Exhibition Opening, Artist Demonstration, and Meet & Greet on July 3rd from 4-7 pm at the J. Petter Galleries.
Chris Cox was in Venice, Italy in 2005 when he visited the island of Murano and saw glass blowing up close for the first time. When he returned, he took a weekend course in glass blowing. As he researched glass he discovered glass fusing and built a studio to start experimenting. Chris is inspired by the ability to cut the glass, fuse it, and then form or cast it into shape, and finally manipulating it through cold work processes into the final piece of art or jewelry. He enjoys experimenting with how different colors interact and create various patterns as they melt and blend together. Some of his biggest successes in the studio have been through experimentation and mistakes. You never know the end result until it is complete. He has always been fascinated with linear forms and design and you will see that in nearly all of his art and jewelry.
Local Saugatuck-Douglas professional photographer and enthusiastic artist, Kim Zahnow is multi-talented. She splits her time between Lumachrome Face-mounted Photography and Encaustics. When working with Encaustics, Kim blends beeswax resin shellac and pigments until they come to life under her torch. Unlike other paints, encaustic is never wet or dry. It goes from a hot liquid to a solid state and back again in seconds, allowing additional layers to be added immediately.
Kim asks you to consider that, it takes two million unseen flowers for a bee to produce enough wax to complete one of her Encaustics. Kim Zahnow can often be found around town and along the beaches with her camera. She takes photographs in a way that allows us to see the world as a piece of art.