Written by: Pam Seidl, Executive Director
One of the best parts of this job is getting the inside scoop on new and upcoming exhibits, shows and businesses. One I’m looking forward to is “Transcending Time: A Survey of Works in Glass by Italian Maestro Lino Tagliapietra”, an upcoming exhibit at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass.
The exhibit will run October 8, 2015 to February 14, 2016 @ 5:00 PM. This will be the FIRST time these works will be on display anywhere.
Lino Tagliapietra is an influential Italian glass artist and master glassmaker who is recognized for his skills and talents throughout the world. Since the lure of the mysterious glass factories on the Island of Murano attracted him at the age of 11, glass has been intertwined with Lino Tagliapietra’s soul. He began working in the factories at a young age and by the time he was 25, he had earned the honor of Maestro, or master glass blower.
Over the course of his illustrious career, he has traveled extensively, first sharing his masterful Italian techniques with Americans, and in turn, they shared with him. This relationship began with a visit to Murano by Dale Chihuly in 1968 and Lino followed with a visit to Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State in 1978.
Our friends at the Bergstrom-Mahler are launching this unique exhibit with an event called Art in Motion. Diverse passions for infamous sports cars and contemporary glass are united in an event that fuses our human desire for beauty and balance with a demand for precision and perfection. The event features the opportunity to hear Lino Tagliapietra speak about his work and also features Wayne Obry of Motion Products, Inc.
Mr. Obry, born and raised in Northeast Wisconsin, has become world renowned for his impeccable work on restoring vintage vehicles. He was the first to obtain a perfect 100 point Ferrari at the exclusive Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance and since then can be found at the top car events world-wide. While MPI is known around the world for their work, Wayne will be first to tell you that it isn’t about the wins on the grass, it’s about the history of the cars and the challenge of the work.
Visit their site for more about this exhibit and other upcoming exhibits!