September 1 - November 11, 2017
Flame Run is exhibiting the work of Louisville artist, Ann Klem, in “Feature: Ann Klem Glass.”
Each piece of Klem’s art glass reveals her love of the design and creation process, the taste for technical challenges and the beauty of a well-finished piece. Strongly influenced by geometry, repeatable patterns, and phenomena such as crop circles, Klem designs her pieces for beautiful yet functional art.
Klem stated, “My ‘engineered’ approach to designing glass creations comes from an earlier career in computers and designing accurate, predictable, complex processing systems. My lifelong love of color extensively influences the components incorporated into the finished pieces, and my love of working with my hands pushes the shaping and polishing steps I use to give a professional, artful finish.”
Beginning with large sheet glass, Klem creates custom pieces, incorporating one into another, assembling and fusing them together. She then slices, grinds, sandblasts, or extensively shapes the resulting glass to enhance the visual impact of the piece. Further firings, shapings, and polishings produce finished trays, vessels and sculptures.
“Features: Ann Klem Glass” will be on display September 1st through November 11th, with an opening reception coinciding with Frist Friday Gallery Hop 6-9pm the evening of the September 1st. A live glass blowing demo by Flame Run artists will take place in the studio at 7pm.
June 2 - August 31, 2017
Inspired by themes from the “Hunger Games”, Flame Run will be featuring work by artists from all over the nation in the gallery this summer.
“We were thrilled to hear that the Frazier Museum is hosting “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” and wanted to show support with an exhibit of our own.” says gallery director Tiffany Ackerman. “In many ways, the themes from the Hunger Games can be related to life as an artist. You hope to gain patrons and popularity to help you on your path, and success is not granted to all. In the world of art, and specifically with reference to the temperamental nature of hot glass, may the odds be ever in your favor.”
An opening reception and demonstration is scheduled for Friday, June 2.
Featured artists include: Steve Ciezki, Mike da Ponte, Paul Nelson, DH McNabb, Brook F. White, Jr., Rachel Erickson, Tiffany Ackerman & Casey Krueger, Luke Jacomb, and Nicole Stahl
April 7 - May 27, 2017
Flame Run is exhibiting the work of Tennessee artist, Thomas Spake’s, in “The World Around Us: Inspiration from the Natural Landscape.”
Spake’s glass vessels conceived through explorations of the natural world. His process involves exploring nature as a photographer first. He photographs objects or moments that express a particular aesthetic to him, and later, he abstracts this essence from his photographs, and translates the narrative into glass. His simple forms act as a canvas for the stories, and his cold working process reveals a tactile quality, and soft transparency, true to the nature of the material.
September 2 - November 17, 2016
“Crystal Editions” runs from September 2nd until November 17th with a mid-exhibition reception and demo scheduled for Friday, October 7th, 5:30pm to 9:00pm.
October 2 - 18, 2015
The show, “Color Theory,” a retrospective, celebrated the vibrant colors that are the hallmark of White’s work. White has exhibited work across the country since he opened his first studio in 1995 and Flame Run in 2004. He has more than 20 installations in several states and his work is included in the private collections of Muhammad Ali, President Jimmy Carter, Susan Sarandon, Michael Bolton, Diane Sawyer and many others.
August 1 - September 27, 2015
Flame Run has featured the whimsical, fantastical art of mixed-media sculptor Michael Amis in a solo show that opened Aug. 1 and ran through Sept. 27. The artist’s blown glass pieces are building blocks for amalgamations that include carpet, fake fur, roofing tile, doll hair and other unlikely items. Amis says his work is “as abstract as possible.” Some of his sculptures resemble tools and household cleaning utensils as well as what he calls “little critters.”
October 3 - November 22, 2014
Flame Run featured the work of Steven Ciezki, whose classically inspired work has a fresh, inventive quality in a solo show that opened Oct. 3 and ran through Nov. 22. Ciezki, who earned a BFA from Illinois State University, lives and works in Phoenix, AZ. He completed a residency at the Corning Museum of Glass in May and had an exhibit at SOFA in Chicago in 2013. He is represented by four galleries, including Flame Run.