Vernissage on September 27, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Montreal, September 11, 2018 – From September 27 through November 2, 2018, the Espace VERRE Gallery celebrates 25 YRS OF FUSION by presenting, in this first of two-part exhibition, a selection of unique glass works created by twenty-three past Fusion members. Curated by glass artist and Fusion founder Susan Edgerley, the first installment will feature sculptural pieces, elaborate works, and installations by Dominique Beaupré St-Pierre, Sylvie Bélanger, Carolyne Brouillard, Maude Bussières, Vincent Chagnon, Chloé Charette, Marie Pierre Daigle, Dylan Duchet, Carole Frève, David Frigon-Lavoie, Jean-Marie Giguère, Amélie Girard, David Goranitis, Nathalie Hillman, Alexandre Hupé, Lisanne Lachance, Ito Laïla Le François, Mélanie Montour, Caroline Ouellette, Patrick Primeau, Stephen Pon, Cathy Strokowsky, and Jean-Simon Trottier. The opening reception will be held in presence of the artists on Thursday, September 27 at 6 p.m.
For the silver jubilee of Fusion, a carefully-curated selection of works were chosen for their link to key moments in the glass artists’ careers. While some pieces were created when they were members of Fusion, others were made specifically for this great celebration. Here, delicate lacy works interact beautifully alongside strong sculptural installations. This first part of the exhibition conveys the complicity between past Fusion members, and ignites the 25th anniversary festivities with brio and eloquence.
Instigated in 1993 by Susan Edgerley, Fusion is a business incubator for emerging glass artists. Participation in this transitional workshop is a determining step for graduates of the glass art programme offered at Espace VERRE in collaboration with the Cégep du Vieux Montréal. For two years, participants benefit from advantages such as reduced studio rental fees, business coaching, and participating in marketing events. To this day, 89 glass artists have launched their artistic careers in an exceptional way thanks to Fusion.
About Espace VERRE
Espace VERRE is a glass creativity centre located at 1200 Mill Street in Montreal. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as the last Sunday of every month, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free of charge.
Espace VERRE extends its gratitude to the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, and the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles du Québec for their financial support, which is crucial to Fusion’s success.
Valérie Paquin, Communications Manager