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Spirited featuring Rick Schneider and Micah Evans
March 1, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - May 23, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
“Spirited” celebrates the eternal coupling of glass and Kentucky’s favorite adult beverage.
The show at Flame Run Glass Studio and Gallery March 1 through May 23 features the whiskey-inspired work of four artists including Rick Schneider who is also a craft distiller. Schneider proposed a show that brought his two passions together when he learned that the American Distilling Institute was holding its annual conference in Louisville.
Glass and whiskey have an enduring bond, Schneider said. “You buy your whiskey in glass. You drink your whiskey in glass. I thought ‘We should put them together in a show and have artists make glasses for whiskey.’ ”
Schneider said he’s making glass replicas of stills (used in the whiskey-making process) and several large-scale whiskey bottles with images from prohibition and the distilling industry. The whiskey bottles are a collaboration of Schneider and Nikki Vahle, a printmaker who is also his wife. Schneider runs the art glass program at Anoka Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, a suburb of Minneapolis. The show will also include the work of Micah Evans, from North Carolina, Pat Frost, Bloomington, Ill., Nadine Saylor of Illinois, and D.H. McNabb, who works at Flame Run.
Flame Run will host an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 31, and Schneider will do a demonstration at 6:30 p.m.
More information on the National Distillers conference can be found here