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"A Sense of Place: 8th Women's International Glass Workshop"
2004-06-24 until 2004-07-10
Material Matters Gallery
Toronto, ON, CA Canada

Material Matters Gallery is pleased to present the 8th Women's International Glass Workshop, an international assembly of well-known glass artists that convenes and exhibits in a different country every two years. The hosts and co-curators organizing this year's gathering, Mimi Gellman and Doreen Balabanoff, are both high profile architectural glass artists. The Material Matters Gallery is operated in Toronto by Lisa Wuohela, one of the longest standing art dealers specializing in contemporary glass in the country.

The Women's International Glass Workshop is a loose alliance of twenty architectural glass artists from thirteen countries. Every two years the group is hosted in a different member's country where the artists meet, exhibit and exchange professional development and technical ideas. Of greatest significance is the opportunity for cultural enrichment through visits to artists' studios, lectures and extensive travel in the host country.

This year's exhibition, " A Sense of Place, Exploring Cultural Identity", showcases the unique aesthetic, technical and conceptual approach of each participating artist through glass studies, exquisite glass panels and discreet sculptures. A rotating slide presentation, drawn from their accomplished portfolios, will give an extensive overview of their major glass commissions around the globe.

Like each prior exhibition of this collective, (previous meetings were held in Ireland, Japan, Iceland, Austria, Wales and Colorado) this year's group installation largely focuses on the impressions gleaned and shared from the last assembly in 2002, hosted in New Zealand.

This year's selection of work showcases compelling and provocative conceptual approaches to exploring glass as a light-transmitting medium. One of the most revealing aspects of this bi-annual communication process is the often-unconscious synchronicity of the artists' personal/professional interests. Separated by thousands of miles, the member's works appear to be intimately related in scope and intent.

Participating Artists:

Sigridur Asgeirsdottir, Iceland
Doreen Balabanoff, Canada
Chris Bird -Jones, Wales
Ginger Ferrell, England
Mimi Gellman, Canada
Amber Hiscott, Wales
Catrin Jones, Wales
Cornelia König, Austria
Linda Lichtman, U.S.A.
Mary Mackey, Ireland
Ellen Mandelbaum, U.S.A.
Marie Pascal Foucault-Phipps, U.S.A. & France
Helga Reay-Young, Germany
Helma Sauerbrey, Germany
Holly Sanford, New Zealand
Chinks Vere Grylls, England
Sachiko Yamamoto, Japan
Yoshi Yamauchi, Germany & Japan

Mimi Gellman

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