Opening reception: October 18, 5-7pm
The Gallery at Flat Rock is excited to present “Meaning and Object: Life in Glass,” an exhibition of new work by glass artist Alison Chism, from October 18 -28. Alison is the recipient of the 2017 Betty Taylor Award for Emerging Artists; her new body of work has been made possible through the award’s monetary prize distributed by the Community Foundation and the Arts Council of Henderson County.
Alison takes inspiration in her new work from the “vast journey humankind has made. From those first handprints our distant ancestors left on cave walls to a world encircled by cities glittering with industry and desire, pulsing with innovation.”
An opening reception for “Meaning and Object: Life in Glass” will take place from 5-7 p.m. on October 18th; the reception is free and open to the public. On October 25th, Alison will present an artist talk at 5:30 p.m.
Alison taught glassmaking from 2006-2013 as assistant professor at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland. The “Meaning and Object: Life in Glass” exhibition is Alison’s first major exhibition as a resident of western North Carolina. Since relocating to the Hendersonville in 2016, Alison feels that being in the mountains has “reconnected me with the flesh of this Earth. Walking through the verdant beauty here has inspired me. I see the growth from rocks to thoughts, from the tangible to the theoretical, this moment a point in a vast, still mysterious field of what is.”