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Upcoming Exhibit

Lodestar

October 5 – November 2

Main Gallery

Sabrina Knowles & Jenny Pohlman

She Rises, Jenny Polhman and Sabrina Knowles, 2016 Himba Portrait Series

Opening Reception: October 5, 5-8pm

For 25 years, Pohlman and Knowles have collaborated to produce sculptural stories in glass that reflect lessons they learned from life and travels about healing, self-empowerment, compassion, strength, grace, and the power of the human spirit, particularly as relates to women. "Their intention is to create works that speak of our common humanity."

The Himba Portrait Series highlights the indigenous nomadic culture in Northern Namibia and Southern Angola. To create the portraits, the artists incorporate a screen-printing technique and fire glass enamels to make the image appear on the base of the glass sculpture. The narrative of the objects is derived from their impressions of the ancient culture and the magic of African life. 

"This particular (sculpture) series is all about the song, the voices of the indigenous," Pohlman said. "We've always believed that the West would do well to engage indigenous populations and learn what we've forgotten as we've stepped away from being an Earth-based culture." (Andrews, May 2016, Seattle Times)

About Pohlman & Knowles

Sabrina Knowles' and Jenny Pohlman's collaboration spans two decades. As seekers, they have undertaken six international two-month journeys to developing nations absorbing religious beliefs, political histories, current affairs, architecture, social structure and people's personal stories. After lengthy incubation they morph their experiences into sculptural stories to share what they have learned about healing, self-empowerment, compassion, strength, grace, and the power of the human spirit. Their intention is to create works that speak of our common humanity.

Knowles' and Pohlman's work has been featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Connor, Edmunds Museum, Larsen Museum in Yakima, and the Pratt Gallery at the Center on Contemporary Art. Their work has been included in group exhibitions at Allentown Art Museum, PA; Bellevue Arts Museum, WA; Coos Art Museum, OR, Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ; Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA; Muskegon Museum of Art, MI; Racine Art Museum, WI; and Tacoma Art Museum.

Their work is in the collections of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Mobile Museum of Art, Museum of American Glass, Museum of Glass, New Bedford Museum of Glass, Racine Art Museum and Tacoma Art Museum. Their work has been published in Glass, Metalsmith, New Glass Review and the Seattle Times, featured in and on the cover of American Style magazine, and published in several books on glass art.

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