyond Readsboro,” says Angus, will include both functional and sculptural pieces.

Readsboro is an unlikely outpost of some world-class glass artists. Bill LeQuier’s glass sculptures are shown in galleries and museums around the country and Mary Angus’ blown perfume bottles are shown and sold at fine craft fairs and galleries throughout the region. Both are original founders of Readsboro Arts, the nonprofit parent organization of Confluence. “Our work is well known locally, but we wanted to bring the work of others here, to enlarge people’s appreciation of the art of glass.”

Confluence is located at 7012 Main Street (Rt. 100), Readsboro, VT. The gallery is open Saturdays 10-4, Sundays 12-4, and by appointment. For more information: 802-423-5600.