Tuesday, September 24, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: New Glass / New England Opening at the Worcester Center for Crafts



Worcester, MA—Thirty-six talented glass artists will be showcased in New Glass / New England, a new exhibition opening at the Worcester Center for Crafts’ Krikorian Gallery on Thursday, September 26th. Curated by Jim Schantz of Schantz Galleries, the show’s evening reception will be held that day from 5:30-7:30 pm, and will continue to be on view through November 7th. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10am-5pm, and admission is free and open to the public.

“Showcasing a wide range of technique and background, balanced with diversity and imagination,” New Glass / New England represents the work of both emerging and established glass artists who all hail from the New England area.

Featured in the show are: Melissa Ayotte, Emmett Barnacle, Josh Bernbaum, William Carlson, Dan Clayman, Shaun Conroy, Eric Cruze & Tomo Sakai, Dan Dailey, Owen Dailey, Robert Dane, Martin & Erik Demaine, Bernie D’Onofrio, Robin Grebe, Peter Houk, Sidney Hutter, Claire Kelly, Aron Leaman, K. William LeQuier, Susan Shapiro & Andy Magdanz, Martin Rosol, Thomas Scoon, Gale Scott, Josh Simpson, Randi Solin, Debbie Tarsitano, Natalie Tyler, Jennifer Violette, Adam Waimon, James Watkins, Steven Weinberg, Mark & Michiko Weiner, and Toots Zynsky.

“We have a vast wealth of talent and ability in New England,” says curator, Jim Schantz, “which clearly identifies the quality of our academic and technical programs, as well as establishing this part of the country as a region for creative growth. This artistic vigor reflects the strength of such programs at RISD, Mass Art, MIT, Salem State, and the Worcester Center for Crafts, as well as the numerous private glass studios. I hope this exhibition will continue the dialogue about the identity of a region that has great sources in education and environment for artists.”

In further celebration of the glass arts, the Worcester Center for Crafts’ New Street Glass Studio will host a special demo and slideshow talk by featured and visiting artist, Jen Violette on Friday, September 27th from 6:00-9:30 pm. This event will also be free and open to the public, and is located at 35 B New Street, Worcester, MA.

“It has been an honor to work with Jim Schantz, and to share in his enthusiasm and commitment to the arts,” says Candace Casey, the Krikorian Gallery director. “We are delighted to celebrate work of such caliber and we hope to share with the community our appreciation for the complexities of glasswork.”

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Candace Casey, ccasey4@worcester.edu.
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About the Worcester Center for Crafts

The Worcester Center for Crafts (WCC) is one of the oldest non-profit institutions for craft study in the United States. Founded in 1856 as the Worcester Employment Society to help immigrant women produce and sell handcrafted wares to support their families, the Center evolved into New England’s leading center for craft education, exhibition, and entrepreneurship. In 2004, the organization expanded and opened the New Street Glass Studio- an off campus, 8000 square foot state-of-the –art multi-studio glass facility. The WCC offers the only comprehensive glass studio program in New England available to the public. Through an affiliation begun in 2009, the WCC is home to the Worcester State University’s visual arts studios.

The Craft Center’s mission: The Craft Center's mission is "to inspire and build a creative community" by providing high-quality craft education and training, by supporting craft artists in their professions, and through advocacy and public education initiatives including adult education classes and workshops, exhibitions showcasing the work of established and emerging artists, artist residencies, lectures, family events, studio rentals, Gallery Store, its Youth Craft + Creativity program and major events. The WCC is a member of the Worcester Cultural Coalition and receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: “Life as it Happens” Photography by Scott Erb & Uday Khambadkone Opening at the Worcester Center for Crafts

Worcester, MA—An exhibit and sale of photography, by Scott Erb and Uday Khambadkone, is opening at the Worcester Center for Crafts’ Krikorian Gallery, July 19, 5:30-9pm. The show will be on view from July 19 through September 7. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10am-5pm. The show’s opening takes place in conjunction with the Worcester Center for Crafts’ annual event, Hot Night in the City.

The photographs in Life as it Happens represent the observations of two photographers capturing street scenes from very different points of view. Uday’s images are colorfully vibrant and complex in their content, while by contrast, Scott’s black and white images sharply reflect a keen sense of “lines and light, [which play] an integral part in his images.”

“We are very excited about this show,” says Candace Casey, the Krikorian Gallery director. “Studying Scott and Uday’s photos, their excitement and their clear technical capabilities are evident. The viewer is left with an incredible sense of watching a story unfold and of being there just at the right time.” 

Photo by Scott Erb
Photo by Uday Khambadkone

Scott Erb is a professional advertising photographer, yet this exhibition shows a different side to his usual work. Commercial photography utilizes an entirely different skill set and has to be “deliberate”. Scott’s street photography is anything but that. Of this work Scott says, “Allowing myself to be absorbed in my surroundings, I watch life unfold through the lens; making no distinction between the grand or the trivial.”

Uday Khambadkone, born and raised in Mumbai, moved to the United States to pursue a degree in engineering. Uday’s exhibited works are a series from his yearlong travel in India and of his rediscovery of the country as his birth place. “Life as it Happens,” says Uday “is about fleeting moments that I love to gather as I walk past alleyways, busy streets, airports and other public spaces.”


In conjunction with the exhibit, a free artist talk with Scott and Uday is scheduled for Thursday, July 25 at 6pm at the Worcester Center for Crafts. A special workshop with both photographers is also scheduled on September 21 called, “Life as it Happens – Hitting the Streets of Boston.” Meet them on the streets of Boston and capture “life as it happens” during a photo walk where unexpected moments are welcome. Using their exhibition of the same name in the Krikorian Gallery of the Worcester Center for Crafts as a touchstone, Scott and Uday will offer their perspectives on and their approach to street photography as they share tips and tricks to finding and capturing the candid moments that surround you. For more information on the workshop, go to the Worcester Center for Crafts’ website, worcestercraftcenter.org. Pre-registration is required.
The Krikorian Gallery charges no admission and is open to the public. 

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About the Worcester Center for Crafts

The Worcester Center for Crafts (WCC) is one of the oldest non-profit institutions for craft study in the United States. Founded in 1856 as the Worcester Employment Society to help immigrant women produce and sell handcrafted wares to support their families, the Center evolved into New England’s leading center for craft education, exhibition, and entrepreneurship. In 2004, the organization expanded and opened the New Street Glass Studio- an off campus, 8000 square foot state-of-the –art multi-studio glass facility. The WCC offers the only comprehensive glass studio program in New England available to the public. Through an affiliation begun in 2009, the WCC is home to the Worcester State University’s visual arts studios.

The Craft Center’s mission: The Craft Center's mission is "to inspire and build a creative community" by providing high-quality craft education and training, by supporting craft artists in their professions, and through advocacy and public education initiatives including adult education classes and workshops, exhibitions showcasing the work of established and emerging artists, artist residencies, lectures, family events, studio rentals, Gallery Store, its Youth Craft + Creativity program and major events. The WCC is a member of the Worcester Cultural Coalition and receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.