Press release from Bender Gallery:
Bender Gallery, an established contemporary fine art and sculpture gallery is opening its doors after moving from its old location on Lexington Avenue. The new space doubles the gallery’s size which allows for an expanding artist roster and the exploration of additional mediums beyond the gallery’s specialty which is glass sculpture. Bender Gallery will celebrate the re-opening with a reception on Friday, August 3 from 5-8 PM in conjunction with downtown Asheville’s First Friday Art Walk. Artist Eric Hilton will be in attendance at the event. A grand opening reception will be held at a later date.
The gallery will open with three featured exhibitions as part of Asheville’s Summer of Glass being held in conjunction with Chihuly at Biltmore.
The Magic of Nature is an exhibition of exquisite intricately cut and engraved glass sculpture by Scottish American artist, Eric Hilton. One can find the elements of life – earth, air, fire, and water in his work. “I am influenced by nature from which infinite information can be gleaned.” Hilton arrived in the United States in 1971 and was an art consultant for Steuben Glass for over twenty years. Steuben Glass produced glassware from colorless, optical glass for more than one hundred years, and Hilton highlights the material’s purity in his mathematically precise sculptures. He is inspired by remote, hostile environments, and his work draws the viewer into a mysterious and seemingly infinite world of turbulent oceans, polar ice caps, and galaxies. Hilton has received many awards including both a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a grant for architectural research. His work is in numerous museum collections including the Corning Museum of Glass and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.