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Alumnae works featured in four-artist show

Nadine Saylor, AU Class of 2007, and Lisa Demagall ’11 are both showing new works in “Breaking Through: Moving 4ward” at the Hodge Gallery, Pittsburgh Glass Center. Nadine and Lisa are participating in a four-artist exhibit running through July 20, 2014. The artists were featured in an article by Kurt Shaw which ran in the online version of the Pittsburgh Tribune May 10.

Nadine, who teaches glassmaking at Harrisburg (PA) Area Community College, references the natural world with her piece “Hg,” which is a continuation of an earlier work she created for her graduate thesis show at AU. This new work is comprised of dozens of large, mirrored droplets and is based on a memory she has of seeing a mercury thermometer explode when she was a young girl.

“My work is very experiential. I enjoy engaging the viewer’s interactions with my work,” she says, which was accomplished with yet another work she is showing, “Illusion of Ordinary Life,” an internally lit “carousel” depicting images of horses and a beggar woman symbolizing the journey of life and its cycles; the piece drew quite a bit of viewer response during the exhibit opening.

A work by Lisa – “Without …”- also drew a lot of attention at the opening. This life-size chair sculpted out of a latticework of flame-sculpted borosilicate glass rods was inspired by a visit to a barn in Allegany County (home county to AU) where she purchased a decaying rocking chair.

“Using the original chair as a pattern, I re-created it in glass, giving the chair the same fragility as a human life, and the certainty of decay,” explained Lisa, an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.


Hodge Gallery is open Tuesdays-Thursdays from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Fridays-Sundays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free.