Toots Zynsky has created one of her unique glass sculptural vessels especially for the annual Gamm Theatre fundraiser. Zynsky is known for her signature “filet-de-verre” technique, shaping fused and thermoformed color glass threads. ‘Soliloquio’ will be on display, along with photos of her other work, at the BankRI Gallery on Pitman Street through February 29th.
Zynsky came to Providence in 1969 to attend the Rhode Island School of Design. At that time, the glass department was in its infancy and Dale Chihuly, now one of the most acclaimed artists in the world, was just a guy with a love of glass and an idea. Zynsky happened upon the glass shop and was instantly enthralled. She experimented with blowing, slumping, casting, and sandblasting glass. In 1971, she, Chihuly and several other artists founded the Pilchuck Glass School on the west coast. Zynsky received a BFA from RISD in 1973. After years abroad she is back living in Rhode Island with a studio in Providence.
‘Soliloquio’ will be auctioned at the Gamm Theatre’s annual fundraiser, the Snow Ball to be held on February 18, 6pm at 65 Blackstone Avenue in Pawtucket. To purchase tickets, call 401.723.4266 ext. 16.
Soliloquio, through February 29, BankRI Pitman Street Gallery, 137 Pitman Street, open seven days