Gina Casolaro Murray contact at: email@example.com
2011 Summer show at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Biophilia Series: "Adelina", carved limestone
Museum of Fine Arts Opening
The WSU Museum of Fine Arts opening was quite the event! Louise Colson and I shared the space with two painters and the layout was really beautiful and accentuated the work nicely.
The photos below are of the gallery space with our glass and my sculptures.
The collaborative glass sculptures by Louise Colson and Gina Murray express a painterly approach to kiln-formed glass. The innate human desire to be connected to nature and the stunning beauty of The Palouse provide sources of inspiration. Glass, a renewable resource formed from the natural alchemy of sand and heat is the most appropriate medium for this expression. We use only Bullseye glass and create our own molds for each series.
Extinct - Endangered - Discovered
New Series of cast glass six inch "coins" commemorating nine species that became extinct, endangered or discovered in my lifetime. Coming soon: Red Hot Iceburgs!
Sculpting in New Mexico
I sculpt in stone, wood and glass to express my artistic vision. Carving my first stone at nineteen, I knew at that instant that I had discovered my life's work. During an apprenticeship with a European master carver in New York, I developed my skill and technique to the strong, sensuous style present in my creations. While living in the Pacific Northwest, a haven for glass artists, I studied glass casting and fusing as a sculptural medium.
Chlorite 8"w x 12"h x 13"l
The Palouse: Female as Landscape
Sandstone 22"l x 13"w x 4"h
This piece was influenced by the sensous rolling hills of the Palouse. You can drive for hours and see nothing but female forms in the landscape.
Nature inspires me to capture the fantasy and mystery of the ocean’s underwater canvas in an ongoing body of work. The “Reef Series” was inspired by scuba diving in Hawaii. My hand carvings celebrate the rythms and forms of the living reef.
Free form, organic shapes expressing complex interrelationships are the most creatively challenging. It is as though the medium dictates what it wants to be!
Below: "Duet", "Awakening" , "Embrace" (sold)
and "Winter Sun" (sold)
The figurative works reflect the beauty and sensuality of the female form. The idea of a woman opening up like a flower is my metaphor for being connected to the earth - one with nature, if you will.
2012- George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University Juried Show, NJ
2011- Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, AL
2009- All Media Juried Show- Spokane Arts Commission
2009- Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, AL
2008- Curators Choice, Fine Arts Museum, Washington State University
2008- Cole Gallery- Edmonds, WA
2008- Gallery One, Montgomery, AL
2007- Juried Abstract Sculpture Exhibition, Spokane Arts Commission, WA
2007- Featured Artist, Glass House Studio, Seattle Art Walk, WA
2006 Arches Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
2006 The Bank Left Gallery, Palouse, WA
2005 Women’s Caucus for the Arts Exhibit, Neill Public Library, Pullman, WA
2005 Women’s Caucus for the Arts Exhibit, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
2005 Featured Artist, AndersonCenter, Edmonds Arts Commission, Edmonds, WA
2005 Gallery By the Bay, “Unclad,” Camino Island, WA
2003 PrattFineArtsCenter, Holiday Show, Seattle, WA
1997 Kirkland Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Kirkland, WA
1997 Featured Artist: 27 Sculptures, Nelson/Rovzar Gallery, Kirkland, WA
1994 Women in Art, Ron Segal Gallery, Seattle, WA
1992 Janet Husted Gallery, LaConnor, WA
1992 SeattleDesignCenter, Northwest Stone Sculptor’s Association Show, Seattle, WA
1992 Life in Stone, SeattleArt Museum METRO, Seattle, WA
1992 Street of Dreams, Jay Middleton Design Group, Kirkland, WA
1992 Northwest Exposure, Ron Segal Gallery, Seattle, WA
1991 The Fremont Show, FremontFineArtGallery, Seattle, WA
1991 Celebrate The Arts, University of Washington, Bothell, WA
1991 Northwest Artists in Action Festival, Seattle, WA
1991 Northwest Artists, Ron Segal Gallery, Seattle, WA
1990 Women’s Caucus for the Arts, North Seattle CC, Juried Exhibition, Seattle, WA
1989 Adelphi SOHO Annex, Member’s Show, West Hempstead, NY
1984 New Art in New York, Parson’s School of Design, NYC, NY
1984 New Haven Paint and Clay Club, Juried Show, New Haven, CT
1983 Artists Under Thirty, WunschArtsCenter, Glen Cove. NY
1981 Solo Exhibition, Adelphi University Center Gallery, West Hempstead, NY
Education: Master of Arts, Studio Art, 1981 Adelphi University, NY
Guest Lecturer: WSU Art Ala Carte lecture series, October 2006
Professional Affiliations: Studio Montclair, International Sculpture Center