GGW "e" Vignettes   •    Vol. XVI, No. 1   •   February 2009

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Founded 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 quality craftsmanship.

Midwinter Happenings
 
• Year of the Ox • Hearts A Blaze • Innovation Center
• Rochester International Women's Day RIWD • Early Training
Year of the Ox
Heart's A Blaze
What's in the Works – RIT Innovation Center
Rochester International Women's Day Heats Up
Year of the Ox

Welcome 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.

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
Art, 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

I 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.

The 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!

Above: 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.

 


Early Training

As 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!

Artfully yours,

Nancy

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Below:"Sidi 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.