Corporeal Collective to be the first of many art galleries in this newly opened space

(Southside Daily/Melanie Occhiuzzo
The studio is open to the public and hosts free art galleries. (Southside Daily/Melanie Occhiuzzo

NORFOLK — The Glass Wheel Studio has been reopened, renovated and remodeled, offering a free art gallery of selected glass works by six Chrysler Museum Glass Studio assistants.

The studio will eventually house art classes for the Tidewater Community College Visual Arts Program set to open in the NEON District in summer 2020, said Shelley Brooks, manager of exhibitions and arts programming at the Glass Wheel Studio.

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The building is in a constant state of flux, it’s a versatile space, Brooks said.

Since the arts building isn’t up yet, the Glass Wheel Studio is being used as an art exhibition space as well as a space for potential donors and contributors to the TCC visual center to view the art, she added.

Brooks said people should think of the space as an extension of the visual arts center and in the meantime people can come there to view free galleries.

The first gallery, Corporeal Collective, features all glass-centered artwork.

On the first floor of the Glass Wheel Studio visitors can find conceptual work done in glass and on the third floor visitors can see production work done by the six assistants.

That show represents the culmination of glass work created during the past six month of their assistantship, Brook said.

Artist Johnny Shield's piece titled Reverberation, is on exhibit at the Glass Wheel Studio. (Southside Daily/Melanie Occhiuzzo)
Artist Johnny Shield’s piece titled Reverberation, is on exhibit at the Glass Wheel Studio. (Southside Daily/Melanie Occhiuzzo)

The Glass Wheel Studio is open Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.

The current gallery, Corporeal Collective, will be on display until July 17.

A new gallery featuring faculty artwork will take its place after than.

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