March 28, 2016
Scottsdale Ranch Clubhouse
10585 N. 100th St.
On Monday evening, March 28, Arizona Glass Alliance will very proudly host presentations by the husband and wife artist team of Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush, both of whom are very well known, loved and respected in the world of art made from glass. Richard’s work is exhibited both in the US and internationally, and he has been a pioneer in the use of glass to create unique sculptural pieces as well as combining glass with other materials. A major retrospective exhibition of Richard’s work traveled to 14 museums across the US in 2002-7, and today Richard’s work can be found in such major museums as the Carnegie, Corning, LACMA, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Renwick. Richard has received many honors and recognition for his work, including being named “Individual Outstanding Accomplishment in the Field” by our national organization, the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass. Richard’s major installations and commissions include “Everything and the Cosmos” (2007) at Seven World Trade Center and the monumental installation “Cycle of Life: With in the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity” at the Knoxville Museum of Art. An image of one of Richard’s recent pieces, “Cobalt Bird with Pomegranates and Scavo”, is shown below. Richard is represented by major galleries such as Habatat and Schantz, and to see more of his work take a look at their websites, www.habatat.com and www.schantzgalleries.com.
Tommie Rush has created a wonderful, unique style which often utilizes a softer color palette with floral themes. Her work is instantly recognized and desired by collectors around the country, and has been shown in over 75 exhibitions throughout the US. In addition to being represented in major private collections, Tommie’s work is included in museum collections such as the Sheldon in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Renwick and the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. In 2011 Tommie was honored with a retrospective exhibition of her work at the Mobile Museum of Art. Both Tommie and Richard are very active supporters of the arts in general, and Tommie has served on several major boards such as the Glass Art Society and the Penland School of Crafts. An image of one of Tommie’s recent pieces, “Daffodil Vase with Cobalt Fade”, is shown below, and to see more of Tommie’s work take a look at her galleries, Schantz (www.schantzgalleries.com) or Bennett Galleries, www.bennettgalleries.com.
Perhaps most importantly, both Richard and Tommie are very interesting, warm, approachable people whom you’ll enjoy getting to know. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn firsthand about one of the real “power couples” of the glass world, “up close and personal”.