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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Turnings in new Grow Gallery

On May 1, 2010, a new gallery will hold its grand opening in Shelburne Falls, MA.  The Grow Gallery is a project of the husband and wife team of Jonathan Winfisky and Lesley Grow-Winfisky, and will showcase Jonathan's blown glass art, as well as works by a number of different artists in various media.

Jonathan's glass sculptures have been shown in art galleries, museums, and private collections worldwide. He has been designing and producing unique, original blown and cast sculptural glass vessel forms for over thirty years. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in sculpture. His work has been featured in The Corning Museum of Glass, The Corning New Glass Review, The "Art's In The Embassy" Worldwide Exhibit, The Wheaton Museum of Glass, and is shown in over 300 galleries worldwide, as well as in public and private collections. Each piece is a signed and dated original work of art glass created locally in Winfisky's studio, a renovated 100-year-old barn in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

Lesley worked at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute for the past four years as their Events Coordinator, and is a classically trained painter who has had more than a decade of gallery management experience. Grow Gallery is the realization of her lifelong dream to bring a highly curated fine arts gallery to Western Massachusetts. Grow Gallery will be an immersive art experience that grabs the customer's senses from the minute they walk in the door, encouraging the visitor to focus on the art as a reflection of both beauty and functionality.

Also featured will be a collection of turned pieces by Ray Asselin for sale, including Fencepost Vases, Lidded Treasure Boxes, and burl bowls. Some of the popular fencepost "weed pots" will be of Red Cedar, with moss and lichens still attached, as in the photo below. Other turned vases will also be available. 

The grand opening, "Into the Light", will be Saturday, May 1, from 4 to 7 pm, and the public is invited. The gallery is located at 55 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls, MA (near the famous "Bridge of Flowers"), a short way off  Rt 2, the Mohawk Trail.

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