Display by Fused Glass, Artist Chris Abel

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After the last exhibition on family histories, which gave a great deal of written information in black and white, I was not expecting the riot of colour which filled the David Ruskin Room this month. Outside the day was grey and dull. Inside, everything glowed and sparkled!

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This was a display by local artist Chris Abel, who works in glass; an informative flyer explained how he transforms glass into a wide variety of artefacts. The walls were hung with artworks which to my eye were a cross between painting and sculpture. They varied from large abstract designs to smaller panels suggesting, for example, boats in full sail. Most of the designs used glass of several colours. But my favourites were created using different shapes and textures in clear glass. Besides the wall art, there were bowls, plates, coasters, ashtrays, clock-faces, birdbaths (!) and jewellery: pendants, earrings and brooches.

I hope there will be a chance to see more of Mr. Abel's work at the Museum in the future.

Libby     Pictures John Tweddell