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Weaver’s Welcome

Learn more about the "Weaver's Welcome" sculpture recently unveiled at the new Burke Museum in Seattle. 

The Preston Singletary Studio is excited to announce the installation of “Weaver’s Welcome” at the new Burke Museum, which opened in October 2019.

The “Weaver’s Welcome” sculpture was created by artists Brian Perry (Port Gamble S’Klallam), Anthony Jones (Port Gamble S'Klallam), Preston Singletary (Tlingit), and David Franklin. Created in cast glass and bronze, the sculpture represents the Salish traditions of weaving and respect for the knowledge of past generations.  This piece has elements that were also inspired by historical artifacts held within the Burke Museum collection.

Via artist Anthony Jones, “The ten foot tall human figure is designed in a classic Coast Salish style, reminiscent of historic welcome figures and interior longhouse posts found throughout the Salish Sea region.  The figure greets guests with raised hands and upward-facing palms, in a traditional Coast Salish sign of welcoming.  The relief carving incorporates classic Coast Salish design motifs using crescents and trigons.”

When planning for the sculpture the team noted that, “Our approach bridges the cultural diversity of the Northwest Coast. While our team is deeply versed in traditional knowledge and skills, each artist has applied these traditions to historic and contemporary mediums alike. Our team embraces a contemporary, architecturally integrated design approach rooted in a deep knowledge of traditional techniques”.


Weaver's Welcome
Burke Museum - Seattle, WA.
Cast glass and metal
125" x 42" x 24"

 

 

 

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Preston Singletary Studio News

Read about the latest updates from the Preston Singletary Studio

"Weaver's Welcome" at the Burke Museum

The Preston Singletary Studio is excited to announce the unveiling of a new sculpture titled “Weaver’s Welcome” at the new Burke Museum which opens on October 12th, 2019.

This piece was created by artists Brian Perry (Port Gamble S’Klallam), Anthony Jones (Port Gamble S'Klallam), Preston Singletary (Tlingit), and David Franklin. Created in glass and bronze, “Weavers Welcome” represents the Salish traditions of weaving and respect for the knowledge of past generations. The ten foot tall figure will combine Salish motifs with imagery found in historical objects in the Burke’s collection, including baskets and carved wooden objects.

Via the artists: “Our approach bridges the cultural diversity of the Northwest Coast. While our team is deeply versed in traditional knowledge and skills, each artist has applied these traditions to historic and contemporary mediums alike. Our team embraces a contemporary, architecturally integrated design approach rooted in a deep knowledge of traditional techniques”.

Be part of the dedication ceremony for the "Weaver's Welcome" on Monday October 14th at 11AM at the Burke Museum

 

 

“Visions in the Fire” Documentary 

Announcing "Visions in the Fire" an upcoming feature length documentary about Preston Singletary. To be released in 2020, "Visions in the Fire" explores the life and work of Tlingit glass artist Preston Singletary. The film follows Preston from his early search for identity through his ground breaking exhibition at the Museum of Glass while also focusing on the story arc of his return to his Native roots in Alaska. It highlights his inspiration and creative collaborations foregrounded against a history of the Tlingit people and the challenges they have faced including loss of culture, the tragic policies of colonialism and a lack of representation for Native Artists in the broader art world.


As Preston explains, “My work with glass transforms the notion that Native artists are only best when traditional materials are used. It has helped advocate on the behalf of all indigenous people — affirming that we are still here — that we are declaring who we are through our art in connection to our culture.” Join Preston Singletary and Heartstone Studios for a special fundraiser on October 20th, 2019 at the Preston Singletary Studio. 

 

 

Preston Singletary & Raven Skyriver Exhibition

Don't miss this new exhibition at the Stonington Gallery opening on Thursday Oct. 3rd. 2019 featuring works by Raven Skyriver and Preston Singletary. Via Stonington: "These two artists share a number of commonalities: they are both glass maestros with Tlingit heritage who are based in Washington. However, their artwork is excitingly different, as they explore the environment and culture of the Northwest Coast from varied angles".

