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Read about the latest updates from the Preston Singletary Studio

"Weaver's Welcome" at the Burke Museum

The Preston Singletary Studio is excited to announce the unveiling of a new sculpture titled “Weaver’s Welcome” at the new Burke Museum which opens on October 12th, 2019.

This piece was created by artists Brian Perry (Port Gamble S’Klallam), Anthony Jones (Port Gamble S'Klallam), Preston Singletary (Tlingit), and David Franklin. Created in glass and bronze, “Weavers Welcome” represents the Salish traditions of weaving and respect for the knowledge of past generations. The ten foot tall figure will combine Salish motifs with imagery found in historical objects in the Burke’s collection, including baskets and carved wooden objects.

Via the artists: “Our approach bridges the cultural diversity of the Northwest Coast. While our team is deeply versed in traditional knowledge and skills, each artist has applied these traditions to historic and contemporary mediums alike. Our team embraces a contemporary, architecturally integrated design approach rooted in a deep knowledge of traditional techniques”.

Be part of the dedication ceremony for the "Weaver's Welcome" on Monday October 14th at 11AM at the Burke Museum

 

 

“Visions in the Fire” Documentary 

Announcing "Visions in the Fire" an upcoming feature length documentary about Preston Singletary. To be released in 2020, "Visions in the Fire" explores the life and work of Tlingit glass artist Preston Singletary. The film follows Preston from his early search for identity through his ground breaking exhibition at the Museum of Glass while also focusing on the story arc of his return to his Native roots in Alaska. It highlights his inspiration and creative collaborations foregrounded against a history of the Tlingit people and the challenges they have faced including loss of culture, the tragic policies of colonialism and a lack of representation for Native Artists in the broader art world.


As Preston explains, “My work with glass transforms the notion that Native artists are only best when traditional materials are used. It has helped advocate on the behalf of all indigenous people — affirming that we are still here — that we are declaring who we are through our art in connection to our culture.” Join Preston Singletary and Heartstone Studios for a special fundraiser on October 20th, 2019 at the Preston Singletary Studio. 

 

 

Preston Singletary & Raven Skyriver Exhibition

Don't miss this new exhibition at the Stonington Gallery opening on Thursday Oct. 3rd. 2019 featuring works by Raven Skyriver and Preston Singletary. Via Stonington: "These two artists share a number of commonalities: they are both glass maestros with Tlingit heritage who are based in Washington. However, their artwork is excitingly different, as they explore the environment and culture of the Northwest Coast from varied angles".

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Raven and the Box of Daylight: Wichita Art Museum

Visit the Wichita Art Museum for the opening of "Raven and the Box of Daylight", opening February 2020. 

Raven and the Box of Daylight
Wichita Art Museum
Opens February 1st and on view through August 30th, 2020
 

Visit the Wichita Art Museum for the opening of "Raven and the Box of Daylight", the unique solo traveling exhibition by Preston Singletary and organized by the Museum of Glass, which tells the Tlingit origin story of Raven and his transformation of the world—bringing light to people via the stars, moon, and sun. Raven leads visitors on a fantastical journey through the transformation of darkness into light.

The story unfolds as visitors move through the exhibition’s four environments, while listening to recordings of storytellers paired with layers of original music and coastal Pacific Northwest soundscapes. Singletary’s art creates a theatrical atmosphere in which his striking glass pieces enhance the narrative of Raven and the Box of Daylight.

Additonal venues include the National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian, Washington, DC. Fall 2020 and the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA. Fall 2021. Read more about the story behind Raven and the Box of Daylight in this article by The Seattle Times: "There are Many Versions of the Tlingit ‘Raven’ Story, but its Truth and Hopeful Message are Universal".

 

 

Raven and the Box of Daylight - Lead crystal, 37.5" x 9.75" x 6"

 

 

Box of Daylight - Kiln cast and sand carved glass, 16.5" x 35.75" x 14.75"

 

 

Nass River with Canoe, Salmon and Paddles - Blown, kiln cast and sand carved glass

 

 

Preston Singletary at the "Raven and the Box of Daylight" Exhibition

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New Collaborations with Harlan Reano

Get a sneak peek at the upcoming collection of new collaborative works by Harlan Reano and Preston Singletary. 

Recently the Preston Singletary Studio was pleased to host artist Harlan Reano, a leading potter from New Mexico, to work on their new collection of collaborative art in blown glass. New sculptures by Preston Singletary, along with these collaborative pieces with Reano, will be presented at Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, NM August 16th – 31st, 2019. More details about this upcoming exhibit at: www.blueraingallery.com

 

Harlan Reano drawing the designs for the new pieces.

 

 

Wild Spinach Vase

Preston Singletary and Harlan Reano

Blown and sand carved glass

12.5" x 13" x 9"

 

 

Preston Singletary cutting the design work, prior to the piece being sand blasted. 

