Blending Stained Glass and Fused Glass
We have often used the tagline “art glass from cold to hot,” referring to the temperature changes glass processes through in the fusing cycle from room temperature to 1500 degrees. For this show it also reflects the reference to stained glass as “cold glass” and to fusing as “warm glass.” Mercurial can also refer to a volatile personality trait, which glass as a material always exhibits, no matter which technique is used.
I have been designing with glass since landing a job in the stained-glass department of a local antique dealer in 1978. I added glass fusing design in 1982, and even though the focus has been on kiln-fired glass since Leonard joined Mercurial Art in 1988, I have always wanted to combine the two techniques. The visual pleasure of background movement behind a mouth- blown antique glass is impossible to replicate in fusing, but the intricate detail rendered in a frit painting is not realistic in a small stained-glass panel. When our scheduled artist for July backed out, the extra time available in my studio during the pandemic let me start down that design path, playing with combining clear textures in geometric patterns with the organic frit paintings from the fused grove series. The background behind these panels translates any movement into a dance between the viewer and the outside world.
As with any new design direction, more questions were created than answered. It will be rewarding to see where the concept can go from here.
“Birds Bears and Bees”
original oil on canvas
This show will be a display of the 3 Bs....
Beautiful native Birds, Bears and Bees.
A series of oil paintings created specifically for
4 Ravens Gallery, in sizes from miniature to large. Patrons and collectors will recognize Kat’s unique style with an emphasis on individual
Kat Houseman is a wildlife artist currently living in Bellingham Washington. She grew up in Great Falls Montana regularly visiting the C.M. Russell Museum and Paris Gibson Square. After high school Kat attended Montana State University in Bozeman Montana and received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree. Over the last 15 years she has traveled back and forth from Washington to Montana showing work and participating in festivals, galleries and museum shows. And even spent a year living in Missoula! Kat works primarily in oil on canvas or panel. She strives to create dynamic images that all can enjoy, giving honor and respect to the wildlife subjects she so loves. The importance of animal and habitat protection fuels Kat’s work.
March - May 2020
Helena artist Bill Ryder draws on a background of mechanics, welding, and life experiences to create mixed-media sculpture using new and found metal, driftwood, and unique pieces found at estate sales. Movement and dynamic tension are expressed in the flowing lines of driftwood supported by a welded infrastructure, or in the rescued old Singer sewing machine that morphs into a proud horse. Bill notes “Deep primal feelings are evoked which are expressed in tears of joy, smiles and laughter when people interact with the large driftwood elks as well as the tiniest wire horses.”
opening reception March 6
Featuring live music
These two artists both handcraft unique wearable art but their contrasting takes on contemporary expression highlight just some of the creative possibilities available to fine craft jewelers.
opening reception February 7
Featuring live music by
"My wish is for each piece to be a talisman, infused with love, and a reminder of how special each of us are."
Dona creates individually handcrafted pieces in tarnish resistant and reclaimed sterling silver and sources stones mined in the US. The “Foglia” series features hand-forged fine silver leaves accented with pearls and crystals.
Colorful, whimsical one-of-a-kind art to wear influenced by the 17th-century Japanese technique, Mokume-gane.
"I start with hand-mixed colors to build the initial palette then enhance hews and augment detail with many different materials. Always a bit funky sparked by the serendipitous results of the process."
c William Munoz 2018 "Alice Cooper at Kettlehouse"
Music in Missoula
Through the Camera
Missoula photographer William Munoz presents a collection of images from the last five years of concerts in the Missoula area. This exhibit features over 25 artists, including scenes from performances by Trey Anastasio, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Dawes, Sylvan Esso, Alice Cooper, Dean Ween, Lake Street Dive and Dorothy.
opening December 5
showing through January 24
Music has the ability to elevate the human spirit. On the one hand it is only the vibration of particles. But music is much more than mere physical movement, it is able to move us emotionally, it can comfort us, it aids in moving the creative process. Each phase of our lives have different challenges and the music we listen to is significant to those. Music is essential to the human condition. No culture exists that does not have some form of music—it is a link to that essence that all humans share.