Spring News!

Happy Spring to all!
Wherever you are, we hope birds are singing and buds are blooming and you are experiencing an interlude of calm and joy.  Spring provides that for us, even in these curious times!

We are excited to announce our upcoming shows, including a show we are curating.  Here they are in chronological order:

Habatat 45th Glass International Award Exhibition
Habatat Galleries
Royal Oaks, MI

April 29 to July 21, 2017
Grand Opening Saturday, April 29, 8 – 11 p.m.

We are unable to attend this year’s event but say ‘Hat’s Off!’ to Corey, Aaron, Debbie and their incredible team for hosting the oldest and largest annual exhibit focused on studio glass in the United States!  Here are our offerings this year:

Himba Portrait series 2017, Pohlman Knowles

I Saw … 2017
Original image; screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown, sculpted, mirrored, sand-carved and sandblasted glass; steel, patina
 27 x 19 x 5

Himba Portrait series 2017, Pohlman Knowles

Cumulus 2017
Original image; screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown and sandblasted glass; steel
51 x 29 x 7

Glass Art Society Member Juried Exhibition
Glass Wheel Gallery
Norfolk, VA

May 27 to July 16, 2017
Opening reception Friday, June 2, 6 – 10 p.m.

We thank the jury for inviting us to participate in this GAS Member Juried Exhibition designed to showcase the excellence and diversity of work created in glass by Glass Art Society members during the 46th annual conference, Reflections from the Edge:  Glass, Art and Performance.  We will be attending the opening reception on June 2!

Child, Namibia 2016, Pohlman Knowles

Child, Namibia 2016                                                                                                           Original image; screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown, sculpted, mirrored, sandblasted glass; copper, steel, patina
31 x 24 x 7.

Transparency: An LGBTQ+ Glass Art Exhibition
National Liberty Museum
Philadelphia, PA

June 2 to August 6, 2017
Opening reception Friday, June 9

For more than 40 years, LGBTQ+ identifying people have gathered in the month of June to commemorate their struggles, celebrate their identities, and advocate for their communities.

For Pride 2017, the National Liberty Museum will host the nation’s FIRST museum exhibit of studio glass works produced exclusively by artists of the LGBTQ+ community.

We are pleased to show the following works in this historic exhibition with our fantastic friends and colleagues and regret we are unable to attend the opening.

Himba portrait series, Pohlman Knowles 2017

Mirror, Himba Portrait series 2016
Original image; screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown, mirrored, sandblasted glass; steel
27 x 15 x 5

Homage series 2017, Pohlman Knowles

Transparent, Homage series 2017
Blown and sculpted glass, steel, patina
31 x 28 x 8


New Voices:  A Glass Exhibition
Curated by Sabrina Knowles & Jenny Pohlman
Columbia City Gallery
Seattle, WA

 

 

 

 

 

June 28 to August 13, 2017
Opening reception Wednesday, July 1, 5 – 7 p.m.

A first for Columbia City Gallery, this glass exhibition will include:

Kristin Elliot
Jazz Mom
Trenton Quiocho
Joe Sirculomb
Tyrone St. Ours

These fabulous five worked with us through our residencies at Museum of Glass in 2014 and Pilchuck Glass School in 2015, residencies which helped us birth our first body of work integrating original imagery into blown glass forms.  Thanks to director Betsy Fetherston for inviting us to curate!  See you there!

Schack Art Center
Everett, WA
October, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned for updated news on this solo exhibition opening October 5!

 

Thank you all for your interest and support!  It means more than you will ever know.  Contact us anytime with questions or to schedule a studio tour.

That’s all for now!  Wishing you well …….
Sabrina & Jenny

Sabrina Knowles and Jenny Pohlman

 

Happy New Year and so much more …

We Marched.  We …

Resolute, united and kind, we marched, slowly walked actually  … 175,000 of us, no incident of violence witnessed, no voice of hatred heard …
citizens of our United States of America, defiant.

 

https://www.indivisibleguide.com

 

Great news!  A new gallery is opening in San Francisco and we are showing six new works at the opening on February 2.  Would love to see you there!

Montague Gallery

Child with Flowers    2017
Original image; screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown, sand-carved,
sandblasted and mirrored glass; steel with patina
17.5 x 17 x 3

Wishing you unexpected wonders and joy in this New Year!

(This magnificent giant Sequoia is only two blocks from our home:)

Second Wind opens Tonight!

“Child, Namibia,” 2016 Original image; screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown, sculpted, mirrored, sandblasted glass; copper, steel, patina

“Child, Namibia,” 2016
Original image; screen-printed enamels, kiln-fired, blown, sculpted, mirrored, sandblasted glass; copper, steel, patina 31 x 24 x 7

Untitled, Himba Portrait series 2016 Original image & text; screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown, sand-carved, sandblasted, mirrored glass; steel, patina 24 x 24 x 7

Untitled, Himba Portrait series 2016
Original image & text; screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown, sand-carved, sandblasted, mirrored glass; steel, patina
24 x 24 x 7

Big thank you to the Duane Reed Gallery team – Duane, Glenn, Merrill and Ethan – for the fabulous installation of our show Second Wind that opens tonight, which is why you have not heard from us in awhile!  Clicking on our show title accesses an on-line catalog – thanks Duane and Glenn for that, too!

