Monthly Archives: March 2004

Kurumi Conley & Lesley Long

Kurumi Conley, fused and slumped glass
Lesley Long,  Paintings & drawings
March 25-April 27
Reception: Thursday, March 25, 6-9 pm

Kurumi Conley’ family’ background in textiles in her native Kyoto, Japan have translated into her personal art form: weaving with glass.  Kurumi’ love of glass is centered on patterning and layering colors.  The transparent characteristics of glass, the colors and the illusion of liquidity inherent in the material are apparent in the columns of glass that she has created for the show.  Some of her pieces are created by spinning glass into colorful canes with a lamp work torch and then layering them into her fused glass work.  Other pieces are created using a slumped glass technique.

Kurumi Conley “Column” fused glass

Lesley Long artwork is populated with creatures; some recognizable, some not.  As she puts it, “The feel or personality of the various inhabitants are important.  These are serious dream animals and creatures with tooth and claw showing.  Pointy things sticking out and eyes carefully trained on that another that’ a bit too close.”   Using a palette of vibrant colors, her work is spontaneous, imaginative and energetic.  The main body of Long’ work will be oil on canvas and board with a few additional pieces in oil pastel on paper.

Lesley Long “Wild Pig” oil