Bender Gallery, representing artists from around the world, is Asheville's only international fine art and sculpture gallery. Exhibiting some of today's most relevant and sought after artists we also exhibit work by emeging artists creating innovative new work. While the main focus of Bender Gallery is sculpture using glass in its creation we also represent notable painters and sculptors of other mediums. We are located in the heart of downtown Asheville, NC.
"Throughout art history artists have studied the work of the masters who came before. Raphael drew from Michelangelo. Van Gogh painted from Rembrandt and Delacroix. Picasso referenced Rubens and Velasquez. The tradition of paying homage through studies of masterpieces served as a tool not only to honor the original work but to become the student of the master as well. In focusing intently on a revered artwork- perhaps choosing a mere segment to study- one becomes intimately involved, even lost within the piece. The journey of revisiting an image perhaps centuries old and with a different material brings new life to a beloved visage or composition and a fresh way of experiencing it. Exchanging paint with tiny glass dots allows the viewer's eye to become the palette. The visual mixing of colors thus embraces Seurat and the Pointillists in addition to the great artists of other eras to whom I pay tribute and from which my pieces are inspired."
- Veruska Vagen
An Interchange and Exchange of the Many Facets of Making a Living in the Field will be held in Asheville, NC May 18-21, 2016. It is a new conference event for SNAG, offering the opportunity for people to come together, learn, and broaden their horizons.
May 18 - July 31
Opening Reception May 19, 6 - 10pm
"International Jewelry: 12 Voices", Curated by Donald Friedlich
Andy Cooperman - Seattle, WA | Ramon Puig Cuyas - Barcelona, Spain | Donna D’Aquino - Bethel, ME
Donald Freidlich - Madison, WI | Kristina Logan - Portsmouth, NH | Paolo Marcolongo - Padua, Italy | Biba Schutz - NY, NY | Jiri Sibor - Brno, Czech Republic| Demi Thomloudis - Kent, OH | Lauren Tickle - Brooklyn, NY | Blanche Tilden - Melbourne, Australia | Julia Turner - San Francisco, CA