Contemporary glass exhibit opens Thursday in Everett

Oct 04, 2017
Photo by: Schack Art Center “Child, Namibia,” by Jenny Pohlman and Sabrina Knowles. This 2016 piece features an original image. It’s screen-printed, kiln-fired, blown, sculpted and sandblasted, and features found and mirrored glass, copper and steel with patina.

For 25 years, Jenny Pohlman and Sabrina Knowles have collaborated to produce sculptural stories in glass that reflect lessons they learned from life and travels about healing, self-empowerment, compassion, strength, grace and the power of the human spirit, particularly as relates to women.

From 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, the Schack Art Center in downtown Everett opens Lodestar, featuring Seattle glass artists Pohlman and Knowles. The show will remain in the Main Gallery through Nov. 4.

The Himba Portrait Series highlights the indigenous nomadic culture in Northern Namibia and Southern Angola. To create the portraits, the artists incorporate a screen-printing technique and fire glass enamels to make the image appear on the base of the glass sculpture. The narrative of the objects is derived from their impressions of the ancient culture and the magic of African life.

“This particular series is all about the song, the voices of the indigenous,” Pohlman told the Seattle Times in May 2016. “We've always believed that the West would do well to engage indigenous populations and learn what we've forgotten as we've stepped away from being an Earth-based culture.”

Sabrina Knowles' and Jenny Pohlman's collaboration spans two decades. As seekers, they have undertaken six international two-month journeys to developing nations absorbing religious beliefs, political histories, current affairs, architecture, social structure and people's personal stories.

After lengthy incubation, they morph their experiences into sculptural stories to share what they have learned. Their intention is to create works that speak of our common humanity.

Knowles' and Pohlman's work has been featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Connor, Edmunds Museum, Larsen Museum in Yakima, and the Pratt Gallery at the Center on Contemporary Art. Their work has been included in group exhibitions at Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania; Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington; Coos Art Museum, Oregon, Museum of American Glass, Millville, New Jersey; Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington; Muskegon Museum of Art, Michigan; Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin; and Tacoma Art Museum.

Their work is in the collections of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Mobile Museum of Art, Museum of American Glass, Museum of Glass, New Bedford Museum of Glass, Racine Art Museum and Tacoma Art Museum. Their work has been published in Glass, Metalsmith, New Glass Review and the Seattle Times, featured in and on the cover of American Style magazine, and published in several books on glass art.

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