Fine Art Gallery showing cast glass sculpture and murrini blown glass made on site in Door County. Classes and demonstrations available. Prices start at $240.
Jeremy Popelka Sculpture
Jeremy Popelka has been casting hot glass since 1981. His work is in many museums and collections, and he teaches glass technique internationally. Please call or email to see more work.
Permanent Collection, Museum of Wisconsin Art
Permanent Collection, Museum of Wisconsin Art
Thaw, Blown Glass & Wood, 40" x 9 x 9"
Stephanie Trenchard Glass Casting
Stephanie Trenchard (site) enlists collective imagery to tell narratives and biographies in her cast glass sculptures and oil paintings, most often focusing on women artists. She is especially interested in how motherhood and partnership has effected their careers, and has created her own language of imagery and symbols that become totems, reappearing in many of her pieces.
Trenchard's process is to sculpt and paint objects in glass that tell illusory narratives. The sculpted pieces are encased in sand cast glass forms. The cast pieces are assembled in different sections, often stacked or nestled together and, on occasion, can be reconfigured. A successful work speaks to the viewer as if in an intimate conversation.
Trenchard has worked as a professional artist for over 30 years. She holds a BFA from Illinois State University. She works in a multitude of mediums including glass and oil painting. Along with her husband, artist Jeremy Popelka, Trenchard has owned and operated a working glass studio and small gallery since 1997, while continuing to create and show work nationally. She has taught workshops and classes at: Pratt Fine Art Center (Seattle 2010), University of Wisconsin, (Madison, 2009 & Stevens Point, 2014). She completed a residency at Ragdale, (Illinois 2010). Prizes include: Margaret Rahill Memorial Award (2014) & Best of Show Uptown Arts Fair, (MN 2000)
5 Coated Women
2018, Sandcast Glass with Painted Glass Inclusions, Approximately 19" x 4.5" x 4" Each
NATURE MORTE SUR LES TETES
Two Part Sand Cast Glass with Inclusions, 11 x 10 1/2 x 4 1/2”
Sand Cast Glass with Inclusions, 18.5 x 16.5 x 4.5"
This piece is called Tertiary Color—a reference to the third tier of the color wheel where colors are more nuanced. It brings into view the names and work of 3 American women artists who are generally not the most visible in art history.
Alice Neel (1900-1984) was a visual artist known for oil painting and her portraits depicting friends, family, lovers, poets, artists and strangers. She had a tumultuous personal life as she struggled to pursue her art and balance motherhood. Her brave self-portrait is a nude she did of herself in her 80’s— showing her own body in a natural way without any sort of flattering embellishment or positioning.
Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944) was a surrealist painter from the 1920s. Largely unknown, she was the only contemporary woman artist among the early 20th century artists that I recall studying in art history. This is my second piece to reference Stettheimer and my interest in her continues to grow.
Elaine de Kooning (1918-1989) was an Abstract Expressionist and Figurative Expressionist painterin the post-World War II era. Frequently overshadowed by her more famous husband, she carved out a space for women artists in a period when women were viewed as accessories to their male counterparts. I deeply admire her self-portraits.
2018 Assembled Sand Cast Glass, 21.5” x 21” x 4.5”
Florine Stettheimer was an American surrealist artist in the early twentieth century. In the center is Stettheimer’s self-portrait—based on Manet’s Olympia—which in turn was inspired by Titian’s Venus of Urbino. Stettheimer courageously paints her nude self portrait looking directly at the viewer much as men in the past, Manet and Titian, painted women as the object. She has made herself the subject.
Finally, it is also a self-portrait, as if I were an artist in the 1920’s.
Motherhood Trinity: Portrait of Alice Neel, Sand Cast Glass, 18"x18"x4"
To whom was she more present: the daughter that was taken from her or the son she raised?
Vanessa and Virginia, 43" x 11" x 6" Sand Cast Glass
Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell think about what might have been.
Bird House, Sand Cast Glass, 15" x 15.5" x 4" (sold)
Trenchard, Birdhouse, 14 x 14" Sand Cast Glass with Inclusions, 2014
Looking Back- In progress
Handblown murrini glass
Jeremy Popelka blows fine vessels in the venetian style of murrini glass. Please call for prices and availability.
Through the use of color and pattern Trenchard establishes a sense of place and creates landscapes through color.