In these times of pinching pennies, this question needs to be asked: Why would someone spend $475 to take a class plus another $300 on materials when they could purchase a reproduction Tiffany style lamp for less than $400?
The answer: quality, quality, quality.
The public can see that quality during the Tiffany Lamp Exhibition starting Saturday and running through May 24 at Covenant Art Glass, 3232 Broadway, Everett. The public can meet the artists and vote for the People’s Choice Award for the best lamp at a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Covenant Glass is playing host to this exhibit to show the public the nine heirloom-quality Tiffany-style lampshades that were created by students under the guidance of teachers Nancy Alexander and Tami Bogdanoff.
These teachers selected hand-rolled glass for the students because of its similarities to the glass Tiffany used. Also, many of the students in the Covenant class bought high-quality, bronze reproduction bases in the original Tiffany designs to complete their lamps.
Then lamp designs were chosen and classes began in January. Every other Wednesday evening, from January to May, the students worked, cutting, grinding, fitting, wrapping and soldering hundreds of pieces of glass. One of the students cried when she lifted her shade off the mold and saw the light flooding through the opal glass for the first time.
“There is a personal reward in creating something yourself,” Covenant Glass owner Stan Price said. “Doing stained glass for a living has allowed me to put numerous pieces in our home. They are specific to their location and will remain in the house when I am gone. However, all the lamps I have done will be passed on to future generations.”
Homeless faces: The portraits of 16 homeless and formerly homeless women of Seattle will be on display during the exhibit “Women of Mary’s Place.”
The exhibit runs from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Lowell Art Works, 5205 S. Second Ave., Everett. The opening reception is from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
In addition to the art, a compilation book of the art in the show will be available for purchase to benefit Mary’s Place, a Seattle center where homeless and formerly homeless women find support. For more information on Mary’s Place, go to www.womenofmarysplace.org.
The book features reproductions of the portraits, each paired with the story of one of the Mary’s Place clients who participated, said event curator Kim Loesch.
“The juxtaposition of the stories and the artworks illustrate the intimate relationships the artists and women experienced, and it is in communicating these unique bonds that I look forward to reaching out to the community for support,” Loesch said in written materials.
Sculpting a legacy: An exhibit of sculpture by Everett DuPen will illustrate the breadth of subject matter and style of this nationally recognized artist whose career spanned eight decades and included pieces in terra cotta and bronze.
His work will be on display through May at the Edmonds Art Commission display case at Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., Edmonds. This exhibit highlights some of his smaller sculptures from his family’s collection.
The mystery man: Matt Timo is drawn to the elusive, the introspective and the mysterious. That might explain some of his faceless creations.
Edmonds Arts Commission presents an exhibit of Timo’s mixed media work at Edmonds Library. The exhibit may be viewed until May 30 at 650 Main St., Edmonds.
Timo’s fascination with artistic styles ranges from Tibetan Buddhist paintings to the work of Edvard Munch. His haunting imagery can draw the viewer in, with those indistinct human figures without faces compelling us to look deeper.
Timo uses acrylic paint and colored pencil to provide subtle shades; molded paper and collage create a three-dimensional sense.
Fairy wax: Artist Karon Leigh remembers exploring the woods behind her house as a child, looking for fairies and discovering the unknown. Today, Leigh uses the patterns in nature to give her artwork a light and fairylike quality.
Leigh’s encaustic, or hot wax, paintings are the featured pieces through June 26 at the Arts Council of Snohomish County’s Gallery in the historic Monte Cristo Hotel, 1507 Wall St., Everett.
Driftwood sculpture: The 45th annual Driftwood Sculpture Show, presented by the Northwest Driftwood Artists, is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday at Country Village Courtyard Hall, 23714 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell. The show features more than 100 juried driftwood sculptures, finished in the LuRon Method. Admission is free.