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April 2013

The Bender Gallery in Asheville, NC, Features Works by Lesley C S Nolan, Mathieu Grodet and Anna Boothe

The Bender Gallery in Asheville, NC, is presenting Narratives, a three person exhibition featuring the work of glass artists Lesley C S Nolan, Mathieu Grodet and Anna Boothe, on view from Apr. 5 through May 31, 2013. A reception will be held on Apr. 5 from 5-8pm. The reception is being held in conjunction with Asheville’s initial First Friday art walk of the season. Narratives examines the art of storytelling and social commentary via works of sculptural glass.

Tallahassee, FL, artist, Lesley C S Nolan records stories of family dynamics and human interaction through fabulous panels of vibrant fused glass. Traditions of quilting and textiles held by the women in her family are evident in her use of color, shape and pattern. The stories Nolan’s work tell conveys our common need for nostalgia, comfort and halcyon days.

Mathieu Grodet is a French born artist living in Quebec. He takes the goblet, an object which has been in existence since antiquity, and transforms it into the fantastic by bending it and adding additional feet and cups. He blows these delicate goblets as a blank canvas on which to engrave pictorial images and commentary on social issues. Mathieu’s work can be seen at the Corning Museum of Glass, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Fine Art in Quebec.

Hailing from Pennsylvania, artist Anna Boothe creates luminous translucent goblets of kiln cast glass. Boothe’s goblets are far from ordinary employing unexpected items such as birds, hands and seed pods to convey themes that recur in our daily lives. The result is an allegory about how we approach drinking rituals, whether they are for purposes of celebration, inebriation or escapism. Boothe’s past experience as a pastry chef influences her use of color and highlights the similarity of the light transmitting properties of sugar and glass.

The Bender Gallery is located on Lexington Avenue in Asheville, next door to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. There is a new parking garage on S. Lexington Avenue behind the Aloft hotel as well as a garage on nearby Biltmore Avenue.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 828/505-8341 or visit (www.thebendergallery.com).

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