Monday, September 14, 2009

Sept 13 SoWa Open Market + Artscope Centerfold

Saturday was, you guessed it...rainy!! So I did not end up going to Providence. But as Annie and I used to sing endlessly, ‘the sun’ll come out…to-mo-rrow…’ and thankfully it did and I got to spend Sunday with my tent mate, Saya of Saya Studio at the SOWA open market. We had some fun visitors including my dad... can you find him in the photo below??When she wasn’t swarmed with customers, I was able to share some lively conversation with our neighbor Liliana Cirstea Glenn of Liliana Bead who was so thoughtful and full of encouraging, positive comments. Oh and by the way, her glass work is absolutely stunning.. so colorful, intricate and beautiful! In addition to viewing her work in person, I also enjoyed visiting her website and reading her remarks about the art process. For example, “I have been growing in the imagining and the making of glass beads because this process and its results constitute art for me and art has no limits. I feel that I have finally found a place where I can be limitless and always transforming and that place is behind a flame. With a mandrel and a glass rod in hand, I can go where no one has gone before and explore beauty, identity and skill in just one glass bead.”One final note... in addition to sculpting and creating stained glass, I also paint. And I'm very excited to have won the Artscope Magazine's centerfold contest in the medium of painting. Of the paintings submitted, "Reading Time With Spot" (above) was chosen for the magazine and is featured on pages 32 + 33 in the current (Sept/Oct) 2009 issue. The contest was juried by Ron Crusan, Director of the Ogunquit Museum of Art; Anne B. Zill, Director of the University of New England Art Gallery; and Artscope writer Elena Sarni.


Pretty Neat Designs said...

Congrats on the centerfold win! That is really awesome.

Liliana C. Glenn said...

Congratulations on your winning piece, Liza.

I will be looking for Artscope now to read with(out) Spot :) and you in the spotlight.
The painting is wonderful in that the casual atmosphere that it renders is yet exciting for its color-rich forms :) The aqua-blue on the bottom is a great choice composition-wise!

Thank you very much for the kind words and attention in your blog of me and my work. I enjoyed meeting you and Saya very much - I'd wish you as neighbors upon anyone :)

Your work is impressive and freeing of all those preconceptions one might have about stained glass and glass jewelry. In your work solder is an aesthetic component and glass is like a bird that takes off in one's imagination. I was drawn to your work because of its conceptual originality and I appreciate this very much in an age of sameness and tautology.

I am looking forward to being your neighbor again!
Liliana :)