McMow Glass Art Announces 16th Annual Glass As Art Contest

McMow Art Glass is excited to be hosting its 16th Annual Glass as Art Contest on Thursday, April 23rd from 6-8pm. Each year, this contest has grown with incredible talent and wonderful sponsors from all facets of the art world. This year we are excited to announce that $2 from EACH entry fee will go to support The Shari Lynn Soldano-Carney Scholarship Fund. The Rickie Report shares the details and cannot wait to see your entries!

 

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MCMOW ART GLASS

701 N. DIXIE HWY LAKE WORTH, FL 3360

16th Annual

Glass as Art Competition

Call for Entries!

 

McMow Art Glass is excited to be hosting its 16th Annual Glass as Art Contest on Thursday, April 23rd from 6-8pm. Each year, this contest has grown with incredible talent and wonderful sponsors from all facets of the art world. This year we are excited to announce that $2 from EACH entry fee will go to support The Shari Lynn Soldano-Carney Scholarship Fund.

 

 

 

McMow Contest Winner 2014

McMow Contest Winner 2014

 

This scholarship fund supports glass art education for a student in need! McMow Art Glass is proud to partner with Shari’s family to honor her memory. Each April, in conjunction with the Glass as Art Contest, a scholarship recipient will be awarded. This scholarship will be utilized to provide a comprehensive glass arts education, including glass blowing classes through the Benzaiten Center for the Creative Arts, to a local student in need.

 

 

McMow Contest Winner 2014

McMow Contest Winner 2014

 

What is eligible?

Glass artists are able to enter their work into the following categories:

  • 3-Dimensional
  • Original Design Stained Glass
  • Pattern Adaptation from a book or other source
  • Mosaic
  • Fused glass and Jewelry
  • Professionals: A professional is anyone who sells their artwork, teaches art glass or has previously submitted work to the professional category.
  • All entries must be 6 square feet or under. Works must be display ready with hooks and or stands.

No broken or damaged work will be accepted. All submission category placement and acceptance is at the discretion of the pre-qualified selection committee.

McMow Contest Winner 2014

McMow Contest Winner 2014

What to Send:

There will be a $7.00 entry fee per piece. Up to 3 pieces may be entered. Please submit payment with photographs of your work to entry form. If submissions are entered via email payment must be received over the phone via credit card. Checks will also be accepted. Please make checks payable to McMow Art Glass.

Payment must be received by entry deadline in order to be eligible to compete.

Deadlines & Labeling:

Deadline for submissions is March 20th. Finalists will be notified by phone the week of March 23rd -28th. Pieces selected for competition need to be need to be dropped off March 30th – April 4th. Pieces will hang in the gallery until April 30th. Pieces will need to be picked up by May 2nd.

Please make sure entry form is submitted with $7 entry fee per piece.

ENTRY FORM:

Name:_______________________________________________
Phone:_____________________Email:_____________________
Title of Work:__________________________________________
Dimensions of Work:_____________________________________
Price of Piece:__________________________________________

Category: Please check one
____3-dimensional____Original design Stained Glass
____Pattern adaptation from a book or other source
____Mosaic glass____Fused glass/Jewelry____Professional

The undersigned has read and understands the rules of the contest. The undersigned agrees to release McMow Art Glass, Inc from any damages to any work submitted.
Signature:______________________________ Date: _________

ENTRY FORMS MAY BE DROPPED OFF IN PERSON OR MAILED TO:

MCMOW ART GLASS
701 N. DIXIE HWY
LAKE WORTH, FL 3360

ENTRY FORMS MAY ALSO BE EMAILED TO: RETAIL@MCMOW.COM

For information about classes, workshops, supplies or other services please contact:

McMow Art Glass
701 North Dixie Hwy. Lake Worth, FL. 33460
Phone: 561.585.9011 EXT 106 Toll Free: 1.888.701.3494
Fax: 561.586.2292 www.mcmow.com

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Ronnie Hughes Master Glass Florals Astound!

Ronnie Hughes was hooked in only two weeks and once you see his glass artistry, you’ll see why!  The Rickie Report implores you to not only see his work at the upcoming Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, but to take the time and really study each piece.  See how he brings such perfection to glass flowers.   Read this article for details about the show and how Ronnie became a world-renown Master Glass Sculptor.

Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

Friday  March 1st  10 – 6

Saturday March 2nd  10 -6

Sunday March 3rd  11- 5

 Palm Beach County Convention Center

650 Okeechobee Blvd

West Palm Beach

 

  The Palm Beach Fine Crafts Show is professionally juried to ensure the highest level of excellence and originality in the work presented. Every piece is designed and made in artists’ studios across the U.S.

 

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Aphrodite Orchid

 

 

The Rickie Report staff appreciates a wide variety of art forms and mediums.  When we saw Ronnie Hughes’ glass work at the 2012 Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, we were stunned.  The beauty of his work and its realism were truly something to behold.  We watched, mesmerized, at his video which showed some of the multiple steps in creating these fragile masterpieces.  We walked through and enjoyed the rest of the show and then came back to his booth to speak with him.

