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Anna Bier Art Gallery
Gail Christofferson of Animal House Glass exhibits glass mosaic guitars

The Anna Bier Gallery will present glass mosaic guitar artist, Gail Christofferson of Animal House Glass, at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, OCTOBER 7, 2017; the exhibit will be open from 6 p.m until 8 p.m. with an artist presentation at 7 p.m. Christofferson’s passion for glass, teaching, community projects, and creating mosaic art has taken her on a wonderful journey. She is a full time artist coming from a commercial art form, design, and marketing background. Her current success with mosaic artwork has enabled her to move from the design field to pursue mosaic art full time; she considers herself an entrepreneur. Her vintage window sash frame mosaics and up-cycled mosaic guitars featuring folk art imagery are featured in galleries and upscale retail locations. Gail’s mosaic guitars have gained national recognition and she has had several installations featuring over 30 mosaic instruments. She says, “The shape and form of traditional string instruments retain value even after the audio has gone silent. My work allows the instruments to continue to sing”.

Christofferson’s latest work has been geared towards large-scale community-based projects. When she leaves the studio to share and teach, her community mosaic projects draw in participants to work collaboratively to create large-scale mosaic installations, resulting in the unique sense of ownership and pride that comes from seeing their individual contributions blossom into a finished piece of art. At-risk youth and families create many of her large-scale murals; she is currently working on a project with the homeless community in Toledo, Ohio. Christofferson says, “The final reward to my work is seeing the effects of the mosaic process on participants. The shattered glass is like the broken parts of their lives and even with splintered pieces, they can recreate a beautiful whole, and a new image of themselves. Mosaic art is a very accessible art form, participants find affirmation through the process of creation and the act of making and building something tangible that represents their lives. Art is an important tool for building hope, providing an outlet for personal expression and lifting spirits”.

The Christofferson exhibit is sponsored by the generous donations of our members and will run through October 28, 2017. This and all Anna Bier Gallery exhibits and events are also made possible through the gracious support of Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, and Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial.

All exhibits are free to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am - 2pm and by appointment. Please contact Tamera McNulty, Executive Director, with any questions or comments and visit us on our facebook page for more information.


 
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