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Penland Area Glass Artists

When: Nov. 11-Jan. 4 2015

PENLAND AREA GLASS ARTISTS OPENING RECEPTION

FRIDAY, NOV. 14, CHAPEL HILL

FRANK GALLERY—If you talk to many letterpress printers, textile weavers and visual artists in the Triangle, you won't get far before hearing about the Penland School of Crafts. Since the 1920s, its workshops have been honing skilled artisans up in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Spruce Pine. This new exhibit at FRANK Gallery showcases several nationally noted glass artists associated with Penland as core students, residents or instructors. Valerie and Rick Beck blow and cast glass in Spruce Pine, while William and Katherine Bernstein have lived in a log cabin in the nearby artists' community of Celo for decades. The line between arts and crafts blurs throughout the show, which has colorful flights of fancy and fine vases and everything in between. Kenny Pieper works in the Murano glass tradition. Rob Levin makes frosted urns and totems. Greg Fidler's leaping abstractions delight. The show also includes two FRANK artists, Lucartha Kohler and Madonna Phillips. Peer into the glass through Jan. 4. 6 p.m., free, 109 E. Franklin St., 919-636-4135, www.frankisart.com. —Brian Howe

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