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This month we continue our presentation of talented glass artists.

Nancy Callan brings us her distinctive glass swirls, ranging from the dramatic to the witty. Callan lives in the Pacific Northwest, and cites comic books and children's toys among her inspirations.

Dorothy Hafner specializes in large multi-layered fused glass panels set in stainless steel pedestals. Her brightly colored glass collages remind one of flattened landscapes viewed through the shimmer of the material.

Using a more subdued palette, Norwood Viviano makes mostly clear glass environments, much like citiscapes. Complex and detailed, they invite a closer look to see what they include and find out what secrets can be unearthed in these mysterious places.

Steven Weinberg calls his works cast optical crystals. They seem to begin with the cube and then evolve into sculptured forms in subtle tones. He states, "I manage to achieve harmony within a world that has spun out of control".

Shelley Muzylowski Allen specializes in hot scupted glass, which she uses to render creatures in various stages of repose and movement. She especially likes working with horses and unicorns. Be sure to watch the video on this site.

The work of Zoltan Bohus reminds me of the elegant pieces made by Harvey Littleton, one of the three founders of the Studio Glass Movement that began in the U.S. in the 1970's. There is a similar sense of formalism, classical style, as opposed, for example, to the sensuous work of Marvin Lipovsky and the exuberant forms of Dale Chihuly.

Eunsuh Choi gives us elaborately structured glass chambers with ever-so-complex intricacies. They almost seem too delicate to survive, occasionally floating in an indeterminate space, and full of grace.

Look next at the undulating forms of Toshio Iezumi. His pieces are often slender and tall, like willow branches dancing in a gentle breeze. Born in Japan, he is now a Professor at Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts.

By contrast, the pieces by Shayna Lieb seem to burst forth with perpetual energy, as though we have stumbled into an undersea chamber of sinuous waving forms. She calls them "Wind and Water", and it is easy to see why.

A different kind of energy can be found in the works of Mari Meszaro, whose human forms seem to be writhing in some sort of inner anguish. Meszaro lives in Hungary and has had an impressive number of exhibitions.

I want to conclude with the marvelously sensuous and organic forms made by the late Marvin Lipofsky. I once visited his studio in Berkeley and bought a piece from him. It gives me endless pleasure to this day. You will see in his work a world of mystery and magic enticing you to enter.

c. Corinne Whitaker 2017