Ronnie tells us, “I was born in 1954 and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. I learned glassblowing with the help of a friend after graduating from Wake Forest University in 1976.   Soon after graduation, I learned the basics of flameworking from Al Lipkin and Michael Kennedy, two scientific glassblowers who showed me the infinite possibilities of working with borosilicate glass and a torch…only two weeks working with glass, I was hooked.”

 

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Vanda Scadens Orchid

“Since I had received no formal art training while getting my Bachelor’s Degree, my aptitude for glassblowing was a huge and pleasant surprise.   I originally created small works, and eventually worked with J.R.R. Tolkein “Lord of the Rings” characters and other fantasy themes.  The Tolkein flights of fantasy started my love of detail and I enjoyed creating them so much, that I decided to make glassblowing my career.  I have spent the past 36 years creating my artwork for galleries, art shows and private collections.”

 

In 1980, after walking upon a field full of hundreds of breathtaking Pink Lady Slippers on the Blue Ridge Parkway, he was inspired to change his subject matter completely.  He explains, ” I began creating native wildflowers and I haven’t stopped since. I had discovered what I felt was a most satisfying blend of subject matter with medium.  The Trademark qualities of my work have been the accuracy of the flower structures combined with a distinctive organic style with the use of free-formed glass bases I developed about 25+ years ago.  My sculptures have much more appeal to me as an artist with their own solid and continuous glass bases, though a more risky and time-consuming process.  I am able to capture the essence of the flower with more movement as it springs from these bases.”

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TRR:   Tell our readers more about your work:

RH: Borosilicate glass is my medium.  Using propane and oxygen-fed torches, I heat the glass to a molten state (2000-2500 degrees Fahrenheit).  At these temperatures, the glass becomes pliable enough to shape into delicate looking wildflowers.  My goal is to create original, delicate works of art while maintaining durability at the same time – a balancing act which requires diligence and careful craftsmanship.

I work by myself, employing traditional flameworking techniques to create my sculptures.  There are no molds, specialized tools, glue or paints used.  After completion, each piece is annealed at 1040 degrees Fahrenheit in a kiln then cooled gradually back to room temperature. This process removes all thermal stress from the piece, making the glass as strong as it was originally.   All pieces are then examined under a polariscope which ensures that the sculpture has been properly annealed before presenting it to the public.  My glass can be repaired by flame, which is not possible with soft glass.  This means my sculptures can retain their value after the repair.

 

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TRR:  The Rickie Report understands that being an artist means spending many working hours alone, especially as you described.  How do you relieve some of that pressure and network with other artists?

RH: I am proud and honored to be affiliated with The Philharmonic Center for the Arts,  Clyde Butcher Gallery,  The Galleries – Concord, NC,  The Glass Art Society,  The American Craft Council,  The Southern Highlands Guild, Ohio Designer Craftsmen,  Handmade in America, Piedmont Craftsmen,  Carolina Designer Craftsmen, Lexington Art League, and North Carolina Mountain Arts Alliance.

I am grateful for the opportunity to create three “exemplary teacher awards” annually via the Rhododendron Society at Appalachian State University.  We are enriched also when participating with such exceptionally talented artists in the juried art shows around the country– to see beauty as well as art in its many unbelievable and various forms.

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Phrag Grand Three Orchid

In March of 2005, Hughes was a featured artist in Sunshine Artist Magazine, where one of his wildflower sculptures graced the cover.   In October 2006, his two orchid sculptures took a clean sweep of First Place Awards at the 59th National Capital Orchid Society Juried Art Show in Washington, DC:  First Place in Glass, First Place in his Art Division and Eva Campbell Memorial Award for the Best Art in the Show. In 2010 and his works were included in Bandhu Dunham’s: Contemporary Lampworking Volume III released April 2010.

 

Throughout his decades of professional work, Hughes has exhibited widely both in juried Fine Art Shows, where he has won numerous awards, and in Art Galleries which include The Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, PA The Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL,  NC Museum of Natural Sciences,  the Riley Gallery in Cleveland, OH,  just to name a few.  Hughes’ sculptures of wildflowers are avidly coveted by collectors, not only in the United States, but also internationally.  His work is represented in countless private collections in the US and abroad, as well as in corporate collections and in the collections of royalty, heads of state, and diplomats.

Ronnie and Chris Hughes

Ronnie and Chris Hughes

“I hope to show movement in each of my works”, Hughes says. “Although I often use colored glass as a focal point to highlight certain aspects of my work, clear glass is the prominent part of my sculptures for two reasons.  I believe that the purity of clear glass lends a mystical quality to the flowers, emphasizing the delicacy and fragility of our natural world. The transparent optical qualities of clear glass also challenge the observer to look more closely and to use his/her imagination to complete my creative vision”.  Please visit: www.hughesglass.net

 

For more information about the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show: info@craftsamericashows.com   General admission: $15.00. Senior Citizens $14.00 Please inquire about special group rate.

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291