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Art At The Centre: new glass works by Willene Moffatt

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

The Dryden Regional Arts Council presents new and exciting glass works by Willene Moffatt at the Centre from March 5th to 19th.

In her special glass kiln, she has been experimenting with multiple layers of fused or melted glass. When you look into a piece you can see the dimensional effects of the different colours of the bits and pieces of glass that are embedded in the layers. A recurring theme in Willene’s work is that of the birch and pine trees that surround us in our natural landscape.

Also featured are pieces that have been manipulated when the glass is red hot and at the molten stage. The thick liquid glass is moved and pulled resulting in flowing lines of various colours. Represented are the blues of the lakes, the greens of the trees as well as the yellows and pinks of the sun in the sky. Because of this spontaneous technique, many unexpected and wonderful things can happen in the firing making each piece totally unique.

Another method that Willene is using is called “copper inclusions” where various shapes are cut from paper thin sheets of copper and are sandwiched between two pieces of glass. The top layer is usually clear which creates an illusion of depth and colour.

Please visit the Naked North Gallery and Gifts on Government Street beside Max the Moose to see more of Willene’s “one of a kind” creations in glass.


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