It’s a thrill to have an art and craft gallery within walking distance of my house! And that the new exhibit, Double Vision, features two glass artists, John Jones and Aaron K. Wiener, is even more exciting, since glass is my creative passion and the main material of my mosaics.
Aaron Wiener is Director of Visual Arts at the Crefeld School in Chestnut Hill, and has been on the art faculty at the school for more than twenty years. Born in 1967 in Philadelphia, Wiener lived in various places in the area, eventually moving to Lansdale to raise his family.
John Jones has benefited from the glassblowing program at Crefeld, having been a student of Aaron Wiener, and he is also a mixed media sculptural artist who works with fired ceramics, steel, and wood. Collegiate studies at Ohio State University and Architectural and Art majors at Temple University during the 1970’s laid a foundation for his current work with glass.
The founding by-laws of Water Gallery state that the organization will be a “catalyst for growth and positive change in the Lansdale community.” I am very pleased that the gallery will donate its proceeds for the Double Visions exhibition to MANNA ON MAIN STREET, an amazing Lansdale organization that provides a soup kitchen and food cupboard, and a variety of other programs to help individuals in need. The vision of Manna on Main Street is “that everyone might be fed.”
Come to the Friday January 21st, 2011 opening gala reception where you can meet the artists, from 5-9, and while you are in the neighborhood, check out Virago Baking Company‘s delicious goods, music by Jessy Tomsko from 7:30, and my mosaics and Stratoz’s stained glass, since we as Nutmeg Designs, are the featured artists for the month of January, and Virago is right across the street from the Water Gallery.