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Showing For: December, 2020

Public Art Focus: Tlingit Dancing Staff

See the "Tlingit Dancing Staff" by artists Preston Singletary and David Franklin in the Pearl District of Portland, OR.

It’s a great time to get outside and explore public art. See the Tlingit Dancing Staff by artists Preston Singletary and David Franklin in the Pearl District of Portland, OR.

Design work and fabrication began in Summer 2017 and in January 2018 the piece was installed on-site at NW 11th and Hoyt St. at the new Dianne Apartment building.  Constructed of steel, glass and lighting elements this piece stands over 20 feet tall.

This piece represents a Tlingit dancing staff, used by singers or dancers and thumped on the floor to keep time or waved in sync with music. This work explores the dynamic relationship between the Wolf and the Raven, with the top of the sculpture depicting Raven holding the sun.

 

Tlingit Dancing Staff
Preston Singletary and David Franklin
Glass and steel
24 ft tall
Location: NW 11th and Hoyt St., Portland, OR.

 

Installation of Tlingit Dancing Staff

 

Tlingit Dancing Staff

 

Tlingit Dancing Staff - Detail

 

Tlingit Dancing Staff - Night

 

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Virtual Artist Talks, Interviews and More

Join Preston Singletary virtually to learn about the development of Singletary's work, new projects, and more.

Join Preston Singletary virtually to learn about the development of Singletary's work, new projects, and the unique dimension that his glass sculptures bring to contemporary indigenous art.

See recent Artist Talks on the Preston Singletary Studio YouTube Channel. Explore videos including a special Happy Hour with the Traver Gallery, a Conversation on Native Glass with Blue Rain Gallery, an Artist Talk with the Sandra Ainsley Gallery and much more. 

Looking for a Podcast? Listen to Singletary discuss contemporary Indigenous glass art on the Talking Out Your Glass podcast hosted by Shawn Waggoner, or listen to Coastal Cafe, hosted by MaryAnn Wagner and produced at the University of Washington. This episode features Singletary talking about how his Tlingit heritage relates to his art and band, Khu.éex', which he co-founded and plays bass in.

Now is also a great time to take a look back at the Craft in America Nature episode that features Preston Singletary and includes artists who explore the beauty and wonder of the natural world. 

 

 

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Upcoming Exhibits featuring Collaborative Works

A sneak peek at upcoming collaborative works by Preston Singletary. 

New Exhibits Featuring Collaborative Works

 

Music for the Great Sun
Preston Singletary & Marcus Amerman
Exhibit C Native Gallery
March 1st - June 30th, 2021

See a select collection of collaborative works by artists Preston Singletary and Marcus Amerman at the "Music for the Great Sun" exhibition showing at Exhibit C Native Gallery, opening March 1st 2021.

 

Deerman of the Hopewell
Preston Singletary & Marcus Amerman
Blown and sand carved glass
24" x 14" x 5.5"

 

 

A Collaboration in Glass III
Preston Singletary & Jody Naranjo
Blue Rain Gallery
March 26th - April 17th, 2021

View a new collection of collaborative work in blown glass by Preston Singletary and Jody Naranjo at Blue Rain Gallery.

 

Winter Deer Dance
Preston Singletary & Jody Naranjo
Blown and sand carved glass
9" x 12" x 3.5"

 

Jody Naranjo and Preston Singletary collaborating in 2013.

 

 

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Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience

See a special virtual Artist Talk with Preston Singletary as part of “Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience”.

See a special virtual Artist Talk with Preston Singletary as part of “Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience” and get an inside look at his blown glass art, inspirations and upcoming projects.

Refract runs from October 15th - 18th, 2020 and brings together a variety of art organizations and artists to host events throughout the Seattle region. Check out additional Artist Talks that Preston Singletary has done recently at the Preston Singletary Studio YouTube channel.

The Seattle Glass Story & Refract 
Though glass has ancient traditions in Europe, it’s a relatively young art form in the United States. Just over 50 years ago, factory facilities were producing glass works, but the idea of “glass art” didn’t exist. In 1962, the first glass program in America brought the idea of studio glass to fruition, marking a fundamental shift in glassblowing in America. The Studio Glass movement put greater emphasis on the artist as designer and maker and encouraged the creation of one-of-a-kind objects.

Since those beginnings, interest and experimentation with glass art has flourished, particularly in the Pacific Northwest. In fact, a recent study led by the Glass Art Society found the Pacific Northwest is the leading regional hub for glass art in the United States. More than 700 glass artists, from emerging artists to master glassmakers, live in Washington. Pilchuck Glass School, an internationally renowned center for glass art education, is thriving here. More than 100 glass art studios made their home in our region.

 

Refract: Artist Talk with Preston Singletary 

 

 

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New Artist Talks with Preston Singletary

Explore new videos of recent Preston Singletary Artist Talks, the stories behind select sculptures, interviews and more.

For the past few months Preston Singletary has been able to engage in several virtual Artist Talks with select galleries and arts organizations. Usually done as in person events, these virtual Artist Talks provide in-depth insight about Singletary’s art process, inspiration and future projects.

Visit  the Preston Singletary Studio Channel on YouTube to see videos of recent Artist Talks, the stories behind select sculptures, interviews and more.

“In my view, my only option is to continue to create positivity and beauty as best I can through my art.” - Preston Singletary

 

 

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