Featured Hilltop Artists: John Wright, Donete´ Scott and Eli Piercey
Exhibition Dates: November 18th, 2010 – December 12th 2010
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Artist Reception: Third Thursday November 18th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Bowl by Donete Scott Cylinder by John Wright
TACOMA, November 10, 2010 - Vetri Glass in Tacoma is pleased to present a special exhibition showcasing the work of John Wright, Doneté Scott and Eli Piercey, three promising young artists from the Hilltop Artists in Residence, Tacoma (HART) program.
Vetri Glass Tacoma and the Hilltop Artists in Residence have teamed up to provide Hilltop students an experience with the business side of the art world -- a subject often overlooked in arts education programs. After meeting with the gallery, students were asked to send portfolios to the gallery proposing an exhibition of their work, an intimidating process for artists at any stage in their career. John Wright, Donete´ Scott and Eli Piercey are the three dedicated artists selected for this season's exhibition.
John Wright first worked with hot glass during an elective class in middle school and is now a member of the Production Team at HART. His series of slender, blown glass cylinders have been carved into with a dremel tool and then rubbed with ink to add graphic weight to the surface renderings. Wright is an avid skateboarder who spends almost as much time on concrete as he does in the hot shop and the surface designs he incorporates into his work are loosely derived from skate clothing and culture. The cylinders resemble an abstracted city skyline with undulations that create a sense of momentum akin to what Wright experiences while flying through the streets of Tacoma on his skateboard.
Doneté Scott has been working with glass for more than six years and has been a member of the Production Team at HART for nearly his entire artistic career. Scott presents viewers with a suite of colorful blown glass bowls that explore the relationships between form, color, and visual space. He continues to stretch his artistic abilities by incorporating more elaborate designs as well as his interest in architectural woodworking into his sculptures. Scott was recently the keynote speaker at the Hilltop Annual Breakfast and his passion for the program and for glassblowing is truly inspiring.
Bringing a philanthropic touch to his work is Hilltop Production Team member Eli Piercey, who created a collection of blown glass Pink Ribbon Vases especially for Vetri. Each vase is a slightly different shade of pink and all bear the familiar pink ribbon associated with breast cancer awareness efforts. The collection is dedicated to his mother and the artist wishes to donate a portion of the proceeds from the show to fund research for a cure. Piercey has worked with glass since 2008 and counts playing the drums, exploring nature and spending time with his family as sources of inspiration.
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