In the Spotlight Gallery-
From July 7 to August 19, Napa Valley Museum Yountville will present Randy Strong – Glass Master, a unique collection of artist Randy Strong’s legendary 45-year career in the historic American Art Glass movement. View Strong’s work from early groundbreaking glass techniques to his present one-of-a-kind veiled sculptures. Many sculptural works will be available for sale, with a portion of proceeds benefiting our arts and education programs. The Opening Celebration will be on Saturday, July 14 at 4 pm, and is free for Museum Members; $10 for Non-Members. An artist talk on Sunday, August 5 from 2 to 4 pm is included with Museum Admission. Randy will also participate in a free Family Fun event on August 11, from 11 am to 1 pm.
Randy Strong, an award-winning artist, designer, and master craftsman—has created elegant and highly sought-after works in blown glass for over 40 years in his East Bay, California studio. By combining his eye for contemporary design with ancient techniques, he designs and creates extraordinary works of art that are truly one-of-a-kind. Strong’s work has been characterized by the use of difficult, defining techniques, materials, colors, and forms. His latest sculptural work challenges the concept of solid form in glass by further expressing its personality in lightness and movement that seemingly defy gravity.
As a modern day master of this ancient craft which had all but disappeared in the United States with the advent of mass production, Strong is one of a handful of American glass artists, including Dale Chihuly, who was instrumental in reviving the studio art glass movement. In fact, Randy was with Chihuly in 1970 when Dale and John Hauberg selected the location for the now renowned Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, Washington, which set the modern studio glass movement in motion. Strong is the winner of the juried 2005 and 2008 Niche Award for blown glass awarded by Niche magazine for the best of blown glass in the United States. Randy’s glass sculptures have been acquired by international collectors and are a part of collections ranging from the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, to the Louvre Museum in Paris.