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Portal Gallery showcases glass art from Barry Hood on Friday evening

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Glass artist Barry Hood's latest works are on display at the Portal Gallery in Great Falls.
Glass artist Barry Hood’s latest works are on display at the Portal Gallery in Great Falls.

The Portal Gallery in Great Falls showcases the unique collection of glass art titled “Harvest,” from talented Helena artist Barry Hood on Friday. The free reception runs from 6 to 9 p.m.

Hood said working in glass can, “be overwhelmingly seductive and tactile — the flowing shapes, the gorgeous colors, the luminosity of the medium itself.”

However Hood’s latest works interestingly have little of the beauty usually attached to glass objects. They’re not refined, smooth or instantly eye-dazzling.

They touch more on the natural world, be it volcanic rock or ice melted and later frozen again as the sun sets.

Hood’s pieces resemble, “the remains of something as of yet undiscovered,” Portal Gallery owner Gary Davison writes.

“And being man made objects, they suggest an affinity with Japanese, and particularly Zen, aesthetics, in which spontaneity, earthiness, apparent rusticity, imperfection, even corrosion and contamination are found in works that are spiritually rich and that embody a quiet beauty that are, in Leonard Koren’s words, “of the inconspicuous and overlooked aspects of nature.”

Koren studied architecture at UCLA and is known for being a “design philosopher.” He also founded the 70’s cult magazine “Wet,” which was “a magazine about gourmet bathing.”

Hood has continued to make art after he suffered a stroke in 2012.

Three days after suffering the stroke, he was out of the hospital and on the road to recovery.

“The next four to six months was just full-time therapy,” Hood said to the Independent Record. “My focus was just to get into my shop.”

The Portal Gallery is located at 314 Central Ave. in Great Falls.  For more information, check them out on Facebook.

 

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