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Showing For: October, 2017

Raven and the Box of Daylight at the Museum of Glass, Opening in 2018.

Learn more about the upcoming major exhibiton, "The Raven and the Box of Daylight" at the Museum of Glass, opening October 2018. 

Raven and the Box of Daylight

Opening in 2018 at the Museum of Glass, 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 myth holds great significance in the mythology of the Tlingit people as a revered creation tale. The exhibition features a dynamic combination of artwork, storytelling, and encounter, where the Tlingit creation myth unfolds during the visitor’s experience.

The glass art of Preston Singletary is rooted in the narrative of Raven and the Box of Daylight. Primarily known for his celebration of Native American art and design, Singletary will explore new ways of working with glass inspired by Tlingit design principles. Tlingit objects were traditionally created for stagecraft, and were used to tell stories by representing elements of the natural world, as well as the histories of tribal families. By drawing upon this tradition, Singletary’s art creates a unique theatrical atmosphere, in which the pieces follow and enhance the exhibition narrative. - Text Courtesy of Museum of Glass.

The upcoming Raven and the Box of Daylight exhibit at the Museum of Glass uses Singletary’s glass sculptures as the foundation, while pushing boundaries with added video and soundscape elements woven throughout. Starting in darkness and ending in light, the visitor will encounter depictions of the Nass River, Raven’s transformation, a Clan House and finally the world in daylight.          

Below is the origin history of the Raven and the Box of Daylight. 

Raven and the Box of Daylight
Raven looked around and noticed that the world was dark.  Raven encountered the fishermen of the night and asked, “Where is the Light?” They told Raven of the chief at the head of the Nass River who kept the light in his clan house.
Raven decided to go to the old chief, but was shooed away.  He learns of the chief’s daughter who drinks from the stream outside of the clan house. In order to sneak into the house, Raven devises a plan to transform himself into a speck of dirt and float into the young girl’s cup. Her servants see the dirt and they throw the water out. Raven then decides to transform himself into a hemlock needle in the stream and tries again. This time the daughter drinks the water that contains the hemlock needle and she becomes pregnant with Raven in the form of a human baby boy.

The old chief wouldn’t deny his much loved grandson anything. The boy grew quickly and was very precocious. Raven, disguised as the boy, eventually discovered a box and asked to play with it. The chief and his mother refused but the boy screamed until the grandfather gave in. When no one was looking the boy opened the box and the Stars flew up through the smoke hole and into the night sky. They scolded the boy. After some time the old man forgot what his grandson had done, and Raven discovered another box. Raven asked to play with the box and they refused. So Raven started to scream and cry. They eventually gave the box to him and he opened it. The Moon floated from the box and up into the sky.

Finally, the boy found the final box. He again asked to play with it and everyone adamantly refused. So he cried until old man relented again. They instructed him once again to not open the box. So he played with the box; slept with the box and ate off of the box. However, the boy was growing tired of being human and decided to transform back into the Raven.

One night when everyone was asleep, he crept to the box and slowly opened it. This was the box containing the Sun. Raven decided to flee the clan house, while daylight flooded throughout the world and everything was bathed in light.

 

Mark your calendars for the Raven and the Box of Daylight at the Museum of Glass, opening October 2018. Below are examples of pieces that will appear in this unique exhibiton. 

Raven and the Box of Daylight

Raven and the Box of Daylight, cast lead crystal, 37.5" x 8.5" x 6.25. Depicting the Raven holding the Sun and two figures standing on a box. 

 

The Woman Who Was Transparent, blown and sand carved glass, 20" x 14" x 14" 

 

Raven in a Water Droplet, blown and sand-carved glass, 15.5" x 3" x 3" 

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New Preston Singletary Studio YouTube Channel

Introducing the new Preston Singletary YouTube channel.

Introducing the new Preston Singletary YouTube channel. See a collection of unique interviews, behind the scenes footage, the process behind the art and much more, all in one place.

The Preston Singletary Studio will be uploading new videos weekly for the next two months. See videos now and subscribe to the new Preston Singletary Studio YouTube Channel.

 

 

 
Video Courtesy of Craft in America. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Video Courtesy of Elke Hautala. 
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Behind the Scenes at the Studio

A behind the scenes look at Preston Singletary working at his Studio hot shop. 

Preston Singletary regularly works in his Studio hot shop creating new pieces for upcoming gallery and museum exhibitions. Joined by an experienced team of skilled artists Singletary is able to expand upon his work in blown glass. Below are photos of recent hot shop creations.

 

Upcoming Exhibits Include:

Journey Through Air to the Sky World.
Blue Rain Gallery
August 18th – September 2nd, 2017
www.blueraingallery.com

View a large selection of new works by Preston Singletary in blown glass. "Journey Though Air To The Sky World" opens August 18th, 2017 at Blue Rain Gallery.

 

Pacific Currents
Spirit Wrestler Gallery
September 9th - 30th, 2017
www.spiritwrestler.com

A collection of collaborative works by Lewis Gardiner and Preston Singletary featuring works created in blown glass, jade, paua shell and more. Exhibition opens September 9th, 2017 at Spirit Wrestler Gallery.

