Vernissage on November 15, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Montreal, October 30, 2018 – From November 15, 2018 through January 11, 2019, the Espace VERRE Gallery pursues its celebration of 25 YRS OF FUSION by presenting the second half of the exhibition, featuring an exceptional selection of pieces created by thirty-five alumni of the Fusion transitional workshop. Curated by Susan Edgerley, glass artist and founder of Fusion, the second instalment objects + design will showcase original works by Isabelle Alepins, Bruno Andrus, Catherine Benoit, Karine Bouchard, Sacha Chambers, Christiane Charpentier, Maryse Chartrand, Francis Coupal, Caroline Couture, Karine Demers, Zou Desbiens, Armel Desrues, Diane Ferland, Marc-André Fontaine, Louise Gingras, Catherine Labonté, Majorie Lapierre, Pascal Leclerc, Myriam Legault Monty, Catherine Lessard, Nicola Mainville, Guy Martin, Christina Mayr, Annie Michaud, Julien Mongeau, Ashley Ouimet, Mélanie Pageau, Mario Paré, François Perreault, David Plante, Jean-François Pomerleau, Patrick Primeau, Laura Sasseville, Nicole Trudel-Marion, and Isoline Vallée. The opening reception will be held in presence of many of the exhibitors on Thursday, November 15 at 6 p.m.
For Fusion’s silver jubilee exhibition, the guest curator chose pieces that demonstrate key moments in the glass artists’ emergent careers. Some of the works were created during the artists’ tenure in Fusion, while others were imagined especially for the anniversary. Here, tableware meets contemporary jewellery, and playful creatures mix with eye-catching colourful pieces – either functional or decorative – that add whimsy to our everyday lives. This second part of the show highlights the creators’ ingenuity as much as their amazing craftsmanship, paying tribute to a long-established tradition with a modern twist.
The opening reception will also mark the official launch of the 25th anniversary catalogue, which will be available for purchase for $25 plus tax at Espace VERRE.
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, ninety-five 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