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‘Sparks’ art exhibit brings history alive with glasswork


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Students marvel and unravel the artistic feel of the glass arts gives off

BY ANN ELIZAGA

TIMES STAFF

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[/media-credit] Joe Hawley, former ceramic and sculpture professor of SJCC and Michelle Gregor, art instructor attends at Sparks Art Exhibit at Carmen Castellano Fine Art Gallery on May 13th. Hawley has spent 50 years as an artist and teacher in ceramics, glass and sculpture at SJCC and SFSU. Gregor was professor Hawley’s former student when she attended at San Francisco State in the 80s.

Students and faculty flooded the scene of the “Sparks” art exhibit at the Carmen Castellano Fine Arts Gallery where many participating glass artists showcased their glass artworks that dates back to the 1960s up to the present.

“The exhibition was collaboration between San Jose City College and the Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California,” Michelle Gregory, an art instructor, wrote in an email.

“The exhibition idea comes from curator, glass artist and historian, Mary White, who was a San Jose State University professor for many years,” Gregor wrote. “It’s through her passion and persistence that the exhibition exists.”

Member of ACGA, (Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California), and I talked last year about organizing a glass exhibition during the Glass Art Society, White wrote in an email. I wanted to highlight the important contributions of the many schools that helped spread the word, which “sparked” the ideas of using glass as a sculptural art material and wanted to create a timeline that would show when and where the different glass programs started.

ESL Evergreen Valley College instructor, Helen Han marveled at the “Marine Environment,” artwork by glass artist, George Jercich at the art exhibit.

“I love the whole scene,” Han said. “The artist integrated and recreated the ocean.”

Former SJCC student, Amanda Quenta was very interested in the artwork of Marsha Blaka Desomma.

“I’m really drawn to Marsha’s piece because the abstraction of the forms,” Quenta said. “There are so many varieties of colors.”

Antonio Ros, a computer programming student, said he was astonished by Sarah Longini’s artwork piece because of the varieties of colors she had throughout her piece.

The glass artists from all around the world were scheduled to display their artwork at the Glass Arts Society conference in San Jose, June 5-7.

Visit the GAS (Glass Art Society) link, (www.glassart.org/_San_Jose.html.) for more information about this upcoming event.

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‘Sparks’ art exhibit brings history alive with glasswork