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April Issue 2000

Smith Galleries on Hilton Head Island, SC, Features Glass Sculptures by Judith Konesni

Smith Galleries, on Hilton Head Island, SC, celebrates it's twelfth anniversary with an exhibition of aquatic glass sculpture by Judith Konesni. The exhibition, which will be on view from Apr. 1 through Apr. 29, is also a celebration of the artist's 20th year as a glass artist.

Konesni was born in 1959 and is the owner of Tidal Wave Glass Studio in Michigan. She is a 1981 BFA graduate of the University of Toledo and the joint fine arts program at the Toledo Museum of Art. While studying painting and sculpture, she was introduced to glass and received formal training from Tom McGlauchlin.

She invented an individual decorative style of repetitive cutting and fire polishing technique that makes her images in glass appear sensual, tactile and bursting with movement.

Today, Konesni's oceanic glass designs reflects encounters with anemone, jellyfish, coral reefs, fish, and shell creatures. She manipulates molten glass into aquatic forms that capture the essence of the deep sea experience. The contrast of working in "hot glass" and creating "cold deep sea imagery" is the ultimate creative illusion.

The fluid nature of molten glass along with Konesni's skills and ideas are translated into these creative, tactile, and sometimes whimsical works of art. Titles for her aquatic environments are borrowed from tropical coral reef systems from around the world.

Konesni is concerned about the environmental destruction of fragile reef ecosystems of the sea. Over development and excessive fishing and harvesting of reef fish and coral reefs are destroying these ecosystems that have taken many centuries to grow. Re-creating and expressing sea life with glass art is one of the many ways to preserve nature.

Smith Galleries is South Carolina's only NICHE Magazine TOP 100 Gallery of American Crafts. The exhibition may also be seen online at (http://www.smithgalleries.com) beginning on Apr. 1.

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings or call the gallery at 843-842-2280 or check them out on the web.

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