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Schomberg Village Street Gallery 2011

September 17-18, 10:00am – 5:00pm.  An Arts Society King event.

Come to our 3rd annual juried open-air Fine Art Show & Sale along Schomberg’s historic Main Street! (I’m Co-Chair along with fellow artist Tom Wray).

King Township has one of the highest per capita populations of artists in Ontario, and Schomberg is where they gather! Come and meet them.

This show celebrates local AND regional artists across media including oil, acrylic, glass, photography, jewellery and intaglio. Styles range from traditional to contemporary to abstract.

Schomberg’s eclectic Main Street has proven itself an ideal outdoor setting to explore and buy great, original art for any setting. Main boasts one of King Township’s best restaurants and several eateries, pubs, gourmet coffee shop and decorator stores.

Schomberg Village Street Gallery 2011 AdMany other local events are happening in town – see Schomberg.ca for more – but be careful – you might just “Fall In Love With Schomberg!”

Have a look at this year’s artists at SVSG.ca.

It’s worth the drive to Highways 9 and 27 – only 45 minutes north of downtown Toronto on this early Fall weekend! VISA and MasterCard accepted.

See you there!

Two Solitudes: Tahedl-Locke Collaborative Sculpture

(2011)

I’ve been most privileged to be paired with renowned King artist Ernestine Tahedl (RCA, OSA) in a collaborative programme created by the OSA and the Woodstock Gallery, called “pARTners”.

Ernestine has long been an active,  strong supporter of the arts. She has quite an artistic history and a stunning portfolio of works, including stained glass and acrylic paintings. You can see more on her and her work here:

Ernestine Tahedl Web Site

Ernestine Tahedl at Trias Gallery

Her early involvement with stained glass comes full-circle as she is now experimenting in fused glass with me, techniques that were largely unavailable in the 1960’s. The 2-piece sculpture you see here is a product of our experimentation with integrating Japanese paper into our required work. This “test” piece inspired us to go further with this inclusion technique.

I couldn’t write enough about how we’ve enjoyed working together!  Ernestine’s well-honed skills in colour, mood and composition have influenced me greatly.  Her passion for creating new works is a joy to behold and share.  Ernestine loved the ability to use various frits (ground glass) as paint: the vibrancy of colour is hard to duplicate in acrylic or oil.  I’m sure she’ll continue in fused glass for this reason alone (and the freedom and joy of sculptural shape).

Here’s Ernestine on our work together:

I am delighted to add a few comments to our collaboration, which it really is and was Greg’s expertise and technical know-how that kept me on the straight and narrow, although I did manage to disturbe the order of his studio and his way of working.   I think both of us have taken away a wonderful experience of respecting the other’s creativity and talents and are so enriched by it. Yes I think I have been very much taken by this work and I am afraid Greg will see me more often destroying his order …. Enjoy the sculpture.

Ernestine

WE’VE SINCE COMPLETED OUR “FINAL” (2nd) WORK –
BUT YOU’LL HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE UNVEILING ON NOVEMBER 19th IN WOODSTOCK.

I can tell you it’s even more stunning than our “test” piece here and leverages the techniques we learned from it.

And … you can buy it! It will be auctioned on November 19th to fund the pARTners programme for future years. At this time all 10 teams’ collaborative works will be revealed (plus a piece on display from each artist).

Public exhibition is integral to pARTners: Besides our opening at the Woodstock Gallery, all works will tour through much of 2012 at public and private galleries (some T.B.A.), including the Aurora Cultural Centre and the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto

pARTners
 
 
 

Learn more about the pARTners programme here.
Greg Locke and Ernestine Tahedl Article in Tapestry

 
 

Tapestry Magazine Fall 2011

The collaborative “test” piece made by Greg and renowned King artist Ernestine Tahedl is profiled as part of the “pARTners” OSA and Woodstock Gallery sponsored programme. Click here for the article.

Grenadine Transom Window Series

(2011)

It’s been a while since I’ve published any of my work!

Which is not to say I’ve not been busy, for I have. In fact, I’ve had the busiest Winter since Gotham Glassworks re-opened.

I’m happy to report that I’ve finally been able to make some art for the home I share with my wife Tracy. This series for our dining room compliments a two-tone green series I produced for our front living room.

We’ve been living in Schomberg, Ontario for 5 years now and although I’ve used our space for display and many photography sessions, I’ve wanted to find some time to put an artistic footprint on this unique place we call ours.

The front portion of our house that faces Main Street dates from the 1860’s (the “rear” original portion, housing our kitchen, second bathroom, laundry room, master bath and bedroom, from the 1840’s).

Introducing contemporary fused glass to a heritage home is tricky business, for we’re big on respecting the history of this place. We intend this art to be permanent, residing here long after Tracy and I eventually move on to other pastures, decades from now if we are fortunate.

We think this series introduces a contemporary charm to an otherwise very traditional space, and they marry wonderfully. The grenadine glass compliments the traditional green and red wallpaper.

The panels hang in front of the windows, allowing air to circulate and negating any chances of moisture and mold accumulation (if this information is new to you just ask me).

Multiple fused glass techniques combine to create the visual interest apparent in these pieces. The effects I use add sparkle and three-dimensional intrigue, most apparent in the late afternoon when sunlight beans through them (though more subtle and entertaining throughout the rest oft eh day with indirect light).

Each panel measures 24″ x 12″. My kiln can accommodate sizes of up to 3 feet by 2 feet for any one panel. (Panels can be joined with zinc or lead came channel for larger installations).

Do you have spaces that can be enhanced by art? Talk to me.

Apparent Movement

Link to Apprent Movement - the finished work by Greg Locke at Gotham Glassworks

See “The Making Of” Apparent Movement  here.

 

 

 

 

(2009)

A mesmerizing glass sculpture! Grenadine red and clear glass with black streams project dramatic ebb and flow.

Multiple firings produced layered texture effects that display subtle variety up close and add overall drama to the work.  Each piece uniquely flows into the next, forming a closed loop.

Apparent Movement was commissioned by York Region Arts Council, chaired by Wendy Fairbairn, and displayed to media and presented on December 17th at the newly renovated Lebovic Centre at “19 on the Park” in Stouffville, Ontario.

The six-piece fused glass commissioned work was designed to be as “one” for only a short time.  Six key individuals received each piece by Wendy, a gesture to recognize and thank them for their contribution and dedication to a great and exciting cause, including: Continue reading Apparent Movement

Gotham Studio

Link to Renovation History of Gotham Glassworks Studio by Greg Locke

Be sure to check out “Reno History – Gotham Glassworks”.

Almost half the fun of viewing Greg’s fused and stained glass works is where they are conceived and where they are displayed for sale.

Gotham Glassworks exists in what was the second story hayloft of a 30 x 18 foot heritage horse barn in downtown Schomberg, Ontario. The bottom floor is used for traditional storage of garden tools and supplies; all the “action” takes place up the stairwell, through the red screen door to your left. Continue reading Gotham Studio