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May 2013

The Bender Gallery in Asheville, NC, Features Works by Janis Miltenberger and Carol Milne

The Bender Gallery in Asheville, NC, will present an exhibit of works by Janis Miltenberger and Carol Milne, on view from May 3 - 31, 2013. A reception will be held on May 3, from 5-8pm.

Included in this show is The Collection of the Wanderer, a life size sculpture in borosilicate glass, by master flameworker Janis Miltenberger. Standing at 5’4”, the sculpture is majestic in presence, yet simultaneously ethereal and delicate. Created with passion and precision, the organic sculpture is botanical and depicts a feminine figure consisting of vines and leaves adorned with a necklace dangling a golden key and clasping a strand of berries. On top of her head lays a gathering of eggs.

Miltenberger’s work employs extensive use of the narrative and often includes mythological and biblical references. The piece was created primarily using clear glass which allowed the artist to focus on the story, texture and structure of the piece without being distracted by the vibrancy of color. The artist then finished the piece in magnificent detail using oil paints.

A native of Berkeley, CA, Miltenberger resides in picturesque Lopez Island, WA. She began working in glass in 1978 as an apprentice to Richard Marquis. She has taught and exhibited throughout the US and Japan, and is a frequent instructor at the Penland School of Crafts.

Also on view will be works by Seattle artist, Carol Milne, who is new to the gallery. Several of her knitted glass sculptures will be on exhibit.

Milne is an internationally exhibited glass sculptor working in North Seattle creating with her favorite medium, hot glass. She has displayed her award-winning work in galleries and art festivals in many corners of the United States and as far afield as Japan and Korea. With glass Milne has tackled a number of forms including shoes, knitted baskets, disembodied hands, teapots, and more. Three of the production processes she uses in her glass work are kiln cast glass, hot cast glass, and hot stitch knitted glass.

Milne says “I like glass because it can take on an infinite number of forms and textures. Glass can show an interior image and exterior image simultaneously. It’s translucent and transparent. It plays with light. It looks cool when it’s hot.”

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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