 

Pictured below: Preston Singletary, Joe BenVenuto, Sean Albert and Dave Walters. Photos courtesy of Preston Singletary Studio. 

 Nature's Gift

Travels the Water

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Join Us for a Silent Auction Benefit for Joe B. -  Friday July 28th.

 For two decades, our esteemed colleague and dear friend Joe BenVenuto has dedicated his craft to the glass community in Seattle, including the Preston Singletary Studio,  and abroad. Now he needs our help.

 

For two decades, our esteemed colleague and dear friend Joe BenVenuto has dedicated his craft to the glass community in Seattle, including the Preston Singletary Studio,  and abroad. Now he needs our help.

Eight months ago, Joe was diagnosed with an Anaplastic Astrocytoma brain cancer on his thalamus. While there are treatments available and doctors can abate the growth for some time, there is no cure and eventually the tumor will return.

 

What We Are Doing:

We are coming together to raise funds to help Joe heal and recover from months of difficult and hard work, including an intense five-week radiation and chemotherapy treatment and future care. Today, only a portion of Joe’s healthcare insurance is covered by his insurance and for all alternative treatment he must pay 100% of the cost by himself.

 

Our Goal

The funding will allow Joe to:

• Begin alternative and holistic treatment such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and a cutting-edge IV Therapy treatment based on the most up-to-date research on various nutrients and pharmaco-botanical compounds.

• Health insurance covers no costs for alternative treatment, funding will help to cover these costs in addition to improving and expanding Joe’s current health care plan.

• Take time off from work to focus all his energy to heal his body while keeping and maintaining his home and studio.

• Explore additional western and holistic treatments in the US and beyond.

• Travel and spend time with his family in Ohio.

 

GoFundMe Campaign: www.gofundme.com/UnitedForJoeB

Everyone is invited to join in to help Joe B., no amount is too small! Please share Joe's Story and the GoFundMe link with your family and friends. Contribute now at GoFundMe. 

 

Traver Gallery Pop-Up Show: Friday July 28th, 2017: https://unitedforjoeb.net

An art exhibition and Silent Auction will be held at the Traver Gallery in Seattle on July 28th from 6-10PM. Glass artists in the Seattle community and beyond will come together to donate their work. This is the culminating event of our fundraising efforts. 100% of the funds raised during this event will go directly to Joe, providing vital support of his treatments and recovery.

Featured artists include: Lino Tagliapietra, Dale Chihuly, April Surgent, Dante Marioni, John Kiley, Martin Blank, Kait Rhodes, Nancy Callan, CUD, Sean Albert, Dave Walters, Joe David, Jane Rosen, Jen Elek & Jeremy Bert, Richard Royal. Preston Singletary and many more. 

This event is open to everyone, however RSVP is required. To RSVP and preview pieces for the silent auction click here. 

Singletary pieces include "Spawning Salmon" and "Shrine Figure Set". 

                        Shrine Figure Set

What You Can Do:

Share Joe’s Story – Please share the GoFundMe campaign and the Traver Gallery Pop-Up Show to benefit Joe B. with your family, friends and fellow artists. 

Follow Us: Stay updated on event information on the Preston Singletary Glass Studio Facebook page


On behalf of Joe and friends, thank you for your support.


Contact:

Traver Gallery: Info@travergallery.com
Preston Singletary Studio: Studio@prestonsingletary.com

https://unitedforjoeb.net


Left to Right:  Preston Singletary, Joe BenVenuto and Sean Albert. Photo courtesy of Preston Singletary Studio.

Left to Right:  Preston Singletary, Joe BenVenuto and Sean Albert. Photo courtesy of Preston Singletary Studio.

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Large “Killer Whale Totem”

Introducing the newest monumental work by Preston Singletary to be cast in lead crystal, “Killer Whale Totem”. Stay tuned for updates of this exceptional project as we follow the progress from this early stage to the final work.

Introducing the newest monumental work by Preston Singletary to be cast in lead crystal, “Killer Whale Totem”.  Following the success of the “Family Story Totem”, this large totem pole features Singletary’s clan crest (Killer Whale) in the center, his moiety (Eagle) on top, and a thunderbird in the center that represents David Svenson, the carver of the wooden pole. At the bottom are soul catcher forms flanking human faces.


At nearly 8 feet tall the “Killer Whale Totem” will weigh close to 3,000 pounds when complete. Created in a very limited edition of three totems total, each will be in a different color. A mold will be crafted from the wood model and then used to cast the piece in lead crystal. This monumental totem will be cast in the Czech Republic and is projected to take twelve months to complete. The wood model to create the first of the series has recently been sent to the Czech Republic.

Stay tuned for updates of this exceptional project as we follow the progress from this early stage to the final work. 

 

 

  

“Killer Whale Totem” - Carved Wood Model

 

 

Learn more about the “Family Story Totem”, the first in the completed series of large scale totems by Preston Singletary.

Learn more about the smaller "Killer Whale Totem" in lead crystal, the first of which was recently completed. 

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