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Raven and the Box of Daylight: Wichita Art Museum

Visit the Wichita Art Museum for the opening of "Raven and the Box of Daylight", opening February 2020. 

Raven and the Box of Daylight
Wichita Art Museum
Opens February 1st and on view through August 30th, 2020
 

Visit the Wichita Art Museum for the opening of "Raven and the Box of Daylight", the unique solo traveling exhibition by Preston Singletary and organized by the Museum of Glass, which tells the Tlingit origin story of Raven and his transformation of the world—bringing light to people via the stars, moon, and sun. Raven leads visitors on a fantastical journey through the transformation of darkness into light.

The story unfolds as visitors move through the exhibition’s four environments, while listening to recordings of storytellers paired with layers of original music and coastal Pacific Northwest soundscapes. Singletary’s art creates a theatrical atmosphere in which his striking glass pieces enhance the narrative of Raven and the Box of Daylight.

Additonal venues include the National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian, Washington, DC. Fall 2020 and the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA. Fall 2021. Read more about the story behind Raven and the Box of Daylight in this article by The Seattle Times: "There are Many Versions of the Tlingit ‘Raven’ Story, but its Truth and Hopeful Message are Universal".

 

 

Raven and the Box of Daylight - Lead crystal, 37.5" x 9.75" x 6"

 

 

Box of Daylight - Kiln cast and sand carved glass, 16.5" x 35.75" x 14.75"

 

 

Nass River with Canoe, Salmon and Paddles - Blown, kiln cast and sand carved glass

 

 

Preston Singletary at the "Raven and the Box of Daylight" Exhibition

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See Raven and the Box of Daylight Before it Leaves the Museum of Glass

Catch the "Raven and the Box of Daylight Exhibit" Before it Leaves the Museum of Glass. 

Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight
On view at the Museum of Glass until September 2nd, 2019

 

There are only a few weeks left to visit the Museum of Glass for the “Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight” traveling exhibition before it closes. This dynamic exhibit tells the Tlingit story of Raven and his transformation of the world—bringing light to people via the stars, moon, and sun.

This traveling exhibition features a unique combination of artwork, storytelling, and encounter, where the Tlingit story unfolds during the visitor’s experience.

Raven and the Box of Daylight is currently on view at the Museum of Glass until September 2nd, 2019 and will then travel to the Wichita Art Museum with the exhibit opening in February 2020. 

Read more about the story behind Raven and the Box of Daylight in this article by The Seattle Times: There are Many Versions of the Tlingit ‘Raven’ Story, but its Truth and Hopeful Message are Universal:

“The story of “Raven and the Box of Daylight” contains messages and symbolism of hope, forgiveness, tolerance, love and sacrifice — messages and symbolism that encourage humans to be kinder toward each other.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Preston Singletary at Blue Rain Gallery

See a new collection of blown glass art by Preston Singletary and collaborative pieces with Preston Singletary and Harlan Reano debuting at Blue Rain Gallery in August. 

Join Preston Singletary at Blue Rain Gallery for two entirely new collections of art, the first featuring collaborative works with the artist Harlan Reano and an additional collection of new blown glass pieces by Preston Singletary.

See both exhibitions at Blue Rain Gallery August 16th – 31st, 2019.


Synergy: A Collaboration in Glass
Preston Singletary & Harlan Reano

New Glass Sculptures
Preston Singletary

Join Preston Singletary for the Artist Reception on Friday August 16th, 2019 from 5 – 8:00PM.

 

Raven Rattle
Preston Singletary
Blown and sand carved glass
26.5” x 12” x 8.5”

 

Killer Whale Modernist
Preston Singletary
Blown and sand carved glass
22.5” x 20.5” x 4”

 

Spinning in the Air
Preston Singletary
Blown and sand carved glass
38” x 19” x 7”

 

Wildflower Vase
Preston Singletary & Harlan Reano
Blown and sand carved glass
12.5” x 14” x 9”

 

Starline
Preston Singletary & Harlan Reano
Blown and sand carved glass
10” x 11” x 11”

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