This very new work originated with Sabrina’s desire to reveal the emotional element of our portraiture of Himba women – whom we met in 2008 in northern Namibia – in blown glass.  She came to this decision after living with their portraits in our studios for several months upon our return from a two-month journey to South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. Continue reading

Autumn Art News

Art AIDS America
Tacoma Art Museum

David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (Bufflaoes), 1994

David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (Bufflaoes), 1994

“Art AIDS America is an epic and a national treasure. “  Jen Graves, The Stranger, 10/07/15

“I have never been to a show where I have wanted to read everything.  Suddenly, it was closing time … I couldn’t believe I had been there that long.”  Jeanne Brennan

Rock Huschka, lead curator of Tacoma Art Museum, has been working on this show for a decade with his co-curator Jonathan David Katz.  Arts AIDS America is a gathering of artworks that tell the story of the reality and horror of death in America in the 80s and 90s, and is a vision Hushka had as an art student in the 80s.  It is a must-see.  Closing date:  1/10/16

Show your support of this critical and vital exhibition here.

SOFA Chicago
November 5 – 8

"Himba Blue" 2015 Original image, screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown and sandblasted glass; ferrous and non-ferrous metals 20" x 19" x 5"

“Himba Blue” 2015
Original image; screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown and sandblasted glass; ferrous and non-ferrous metals
20″ x 19″ x 5″

Thank you to Duane Reed Gallery for showing three new works from our Himba Portrait series at SOFA Chicago.  We hope to see you there!

Mace & Kirkpatrick
Every Soil Bears Not Everything

"Making Before Meaning: Paintbrush Group" 2007 Glass, wood, sisal, dye, steel Purple brush: 77 x 16 x 10

“Making Before Meaning: Paintbrush Group” 2007
Glass, wood, sisal, dye, steel
Purple brush: 77 x 16 x 10

Museum of Glass opened “Every Soil Bears Not Everything“, a major review of Flora’s and Joey’s careers, which now span thirty-six years. This survey exhibition highlights their prolific bodies of work and is accompanied by an extensive publication.  Thru May 15, 2016.  Hat’s off to you both!

 

Pohlman Knowles’ Summer Shows

Bodies + Beings

Abmeyer + Wood
Thursday, July 2 – August 21
Reception:  Thursday, July 2, 5 – 8 p.m.

We are pleased to announce that we are participating in this group exhibition along with the following artists:

William Morris
Ross Richmond
Patti Warashina
Richard Notkin
Adrian Arleo
Margaret Keelan
Calvin Ma
Erika Sanada
Jason Walker
Christopher David White
Jacob Foran
Cynthia Consentio

Abmeyer + Wood was founded in 2012 by Jonathan Wood, former employee of Friesen Gallery of the same location, 1210 Second Avenue, just behind New Archetypes, the towering stainless steel columns created in 1990 by Anne and Patrick Poirier. Abmeyer + Wood strives to bring the best in contemporary arts to the Pacific Northwest through a roster of nationally recognized artists from the region and beyond.

Stainless columns

New Archetypes by Anne and Patrick Poirier, 1990 on Seattle’s Second Avenue

Wunderkammer:  Artifacts, False Memories and Projections

Foss Waterway Seaport
Maritime Museum
Thursday, July 16 (evening reception) – August 29
Opening at Maritime Fest:
Saturday, July 18 (10-6); Sunday, July 19 (10-5)

“Wunderkammer: Artifacts, False Memories and Projections”,  curated by Lisa Kinoshita of Tacoma’s Moss + Mineral, is a contemporary exhibit inspired by the wunderkammers (cabinets of curiosity) first filled by early European voyagers, that expanded knowledge of the known world.

The goal of this show is to stimulate the viewer’s imagination in a direct way that is unusual in the Google age (but more usual during the Renaissance) through sculpture or mixed media work that forces the viewer to consider its authenticity, and/or reason for being.

This exhibition will be installed in the Seaport’s historic and inspiring Balfour Dock Building, renovated in 2014 by Olson Kundig Architects.

Maritime-Museum

Foss Waterway Seaport’s historic Balfour Building

Maritime-Museum-inside

Interior

Piece Gallery

122 East Meadow Drive
Vail, Colorado 81657
970.467.7994

It was not easy to say goodbye to one of the most outstanding art dealers we have worked with but we are wishing Sandy Sardella a most enjoyable retirement after dedicating 25 years to handling glass artwork in three Colorado locations under Pismo Galleries.  We miss her more than we can say.

