Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Arts

Syd Entel Galleries celebrates studio glass through May 11

Studio glass is a young medium in terms of art, just a little over 50 years old. It officially began in 1962 when then-ceramics professor Harvey Littleton and chemist Dominick Labino hosted workshops at the Toledo Museum of Art using a small furnace that would allow glassblowers to work independently. Before that, decorative glass was created by large companies for a mass market. Since then, its popularity has exploded.

Here in the Tampa Bay area, we have a museumlike gallery devoted to the works of international glass superstar Dale Chihuly as well as a number of hot shops where artists create their one-of-a-kind vessels and sculptures. And studio glass exhibitions have been mounted by several of our museums.

One of the biggest regional cheerleaders is Susan Benjamin, who established a section devoted to art glass in her mother's eponymous Syd Entel Galleries in Safety Harbor about 12 years ago.

The 5,500 square feet of galleries, which usually are a mix of paintings, sculptures, prints and glass, will celebrate all things glass with "50 Years and Beyond." The group show features work by more than 30 glass artists and continues through May 11.

Sydel Entel Galleries/Susan Benjamin Glass is at 247 Main St., Safety Harbor. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. sydentelgalleries.com or (727) 725-1808.

Lennie Bennett, Times art critic

 
Comments
The Dia de Los Muertos exhibition at Florida CraftArt is full of life and color. As it should be.

The Dia de Los Muertos exhibition at Florida CraftArt is full of life and color. As it should be.

As soon as you pass through the paper flower archway to enter the bright pink gallery, it becomes clear that the "Dia de Los Muertos" exhibition at Florida CraftArt is full of life and color. As it should be: The Mexican holiday that honors loved one...
Published: 05/18/18
Updated: 05/21/18
St. Pete artist holding funeral for 600 block’s vanished art galleries on Sunday

St. Pete artist holding funeral for 600 block’s vanished art galleries on Sunday

Local artist Boo Ehrsam remembers seeing the photo in the news years ago. "It was this dark, empty street, and an egret flying away," she said. "The caption read, ‘Will the last one to leave St. Pete please turn out the lights.’ " That ...
Published: 05/18/18
Deal alert: The Dali Museum offers $10 admission on Friday

Deal alert: The Dali Museum offers $10 admission on Friday

DALÍ DEAL ALERT: NATIONAL MUSEUM DAYFriday is National Museum Day, not to be confused with Free Museum Day, which happens in September. Not as many local institutions participate in this day, except for the Dalí Museum, which will offer $10 admission...
Published: 05/16/18
Groundbreaking artists Larry Bell and Jesus Rafael Soto’s work on display at the Tampa Museum of Art

Groundbreaking artists Larry Bell and Jesus Rafael Soto’s work on display at the Tampa Museum of Art

A new exhibition that opened at the Tampa Museum of Art this week features two of the 20th century’s most innovative artists, Larry Bell and Jesús Rafael Soto."Vapor and Vibration: The Art of Larry Bell and Jesús Rafael Soto" will be the first time ...
Updated one month ago
A Tampa artist made portraits of all 17 Parkland shooting victims

A Tampa artist made portraits of all 17 Parkland shooting victims

TAMPA As the semester comes to a close, University of Tampa art and design students have presented their senior projects. Symone Hall, 21, had another group of students on her mind: the victims of the February mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Doug...
Updated one month ago