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Radiant Reflections opens Friday at the Averitt Center
Public invited to 7 p.m. reception
Jonathan Poirer for web
Jonathan Poirier's 'Radiant Reflections' exhibit will open Friday at the Averitt Center with a reception at 7 p.m. - photo by Special

      As its name suggests, the October “Radiant Reflections” exhibition at the Averitt Center is about glass – glass creations by Jonathan Poirier, photographic designs under glass by Debbie Bailey and the ringing tones of music by glass-harpist Brien Engel.
      The exhibit is sponsored by Brodie International president Thomas Clark, and the public is invited to Friday’s opening reception at 7 p.m. inside the Main Gallery.
      Poirier studied glass blowing in Sweden under the tutelage of Ritzman, a master craftsman in the art of glass making.  Glass blown in the Swedish style is the result of hundreds of years of traditional craftsmanship, demanding a perfect execution technique. Critics have called Poirier’s glass pieces phenomenal that breathe in the light, alive with color and style, bending the beams and refracting them in a thousand directions.
      Local photographer Bailey captures light in her camera lens, holding the images of things remembered and cherished.
      “If you look at one of my photographs,” she said, “you’ll think ‘I know that place…’ or ‘That reminds me of…’ and when that happens, then I’ve done a good thing.”
      Bailey said she enjoys trying new techniques to enhance her work – hand tinting with translucent oil paints on black and white photos, copying photos onto watercolor paper and painting over them, bleaching prints and using different film speeds to see what happens.
      The Radiant Reflections’ opening will be multi-sensory. Along with light reflections from Poirier’s glass, and memories inspired by Bailey’s photographs, glass-harpist Brien Engel will add his unique sounds. His glass harp consists of 50 glasses of different sizes, which he plays by carefully rubbing the rims with his moistened fingers.
      Friday’s reception is free and open to the public.

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