Fused glass art exhibit opens at NRCC next week
|Currently glittering in the New River Community College (NRCC) art gallery are numerous pieces that, from a distance, look like intricate paintings. But, upon closer inspection one discovers that they are indeed carefully constructed works of fused glass.
Blacksburg artist Larry Mitchell will present an exhibit of his fused glass works in the NRCC art gallery in Godbey Hall on campus in Dublin through the month of December. The exhibit will open on Tuesday, December 6, with a drop-in reception beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Mitchell had a 37-year career in engineering that included teaching engineering design at Virginia Tech, Michigan, Ohio State and the United States Air Force Academy before he retired and discovered that he was in need of a new creative outlet. He chose welded and knit steel/copper sculpture and fused glass as his mediums and has been fusing glass for 11 years.
He has taught welding for lawn art in the YMCA “Open University” five years and is currently teaching fused glass courses there.
Mitchell says his art ranges from abstract to realism and that he “paints with glass, not on glass.” His glass art panels are fused in a kiln at 1,350-1,430 degrees Fahrenheit for 14 to 56 hours to achieve the effects illustrated in his NRCC show.
His art has also been shown at the Montgomery Museum, the Black Rooster Gallery and Heartwood in Abingdon, Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd and the Roanoke Rescue Mission, among others. He has two pieces in the Rescue Mission’s Permanent Art Collection; one is a 3-D knit enameled copper sculpture and the second is a fused glass art panel entitled “Living in Harmony.”
Mitchell also does commission work such as fused glass art panels, lighting sconces, original tiles and commemorative plates and his studio is part of the Montgomery County Artisan Trail.
More information about Mitchell’s studio and contact information may be found at http://www.roundthemountain.org/artistsNew/artists.php .