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Exploring the Artistry of Glass: Arts Council to Host "From A Grain of Sand"

Exploring the Artistry of Glass: Arts Council to Host "From A Grain of Sand"

Exhibition features Stained-Glass Artist Michael Isley


Winston-Salem, NC (April 23, 2024) -- Arts Council is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, "From A Grain of Sand," featuring the exquisite stained-glass creations of local artist, Michael Isley. Set against the backdrop of the Main Gallery at Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, this captivating showcase will run from May 3rd to July 1st, 2024, kicking off with an opening reception on Friday, May 3rd from 5-7 pm.


"From A Grain of Sand" is more than just an exhibition; it's an immersive journey into the intricate world of stained-glass artistry. Through his masterful craftsmanship, Michael Isley delves deep into the rich history and alchemical processes that transform humble sand into breathtaking works of art. Drawing inspiration from ancient civilizations to modern-day innovations, Isley's collection invites viewers to ponder the raw essence of glass - its birth from the earth's sands.


The art of glassmaking traces back over 3,500 years to the ingenious artisans of Mesopotamia and Egypt, who shaped and molded this translucent medium into both practical objects and awe-inspiring masterpieces. Today, modern glassmakers continue this legacy, blending sand (silica), soda ash, limestone, and an array of chemical compounds to orchestrate a symphony of hues and textures that adorn Isley's stained-glass marvels.


"My passion lies in the realm of abstract and mosaic designs," shares Michael Isley, reflecting on his artistic journey.

The exhibition promises a kaleidoscopic array of colors, textures, and forms, showcasing the boundless creativity achievable through stained-glass artistry.


Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County is the chief advocate of the arts and cultural sector in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Arts Council’s goal is to serve as a leader in lifting up, creating awareness and providing support to grow and sustain the arts and cultural offerings throughout our region, ultimately bringing our community together and making a great place to live, work, and play.




For more information, please contact:

Shannon Stokes

Vice President of Strategy and Community Impact



Katie Hall

Chief Marketing Officer and VP, Development

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