At GALLERY Z - GLASS and COLOR FIELD ABSTRACTS, Thursday, Oct. 5th through Sunday, October 29th. Opening Reception Thursday, Oct. 19th, 5-9PM.

At GALLERY Z - GLASS & COLOR FIELD ABSTRACTS, Thursday, Oct. 5th through Sunday, October 29th. Opening Reception Thursday, Oct. 19th, 5-9PM.

Autumn's annual explosion of color will be reflected inside Gallery Z this October, during which both glass and color field abstracts will be showcased.

Gallery Z is fortunate to represent two highly skilled glassmakers -

Ben Giguere (b. 1978) is a Providence glassmaker who moved here in 2008 in order to further his education in additional glassmaking techniques. His journey began with a 1997 temporary job in 1997 at Simon Pearce, a world-renowned crystal glass factory in a small Vermont town, leading to his career and current life's work. Ben experimented with color in free-form glassblowing as he trained with master glassworkers from Sweden, the Czech Republic, Ireland and England.

In Providence, Ben cast and molded glass into objects for Steven Weinberg, a renowned American Studio Glass movement artist, whose work has influenced Ben's own. In 2011, Ben helped create Providence's GATHER GLASS, the studio where he designs and teaches glassblowing, while working as Studio Manager at Weinberg Glass, Pawtucket, RI, and Head Glass Designer in product development at the Plant Nanny Company in Lebanon, NH. An extensive assortment of one-of-a-kind functional glassware in Ben's creative varying combinations of colors, patterns, sizes and forms will be exhibit at Gallery Z.

Monte Becker is a glass artisan who has been creating stunning functional glass art and glassware since 1988. His finely crafted pieces are both beautifully colored and useful, many thin-walled in exquisitely pleasing colors. Monte creates his pieces in the classic Venetian style of transparent glass, which takes on color with the addition of metals, gold for rose and ruby tones, cobalt for blue. Each has a Roman foot, a classic 2,000-year-old form found on vessels in Jerusalem. Gallery Z will be showing a collection of small Roman-footed bowls in rose and cobalt blue. Although lightweight, they are sturdy for daily use. Monte lives and creates his art glass in Massachusetts.

In addition, boldly colored abstract paintings will be on display by Farnaz Mobayyen, Linnea Toney Leeming, Stephen Silver, J. C. Lazarus, Bob Dilworth, Fran Henry-Meehan and Liz Dexheimer, amongst others. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Gallery Z also displays a rotating selection of original fine art (paintings, photographs, drawings, mixed media, glass, sculptures, assemblages, lithographs) from its stable of over 400 locally, nationally or internationally renowned fine artists, and fine ceramics, pottery, jewelry and Armenian and international handicrafts. The "Italy" room expands the local Federal Hill Italian atmosphere with "Dreamy Venice", handmade Murano glass gifts and jewelry chosen and imported from Venice by Gallery Associate Linda Kamajian, set amidst fine art either related to Italy or by some of Gallery Z's established Italian-American artists. Gallery Z celebrates its seventeenth year in 2017 of providing a center for experiencing fine art in a historic Providence neighborhood. Although there are no official Gallery Night events December through March, Gallery Z carries the torch by hosting a free opening reception for the current exhibit every third Thursday of the month, 12 months a year. Gallery Z is a tax-free zone.

Gallery Z Hours: Wed. 12-6pm, Thurs-Sat 12-8pm, Sun. 12-6pm and by appt. or chance. ALL RECEPTIONS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC