Saturday, February 16th thru Monday, February 18th daily 10:00am–6:00pm Coconut Grove Art Festival, the nation’s top outdoor fine arts festival, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. This signature event on Florida’s cultural calendar showcases the works of over 300 of the finest artists around the world offering visitors the opportunity to personally meet with each artist.
Among those artists attending to show their work is internationally renowned glass artist Marlene Rose. Marlene grew up in New York, discovered the art of sandcasting glass at Tulane University and is now considered the top sandcast glass artist in America. Marlene’s works can be seen in numerous museums and galleries around the world and her sculptures are collected by fine-art collectors and Hollywood A-list celebrities alike.
For those not familiar with sandcast glass, it is a thousands year old metal casting technique that has been adapted for glass only relatively recently, in the 1980s. Liquid molten glass (2,000 degrees hot!) is poured into individual sand molds, each of which is destroyed after use to, create truly unique works of art. Marlene Rose is one of the few successful women in this very physical field which has been traditionally male dominated.
By Kelly Christie