But!  The exciting news is that Eva Pobjecka, director of the Vail location, has reopened the gallery under the name Piece Gallery and she will be showing our work.  Her website will be available soon; we will keep you posted!

 

That’s all and Happy Summer!

Knowles & Pohlman’s Pilchuck Glass School Residency

Pilchuck Campus in Spring

Pilchuck Campus in Spring

Hooray!  We are nearly ready for our five-day residency at Pilchuck Glass School May 7 – 11!  We’ve got our ideas, our tools, our color and our dynamic team of four:  Kristin Elliot, Trenton Quiocho, Joe Sirculomb and Tyrone St. Ours.

The awesome Nancy Callan will be working with her team alongside us.  Come visit!  Register @ Pilchuck Gaffer Olympics. There’s no place quite like the Pilchuck campus in Spring!

Thank you, Pilchuck, for this generous and exciting opportunity!!

Trimpin, Pino, Jenny and Sabrina, Pilchuck campus 1992

Trimpin, Pino, Jenny and Sabrina, Pilchuck campus 1992

P.S.  In case you did not receive notification of our previous blog about Habatat Galleries‘ 43rd International Invitational, click here.  Wait a moment for the online catalog to appear.  100 artists from 22 countries show their best work!

Habatat International Invitational Opens Tomorrow!

Here is an online version of Habatat Galleries‘ 43rd International Invitational catalog, The Creative Process.  100 artists.  Incredible work.  See pages 140 & 141 for our Wheel of Liberation.  Click here for more information about our show pieces.  Show preview begins tomorrow at 11 a.m.  Activities through the weekend.  See you there?  Thank you, everyone, at Habatat Galleries for your tireless efforts on behalf of our international glass community!  What a show!

 

The Wheel of Liberation!

Russell Dandelion 1
Wonderful night with photographer Russell Johnson over here at Pohlman Knowles Studios last Monday ….   “The Wheel of Liberation, aka Dandelion” will get its audience at Habatat Galleries’ 43rd International Invitational June 23rd.  Yours truly will fly out early to install.  We’ve waited along time:  envisioned in 2009, completed in 2011, she has graced our studio wall for four years.

Our title, “The Wheel of Liberation,” originates with the symbology of our spears.  To us they represent self-empowerment and freedom from oppression and were born from learning about the story of Nehanda during our 1997 Zimbabwe journey.

“Aka Dandelion” arose when we installed the wheel in its entirety.  It appeared to us as a dandelion gone to seed, at a time when we were learning the many healing properties of the humble dandelion.

We dedicate this wheel to the people of Cambodia who are struggling to restore their country.

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SAN FRAN SCENE: Ai Weiwei @ Alcatraz; Haring @ de Young

Ai Weiwei’s “With Wind” writhes suspended, about
60′ long, in Alcatraz’s New Industries Building.

“Trace”   Lego portraits of 176 “non-violent people who have lost their freedom simply because they expressed
their ideas …. in truth, they are heroes of our time” -Ai Weiwei

Lego portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Myanmar opposition leader, New Industries Building, Alcatraz.

“With Wind” and “Trace” are two of five exhibits in @Large:  Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz.  Each exhibit is an absolute experience – in a prison environment – and together they comprise the ironic whole of this show about liberty and freedom of expression by an artist whose studio was bulldozed and whose passport was taken by his own government in an effort to stifle his freedom of speech.  The atmosphere of the Alcatraz compound alone is haunting, reflective.  Combined with Ai Weiwei’s visual voice the five-hour experience mesmerized us, left us altered.  @Large sponsored by FOR-SITE  in conjunction with National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.  Through April 16,2015.

Next day we immersed ourselves in “Keith Haring:  The Political Line,”  at de Young Museum.  We stood in the main room and heard every note of his paintbrush, felt an understanding not before experienced.  The simplicity and the strength.  The confusion and the concern.  The joy and the anger.  But mostly the storytelling and the song.  We would go back for more, for sure.  And the exhibition book is fabulous.  Organized by Fines Arts Museums of San Francisco.  Through February 16,2015.

Stayed at Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre hotel on Sutter in the Tender Nob district.  Highly recommended.

“Keith Haring: The Political Line” de Young Museum

AACG Auction @ SOFA

As the honored artists at the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass’s annual awards ceremony held at SOFA each year, we are pleased to have raised $12,000 to support the organization through our donation of a triple set of carved spears. These spears are for us symbols of liberation and freedom from oppression, and are our response to personal experiences during our travels in Zimbabwe, 1997.

The Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to further the development and appreciation of art made from glass.  Learn more about the organization here.

 

Thank you Olivia, Larry and Amy for this fantastic presentation!
Photo credit: Ellie Pohlman – Thank you!

 

Carving detail.  Materials:  sculpted, carved glass, forged steel, copper, beads.