Art has never been a single-minded pursuit for sculptor Kyle Boswell, a native of Bryant. Instead, he prefers melding his various interests together and working in a collaboratively creative environment to keep his own artistic fires burning. Kyle, who mixes blown-glass pieces with other materials, such as steel, copper, bamboo and textiles, has an amazing ability to make seemingly disparate objects work together with amazing results. His art can be seen in galleries in Miami, FL and Lexington, KY, as well as the March of Dimes 2007 Citizen of the Year award sculptures.
Cheri Bohn grew up in Texas and graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts. Her family moved to the Ozark Mountains in 1999. She has been working with stained glass since 1994, and combining glass with tree roots since 2001. Cheri says, I have always loved being out in nature. After moving to the Ozark Mountains with my family, I was inspired the unique roots I found here. I combine the roots and stained glass to create one of a kind sculptures. As an artist I surrender most of the design principles to the root. My work expresses balancing the human touch and nature.
James Hayes was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He owns and operates the James Hayes Art Glass Company in Pine Bluff. After receiving an art degree from Hendrix College in Conway Arkansas in 1988, he searched for a new medium to express his artistic talent. Three months later he discovered glassblowing at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School. He has studied glassblowing in Murano, Italy; Columbus, Ohio; and the Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle Washington. James has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. Some of his honors include an invitation from the White House to design a Christmas tree ornament; featured on High Profile in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette in addition to KTHV Channel 11's Everyone has a Story.
Beth Erbe has been working with glass for the past 22 years and operates Cutting Edge Glass Creations located in Farmington, AR. She was born in Northern California and moved to Upstate New York as a teenager. Living on opposite sides of the country exposed her to a variety of lifestyles. She graduated with a BA in art and immediately after graduating worked full time at a professional glass studio.
Elizabeth graduated with her B.A. in Fine Arts and an M.A. in Art History. She began her career as an Art Teacher and potter. She eventually found her passion in kiln-formed glass. Her glass process requires designing, cutting, grinding, polishing and assembling pieces which are then fired in a kiln to create a single piece of glass. The glass is then cold-worked by hand or machines and kiln fired once more in a slump mold. Many designs need multiple firings, cold-working, and slumping to produce the finished piece she creates.
Tulsa Glassblowing School is a 501c3 nonprofit arts organization located in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District. It provides an open access hotshop and kiln studio offering unique experiences for anyone interested in the beauty of glass art. From the novice to the skilled glass artist, TGS provides an outlet for creativity, teamwork and self-expression. Working with area youth drives its mission offering a chance for kids to explore an age old art form. Tulsa Glassblowing School also brings nationally renowned visiting glass artists to share their expertise with communities.