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June 19, 2014

Gaslight Art Colony to present Larkfield Glass exhibit

Gaslight Art Colony will present the artwork of Larkfield Glass at an artist’s reception from 6 to 9 p.m. CDT. The exhibit will run through July 12 at the gallery, 516 Archer Ave., Marshall, Ill.

Larkfield Glass is the studio of Randy and Joy Turner, located in the farmland near Paris, Ill. Randy is the glassblower; Joy assists, helps run the business and fosters the dream.

Randy began blowing glass more than 25 years ago, at a small arts and crafts facility in Stillwater, Okla., where he and Joy were students at Oklahoma State University. This workshop was subsidized by the Parks and Recreation division of the small town. Randy was hooked on the magic and endless possibilities of glass as an artistic medium. This was a new experience for a chemistry graduate student.

In the years since then, opportunities to blow glass were occasional and precious: either trading labor for studio time, or taking more classes, as possible. The dream of a studio of their own grew in those years but could not be realized until late 2007.

With the freedom of creating in his own studio, Randy’s work has produced an explosion of color and form, with unique creations. He continues to experiment with combinations of colors and shapes. His glass forms include paperweights, Christmas ornaments, candy dishes, vases, plates, wall pieces, fish and large statement wall pieces. Randy also welcomes commissions, as a chance to try something new.

Larkfield Glass studio is open by appointment and on advertised Open House Days. Call at 217-463-4950 or 217-251-1987 to arrange a visit, or contact them on their Facebook page.

Gaslight Art Colony is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the arts through exhibitions, classes and workshops. Learn more at www.gaslightartcolony.com or on Facebook, or by contacting them at gaslightartcolony@gmail.com or 217-808-2115.

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