On February 8, 2014 from 5:00-9:30pm, visit the Duncan McClellan Gallery for “The Seattle Connection” with Richard Royal and Veruska Vagen!
At 5pm the gallery doors will open to reveal amazing glass artistry, all connected by the Pilchuck School of Glass just North of Seattle, WA.
Richard Royal began working as a glass sculptor in 1978 at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA. He then worked his way through the ranks to become one of Dale Chihuly’s main gaffers. Royal emerged into the art market in the 1980‘s and has since been an independent artist exhibiting work internationally in both solo and group exhibitions.
Originally a painter, Veruska Vagen spent years working in oil, watercolor and mixed media. The course of Vagen’s life changed when her glass enamel work brought her to the renowned Pilchuck Glass School where she developed a unique mosaic technique called “Dot de Verre”.
Also on display on Saturday will be new works by Japanese glass artist Hiroshi Yamano, who has instructed and lectured throughout the world, including at both the Tokyo Glass Institute and the Pilchuck School of Glass, as well as serving as guest artist in Waterford Crystal in Ireland in 1998.
So while one of the common denominators for these artists is the Pilchuck Glass School, their shared experiences in the community of Glass artists in Seattle, their artwork is as unique as their personalities. Royal has created a variety of series which range from pieces that are metaphors for self-exploration to his most recent “Geo” series, which is an exploration into the theory that all things have a geometric significance or a mathematical sequence; these sequences often build on themselves. Vagan’s current work focuses on the portrait in a contemporary fused glass format and Yamono translates his own personal experiences, as a man continually traveling between the cultures of East and West, into universal statements that convey the delicate relationships that either ensure or disrupt ones sense of harmony and belonging oftentimes using a fish as his elusive, alter ego.
You won’t want to miss this amazing exhibit! While you browse, enjoy an adult beverage, soda or water for a donation from our custom bars (All donations benefit the DMG School Project).
Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5pm and by appointment.
Exhibit runs 2/8/14 to 3/3/14