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“Spirited” Whiskey-Inspired Exhibition
March 1, 2015 @ 11:00 am - May 23, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
“Spirited” at Flame Run will celebrate whiskey-inspired glass art while more than 1,200 craft distillers gather in Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — “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.
Flame Run was happy to help. The gallery makes a limited edition of mint julep glasses included in gift bags for high rollers who watch the Derby in the track’s luxury section, The Mansion at Churchill Downs.
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., and D.H. McNabb, who works at Flame Run.
Nashville-based singer and songwriter Don Pedigo, who is on tour promoting his new album “The Cross Eyed Sessions,” will perform at the opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 31, and Schneider will do a demonstration at 6:30 p.m.
About 1,200 craft distillers are expected to attend the 2015 Annual Sprits Conference American Distillers — billed as the world’s largest craft distilling event — at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville March 30 through April 2. Kentucky’s distillery business is booming with the number of distilleries tripling in the last two years. About 95 percent of the world’s bourbon is made in Kentucky.