The magic and beauty of biology have inspired artists for centuries. David Gappa’s newest installation titled “Introspection” is a visible interpretation of an often hidden process in our bodies: the communication of nerves. Designed to capture the essence of thought as it pulsates through a field of synapses, Gappa’s piece artistically translates the catalytic movement of energy as it transfers through our creative minds.
Designed for the Center for BrainHealth, a part of The University of Texas at Dallas, “Introspection” is scheduled to be installed in April 2017. Fifty-feet wide by forty-feet long, and weighing an impressive 5,300 pounds, the intricate installation of glass and steel consists of 175 LED-illuminated glass spires and 1,050 hand-blown glass spheres. Each five-and-a-half-foot spire is individually illuminated, and when programmed, slowly pulsates an array of colors across the entire piece, similar to the electric impulses passed from one nerve cell to another. As the focal point of the research institute’s multi-purpose room, “Introspection” will serve as a visual reminder of the institution’s commitment to enhancing, protecting and restoring brain health across the lifespan.
Vivid, fascinating fine art glass creations line the walls of Vetro Glass-blowing Studio & Gallery in Grapevine. Vetro artists not only create these masterpieces, they also enjoy educating the public about the ancient art form of glassblowing through live demon-strations. “When a group visits Vetro, I think they enjoy the fun and unique atmosphere of the gallery and the many styles of art glass we have to see,” said Shannon Shumate-Trolinder, gallery manager of Vetro. “Then, they are invited into the artist’s studio where they can enjoy watching the art of glassblowing and ask questions to the glassblowers at the end of their creations. ”The glassblowing team has 32 years of experience behind them and three glassblowing artists, including owner David Gappa, Shumate-Trolinder said. Scheduled glassblowing demonstrations are usually 30 minutes long, and they also include a Q&A at the end. A variety of demonstrations and customized events are offered to give groups a memorable experience as well. A team-building event is one of the options for groups, and it includes challenging opportunities that team members in a variety of companies may face, Shumate-Trolinder said. Guests also can help create their own artwork with molten glass in Vetro’s Help-Create experience.
Each attendee can choose two to three colors from a selection for their artwork. During the changing seasons throughout the year, groups can create different types of artwork. In September, guests can create pumpkins, ornaments in November and December, hearts and flowers in February and beer glasses in March in recognition of St. Patrick’s Day. “Groups will have an unforgettable experience,” Shumate-Trolinder said. “You will take away the beauty of the art of glassblowing, knowledge of how you can create with molten glass and just a fun experience of visiting a working studio and a fine art glass gallery.”
Motorcoach parking is available on Hudgins Street, which is located directly behind Vetro, or in the front parking lot area as well. Group rates are available. Scheduling a visit in advance is preferred.
Travel Media Showcase: Unsurpassed Destinations & Tremendous Art in Texas
Let the Arts Fill your Heart in Grapevine Texas with Travel Media Showcase 2016
During Travel Media Showcase, we were able to choose a local FAM (familiarization) Trip. I went on “Let the Arts Fill Your Heart!” which began at the Great American West Gallery where we had lunch catered by Main Street Bakery. I was able to interview Sonya Terpening who told me she is a storyteller who uses paints instead of words. I loved hearing about her recent trip to Glacier National Park with thirty women artists to re-create a trip of women artists in the 1930s for the 100th birthday of the National Parks!
While on tour at Vetro Glassblowing Studio, I bought earrings. We also toured the Holder Dane Gallery next door and I was able to interview Linda Lewis-Roark, owner of Grapevine Foundry and Fine Arts Program. Her bronze sculptures are sought after and her 800-pound winged unicorn is on top of the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau’s north tower. Her pegasus is 9 feet from wingtip to wingtip and was placed in December 2015. Lewis-Roark is possibly the only woman sculpture who also runs her own foundry.
Our art tour of Grapevine then went to the Texas Star Dinner Theater for a performance of the Lone Star Murder Mystery where everyone gets involved in the show. We concluded our day at the Settlement to City Museum where I sat in the One Room Schoolhouse and was amazed by the collection of history objects. Thank you to Grapevine for arranging an amazing day of art. I loved being able to interview two women artists from Texas―here is the video:
An effervescent cascade of white glass bubbles intermixed with delicate glass teardrops flows down from the ceiling in front of a crimson wall. The 14 feet of dynamic handblown glass pieces illuminated and suspended with delicate wiring is called Crystal Mist, and it is the careful work and vision of David Gappa, owner of Gappa Fine Art Glass. Read more »