By: Carrie Heath, April 14, 2023
The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center is pleased to announce an opening reception for a new Atrium Gallery exhibit for May 2023. “Kilnformed Colors of Nature” will be an exhibit of fused glass pieces by Kathleen Schnell of Wellsboro. It will be on display in the Main Gallery from May 6-28. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 6 th from 2-4PM. Light refreshments will be served at the reception, which is free and open to the public. Guests will have a chance to speak with both Kathleen and the Main Gallery artists about their inspirations and techniques. They will give an artist’s talk at 3PM.
Kathleen Schnell is mainly self-taught. Kathleen created stained glass for twenty years and in transitioning to fused glass she took classes at Cape Coral Art Studio in Florida. She now has 40 plus years of working with glass and hand makes many of the elements that she uses in her pieces at her home studio. Just outside of Wellsboro in the Pennsylvania countryside, Kathleen creates art and offers classes in a rustic cottage that she calls “Cottage Glassworks.”
Kathleen is known for 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional pieces that often incorporate vitrigraph in the fused glass. Forms and colors in nature are her inspiration. Her works
range from abstract to realistic. Kilnformed glass can be artwork (for display) or functional pieces (bowls, plates, etc.). It can have multiple layers, it can have gaps with no glass, it can “go outside the edges,” it can be dimensional, and there are numerous ways to create a desired effect. Kathleen is a juried artist with several organizations in
the area, and has shown her glasswork in numerous locations. She won an Award of Excellence at “Art in The Wilds Fine Art Show” (Kane, PA).
The Gmeiner is open from 12-6PM Tuesdays through Sundays and is located at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro behind the Green Free Library. Admission to the gallery is
free. For further information contact Carrie at570-724-1917 or [email protected].
Writing: Carrie Heath and Kathleen Schnell
Photos: Kathleen Schnell