Bender Gallery, representing artists from around the world, is Asheville's only international fine art and sculpture gallery. Exhibiting some of today's most relevant and sought after artists we also exhibit work by emeging artists creating innovative new work. While the main focus of Bender Gallery is sculpture using glass in its creation we also represent notable painters and sculptors of other mediums. We are located in the heart of downtown Asheville, NC.
My most recent work incorporates steel and glass whereas my first love was with metal and clay. When I was introduced to glass over 30 years ago, the material became my passion. In my search for a more meaningful stand for my glass, my old love metal has crept back into my thoughts. Now, metal is becoming an integrated part of my overall compositions. I am enjoying the process involved in working with steel again and the new challenges it brings.
There are some similar properties of metal and glass yet these two natural materials are very different. You can make glass look like metal but you cannot make metal look like glass. Yet both materials involve fire. My home and studio exists in an environment surrounded by woods. Over the years, nature has been becoming more prominent in my imagery. My steel stands have evolved from objects of mere function to become an integral part of the overall piece which gives the stand a meaningful purpose for existence.
An Interchange and Exchange of the Many Facets of Making a Living in the Field will be held in Asheville, NC May 18-21, 2016. It is a new conference event for SNAG, offering the opportunity for people to come together, learn, and broaden their horizons.
May 18 - July 31
Opening Reception May 19, 6 - 10pm
"International Jewelry: 12 Voices", Curated by Donald Friedlich
Andy Cooperman - Seattle, WA | Ramon Puig Cuyas - Barcelona, Spain | Donna D’Aquino - Bethel, ME
Donald Freidlich - Madison, WI | Kristina Logan - Portsmouth, NH | Paolo Marcolongo - Padua, Italy | Biba Schutz - NY, NY | Jiri Sibor - Brno, Czech Republic| Demi Thomloudis - Kent, OH | Lauren Tickle - Brooklyn, NY | Blanche Tilden - Melbourne, Australia | Julia Turner - San Francisco, CA