Seeing through to great art |

Seeing through to great art

It’s not every day an art gallery in Utah features glasswork. The fragile pieces make it difficult to transport. But locals now have a chance to see some big names in the glass art world.

The Kimball Art Center is currently exhibiting glasswork artist William Morris and multi-media artist Maryann Webster until Jan. 8, 2009 and the community can look forward to the Kimball’s annual glass ornament display beginning Nov. 28.

Morris’s exhibition is currently on loan from the private collection of George R. Stroemple in Portland, Ore. Erin Linder, exhibition coordinator for Kimball, said Morris is headlining the show. This is the second time it’s been possible to bring his work to Park City. When Linder heard Morris’s collection was going on tour, she saw it as a good opportunity to further people’s interest in his work.

"Morris is known as the innovator of glass," Linder said. "He’s inventing new techniques and pushing the boundaries of what’s been done traditionally with glass."

Linder said Morris’s work has a very tactile look that tempts a viewer to touch it. She said that sometimes it’s hard to believe a piece that looks like a bone or a rock has actually been sculpted from glass. Morris’s exhibit, "Native Species," is available for viewing in the Main Gallery.

In the Badami Gallery, patrons may view Maryann Webster’s exhibit, "Curiosities of Nature." Linder said she sees Webster’s work as a compliment and connection to Morris’s work. Webster works with ceramic, in addition to multi-media, and currently lives in Salt Lake.

"We’re always looking to feature local established and emerging artists," Linder said. Webster hasn’t exhibited extensively in Utah, Linder said, but has had success in galleries in New York and Chicago.

Paul Heath is another Salt Lake-based artist whose work is currently exhibiting through Nov. 23. Heath was chosen after Kimball issued a call for entries. Fascinated by the neon-glow of the Salt Lake he knew as a kid in the ’60s, Heath seeks to recapture the former character of the city.

"It touches on a memory," he said.

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