 

 

 

 

Starline

Preston Singletary and Harlan Reano

Blown and sand carved glass

10" x 11" x 11"

 

 

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Upcoming Public Art Projects

A sneak peek at upcoming public art projects by Preston Singletary. 

 

Upcoming Public Art Projects

 

 

Concept Rendering

 

The Burke Museum 
Seattle, WA.
“The Weavers Welcome”
Fall 2019

The Burke Museum has commissioned the artists Brian Perry (Port Gamble S’Klallam), Anthony Jones (Port Gamble S'Klallam), David Franklin and Preston Singletary (Tlingit), to create a monumental Coast Salish art piece for the lobby of the New Burke Museum.

This new piece, titled “The Weaver’s Welcome”, is currently being created in glass, bronze and metal with imagery based on historical items held within the Burke Museum collection.

“We intend for the piece to engage both museum visitors and passersby. The colorful glass and metal sculpture will be enlivened by varying light and shadow as the southwestern-facing space transforms from sunrise to sunset. By night, the piece metamorphoses into a glowing jewel lit from within.” - “The Weaver’s Welcome” artist team.

 

                


The Fremont Ship Canal
Seattle, WA.
“Petrel Guards the Water” and “Raven Steals The Water” 
Fall 2019

Artists Preston Singletary and David Franklin have collaborated to create two large freestanding sculptures formed into canoe paddles and made from glass and metal. These pieces will stand at 14 feet tall each.

The story represents how water came to the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast as understood by the Tlingit people, Singletary's ancestors. It is a story told across other tribes as well and a vast part of the coast. It illustrates what a treasure water is.

First Raven brings us light to the world and secondly he brings water. His act of trickery and thievery benefits us all but also teaches us that we too should guard our water, as it truly is our treasure and the source of our environment.

One paddle would be placed on each side of the ship canal, with each paddle telling its part of the story.

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Winter and Spring Events

Upcoming events and exhibitions for the Preston Singletary Studio. 

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars for these upcoming Winter and Spring 2019 events featuring new works by Preston Singletary.

 

Raven and the Box of Daylight

Museum of Glass

Currently on view until September 2nd, 2019

"Raven and the Box of Daylight" is the Tlingit story of Raven and his transformation of the world—bringing light to people via the stars, moon, and sun. This story holds great significance for the Tlingit people. The exhibition features a dynamic combination of artwork, storytelling, and encounter, where the Tlingit story unfolds during the visitor’s experience. See this exhibit until September 2nd, 2019 at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA. 

 

Join Preston Singletary for his Artist Residency at the Museum of Glass Hot Shop February 27th - March 3rd, 2019. 

 

Raven and the Box of Daylight, Cast lead crystal, 32.75" x 9.75" x 6"

 

Killer Whale Totem
Winter 2019

The Killer Whale Totem, the newest monumental work by Preston Singletary, is almost complete and has been successfully cast in lead crystal. The final step in this year–long process is finishing and refining all of the surface areas. The Studio anticipates that the piece will be fully completed in winter 2019.

Following the completion of the first Family Story Totem series, The Killer Whale Totem features Singletary’s moiety (the Eagle) on top, his clan crest (the Killer Whale) in the center, and a thunderbird that represents David Svenson who is the carver of the wooden pole.

This process started in winter 2017; first the totem was carved in wood, which was then used to create a mold. Using a lost wax process the piece was then cast in several sections. Standing at nearly eight feet tall the Killer Whale Totem will weigh close to 2,500 pounds when completed.

Please feel free to contact the Preston Singletary Studio with any questions or inquiries. 

 

Killer Whale Totem, Carved wood, 106" x 33.5" x 22" 

 

Killer Whale Totem (small version), Cast lead crystal, 36” x 10" x 7"

 

 

Traver Gallery
April 4th – April 27th  2019

Visit the Traver Gallery to see an exhibition of new blown glass sculptures by Preston Singletary. Attend the Opening Reception on Thursday April 4th, 5-8:00 PM. 
 

 

The Burke Museum
Opening Fall 2019

The Burke Museum has commissioned the artists Brian Perry (Port Gamble S’Klallam), Anthony Jones (Port Gamble S'Klallam), David Franklin and Preston Singletary (Tlingit), to create a monumental Coast Salish art piece for the lobby of the New Burke.

This new piece, titled “The Weaver’s Welcome”, is currently being created in glass and metal with imagery based on historical items held within the Burke Museum collection.

“We intend for the piece to engage both museum visitors and passersby. The colorful glass and metal sculpture will be enlivened by varying light and shadow as the southwestern-facing space transforms from sunrise to sunset. By night, the piece metamorphoses into a glowing jewel lit from within.” - “The Weaver’s Welcome” artist team

 

“The Weaver’s Welcome” Artist Rendering

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