“Philabaum Celebrates 40 Years in Tucson”
In 1975, Philabaum left Chicago in a snowstorm, drove to Tucson, and never looked back.
That first week he slept in his van along the Mt. Lemmon highway, but by day soon found a warehouse to rent for sleeping and more importantly, his studio. There he formed the Clay & Glass Cooperative with several other artists. And there he built Arizona’s first glass studio.
By 1980, Dale Chihuly came for several winters to rent time for his own work. Chihuly was followed by his first assistant, William Morris, who began making his own work during the winter months in the Philabaum studio. The studio had a life of its own.
This summer we celebrate Philabaum’s glass years in Tucson by featuring works from his many series.
OPENING RECEPTION – February 7, 5:00 – 8:00 pm, Open to the Public.
February 7 – April 25, 2015
The exhibition features the glass box series of Henry Halem. The sealed glass boxes become environments for Halem’s exercises in composition, utilizing the canvas that is the glass surface, and the objects inside the box.
OPENING ARTIST’S RECEPTION
February 7, 5:00 pm to 8 pm
Meet artist Henry Halem, an early member of the Glass Art Society and Head of Glass studies at Kent State University from 1969-1998.
ARTIST’S SLIDE LECTURE
“Glass – A Personal Evolution 1968-2014″
February 14, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Philabaum Glass Gallery. Limited open seating.
“This series of glass boxes has been an ongoing project of mine for a good number of years. Many but not all of the boxes use the container form as a focus for all the information depicted in the box. All the boxes are totally sealed. The sealed box heightens the tension one experiences when access is denied. The expression within the works is my expression of how I draw within the context of the object contained in each of the boxes. Most if not all the boxes are multi-media insofar as some of the drawings include acrylic colors, oil stick, precious leaf, bees wax, cloth and india ink. The drawings are on the reverse side of the glass.
The boxed “Environments” are exercises in composition. Some are surreal in nature and combine container forms and detritus that one might find in a glass studio. The boxes are meant to be enigmatic, that is, there is no narrative implied. Some of the works are meant to conjure a locked museum case housing objects from dead cultures. Simple everyday objects locked behind glass take on a preciousness never intended for these particular objects. One is first drawn to the central object within the box but soon discovers the canvas that is the plate glass surface.”
Opening Reception: Saturday , October 4, 5 to 8 pm
• A Fusion of Glass & Copper •
Tom Philabaum and Wes Hunting with Wesley Hunting
Philabaum Glass Studio and
Hunting Studio Glassworks
reunite in a collaboration of glass sculpture, culminating in our 2nd “Wired” exhibition.
Show Dates: October 4 – January 31
Visitors may watch the artists create the works in the Philabaum Studio preceding the exhibition. The finished works will be on display for the Opening Reception.
Tuesday, 9/30 10-2
Wednesday, 10/1 10-2
Thursday, 10/2 10-2
Opening Reception: October 5, 5 – 8 pm
October 2nd and 3rd, 2013
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Open Demo by the Huntings and Philabaum
Seating limited, with no reservations
Watch AZ ILLUSTRATED on PBS KUAT-Channel 6 for an
Interview of the artists, 6:30 pm.
October 5, 5 – 8
Gallery Reception for “WIRED”
In June of 2013, Tom Philabaum traveled to Princeton, Wisconsin to work in the studio of Wes Hunting and his son, Wesley. He took along several types of copper wire and ideas for a new body of work. Their week-long collaboration became an experiment in wire-wrapping hot glass, giving a new twist to the work each had been doing.
In early October the Huntings will come West to complete this body of work in Philabaum’s studio. Glass fans are invited to visit the studio during this collaborative effort on October 2nd and 3rd, to watch the wire-wrapping of hot glass. Finished work will be available at the Opening Reception of the show, “Wired”, the following Saturday evening.
5 – 8 pm
711 South 6th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
“OFF THE WALL”
June 1 – September 28
Summer Hours are 10:30 – 4:00.
Our summer exhibition features glass art for your walls.
Tom Philabaum has new Wall Flowers in an assortment of color tones, with patterning and 3 dimensional stamens. Purchase in any size grouping to fit your needs. Easy wall mounts.
Cynthia Miller’s Swan Nebula features glass on copper panels.
Henry Halem exhibits FISH.