November 16, 2015
11551 E. Mountain Rd.
On Monday evening Arizona Glass Alliance and the Melting Point, our newest gallery member in Sedona (www.the-melting-point.com), are proud to sponsor a presentation by Robin and Julia Rogers, who are a very intriguing and inventive husband and wife team of sculptors. The Rogers are represented here in Arizona by Melting Point, but the presentation will take place at our normal venue, the Stonegate Clubhouse in Scottsdale.
Robin and Julia, who met in Montana in 2001, initially worked together at a local glass facility called Cloud Cap Glass, and, as they put it, over time their friendship and glass practices, and eventually their professional and personal lives, intersected and merged. In 2005 they moved from Montana to Southern Illinois to study at SIU. Later they lived in Bowling Green, OH, Detroit, MI, and in 2011 moved to Norfolk, Virginia where they work primarily together but also separately.
The Rogers describe some of their bodies of work this way: “Animalia Fantastica” is a series of blown/sculpted anthropomorphic glass figures, which continues one of man’s oldest narratives, dating back to cave paintings. “Sentient & Sapient” is a series of blown glass heads with mixed media that delves into the subject’s psyche, opening up to reveal the inner workings of the mind. In “Architecture of the Mind”, heads are turned into buildings and the occupants and history of these buildings tell the story of the subject.
Robin and Julia also create performance art and installations, including participation in Laura Donefer’s famous “glass fashion show” at the 2013 GAS conference, and a 2013 installation called “Journey” at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA, where Robin is also assistant manager of the glass studio (for those that don’t know, the Chrysler is one of the country’s leading museums in showcasing art made from glass).
An enlargement of the featured image of a current piece by Robin and Julia is shown below, and to see more of their work and learn more about them check out their website, www.robinandjulia.com. This event will begin at 7:30 PM on November 16 at our normal venue, the Stonegate Clubhouse, which is located at 11551 E. Mountain View Road in Scottsdale.
Following their presentation to our group, Robin and Julia will be heading up to the Melting Point in Sedona, where they will be doing demonstrations starting Tuesday afternoon, November 17th through Saturday, November 21. In addition, on the evening of the 21st beginning at 6 PM the Melting Point will host a wine and cheese reception for the opening of their exhibition of new work.