“Fire from the Mountain: Glass and Steel” Opens Sept. 6 at Methodist University

Kate Vogel fell in love long ago with the artistic possibilities that can result from working with the simple materials of glass and metal. She believes those who attend the exhibit “Fire from the Mountain: Glass and Steel” will feel the same.

“As you view the show you will see how each artist has harnessed the properties of glass or metal to create works of personal expression,’’ she said. “Hopefully, you will find a connection to a piece and see the beauty the artists reveal that is contained in each material.”

“Fire from the Mountain” opens Sept. 6 and will run through Nov. 10 at the David McCune International Art Gallery on the Methodist University campus. An opening reception is scheduled Sept. 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission to the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.

Fire on the Mountain presents the works of 10 artists from western North Carolina, each of whom expresses a unique voice and approach to working in glass or steel or both. Among the works included in the exhibit are Shane Fero’s colorful flock of glass birds, a pair of high heels forged from steel by blacksmith Elizabeth Brim, the glass and steel collaborative works of Vogel and her husband John Littleton, and Rick Beck’s large-scale cast glass sculptures.

All of the artists have ties to Penland School of Craft in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, where they have been residents, students, or teachers.

“The school and surrounding community of artists have created a place that supports and nurtures the creative fire,” Vogel said. “It is through this community that I have come to know and admire the artists in this show. They are masters of their material and some of the top in their field.”

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