Verista is supporting the development of Fused Light Studio as a center for kilnformed glass in Decatur, GA. The studio, formerly the work space of artist Charlie Holden, provides space for collaboration, workshops, and individual projects. This year its emphasis is on community outreach.
Charles L. Holden, 1958-2019, was a glass artist and instructor who created significant cast-glass sculptures that were shown in national exhibits. He took first place at the 2015 Workhouse Glass National. He also made custom functional glass.
His art explored themes of both isolation and belonging. As he expressed in an artist statement, “For me the form of a shelter is a metaphor for many of our needs, hopes and dreams. I imagine things solid, stable and attainable. But in reality they are shifting, tilting and drifting out of reach.”
Holden’s glass studio was the center of his artistic life since 2002, but he was unable to use it during a long illness. The studio is being revitalized for a larger role in the glass community.
In addition to basic operations costs, funds are being raised to cover specific studio needs, including:
- Scholarships for artists to learn and create with glass
- Community outreach such as art programming through PaintLove
- Collaborative projects with community groups
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