Visiting Artists Schedule

We have an outstanding lineup of some of the art world’s finest glass artists.  Four of these artists will spend 3 days at our center.  Thursday night will be a Private Dinner to meet the artist and Preview of our Gallery Exhibit.  Friday will be a Gallery Opening featuring some of the artist’s work and Saturday will be a Public Demonstration by the artist.  We also have another special One-Day Demonstration by another renowned artist for the Art Synergy Lake Worth Art Walk.  We want to give a Special Thanks to our benefactress, Bonnie Osher who has
underwritten our entire ‘Visiting Artist’
Programming for 2017!


January 5 - 7, 2017:   John Miller

  • Thursday, the 5th:  Private Dinner 6 - 9pm
  • Friday, the 6th:  Gallery Opening 6 - 8pm
  • Saturday, the 7th:  Public Demo 2 - 5pm

john miller compositeJohn Miller began working with glass in 1987 in the undergraduate program at Southern Connecticut State University, (SCSU) in New Haven, Connecticut. A decade later he earned an MFA in Sculpture at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. From 1993 to the present, he has been a staff member at Pilchuck Glass School in many different capacities, as a technician, coordinator, gaffer and instructor. Miller exhibits internationally and frequently tours the country lecturing and demonstrating with hot glass.

He has shown work at Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI, William Traver Gallery, Seattle WA, and at Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art (SOFA) in Chicago, among others. Miller has work in permanent collections across the country and internationally: Glazen Huis, Lommel, Belguim, Museum of Arts and Design, NY; Chysler Museum of  Art, Norfolk, VA; Mobile Museum of Art, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School.


Art Synergy: January 21, 2017 1pm - 5pm
One Day Only: Rick Eggert

art synergyThis is a fun-filled art-walk around the City of Lake Worth.  Aided by buses that will take patrons to eight art venues to view lots of art exhibits and creative art demonstrations.  Pick-up will begin at 1pm at the Benzaiten Center with last drop off at 6pm.  Benzaiten’s Creative Director, Rick Eggert will be conducting several glass-blowing demos throughout the day.   Raffle prizes will go to those who visit all 8 stops on the tour.


February 23-25, 2017: Julia and Robin Rogers

  • Thursday, the 23rd:  Private Dinner 6 - 9pm
  • Friday, the 24th:  Gallery Opening 6 - 8pm
  • Saturday, the 25th:  Public Demo 2 - 5pm

rogers compositeIn a small hot glass studio in Western Montana in 2001, the paths of Julia (Boriss) and Robin Rogers intersected and eventually merged. At this shop, called Cloud Cap Glass, their friendship grew and their glass practices began to overlap. They both became part owners of the studio and worked together, operating the small business and creating glass works.
 
In pursuit of Master of Fine Art degrees, the couple decided to leave their beloved Montana in 2005. They re-envisioned their glass studio and created a trailer-mounted portable shop. With their tools, dogs and one year old son packed up, they set out for Southern Illinois. For professional opportunities, the glassy family has lived in Carbondale, Illinois; Bowling Green, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; and Norfolk, Virginia.
 
In 2010, after nearly ten years of working together and assisting with each other's work, the duo decided to start creating arwork collaboratively. In these bodies of work, every step of the process, from conception to installing, is completed by both artists. This method of working has led to the creation of artwork that Julia and Robin are excited to make and proud to exhibit. Through the synergy of this collaboration, the whole is much greater than the sum of the parts.


March 16-18, 2017: Rob Stern

  • Thursday, the 16th:  Private Dinner 6 - 9pm
  • Friday, the 17th:  Gallery Opening 6 - 8pm
  • Saturday, the 18th:  Public Demo 2 - 5pm

stern compositeAfter attending San Francisco State University where he studied art and discovered glass making, he worked as an apprentice at John Lewis Glass for five years.  He toured European glass factories and then returned to begin studies at world renowned Pilchuck Glass School.  In 1992, after working as a teaching assistant for Czeck master, Petr Novotny, Rob was invited to work in the Ajeto Glass Factory in the Czech Republic, which turned into a long term working relationship.  From 1997-2003 Rob taught glassmaking at the University of Miami, FL.  Rob now co-teaches with many artist/masters at schools worldwide and frequently travels abroad to make his work.  

“I consider myself to be very fortunate to have traveled, studied, and lived in many places where glass is made by masters.  I have experienced many cultures, techniques, and the people that I’ve met have greatly influenced me.  I draw my inspiration from this, from music and from mostly everything I see in nature.  Working as a glass artist has enabled me to view the world as fluid, reflective, and full of light.”


April 27-29, 2017: Robert Mickelsen

  • Thursday, the 27th:  Private Dinner 6 - 9pm
  • Friday, the 28th:  Gallery Opening 6 - 8pm
  • Saturday, the 29th:  Public Demo 2 - 5pm

mickelsen compositeBorn in 1951 in Fort Belvoir , Virginia and raised in Honolulu , Hawaii , Robert's formal education ended after one year of college. He apprenticed with a professional lampworker for two years in the mid-seventies and then sold his own designs at outdoor craft fairs for ten years. In 1987 he took a class from Paul Stankard that opened his eyes to the possibilities of his medium. In 1989, he stopped doing craft shows and began marketing his work exclusively through galleries. Since then, his career has taken off. He shows his work in some of the finest galleries in the country and participates in prominent exhibitions each year. His work is exhibited in many prominent collections including the Renwick Gallery of American Crafts at the Smithsonian Institution, the Corning Museum of Glass, The Toledo Museum of Art, The Museum of Arts and Design, The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Mint Museum, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and The Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village.

He has taught extensively at the major glass schools including the Pilchuck Glass School , Penland School of Crafts, The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, and The Pittsburgh Glass Center. He has filmed and produced two videos on his flameworking process, and he has designed and maintains an elaborate web page dedicated to his own work and the galleries that represent him (www.mickelsenstudios.com). He has published numerous technical and historical articles on flameworked glass. He served for six years on the board of directors of the Glass Art Society and was their treasurer and vice-president.