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Friday, June 23, 2017 1:00 am

Museum of Art opening glass exhibits

If you go

What: Annual glass exhibits

Where: Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E. Main St.

When: Runs Saturday through Sept. 10; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission: $8 adults, $6 students and seniors 65 and older, $20 families, free to all from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Reduced admission of $3 with EBT card and valid photo identification.

More information: 422-6467 or fwmoa.org

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is capitalizing on its growing reputation in the glass art world for its annual summer exhibition.

Among three shows opening Saturday is “The World of Studio Glass,” which contains work from more than 30 international artists. It examines cultural and geographic influences on glass art from around the world.

“We've never attempted to do an international survey like this before,” says Charles Shepard, president and CEO of the museum. “I think the public's really going to like it.”

Shepard says the international exhibit is possible in part because the local museum has earned respect in the glass art community. Some creators of fine art – top painters, Shepard offers as an example – would likely pass up a chance to be shown in Fort Wayne, preferring to have exhibits in a larger city such as New York. But word has gotten around to glass artists that the local museum is easy to work with and draws a lot of people to its glass shows.

“World of Studio Glass” will be joined by two other exhibitions including “The 45th Annual International Glass Invitational Award Winners,” featuring pieces chosen by Shepard and fellow judges for the competition.

The third exhibit is “Light and Line: The Matrix Series of Brent Kee Young.” Young created the series of works by using glass rods to create intricate, lacy webs that look like they might fall apart under their own weight at any moment.

“They're absolutely beautiful,” Shepard says, calling “Light and Line” one of the most powerful solo shows the museum has had for the annual exhibition formerly known as “Summer of Glass.”

– Corey McMaken, The Journal Gazette