“Wild and Gorgeous Glass and Gourds” April 15 – May 14

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Glass Works by Melody McConaughy & Gourds by Shelly Fletcher and Diane Rogers
In the ‘Tis Mezzanine Gallery
April 15 – May 14
Reception with the Artists
April 26th 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Melody McConaughy

I have been involved in exploring and recycling most of my life. 48 years ago my husband was stationed at George air force base in Victorville, CA.  I was always amazed by the desert and isolated areas. Even back then, we would take adventures out into the desert and find old abandoned homes and interesting rusted items. We still have many of these items in our home today.  I am fascinated by the fact that people could live such extreme lives and survive. I have the upmost respect for pioneer women.

During my educational positions, I was a principal in Lone Pine, CA.  Lone Pine is in the Eastern Sierras at the base of Mt Whitney. Very beautiful and very isolated.

My friends and I would go out on weekends to find very interesting, abandoned treasures. Many were survival items and just left behind. The one near and dear to my heart was a small copper hair barrette. I thought up many stories about that barrette. It inspired me to keep the past and the west alive, by creating my Guardian Series, which included wood from old houses and rusted found objects, many from the old Williams dump.

From there, I transitioned from rust to glass using old glass bottles to make recycled meditation chains. I also began working with discarded glass scraps from area glass blowers where the glass is  given new life by refusing it and  incorporating into found object sculptures crowned with found object finials.

Several of my collectors have their pieces in a window and have commented on how much joy it gives them every morning seeing the combination colors just brightens their day.

Shelley Rogers Fletcher and Diane Rogers

4th generation Arizonans Shelley Rogers Fletcher and Diane Rogers are sisters and partners in their gourd business, R 2 Designs.  They are from a farming and ranching family and R2 was their father’s brand. Their gourd art includes the use of many types of weaving fibers, carving, inlay and wood burning. In recent years Diane has also incorporated her quilting skills by adding quilted backgrounds to many of her gourd pieces.  They love the nature of gourds and generally use stains and dyes which enhance rather than cover the natural markings of each gourd.  Using a natural material is exciting and challenging and makes each piece different as they use the individual shape, texture and colors of each gourd.