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Bullseye Glass employees again create art in glass - on their own time

Photo Credit: RITA A. LEONARD - In the tongue-in-cheek Fox Hunt by Erika Chubeck, the tables are turned, and its the foxes who are hunting for something. Bullseye Glass Resource Center in Brooklyn is holding its 13th annual “Working Glass” Art Show right now – through the end of January. The exhibit features work made by Bullseye’s employees on their own time, demonstrating creative uses of the company's many different forms of colored glass. All of the company’s employees judge the work, awarding prizes in three categories – functional, non-functional, and “first-timer” awards.

This year, the upstairs gallery at 3610 S.E. 21st Avenue includes more display pieces than functional ones, although whimsy and creativity still shine.

A black box entry by Lee Ingalls holds two curious glass treasures made of kiln-formed glass: A pink one labeled “pickle hammer”, and a green one labeled “bonus pants!” A fused glass wall scene by Erika Chubeck depicts a fox hunt – one with three foxes walking upright, searching the woods for something, with flashlights. A square blue fused and slumped glass serving dish by Anton Hauptman is embedded with razor blades that spell out “Eat Me”.

Two blue plates by separate artists exhibit different glass-working methods, using kiln-formed glass and visual textures. A unique free-standing sculpture by Charlie Tellessen, made of fused glass and screen print, features a profile of singer Bob Dylan. Another entry, a combined effort by four different artists, consists of four quadrants of the company's Bullseye logo, fashioned with different types and textures of glass to create a collaborative entity entitled “Four Kilns”.

Unusual art pieces include three colored glass masks by Jamie Grove; an arrangement of large purple crystals; a sculpture by Todd Beaty called “Birth of Dionysus”, made of wood, glass, and plaster; and other diverse pieces embellished with wire, buttons, a dog collar, colored felt, and blinking lights.

The nearly two dozen art glass entries were created using such skills as glass painting, powder printing, stringer, frit, sheet glass, glazes, and fused, cold-worked and kiln-formed glass, among other techniques. Bullseye offers classes on how to master all of these skills. There’s more online at: www.bullseyeglass.com.

Bullseye employee Charity Reeves, a former Working Glass Show winner herself, organized this year’s exhibit. Reeves participated in the “Four Kilns” collaborative piece. The show can be viewed at your convenience during working hours at the Resource Center Art Gallery. Prizes will be awarded during an awards ceremony on January 31st.

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