Local Gallery Owner Wins People’s Choice Award in Flat Rock’s ‘Art in Bloom’ Art Exhibit
Posted at 10:24 a.m. on Thursday, September 15, 2022
Saluda Moon Glass workshop & Gallery owner and fused glass artist Susan Cannon opened her new gallery in June this year. In August, she presented one of her pieces at the annual “Art in Bloom” exhibition, organized by the Gallery at Flat Rock. His work was one of 20 selected from 153 entries.
The gallery’s annual “Art in Bloom” exhibition took place over Labor Day weekend and was visited by nearly 600 patrons. The exhibit paired the 20 selected artworks in various media with interpretive floral arrangements by floral designers.
Ms. Cannon’s entry, “Luminosity,” was paired with a floral design by Emiko Suzuki. Together, their work won the Audience Award for the best pairing of art and floral design.
“I was honored to be paired with Emiko, who is an amazing Ikebana teacher and artist. She captured the essence of my glass piece, its simplicity, color and movement. It was an inspiring opportunity for me to show the public what can be expressed in kiln-formed glass,” Cannon said.
Flat Rock Gallery owner Suzanne Camarata presents this unique show every year and this year the event registration fee raised $2,960 for aminga.org. Aminga is a non-profit organization that runs a youth sports development program aimed at offering young people the opportunity to channel their physical energy and mental motivation, and to practice mindfulness in a creative and healthy environment.
The Saluda Moon Glass Studio & Gallery offers fused glass classes as well as a studio space for children and adults. Its offerings include serving pieces, jewelry, candle holders, birdhouses, garden art, and wall art for the home and office.
Cannon said, “Saluda has been such a welcoming environment and I am thrilled to bring my fused glass art to the community and to western North Carolina. Our location next to the historic Saluda Depot on Main Street is so accessible and the response from the community has been overwhelming. There has been great interest in learning the art and craft of kiln formed glass. I’ve had 75 students come to various workshops so far, with many coming from afar and returning for additional private studio time.
For more information or to inquire about classes, contact Saluda Moon Glass Studio & Gallery at 828-749-0033 or visit his Facebook page.
Submitted by Judy Thompson