Gallery turns spotlight on blown glass, landscapes

Brian Iverson, Susan Hazard featured in July

Brian Iverson works on a blown glass creation. (Port Townsend Gallery)

Brian Iverson works on a blown glass creation. (Port Townsend Gallery)

PORT TOWNSEND — Brian Iverson’s blown glass and Susan Hazard’s new series of paintings are featured at the Port Townsend Gallery this month.

The gallery, at 715 Water St. in Port Townsend, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and by appointment.

Iverson has been blowing glass in the Pacific Northwest for more than 25 years. Each piece is unique.

Small pieces, such as turtles and fish, are usually done via lampwork, in which a torch is used to melt the glass.

For larger pieces, the work is done in a hotshop working with a team using a furnace with temperatures reaching nearly 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. The molten glass is formed and shaped into various items such as tumblers and bowls.

His collection at the gallery features fluted bowls in varying sizes, shapes and colors along with a tidepool series and garden art.

Hazard’s new series of paintings are exploring the subject of Nature vs. Humanity, organizers said.

Drawing upon her background of living in Ireland, the landscapes and seascapes contrast the structures of human civilization contrasted with the influence of nature.

“Nature dwarfs us, as evidenced by dramatic climate change worldwide,” organizers said in a press release.

“Ireland, an island surrounded by ocean, is symbolic of an environment constantly influenced by the changes of the seasons, and the changing worldwide climate.”

The paintings are in oils or in acrylics, with brushes. This is a departure from the use of painting, or palette, knives used since learning the technique in Ireland in 1993.

Hazard has maintained a presence in Port Townsend since 2005, but she lived in Ireland in the early 1990s and returns often.

She has exhibited work in the United States, Wales and Ireland, and she is a returning member to the Port Townsend Gallery.

For more gallery information, phone 360-379-8110 or see www.porttownsendgallery.com.

“Irish Landscape” is among the works of art painted by Susan Hazard. (Port Townsend Gallery)

“Irish Landscape” is among the works of art painted by Susan Hazard. (Port Townsend Gallery)

Garden art is among the types of pieces Brian Iverson makes. (Port Townsend Gallery)

Garden art is among the types of pieces Brian Iverson makes. (Port Townsend Gallery)

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