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Imagine That… Gallery Opens Show by Glass Artist Phil Austin Aug. 6

An exhibition by Phil Austin of Snake Oil Glassworks will run throughout August at Imagine That…, the fine arts and fine craft gallery at 38 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. The show opens Aug. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m., during the village’s First Friday art night. Refreshments and musical entertainment will be provided.

Austin is known throughout the region for his handcrafted glass bowls, vases and pumpkins. Most of his works are done in the traditional way—freehand, without a mold. All are created at his hot glass studio on Jordan Road in Skaneateles.

The studio, built in 2004, houses a hot shop (where the furnace is located), a coldworking shop, and a retail store and gallery.

Austin, who designed and built all of the studio’s furnaces and ovens, characterizes his role there as head glassblower, equipment builder, maintenance supervisor and janitor, while his wife, Peg, oversees public relations, managing the store, and Austin’s show schedule.

“People are fascinated by the process of glassblowing, so we have open houses and do demos at the studio twice a year,” he says.

The process is a painstaking one.

Bowls, for example, take him two hours to create—one hour in preparation and one hour on the blowpipe. “It’s like working with 2,000-degree Play-Doh,” he says of the work, which he describes as performance art.

“It’s one-time through from start to finish. You don’t get to backtrack and fix things.”

Austin, who earned a master of fine arts degree in the glass program at the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology, also teaches design and drawing at Onondaga Community College.

Imagine That… is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call the gallery at 315-685-6264.

Posted: Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 @ 11:29 am by Curt
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Holly Knott is a Finger Lakes, NY artist who could never call just one medium her own. In 2004, she “retired at a young age” from a 17-year career as an interactive systems designer and usability testing specialist in Princeton, NJ, and moved from beautiful Bucks County, PA, to equally beautiful upstate NY so that she could devote 100% of her time to her fine art. She spends her free time working in a wide variety of media, including contemporary art quilts, photography, watercolors, hand-painted furniture, and web/graphic design. She is also co-author of the book “Quilted Garden Delights,” to be released by C&T Publishing in February, 2008. See her “Our book” page for more information.

Inspiration for her work comes from her surroundings, including her love of local colonial and Victorian architecture, cityscapes, rural landscapes, historical sites, cottage gardens, nature, and the enchantment of nearby riverside and lakeside towns.

Holly’s photographs and art quilts have won awards, and her art quilts are exhibited in juried art shows, quilt shows and galleries nationwide. Her work has appeared in several publications, including on the cover of Quilting Arts magazine (June 2005), in Life in the Finger Lakes magazine (Summer 2005), in the new C&T book, “Innovative Fabric Imagery for Quilts,” the International Quilt Festival’s 2004 Chicago show brochure, and on the cover of 2004 St. John’s University alumni brochure, Conversatio (see images and links below for more information on all of these). She also wrote an article for Quilting Arts magazine, and her art quilts have been included in several slide presentations given by other fiber artists in the U.S. The Alliance for American Quilts included Holly in their “Quilters’ – Save Our Stories” interviews. You can read her interview here.

She holds an A.A.S. in Advertising Design from Mercer County Community College, NJ, where she received scholarships and awards for artistic excellence. She is a member of IQA, Studio Art Quilt Associates, and the Art Quilters Alliance of New York.

Contact Holly at hollyknott@hollyknott.com.

Posted: Sunday, December 28th, 2008 @ 8:04 am by Curt
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John D. Barrow Skaneateles Area Artist Art Gallery Open

John D. Barrow Art Gallery Open 
The John D. Barrow Art Gallery is open Monday – Saturday in July, August and September.
Date:   June 27, 2008 – September 28, 2008
Location:   Barrow Art Gallery located in the rear of the Skaneateles Library

49 East Genesee St.

Contact:   Skaneatele Library 315-685-5135
Date/Time Details:   Monday – Friday 1-4 PM
Saturdays 11 AM – 4 PM
Fees/Admission:   FREE (Donations are accepted)

Posted: Monday, September 1st, 2008 @ 2:12 pm by Curt
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