2018 Glassfest Featured Artist Stroll

Join us at GlassFest on May 24th, at 8:30 PM for our Featured Artist Stroll & Reception.  Locations include Gustin’s Gallery, 71 E. Market St, West End Gallery, 12 W. Market St, 36 E. Market St and The Arts Council, 79 W. Market St.

Throughout the weekend visit featured storefronts listed above to view the artwork from featured artist Mavin Ambrose, Stephen Brucker, Fred Herbst, Chrissy Lapham, Jessie Moore, Matthew Mroz, Amy Ruza, Gwen Quigley, Tony Moretti, and Aric Snee.



Featured Artist's Bios:

Mavin Ambrose– Mavin grew up in Short Hills, New Jersey, attended Elmira Colleg and graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA.  She has exhibited in North Carolina, Ohio, New York City, Binghamton, Buffalo, Elmira and Corning, NY.  She has experimented with mixed media, primarily focusing on overlaying silk images.  Recently she has studied figurative ceramic hand building, studying at Santa Fe Clay, Corning Community College and 171 Cedar Arts Center, learning a variety of firing processes in electric kilns and Raku firing.  She has been experimenting with accenting her figurative clay surfaces with underglazes and found objects, ink drawings, and acrylic painting.  More of Mavins work can be seen on her website at www.mavinambrose.com.  Mavin on participating in GlassFest 2018, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to present my ceramic artwork as part of the GlassFest Exhibition.  Born out of the fire of imagination, my ceramic artwork, like glassworks, is finished in the heat of flames and solidified in the perception of each individual viewer.”

Jessi Moore-Jessi is an artist based in Corning, New York.  Her current body of work uses surface, color, and light to create and capture quiet moments of observation and reflection.

Fred Herbst- Fred is currently a Professor of Art and Chair of the Humanities Department at Corning Community College.  He has exhibited his ceramics in a variety of venues across the USA and has presented numerous lectures including at the Ceramics Program at Harvard University, the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts, and tow international wood-fired ceramics conferences.  Working with the Corning Museum of Glass, he developed a unique wood-fired kiln that allows for blowing glass and firing ceramics simultaneously.

Stephen Brucker-Stephen is a glass artist who operates his studio in Camillus, New York.  In addition, Stephen is a Flameworking instructor and the Manager of Special Projects at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass.  Brucker’s borosilicate glass sculptures are centered on the expression of form and structure found in nature.  Fragility, transparency, and impermanence are core conceptual topics that Brucker explores in each of his sculptures.

Chrissy Lapham – With a BFA degree from Alfred University, in 2005 Chrissy began her career as a glass artist in Corning, NY.  Her passion to create led her to experiment with many art mediums, but it was the challenging and rewarding nature of working with molten glass that intrigued her most.  Chrissy appreciates the versatility of glass as a material and it’s ability to embrace properties such as light, air, and movement.   “I am proud to be represented as a featured artist during GlassFest, honoring the rich history and craftsmanship of glassmaking in Corning, NY.  I am happy to display my work and contribute to the glass community, which continues to thrive and redefine glass as an art form.”

Matthew Mroz – Matthew was born and raised in Scranton PA. He studied Glass and Sculpture at Keystone College and RIT. He currently works as an artist in the Scranton area and at Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer MN.

Amy Ruza, Gwen Quigley, & Tony Moretti – Amy has a fine arts degree from Alfred University with a concentration in glass and ceramics. Amy worked as a glassblower and taught workshops at The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass. She has also worked at The ARTS Council. Tony Moretti has been a sculptor for the past twenty years. He has created works in metal, stone, wood, wax, and other natural materials. He has taught art programs at arts centers, public schools, and youth centers. Gwen has been teaching and working with youth for the past fifteen years. She has organized and taught workshops at public schools, art centers, nursing homes, and summer camps. Gwen is a sculptor and weaver, creating works using a range of materials and sizes, including large scale theater props.

Aric Snee – Throughout the past 12 years Aric has been connected to Corning, NY. Whether it was working for Steuben Glass, the Hot Glass Show, or being a resident artist at The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass and exhibiting work with The ARTS Council; Corning has been a supportive positive force in his life.