GGW "e" Vignettes   •   Vol. XV, No. 4   •   November  2008
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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.

 
In Retrospect Through Today's Eyes
 
• Homage to the One Room School House and a Dairy Farm
• Late Georgian and a
Foundation Committed to Today and Tomorrow
• Mediterranean Style and the Lore of Ganesha
• An Early Influence
• Holiday Wishes

Homage to the One Room School House and a Dairy Farm
Design sketch for "Old School Days," an art glass painting.
Design sketch for "Old School Days," an art glass painting.

Canandaigua National Bank takes pride in each community they are a part of. The Henrietta branch features a glass painting in keeping with the one room school house theme introduced by Daniel E. Mossien, Architect of Mossien Associates. The branch is built on the site of an old school house and dairy farm. While designing the art glass I visited Dayton's Corner, a 19th century school house. It turned out to be a bit of a cultural experience. Once inside, it was evident that life was much simpler. The one room had a shared focus on reading, writing and arithmetic for students of combined ages. The student supply list was incredibly basic. Things were very different. The "Old School Days" glass design is an iconic walk through the school day in the 1860's as viewed through today's eyes.

Canandaigua National Bank prefers to do things differently. 

Above: Instead of standing in line, you get to sit in an arm chair and enjoy the colorful "Old School Days" glass painting while waiting for your turn. If you're lucky, when you visit, you'll even get to hear the old school bell ring! A great retrospective on the early days.
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Etched and painted detail in "Old School Days."
Etched and painted detail in "Old School Days."

"As the regions only, local, community-owned financial institution we similarly seek unique opportunities to present our bank to the local market. Ways that are relevant to a community's local genre.

When we chose to present a collage of Henrietta history in our recently opened community branch office and additionally went looking for ways to augment our 2009-to-open artistic, urban Rochester community branch office we found these extraordinary qualities in Nancy's work.

Her permanent one-of-kind glass creations are reminders of history as well as treasured art.  We are grateful to Nancy for helping us enhance our warm, home-like setting in these community offices."

Steve Martin, VP Canandaigua National Bank & Trust

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"She created a piece of art that fit perfectly with our school house theme and has been a great addition to the décor. It is reminiscent of teachings from school house days.  I enjoy looking at each day and it has completed the overall look that we had envisioned."

Gwen Crawford, Henrietta Branch Manager, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust

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Above: Details of quill pen and dairy cows.
Late Georgian and a Foundation Committed to Today and Tomorrow




Above: The foundation leaves its mark. A property sign made of glass, granite and limestone for Rochester Community Foundation. Shown with temporary landscaping. Photo by J.K.Langkans

Above: The foundation leaves its mark. A property sign made of glass, granite and limestone for Rochester Community Foundation. Shown with temporary landscaping. Photo by J.K.Langkans

 

 

 There's color on the avenue! Approved by the City of Rochester's Zoning and Preservation Board, you can't miss it. Firmly rooted is an outdoor sign in front of Rochester Area Community Foundation's late Georgian style home office. Located in a splendid preservation district on East Avenue in the City of Rochester, the sign is a number and property marker for the foundation.

Having consulted with the foundation's sign committee, community members and the foundation's brand partner Cognitive Marketing, as team designer and coordinator, I brought together a skilled team of craftsmen to create a sign which will be here for a very long time, just as we expect the foundation to be. Rather than to select materials which would deteriorate on a regular schedule, need replacing and cost more in the long run, I chose materials for the sign that would endure the elements and reflect materials which would have been used in the late Georgian style; limestone and granite. It's a way to honor the past. To me, the brand's graphic image is symbolic of the ebbs and tides of what and where the Rochester community might be needing funding assistance next. Looking to the future is interpreted in UltraGlas, a permanently painted cast glass. The color and contrast of the sign make it highly ledgible from a block away in either direction of a heavily traveled urban avenue. A scaled down version of the sign is mounted at the back door entrance. The sign is a classic jewel on the avenue, just as the foundation is to the community. 

Our new brand sparkles with life on East Avenue, thanks to Nancy Gong’s creativity, master craftsmanship and superb project management." Jennifer Leonard, President & Executive Director, Rochester Area Community Foundation

"I'm so glad this project has been completed with so much grace and skill from the beginning to the end. It would not have been possible without you, and I am thrilled that we, and the community, have another original, completely unique Nancy Gong creation on East Avenue." J.K. Langkans, Director of Marketing Design, Rochester Area Community Foundation

Thank you Jennifer, J.K. and Gail Dorr with Rochester Area Community Foundation, the Sign Committee, City of Rochester's Zoning and Preservation Boards and to team members for having the vision with me! Editor

Below: As viewed from the west with temporary landscaping.
In time the limestone will age and "catch" up with the appearance of the limestone wall to the left by the sidewalk as shown below. Photo by J.K.Langkans
In time the limestone will age and "catch" up with the appearance of the limestone wall to the left by the sidewalk as shown below. Photo by J.K.Langkans
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Mediterranean Style and the Lore of Ganesha

A grand entry with carved mahoghany doors emphasize details of this Mediterranean style home built by Ketmar Development. Scrolled wrought iron railings in the foyer lead to a formal living room. Shown above: Separating the formal living room from the family living room and kitchen is a glass doorway to a contemporary family room. The homeowners and I searched for common ground; a design catalyst for the glass design that would be meaningful to the family and be appropriate for both sides of the house, Mediterranean and contemporary.

Inspiration comes from Ganesha, the Hindu God of Wisdom, prudence and a remover of obstacles. The etched and hand chipped glass titled "Avayakta Ganesha," translates to invisible Ganesha. Ganesha takes the form of an elephant. Graceful lead lines and etched scrolled lines allude to the Mediterranean theme; quietly suggesting the elephant head of Ganesha. The art glass, both casual and elegant, diffuses the view between the two rooms, allowing each room to function as their own. What fun it was to learn a little about the Hindu culture. There's more that brings us together than apart.

An Early Influence
Above: Leslie Walch, my first glass teacher from way back when, and that's me to the right on one of the last gorgeous fall days of the year at Letchworth State Park.
Above: Leslie Walch, my first glass teacher from way back when, and that's me to the right on one of the last gorgeous fall days of the year at Letchworth State Park.

Coming up on 30 years of designing glass, it seems appropriate to pay tribute to those who have personally contributed to and influenced my life as an artist. One such person is Leslie Walch, my very first stained glass teacher. We met at a small community workshop – The ALLOFUS Art Workshop. ALLOFUS was an early satellite for what is now the Creative Worskhop at the University of Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery. I learned the basics from Leslie. She had a real job and taught for fun. She was a fellow artist who sold sheets of glass out of her Oxford Street apartment. We had fun. Along with others in the class, we grew together, had dinners together and formed lasting friendships. Those days and friendships are treasured. Pictured below, Leslie passes through town and we take time out for a visit to Letchworth State Park during peak fall foliage. The visit doubled as a research day for me. We mooed at cows while gathering reference photos for the Canandaigua National Bank project and documented incredible vistas at Letchworth for another project. It seems I am always multitasking!

 

Holiday Wishes

I'd like to share a Blessing Story from someone I met at a store. She told me she purchased a Blessing; LOVE for a friend who will be donating a kidney to her husband just before the holidays. She said "It was perfect." I was touched. As she shared the story, my eyes welled up. I too had done the same with "ANGEL" for my sister's organ donor. With all the haste in the tumultuous time of our days, I believe we are all more blessed than we think we really are. We need to believe!

Thank you for your business and your interest in my art. I am blessed to know you. Thinking all good thoughts to wish you a happy, happy holiday season in every way.

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