GGW "e" Vignettes • Vol. XVI,
No. 1 • February
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in 1979, the glass art studio of Gong Glass Works is directed by artist
Nancy Gong. Gong Glass Works specializes in the design and fabrication
of glass art work including leaded, etched, carved, chipped and painted
glass. GGW is also the distributor for UltraGlas Inc. The primary focus
is on site-specific installations, embracing fine art, decorative art,
architectural ornamentation, signage and graphics. GGW designs for
residential, commercial and institutional applications with emphasis on
customer satisfaction; sensitive, responsive and enduring designs and
Year of the Ox
to the Chinese New Year of the Ox! Following a year of clever planning,
year of the rat, we will now have lots of hard work ahead of us. The
forecast is so right in so many ways! Traditionally the celebration
goes on for 15 days. I have been working like an ox and this is my
first chance to send greetings for the new year! This is a good thing!
I wish you joy and prosperity which I hope will overcome any "sha",
negative energy, in the world around you! Work hard and goodness will
come! Gung Hai Fat Choy!
Heart's A Blaze
Emotions of the heart etched on a cyrstal heart set on a blazing red plate.
A studio exclusive.
Love is patient, love is kind. . . don't forget your sweetie and other loved ones.
They're the ones who make it all worth while!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Current Exhibition: Select glass and steel sculptures in HEART
A group exhibition at High Falls Fine Art Gallery, 585-325-2030
through March 1, 2009
What's in the Works – RIT Innovation Center
science and life is coming together in 54' wide x 10' high curved wall
inside Rochester Institute of Technology's new Innovation Center.
Images referring to high technology's foundations and future
discoveries merge to form an impressive animated mural of Einstein's
theories, black holes and more. The creative world of science is
incredibly exciting. It's been a thrill to learn of the wealth of
knowledge and talent that Rochester holds. The 13 panel design has just
been enlarged and I'm ready to start working on the glass. I'm so
excited! Watch for completion in April!
Rochester International Women's Day Heats Up
have the distinct pleasure of serving on the Planning Committee with
over 22 other women to bring the Rochester International Women's Day
(RIWD) celebration to our community. My role as Blessing Chair and as a
Community Partner contact is a great way to celebrate the
accomplishments and contributions women have made here and globally. In
my involvement, I even discovered that there are very few women who
have created public art! Perhaps more on this another time. The
celebration is gaining huge momentum. I would like to invite you to
celebrate women. You can participate by attending an event or offering
an event or celebration from now through the end of March.
RIWD Planning Committee is hosting the main event on March 8th at
Rochester Contemporary. The event will include an exhibit of Jamie
Columbus's photos of women from her travels to 42 countries,
multi-cultural blessings, dance, food and more. Please join us in this
extravaganza. To learn more about RIWD, visit: http://www.riwd.org/ Look for the introduction of my new multi-cultural Art Glass Blessings in the Art Room on March 8th!
1st International Women's Day Committee meeting. Trish Amish, Paulette
Anderson, Aimee Senise Bohn, Nora Bredes, Jamie Columbus, Kim Eyerman,
1st International Woman's DRhona Genzel, Joan Gerrity, Nancy Gong,
Andrea Hanuch, Deborah Hughes, Janet Le Clair, Dorelis Osborne, Deb
Palumbos, Kim Pham, Anu Shah, Donna Rubin, Katherine Thomas, Sherry
Tshibangu, Judy Weinstein, Sheryan Yerger, and Laurel Yartz.
part of a series celebrating my approach to 30 years of meticulous
glass artistry, I thought I'd share some early sources of training with
you. I've just completed a precious little window with incredible
detail depicting Sidi Bou Said, a city of blue and white architecture
in Tunisia on the Mediterranean Sea in North Africa. The city has a
splendid view of the Jebel Bou Kornine Mountains. See photo below. Some
of the pieces of glass were so tiny, I could barely pick them up with
my small fingertiips, let alone manipulate their position, but I did
it! Sometimes I felt as though my hands were a tool – like a pair of
tweezers. The whole process reminded my of games in my youth that
helped build dexterity and trained my mind to work with delicate
things. The games were: Operation, Pick Up Sticks, building huge card
houses three floors high and Hi-Q to name a few. I can't remember, did
my Troll dolls have clothes? Is this what the game designers had in
mind? Who cares! I had fun then and am loving the good fortune of being
able to create art for others like you!
Hang on, Spring is coming!
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Bou Said, The Blue and White City," a precious little leaded glass
panel measuring 13"w x 22"h evokes memories of life near the sea.