Glass work from Ed Fennell and the artists from Crystal Forge at Hot Shops Art Center in Omaha will be highlighted in Gallery A this month. Crystal Forge started in a residential garage approximately 35 years ago.
It now includes several artists who sell out of the gallery and work out of the glass studio. Every artist that works out of Crystal Forge has a different style. From the time Ed built his first furnace people have gathered around the forge. He once was asked, “How long does it take you to finish one of your pieces?” He replied by saying “Twenty years and twenty minutes.”
The motivation for Crystal Forge has all been for the enjoyment of blowing glass and the fellowship of the people involved. Presenting an eclectic mix of styles and techniques this show features work by Fennell, Matthew Shrader, Christopher Kemp, Daniel Grzeskowiak, Raymond Shultze, Whitney Emanuel and Mary Anne Kuk.
Gallery B: Mary Ringenberg
‘Quirky is a Good Thing’ Mary Ringenberg will bring her truly one-of-a-kind style to the walls of Gallery B in September. Part sculptural, part paint, her pieces will keep you looking as many tell stories within stories. “I have dabbled in a variety of media, but I have to say I’m the most passionate about assemblage art,” Ringenberg said. Her art features bold colors and high contrast items including old board game pieces, buttons and more. “Every time a new theme pops into my head, I’m instantly recharged. I love taking everyday, non-art objects and materials, or to be honest, JUNK and transforming them into sculptural collage,” she added. Please stop by Gallery B in September to see what her art reveals to you. “It might look like just an old wooden cigar box, but oh the possibilities are endless! My focus is on color, texture, nostalgia and a twist of the unusual. Quirky is a good thing, especially when it makes you smile,” she said. Ringenberg, a long-time FAAA member and former vice-president of our board recently moved to Lincoln.