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June 2013

2nd Annual Studio Glass Exhibit Takes Place in Morganton, NC

The mountains of North Carolina are home to some of the world’s most talented studio glass artists. To recognize the exceptional work of these preeminent artists, an exhibition of work is scheduled in a collaborative event taking place in four downtown Morganton, NC, venues: the Burke Arts Council, Kal? Gallery, John S. Payne Studio and MESH Gallery. The Second Annual Western North Carolina Studio Glass Exhibition is scheduled to start June 1 and run through July 6, 2013. An opening reception for the artists is scheduled for Saturday, June 1, from 5 -8pm, at each of the participating galleries.

The exhibition includes glass that is functional and sculptural in design. This includes many unique vessels in varied shapes and hues, as well as sculptural forms in blown or cast glass. The four galleries will serve as singular venues for the exhibition and each will offer participants a distinct experience in viewing the entire exhibition of work.

Among the artists participating in this year’s exhibition are John Almaguer, Ben Greene, Kenny Pieper, Greg Fidler, Sam Stark, Roger Parramore, Gary Beecham, Mary Lynn White, Joe Nielander, Judson Guerard and Thor & Jennifer Bueno.

The galleries are in close proximity, allowing visitors to walk to each venue in Morganton’s historic downtown district. Work on exhibition will be available for purchase. More information regarding the Second Annual Western North Carolina Studio Glass Exhibition will be available at (www.downtownmorganton.com).

The Burke Arts Council (www.burkearts.org) coordinates arts activities in the community, serves as an information resource for the arts and promotes local artists and arts organizations. the Gallery hosts ongoing artist exhibitions throughout the year. Works by Roger Parramore, Joe Nielander, Judson Guerard and John Almaguer will be on view at this location.

Kal? Gallery (www.kalagallery.com), winner of the 2011 NICHE Awards for top new retail gallery, features contemporary arts and crafts handmade in America. With a focus on North Carolina craft, the gallery has a large exhibition space available for artist’s shows. Works by Gary Beechem, Mary Lynn White, Kenny Pieper and Greg Fidler will be on view at this location.

John S. Payne (www.johnspayne.com) is a professional photographer with an extensive collection of contemporary studio glass. His studio and his collection is housed in the historic Alva Theatre in downtown Morganton. Over over 100 pieces from Payne’s collection will be on view at this location.

MESH Gallery (www.meshgallery.com) is a progressive showcase for the arts featuring an eclectic mix of artists in single and multiple exhibitions throughout the year. MESH also hosts free literary events, variety shows and concerts through-out the year. Works by Thor and Jennifer Bueno, Pablo Soto and Ben Greene-Colonnese will be on view at this location.

Featured in the March 2013 issue of Southern Living Magazine, downtown Morganton is in the foothills of western North Carolina with easy access from Charlotte, Greensboro or Asheville. Morganton is located at Exit 105 on Interstate 40. US Highways 18 and 181, as well US 64 and US 70 intersect the city. For further info visit (www.downtownmorganton.com).

For further information check our Commercial and Institutional Gallery listings, or contact Terry Brown by calling 828/851-1770 or e-mail to (kalagallery@att.net).

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