The Peninsula Glass Guild

Annual Juried Show

Alice Rogan-Nelson, Dream Walker

The Peninsula Glass Guild is a non-profit organization established in 1986 to promote quality art glass in the community, and to provide a forum for glass artists to gather together for educational and support purposes. While based in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia (Hampton, Newport News, etc.) the group now has over 50 members located throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Membership includes both professional and non-professional glass artists working in a variety of glass techniques.

Each year the Guild presents an annual juried show to highlight the members efforts over the past year. In addition, , the Guild creates a large piece of art glass and donates it for display in a public place. This piece is funded by the Guild and by donations, group-constructed, and ultimately installed for the public to enjoy. Among the locations where these pieces have been installed are the Newport News SPCA, the Virginia Living Museum, the Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, the Yorktown Victory Center, The Virginia Medical Center, the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton, and Shelton on the Bay in Phoebus.

The annual juried show is held during the December to January period. This year's show was juried by Deborah McLeod, currator for the Hand Workshop Art Center in Richmond, Virginia. For nine years McLeod was chief curator at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News, Virginia. She received degrees in art history and art management from Mary Baldwin College, studied craft and sculpture at the Institute Allende in Mexico, and studied design at Bennett College in New York.

This years annual show ran from December 6, 1996 to January 12, 1997 at the Charles H. Taylor Arts Center in Hampton Virginia. The show was open to members and others and features work created in the past year. A wide variety of glass techniques was on display. Pieces accepted into this year's show included works of stained glass, cast glass, blown glass, torch worked, painted, fused, fired, cold worked, and others.

Besides the juried show, the Best in Show winner from the previous year's show is produces a one person show at the next year's show. Last year's winner Alice Rogan-Nelson exhibited her work in the Armstrong Gallery at the Charles H. Taylor Arts Center. The show was entitled Dream Walker and ran through January 12, 1997.

Annual Juried Show Awards

Best in Show Herland Ortiz

Second Place Jude Schlotzhauer

Third Place Richard Nelson

Awards of Excellence