Rob Schouten Gallery presents “Glass”—new work by Rob Adamson, Katrina Hude and Steph Mader

Posted in Community News, Visual Art

Aug. 24, 2016

If you’re looking for a unique excursion into the world of art glass, you don’t have to travel to Murano, Italy. Just visit the Rob Schouten Gallery at Greenbank Farm on Whidbey Island.

The Rob Schouten Gallery at Greenbank Farm will be showcasing “GLASS” with three of Whidbey’s uniquely talented glass artists: Robert Adamson, Katrina Hude and Steph Mader from Sept. 2 to Oct. 3. An Artist’s Reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. onFriday, Sept. 2 during “First Friday at Greenbank Farm.” This exhibition demonstrates some of the diversity and innovation in contemporary art glass in our region.

Robert Adamson is known by many as a pioneer in hot glass in the Pacific Northwest, having a career spanning 47 years. Adamson is showing his newest work—handblown vessels from his “Broken Fence Series.” An image is created in the vessel by adding copper wire during the firing process. Sometimes it may be a landscape with a fence, a tree, or a blossoming flower—always with stunning results.

Katrina Hude’s glass work combines her mastery of old-world glass techniques with an exuberant eye for color and fine design. Hude has mastered the art of murrini, miniature glass tiles that are fused together on a steel plate, rolled onto a clear glass cylinder at the end of a blowpipe and shaped into beautiful vessels. She is also an expert at cane working, a glassblowing technique that is used to add unique intricate lacy patterns and stripes to blown glass.

Steph Mader is know for her fused glass landscapes. Steph describes her process: “I create landscapes from tiny particles of colored glass. I build them layer by layer, from back to front—first the sky, horizon and distant hills, then the planes of the middle ground and last, the details of the foreground.” The finished fused glass piece will have between five and eight layers of glass.

The artists’ reception for Robert, Katrina and Steph will take place during ‘First Friday at Greenbank Farm’ on Friday, Sept.2, from 5 to 7 PM. Light refreshments will be served. The Farm’s other galleries and shops will all be open until 7 well. There will be live music in several spots and delicious food by Island Mexican Food Truck, Whidbey Island Kettle Corn and, of course, dessert at Whidbey Pies Cafe.

Rob Schouten Gallery, a premier showcase for Whidbey Island and Northwest artists, is located at 765 Wonn Road, #C-103 at the historic Greenbank Farm. The Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information, call 360.222.3070 or email

Image at top: Robert Adamson’s “Broken Fence Series,” hand blown glass

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