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Main Gallery Exhibition

by Michael Isley
May 3 - June 30, 2024

FROM A GRAIN OF SAND is more than just an exhibition; it’s an immersive journey into the intricate world of stainedglass 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.

“My passion lies in the realm of abstract and mosaic designs,” shares Michael Isley, reflecting on his artistic journey. Isley began his relationship with stained-glass while a student at Sawtooth School for Visual Art. He finds the extensive process of creating a design, choosing colors, cutting, grinding, and soldering the glass to be very rewarding

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.

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This exhibition is presented by Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County.

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 it a great place to live, work and play.

View the Exhibition
May 3 - June 30, 2024

Monday - Friday: 9am-9pm

Saturdays: 9am-4pm

Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 5-7pm

251 N. Spruce Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Free + Open to the Public

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