The show will serve as a vehicle to educate the community about these artists, including Cappy Thompson, Preston Singletary, Jenny Pohlman, Sabrina Knowles, Ginny Ruffner and Benjamin Moore. Accompanying the work will be photographs of the artists in the creating process, taken by Russell Johnson, who has documented many working artists over the past few decades for the Pilchuck School. The exhibit will be curated by Seattle art advisor Margery Aronson, who is a major proponent of Northwest art, especially glass. Aronson is a member of the Association of Professional Art Advisors and an independent curator who has lived in Seattle since 1976. Currently she is curator for The Pilchuck Glass Collection in downtown Seattle, as well as the collection at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers.
Since 1996, she has been the curator of the contemporary glass exhibition at Seattle Tacoma International Airport. She writes frequently about contemporary glass, and she often leads tours and lectures on the art and artists of the Pacific Northwest. The Pilchuk Glass School was formed in 1971 by art patrons Anne Gould Hauberg and John H. Hauberg and artist Dale Chihuly, offering artists an opportunity to work with and learn about glass from the best and the brightest international talents working in the medium. In just thirty years, Pilchuck has become the largest and most comprehensive international educational center for artists working in glass.
Also on display from Jan. 12 through March 18 is Just Like Me: Word and Image High School Exhibition in the Risser Children's Gallery. This exhibition features work by Pinellas County high school students. The theme of the show - "Just Like Me" - challenges students to create a self-portrait and explain in writing what makes them unique. The theme of this exhibition is based on the book Just Like Me: Stories and Self-Portraits by 14 Artists, edited by Harriet Rohmer.
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